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Fly Fish Tennessee - I am a (FIVE time) Fly Casting Champion and I've taught at THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE, Knoxville. I have fly fished all my life as fly fishing was the glue that bonded me with my dad, Dr. George Still. I made my first fly rod at age 12 and attended an advanced fly tying class with my dad at age 13. I have won a number of fishing contests while growing up. I simply want to provide the OPPORTUNITY for others to enjoy fly fishing by teaching students the sport. It is a terrific way to build lifelong relationships with multiple people. It is a sport that helps with the development of Patience, Kindness, and Gentleness and of course Self Control. I also like catching BIG FISH on BIG water!!! EMAIL ME and tell me your background - I want to hear it.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013


The University of Tennessee MARCH 2013 Fly Fishing Class
DATES ARE  (Tues / Thurs)  March 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 20 WED, 21st -- Three straight weeks on Tues / Thurs with a special Wednesday night on the 20th at the local 3 RiversAngler Fly shop. We will cover "Everything you NEED to know about Fly Fishing".   To learn more here:


The instruction is a HANDS-ON class covering “Everything you NEED to know about fly fishing” – it is not everything there IS to know.  I let the students know what is important vs. what is available to know…   It is a complete mind dump from me of all the aspects of fly fishing.  My guiding principles are these:
I want the students to be:
ü  Knowledgeable enough to feel comfortable in a fly shop – know what you are looking at…
ü  Functional (ability to catch fish) to be able to read the stream / know where and what direction (upstream or downstream) and make the right presentation with the particular fly – to catch fish
ü  Have the right temperament to handle “problems” like snags / lost flies / falling in / and still enjoy themselves

Class breakdown of about 8 hours of classroom instruction and 4 hours of HANDS-ON casting lessons

Topics that we cover:  
We start at the reel and cover what you NEED to know about setup / drag / backing / line / how to rig etc..
We move to the fly rods – covering the variety of weights / What to buy / what to avoid
We then cover lines – what you need to know about them and the different types
We then review leaders / tippets – many money saving tips here
We cover knots / loops / all hands-on
We then cover flies
We cover Safety
We discuss clothing / vests / walking sticks / gear in the vest / types of Waders… all aspects of gear
 Where to go / streams in the area / laws or special regulations / trout and bass

We spend about 4 hours of hands-on casting – each student will be able to cast proficiently

DVD – supplemental learning
WEDNESDAY MARCH 20TH --  we watch an instructional DVD to cover “on the steam” activity.  We watch it in 3 Rivers Angler fly shop because Allen and Jeremy are gracious enough to allow us to have the shop all to ourselves.  It is closed to outsiders.   

Class is held at Cedar Deane Hill Rec Center (corner of Deane Hill and Morrell) -- in any weather because we cast on Basketball court.  We have a classroom section and then a casting lesson each night that we meet at the Rec Center.    

 I can supply a student their fly rod if needed – no equipment is required.  Most do bring their own rod / reel with them if they have one, of course.  We discuss what to buy to make the students an informed buyer as part of the class.  3 Rivers Angler fly shop has a lifetime warranty fly rod for about $160, if you need a great rod at a great price.  If you have a rod / reel let me know about it and bring it with you each night.  All you NEED to bring is a notebook and pen – each night.   

Each student provides feedback at the end of the class and I apply it as I can – I have been teaching for about 5+ years and students love the class.  Some have said it was their best class, ever.   I put all I have into the class, I teach because I want to and not because I have to for the financial reasons.    Read the student comments here – www.FLYFISHINGCLASS.com 


Drew Still
Fly Fishing Instructor

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