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"Quality" describes your equipment. It should also describe your education. That is why you will see only three students per guide in our on-water classes, only four students in our tying classes, and eight to ten attendees in our clinics. We keep our class size small to SUPER SIZE your experience!
We loan you equipment from fly fishing's top manufacturers to make your day on the water and time on the tying vise great.
Because of class size limitations we require a 50% deposit when booked. Deposits are fully refundable up to two weeks prior to the class date. Cancellations after that are non-refundable unless we can fill your space in the class.
Deschutes River • Beginning Fly Fishing
Beginning Fly Fishing Class
This class, by far our most popular, takes you through the steps to become a more productive fly-fisher. You start with a two-hour, in-shop session on tackle, knots, rigging, and essentials needed to catch trout on Western streams like the Deschutes. The following Saturday or Sunday – your choice – you will meet your guides in Maupin on the banks of the Deschutes River to start your on-river class. During this eight hours you will learn where the fish live and dine in a stream. You’ll learn to effectively present a fly, take samples of insect life, select specific flies, use those flies, safely navigate the river, and play and land fish.
This class is held February through November. Call or e-mail us for the current schedule. Some equipment is available.
Cost: $175.00 / $90.00 deposit required at time of enrollment.
|In-shop class||On the Deschutes River|
|March 11th: in-shop 6:45 PM||March 15th 2015|
|April 15th in-shop 6:45 PM||April 19th 2015|
|May 13th in-shop 6:45 PM||May 17th 2015|
|June 17th in-shop 6:45 PM||June 21st 2015|
|July 15th in-shop 6:45 PM||July 19th 2015|
|August 5th in-shop 6:45 PM||August 9th 2015|
|September 16th in-shop 6:45 PM||September 20th 2015|
|September 23rd in-shop 6:45 PM||September 27th 2015|
|September 30th in-shop 6:45 PM||October 4th 2015|
|October 14th in-shop 6:45 PM||October 18th 2015|
|November 4th in-shop 6:45 PM||November 8th 2015|
Beginning Fly Fishing
For Winter Steelhead
Learn all the basics of Winter Steelheading right in our back yard. In this 8 hour float down the Sandy or Clackamas (depending on water conditions), you will learn how to read steelhead water, how to fish that water effectively, how to choose the right fly for the situation, what sink tips are important and when, and how to cast a two hander. Space is limited to three people per class so you get the most out of your day and plenty of one on one instruction.
Some equipment is available.
Cost: $225.00 / $100.00 deposit required at time of enrollment.
|On River: Sunday, April 26th 2015|
Intermediate Fly Tying
Advanced Tiers Clinic
Take your tying to the next step. In this class you will learn advanced tying techniques such as: forming dubbing loops, work with deer hair, para-loops, rear-weighting, and much more.
Basic tying skills are required
Cost: $75.00 / $40.00 deposit required at time of enrollment
Flies For Spring
Flies For NW Stillwaters
Deschutes Streamer Class
Streamer fishing is the most under utilized way of fishing the Deschutes River, or any river for that matter. The simple truth is, big fish require big calories to survive. We have all heard of those 25” redsides that live in the shadows on the “D”, but not many of us get the shot at hooking one. Sometimes during the Salmonfly hatch we see them come up and eat, but after mid June they disappear back in the river, not to be seen again for another year. Learning to effectively fish streamer patterns will open up the big fish game for you 365 days a year, and not just on the Deschutes, but on any trout stream you find yourself on. If you have plans to also visit the Rockies this summer, this class is a must.
$250 per student
Max 4 Students
|April 25th 2015|
Beginning Fly Tying
Class consists of three 2 hour sessions and covers the basics of fly tying. Students will tie six effective NW fly patterns. You will learn the tools, materials, and techniques of fly tying. All tools and materials are furnished. Class size is kept small. Reservations and deposit required.
$40 deposit required at time of registration
|6:30PM April 27th, May 4th, May 11th|
Intermediate Fly Fishing
This class is for people with some fly fishing experience, but want to take the next step and add to their skill set. This is a 6 hour float trip down the Deschutes river, focusing on some of the more technical aspects of fly fishing. Fishing structure, back eddies, stack mending, fishing two flies effectively, and achieving the longest drag free floats possible. We limit this class to 3 people, so you get the most out of your day, including a ton of one on one instruction. Some equipment is available.
Due to the popularity and small class size, we require a $100 deposit at the time of booking.
|June 22nd||July 12th|
Beginning Fly Tying For Steelhead
Learn to tie Steelhead flies just in time to put them to use. In this class you’ll learn how to tie classic hair wings, skaters and bigger, brighter flies for winter fish. This is a 3 part class, all tools and materials are provided.
Class is $75 with a $40 deposit due at the time of sign up
6:30PM April 29th, May 6th, May 13th
Upcoming events for everyone to attend.
Winter Steelhead Fishing and Tying Clinic
Join Ted Neely Saturday, Jan 10th from 10AM - 2PM here at the shop, where he will be teaching all about Winter Steelhead. Learn what to use, when to go, where to go, reading water, and what to tie.
If you are new to the winter steelhead scene or just want to add that extra edge on your days out, don’t miss out on this one. Ted has been fishing these rivers for over 25 years and knows all the tricks to keep the cast-to-fish ratio down to a minimum.
Saturday, January 24th, In the loft at 10:00.
Fish and outdoor photography clinic.
While we believe in in the shop clinics centered around fishing and tying (and we do have more on the way…), we thought a change of pace would be a good thing for the new year.
Juan Calvillo (from cavillophoto.com) will be in the loft giving a presentation on basic fish/outdoor photography. Using point and shoot as well as DSLR systems will be de-mistified. Open questions will be answered. Many topics will be covered including alternative shooting styles other than having the angler and fish in the center of the frame. Dealing with reflections, bright sunlight and camera settings. Ethical methods for handling fish for photos will also be covered.