Get the best flyfishing instruction by top notch anglers, guides, & experts.
"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.
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 March through November. Call or e-mail us for the most current schedule. Some equipment is available.
Cost: $195.00 / $100.00 deposit required at time of registration.
March 18th: In-Shop 6:30 PM. March 21st or 22nd 2020 On-River
April 15th: In-shop 6:30 PM. April 18th or 19th 2020 On-River
May 13th: In-Shop 6:30 PM. May 16th or 17th 2020 On-River
June 17th In-Shop 6:30 PM. June 20th or 21st 2020 On-River
July 8th In-Shop 6:30 PM. July 11th or 12th 2020 On-River
August 19th In-Shop 6:30 PM. August 22nd or 23rd 2020 On River
September 23 In-Shop 6:30 PM. September 26th or 27th 2020 On River
October 14th In-Shop 6:30PM. October 17th or 18th 2020 On-River
November 18th In-Shop 6:30 PM. November 21st or 22nd 2020 On-River
Beginning Fly Fishing For Steelhead:
Learn all the basics of Steelheading right in our back yard. In this 6 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 two people per class so you get the most out of your day and plenty of one on one instruction.
Some equipment is available.
Cost: $250.00 / $125.00 deposit required at time of registration.
In Shop: Nov. 6th, 6:00 PM / On River: Nov. 10th 2019
In Shop Dec. 18th, 6:00 PM / On River: Dec. 22nd 2019
In Shop: Jan. 8th, 6:00 PM / On River: Jan. 12th 2020
In Shop: Feb. 5th, 6:00 PM / On River: Feb. 9th 2020
In Shop: Mar. 11th, 6:00 PM / On River: Mar. 15th 2020
Fly Fishing Mt. Hood Lakes:
The Mt. Hood lakes are close, full of fish, and often forgotten by fly fishers in the Portland area. Not only are they one of the best options in the heat of summer, they offer a stunning back drop to fish under while casting to bows.
This class includes an in-shop portion on a Wednesday evening, where you will learn all the knots, fly selections, basic techniques, and other general info, followed by a 6 hour on-lake portion where you will be in a float tube, learning how to catch trout in a still water environment. The class includes your rod/reel, waders/boots, and float tube use for the day.
Cost: $175 per person with a $90 deposit due at time of registration.
2020 Dates TBA
Beginning Fly Tying:
Class consists of three 2 hour sessions and covers the basics of fly tying. Students will learn to 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 limited to 4 students. Reservations and deposit required.
Cost: $95.00 / $50 deposit required at time of registration.
6:00PM Jan 6th, 13th, & 20th 2020
6:00PM Feb 3rd, 10th, & 17th 2020
6:00PM March 9th, 16th, & 23rd 2020
6:00PM April 7th, 14th, & 21st 2020
Intermediate Fly Tying:
Take your tying to the next step. In this class we pick up where the beginning class left off with new techniques and materials. We will be spinning hair, working with parachutes, extended bodies and more! Class is limited to 4 people
Cost: $150.00 / $75.00 Deposit required at time of registration.
Feb. March 4th, 11th, & 18th 2020
Private Flycasting Lessons:
Looking to up your game for that trip of a life time you just booked? New to the sport and want to get started right? Rest assured that the NWFFO staff of casting instructors can meet your needs. Single hand or Two Hand our experienced guides can teach you the skills you’ll need to meet the demands of angling life. We will discuss your needs and select the right instructor for you. Just give us a call or shoot us an email and we can get you moving in the right direction.
COST: $75.00 per hour for Single hand lessons
COST: $200.00 for a 2 hour for Spey lesson