Classes
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.

Casting
Steelhead Class
Lakes
Int Fly Tying
Deschutes Class
Beg Tying
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Beginning Fly Fishing Class:

This is by far our most popular class for those who have always wanted to explore the exciting world of fly fishing in a comprehensive two part class. We have a fine tuned approach to instruction that makes learning the sport easy, fun and fast. The first part will be our in-shop segment where we will cover all aspects of tackle, basic knots, river layout, entomology and all essentials needed to catch and release fish on Western Rivers such as the Deschutes.  The second part of the class you will meet your guide in Maupin on the banks of the Deschutes to start your on-river class.  During this portion of the class you will concentrate on rigging, learning to cast, effective presentation of the fly and the different methods of fly fishing. There will be a strong focus on learning to read water, insect life and what to look for when making a fly selection. All of our on water classes have a 3-1 ratio of students to guide so that your new learned skills are constantly refined in real-time angling action in beautiful fish friendly surroundings. We will include rod, reel, fly-line, boots and waders where needed. This class is intended to give newcomers and those coming back to the sport the skills and confidence to pursue the sport on their own. 

Cost: $195.00 / $100.00 deposit required at time of registration.

March 9th: In-Shop 6:30 PM.  March 11th, 12th or 13th 2022 On-River

March 23rd: In-Shop 6:30 PM.  March 25th. 26th, or 27th 2022 On-River

April 13th: In-shop 6:30 PM.  April 15th, 16th or 17th 2022 On-River

May 4th: In-Shop 6:30 PM.  May 6th, 7th, or 8th 2022 On-River

June 15th: In-Shop 6:30 PM.  June 17th, 18th. or 19th 2022 On-River.

July 13th In-Shop 6:30 PM.  July 15th, 16th or 17th 2022 On-River

August 3rd In-Shop 6:30 PM.  August 5th, 6th or 7th 2022 On River

September 21st In-Shop 6:30 PM.  September 23rd, 24th or 25th 2022 On River

October 12th In-Shop 6:30PM.  October 14th, 15th or 16th 2022 On-River

November 2nd In-Shop 6:30 PM.  November 5th or 6th 2022 On-River

Private Classes Can be arranged for groups of 2 to 4 people.  Please call or email to inquire.

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Beginning Fly Fishing Class on the McKenzie River:

 

New this year, we are offering our beginning fly fishing class as a float trip on the Mackenzie River. This class will introduce participants into the world of fly fishing in a comprehensive two part class. The first part will be our in-shop portion of the program. We will cover all the same topics as our Deschutes program plus subjects relevant to fishing the Mackenzie River. The second part of the class, is our hands-on “On River” portion. You will meet your guide/instructor on the Mackenzie River. There you will learn the fundamentals of rigging, casting, fly selection, reading water and a variety of fly fishing skills that will give you a solid base in which to grow and explore on your own. You will be fishing/drifting through new water not accessible by foot as well as learning essential boat fishing skills. All of our classes have a 3 to 1 student to guide ratio so that your newly learned skills are honed to perfection. Class includes the use of boots, waders, rod and reel. This class is ideal for newcomers to fly fishing as well as those looking to grow their skills while floating down this beautiful historical river.

Cost: $250.00 / $125.00 deposit required at time of registration.

April 20th: In-Shop 6:30 PM. April 22nd, 23rd, or 24th On-River

June 8th: In Shop 6:30 PM. June 10th, 11th, or 12th On-River

July 6th: In Shop 6:30 PM. July 8th. 9th, or 10th On-River

October 19th: In-Shop 6:30 PM. October 22nd or 23rd On-River

Private Classes Can be arranged for groups of 2 to 4 people.  Please call or email to inquire.

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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: November 20th, 5:00 PM / On River: November 21st 2021 

In Shop December 4th, 5:00 PM / On River: Dec. 5th 2021

In Shop: January 8th, 5:00 PM / On River: January 9th 2022

In Shop: February 19th, 5:00 PM / On River: February 20th 2022

In Shop: March 19th, 5:00 PM / On River: March 20th 2022

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Learning to Fish Lakes:

Lake fishing or still water fishing can be fulfilling and challenging. In Oregon we have over 1,400 lakes that have a wide variety of fish and are situated in some of the most spectacular, stunning scenery. There is more to lake fishing than meets the eye, with that some of the biggest fish are caught in lakes. In this class we will unravel the mysteries of lake fishing through our professional two part class. In our “In-Shop” segment of the class we will go through everything from structure of lakes, basic knot tying, equipment, entomology, flies and fishing techniques. In the second part of the class we will meet at our ideal classroom, one of our local lakes to put your newly learned knowledge to work. Through our low student to teacher ratio, (3to1) you will have the opportunity to refine your newly learned skills while gaining the confidence to tackle any lake fishing situation successfully on your own. This class includes the use of rod, reel, waders, boots, lines and float tube.  This class is perfect for the beginner, someone that would like to explore other fly fishing opportunities, or someone who would just like to refine their lake fishing skills. 

April 27th: In-Shop 6:30 PM.  April 29th, 30th or May 1st 2022 On-Lake

May 11th: In-Shop 6:30 PM.  May 14th or 15th 2022 On-Lake

June 22nd: In-shop 6:30 PM.  June 24th, 25th or 26th 2022 On-Lake

Private Classes Can be arranged for groups of 2 to 4 people.  Please call or email to inquire.

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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.

6:00 PM January 4th, 11th, and 18th 2022

6:00 PM February 2nd, 9th, and 16th 2022

6:00 PM February 28th, March 7th, and 14th 2022

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Advanced 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.

6:00 PM February 1st, 8th, and 15th 2022

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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