Colorado Fly Fishing Schools & Classes

Our Colorado fly fishing schools and classes are excellent for beginners and experienced anglers alike. Whether you are brand new to fly fishing, or would like to learn a little more about the sport, we cater our schools and classes to your ability. Unlike other fly fishing schools which can be large and overwhelming, our fly fishing schools and classes are more intimate allowing our instructors to spend quality time with each participant. You will receive in depth instruction on casting, knot tying, fly selection, reading water, gear, entomology and much more. Each day you will spend some time at our private riverside cabin going over class room instruction. From there you will spend the rest of your day fly fishing on private water with your instructor. Browse our Fly Fishing Schools and Classes and see which one would best suit you.

Fly Fishing Prep School

2018 Dates

Spring: May 17-19, 2018

Fall: October 4-6, 2018

The old adage “10% of Anglers catch 90% of the fish” is true . Our Fly Fishing Prep School is geared towards the intermediate- advanced fly fisherman looking to take the last giant steps towards really putting more fish in the net.  Prep School is also perfect for the angler who uses guides. Often times we see experienced anglers spend a large part of the time on a guide trip re learning certain basics. Wouldn’t it be great to step into that investment prepared to fish from start to finish? Our fly fishing prep school is a 3 day class that combines classroom learning with on the river training and fishing. You will be learning everything from multiple fly rigs, Streamer fishing, spey casting, mending, fishing from a boat and more. Our Fly Fishing Prep School will be held at our headquarters in Wolcott, Colorado on the Eagle River and limited to 4 anglers (2-1 student to teacher ratio). All classes and fishing except for the float portion will take place on private water (Vail Rod and Gun Club, home of the 2016 World Championships of Fly Fishing). We provide all the equipment necessary, but if you already have your own gear, you are welcome to bring it. This class is small so our instructors can go into detailed instruction with each participant. Lunch and dinner are included each day as well as optional evening fly tying. Lodging is not included but we have options for out of town students.

Itinerary

Day 1– Advanced Casting Techniques, Presentation and the art of the Mend, Reading Water, Approach and Fly Selection/Dries, Nymph as well as Streamers, Fish (2 on 1 student-teacher time) on VRGC, Playing and landing fish, Photography

Day 2 – Fly fishing time of day/ time of year tactics, Basic Entomology and fly selection, How to get exactly what you need when you go into a fly shop, How to be guided and basic guide vocabulary, Basic spey casting for single hand casters (we will break out the two handed rods for those interested. How to fish from a boat, Understanding your place and property in a boat, How to thrive from either seat, Presentation for Dries, Nymphs or Streamers from a moving boat as well as a stopped boat. Fish (VRGC)

Day 3 – 3/4 day float (location based on water and weather conditions), class room wrap up after floating/fishing.

What to bring – Valid CO fishing license (minors under the age of 16 do not need a license), Hat/Sunglasses, Sunscreen, Socks, Breathable Pants / shorts, Jacket/ Fleece, Rain Jacket

Cost – $1250.00 per person/ based on double occupancy

Colorado Rowing Schools

We have all heard the saying “if you don’t row you don’t go.” Pick one of our two Rowing Schools and learn how to safely navigate a drift boat/ raft down rivers like the Eagle, Roaring Fork and Colorado.

2018 Dates – May 20 – 25, 2018

If you plan on guiding out of a boat then consider taking our 5 day rowing school taught by our certified rowing instructors. This rowing school will get you the mandatory classroom instruction, river miles and river hours that serve as your foundation to becoming a fly fishing float guide. This row school covers river safety, river hazards, rigging, navigation, river rescue, regulations and more. We maintain a two to one student to instructor ratio for our row schools. Our row schools are offered in the Spring before runoff so you are prepared for a summer of rowing no matter where you are. We provide everything you need for rowing school including, boats, oars, PFD’s, river logs, dry bags, cooler and certified rowing instructors. You will need to bring the following. Hat, Sunglasses, Rain Jacket, Fleece, Gloves, Stocking hat, Sunscreen, Lunch, Writing Implement, Socks, Sandals, Water Bottle.

What to bring – Valid CO fishing license (minors under the age of 16 do not need a license), Hat/Sunglasses, Sunscreen, Socks, Breathable Pants / shorts, Jacket/ Fleece, Rain Jacket

COST -$1195.00 per person based on double occupancy  $1495.00 single occupancy.

2018 Dates:

May 15 – 16

If you already have rowing experience or own a boat and wish to gain more confidence behind the oars, our two day row school is for you. This class is geared towards folks who do not wish to become certified but want to be able to safely row their family and fishing buddies down the river. This  class is spent between the Colorado, Eagle and Roaring Fork Rivers. We will go over distance from the bank, rowing speed, obstacle navigation, eddies, crab stroking, private water regulations, reading the river and more. This three day rowing school id offered in the Spring so you are ready to have a great summer on the river. We provide everything you need for rowing school including, boats, oars, PFD’s, river logs, dry bags, cooler and certified rowing instructors. You will need to bring the following. Hat, Sunglasses, Rain Jacket, Fleece, Gloves, Stocking hat, Sunscreen, Lunch, Writing Implement, Socks, Sandals, Water Bottle.

What to bring – Valid CO fishing license (minors under the age of 16 do not need a license), Hat/Sunglasses, Sunscreen, Socks, Breathable Pants / shorts, Jacket/ Fleece, Rain Jacket

COST – $750.00 per person based on double occupancy $825.00 single occupancy

Spey Casting Class – Spey Casting has become increasingly popular over the last decade and is a great tool to have in your quiver. This Class is offered year round and is catered to more experienced anglers. Our Spey Casting Class provided you with the fundamentals to begin successfully spey casting on your own. These classes are approximately 2 hours long and take place on the Eagle or Colorado River. This class covers single hand spey casts and double hand spey casts. It also teaches line control, swinging speed and reading water. We provide all the necessary gear needed for our Spey Casting Class – Single handed Fly Rods, Two handed fly rods, reels, waders, boots.

What to bring – Valid CO fishing license (minors under the age of 16 do not need a license), Hat/Sunglasses, Sunscreen, Socks, Breathable Pants / shorts, Jacket/ Fleece, Rain Jacket

Cost – $150.00 per person based on double occupancy $195.00 based on single occupancy