CLASS 1: Fly-Tying Class for Kids and Adults (we may separate into groups if enough interest)
Before ever putting your line in the water, it’s important to be familiar with some basic knots you’ll need for any fly fishing trip. This allows you to enjoy a day of fishing and not a day of trying to keep your backing, fly line, leader, tippet, and fly all secured to one another. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you spend some time practicing these knots before getting to the water. Among the things, you’ll want to keep in mind when learning to tie fly fishing knots is the size of your line.
The first session will introduce the student to fly fishing theory, rigging a rod, casting, knot tying, and entomology (as it pertains to fly selection). Types of fish to catch, locations in the world, salt water vs. fresh water, the life cycle of fish. The instructor will also hold discussions on equipment and stream etiquette. The first class will be spent learning about fly fishing and getting acquainted with the gear. They’ll learn and practice the knots they’ll need, how to rig the rod, which fly to use, and how trout feed in the water. These new skills are put to the test in later classes, when the instructor takes them across the street to the McCarter Pond.
What You’ll Learn:
• Several fly patterns and basic fly-tying techniques
• How to tie nymphs, dry flies & streamers
• Elements of proportioning a fly with various materials
• Basic tools used and setting up your fly-tying space
• Each session will cover several fly patterns and the surrounding techniques to tie them. We’ve carefully chosen a set of trout-specific fly patterns that will help you understand a range of fundamental fly tying techniques.
• You will learn the basic fly tying techniques necessary to tie nymphs, dry flies, and streamers. • The instructor will explain, in detail, the basic tools used in the tying process. We’ll also touch on setting up your fly tying space.
• You will learn and practice the elements of proportioning a fly with various materials, so that the finished fly looks and acts appropriately on the water.
• We will explore a variety of the materials so that you become familiar with how they are used. • The class will include tips and tricks that will make the fly-tying process exponentially more enjoyable.
• You will leave the class equipped with the fundamental skills needed to expand the craft.
• Students need to bring their fly fishing rod. The time at McCarter Pond will be focused on developing critical techniques in fishing nymphs, dry flies, and streamers. Topics also covered are wading safety, trout behavior, entomology, reading the water, playing, landing, and releasing fish.
Fall 2020 Schedule:
Location: TBD in Fair Haven (trying to secure Knights of Columbus FH) Stay tuned...
Thursday, October 15: 4-5pm or 5-6pm (Intro)
Thursday, October 22: 4-5pm or 5-6pm
Thursday, October 29: 4-5pm or 5-6pm
Thursday, November 5: 4-5pm or 5-6pm
Thursday, November 12: 4-5pm or 5-6pm
Thursday, November 19: 4-5pm or 5-6pm
Saturday, October 17: 3-5pm McCarter Pond (weather dependent)
Saturday, October 24: 3-5pm McCarter Pond (weather dependent)
Thursdays: $25 per class per person.
Saturdays: $35 per class, per person. (2-hour class) Weather dependent, at McCarter Pond.
*Kids need to purchase their own rod and fly-tying kit, due to Covid. (Approx $150. total)* We can order these for you. ($55 of the supplies is for a practice rod with a rope line – this is not necessary but helpful.)
Contact for Reservations: Scott Smith email@example.com or 516.443.8616 via text
*masks required, social distanced, and disinfected before and after classes.