Fly Fishing Schools and Classes at The Fly Fishing Shop for your fun, enjoyment and continuing education.

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These Fly Fishing Schools and Classes are Sponsored by The Fly Fishing Shop for your fun, enjoyment and continuing education.
Learn the ancient art of fly fishing from experts who love to teach.
We are offering the Guides and Instructors Team that every other shop wish they had.

Last up-dated 05/09/15.
Fly Fishing Schools:

The Trout School, Entry Level

Summer Steelhead Schools 2015
Lodging in Welches
Our Steelhead Guides & Instructors
Steelhead Fly Fishing is a Learning Experience
Learning to Cast
An Instructor's View of Steelhead Schools 
General Class Policy and Refund Policy
Everyone wants to be hooked up...

Because of its unique location, The Fly Fishing Shop is able to offer high quality fly fishing schools.  Our shop boasts the most complete indoor fly fishing classroom on the west coast of North America.  Our instructors are second to none in their dedication and understanding of the sport of fly fishing.  Our community boasts a number of unique man-made amenities that are well suited to beginning anglers. The Mount Hood area has a myriad of small trout streams and lakes that are well suited to both entry level and intermediate anglers. Within easy reach are many fabled steelhead/salmon rivers such as the Sandy, Deschutes, John Day and Clackamas. Each has a different personality and is suited to different experience levels. Take our classes and you will learn a lot in a short period of time.   

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Steelhead Fly Fishing: Is A Learning Experience

It can be called, "Steelhead Fly Fishing" or "Fly Fishing For Steelhead".  This sport leads to a deeper understanding of the natural world that we and steelhead live in. Steelhead are magical creatures; unique among fishes.  They have much to teach us. For that reason alone, fly fishing for steelhead is worth the pursuit.  You know they are beautiful.  You've seen all of those fresh steelhead pictures on our web site.  There are pictures from all times of the year and from many different rivers.  All those beautiful  steelhead were caught
with flies.  You know that, and now you want to catch some steelhead with flies yourself.  But, you've heard from other anglers that catching steelhead with flies is very difficult.  You've heard right.  A very small percentage of the fly-angling public catches steelhead with flies.  Yet, some of those anglers catch lots of steelhead per season.  They do it with the right tackle and the right acquired skills.  Our steelhead schools are designed to give you those skills in the quickest, most efficient, most fun, most cost effective manner possible.  It's easy: First learn to cast.  Then learn to present the fly.  Then learn to hunt.  Then learn to land steelhead.
Our Steelhead Class Instructors & Guides An instructor is the person who teaches a school to prepare you for a certain task.   A guide is a person who takes you to a certain place.  Our guides are also instructors. However, any guided fly fishing trip will be more productive if you have already acquired the skills to deliver the fly to the fish.   Attending a series of steelhead fly fishing schools before going on a guided trip can pay real dividends.
Mark Bachmann Mark Bachmann Josh Linn Josh Linn Simon Gawesworth Simon Gawesworth Hawkeye Hawkins
Hawkeye Hawkins
  George Cook
George Cook
Dec Hogan
Dec Hogan
Ron Walp
Ron Walp
LEARNING TO CAST Learning to cast well is the most essential part of learning to catch steelhead.  We use both single-hand and two-hand fly rods.  The two-hand fly rod, has become the most popular instrument for presenting flies to steelhead and salmon. This is especially true when larger rivers are being fished. Spey rods allow any angler to cover more water, more efficiently. A Spey rod enables an angler to present his or her flies at longer ranges, even where there is little room for a back-cast . This is because the back cast is not aerolized. Rather a change-of-direction roll cast is performed.  This is called a Spey cast.  There are many types of spey casts.  Some are hundreds of years old.  Others have recently evolved.  You can learn all of them from us.  We offer the best instruction in a comprehensive, yet affordable package.

General Class Policy and Refund Policy We take our schools seriously. They are the best of their kind you can attend.  In order to coordinate students, equipment and instructors with a minimum of problems, we stick to an exacting schedule and curriculum.  In order to maintain an atmosphere where teaching and learning can be done efficiently, disruption has to be kept to a minimum.  In group classes no alteration in starting time or place will be made for any individual. Show up on-time, organized and ready to be part of a team effort.  Scheduling a class involves scheduling instructors time and in some cases scheduling support people.  Once your deposit is received those people are reserved for you.  When we accept your deposit we have formed a contract to serve you.  You have signed a contract to attend.  
Classes not booked with the minimum number of students to hold a class, (or float), seven days before the classes starting date- students will be notified, and the class may be subject to change - and may be rescheduled to the next session.  If less than the minimum number of  students needed to hold a “group” class are registered, the class can still be taught, but the cost will be according to the “number of individual” students per instructor.
Students who don't show up for a class will not be rescheduled without a new fee.  

What you should bring for outdoor classes.

  1. Rain Coat (earth-tones for fishing schools).
  2. Polarized glasses.
  3. You should bring waders for all fly fishing schools.
  4. Rod, reel & flies will be provided.

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