12 posts categorized "Fly Fishing Instruction"

February 12, 2009

Learning from The Masters

A Passion for Steelhead  

From yesterday's inbox.

The Fly Shop is excited to announce that we will again be hosting Dec Hogan’s Spey Casting and Fishing Clinics on the Sacramento River in Redding in April.

Each daily clinic is held on-the-water on the Sacramento River near Redding, and will be split into a morning and an afternoon session, with lunch provided in between. The morning session will focus on the fundamentals of two-handed casting techniques, while the afternoon session is dedicated to actual fishing applications that anglers encounter when fishing with Spey rods. This is a great opportunity for any student of spey casting, or anglers interested in targeting steelhead, sea-trout, or Atlantic Salmon on the fly, to learn from one of the true masters of fly fishing with the two-handed rod.

The cost for the full-day casting and fishing clinic is $250 per person, which includes lunch. The clinics will be held on Saturday, April 4, and Sunday, April 5. There will be a maximum of 6 rods per class, so sign up now to guarantee yourself a spot.

If you are interested in signing up for either of the two full-day casting and fishing clinics, contact Michael Caranci at The Fly Shop at 800-669-3474, or michael@theflyshop.com.

February 02, 2009

A Steelheader's Way

Lani's new book

 “Lani Waller has drawn on long experience and a deep love of steelhead to write a book that few steelheaders will want to be without.” --Thomas McGuane

“Lani Waller has a passion for these beautiful creatures that comes across on every page. And Bob Hooton brings a thorough approach to the science.” ---Yvon Chouinard, Patagonia, Inc.

“Waller . . . sees, feels, and writes about [steelhead] more deeply and colorfully than any person I know. Beginner or expert, you will not be able to put this book down until you’ve read every single word.” --Dave Whitlock

Steelhead legend Lani Waller covers the essential elements of fishing for trophy steelhead with prose as beautiful and surprising as the fish themselves. The blend of how-to and why-to not only captures the essence of these elusive fish but also uncovers what it takes to consistently bring them to hand. Waller shares his techniques for swinging wets and waking dry flies, including proper approach, presentation, and his favorite fly patterns, both classic and contemporary. Chapters on hunting trophies, equipment, casting, and conservation provide readers with a life’s worth of wisdom learned from his time on the water.

  Waller brings along some of his friends to help contribute to the book. Steelhead expert Bob Hooton’s chapter on steelhead biology is a concise overview of the steelhead’s life cycle, biology, and behavior; artist Dave Hall illustrates Waller’s swinging techniques; and photographer Ken Morrish’s stunning images capture the magic of the fish and the rivers they ascend each year. This all-star cast of steelhead fanatics has created a classic book that honors the fish as well as those who chase them, whether in the Pacific Northwest of United States, the wilderness streams of British Columbia, or the hundreds of tributaries that run into the Great Lakes.


November 14, 2008

Spey Daze

After 6 years on the Sky, the 7th annual Spey Days NW will be moving to Howard Miller Steelhead Park on the Skagit. Some of the best Spey casters on the planet will be on hand for casting instruction. The lineup includes, Mike McCune, Scott O'Donnell, Ed Ward, George Cook, Al Buhr, Dana Sturn, Tim Rajeff, Way Yin, Trey Combs, Kerry Burkheimer and Dec Hogan.


September 15, 2008

Welcome to the World of Andy Burk


It's about time Andy had himself a website. LINK

June 10, 2008

How to Make Your Small Fish Look Like a Big Catch


No one’s impressed that you caught a goldfish on your four-day-long camping trip. We’ve got three tips to dupe your friends into thinking you caught a big one.  LINK

Thanks Markus!

May 06, 2008

Remember, Take Your Car Keys Out of Your Pocket First

Sandy Moret's tip of the month

November 02, 2007

A message from a flounder


The poor mans halibut?

Most people think of flounder as a fish laying on the bottom, looking up, watching the world go by. Flounder are actually very aggressive fish and are made for fly rodding.  LINK

September 12, 2007

Expert Village How To Fly Fishing Videos


In addition to knife juggling techniques, Expert Village offers 204 how to fly fishing videos.

March 02, 2007

Where Fly Fishing Elements Unite

Fly Fusion is an instructional and information based magazine that refrains from publishing articles that are destination specific.  LINK

February 27, 2007

Welcome to the Orvis animated flyfishing knot series



Previously on MC:

Knot nut Valhalla!  Animated Knots By Grog  LINK

February 13, 2007

I'll Swallow Your Sole!



I like the following flies for flounder - Bearded Charlie, Belize Bomber, Deepwater Gotcha and the Spawning Gotcha. LINK

January 22, 2007

NOLS / Orvis Wilderness Fly Fishing


NOLS, the premier teacher of outdoor skills and leadership, has teamed up with Orvis to offer a fly fishing variation of one of their 30 day wilderness schools.

Love the mountains and dream of being a fly fishing guide? Want to show up your friends and family on the next fishing trip? Either way, this is the course for you. The only course at NOLS dedicated to fishing, this expedition is an angler’s dream: Orvis™ guides will teach you the fly fishing skills to be an ace on the water while your NOLS instructors turn you into an outdoor expertLINK


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