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Two Day Fly Fishing School In Wisconsin

Saturday & Sunday, June 6th - 7th 2020

This two day class takes place on a living, beautiful spring creek, an incredible classroom!

Our staff is passionate about fly fishing and has two full days to teach and share.
The "instruction" encompasses the following areas of concentration and will be presented by our expert instructors:

* Casting and on-stream presentation techniques
* Knot tying basics
* Collection of aquatic insects and an entomology overview all designed to help students understand fly selection and how "bugs" play into the game
* Basic equipment selection and use
* Understanding of stream hydrology, fish biology and habitat
* Application of learned techniques with "guided" fishing demos

All necessary equipment(rods,reels, flies and leaders) and instructional materials are provided. Lunch and beverages will be served each day. Students will need to arrange for their own transportation, lodging and Wisconsin fishing license.

"I just wanted to drop you a note to thank you (as well Phil and Dave) for a terrific seminar. It was really awesome. Several things to note in particular. First, the ?ands on?instruction regarding the insects and crustaceans in the river was excellent. Combining that with the written materials and lecture on mayflies and caddis was a nice combination. Particularly effective because it was comprehensive without being too confusing.

Second, it helped that, after illustrating the trout food, you gave us our own trout food and told us to pick out and fish our own flies. No better way to reaffirm knowledge than by putting what you just learned to use.

Third, the explanation of reading the water was perfect. The fact that the river is so small and wadable also helped reaffirm that lesson because you could literally get into the river and physically feel the seams, etc.

Fourth I thought all three of you guys were excellent and clear in your instruction. So thanks much.

Last but not least thanks to all of you on this email. What a pleasant, intelligent, interesting, fun group of folks. The dinner on Saturday night was great and I?l never forget Peter going behind the bar to mix his own drinks."

Steve S. - June 2019

Thanks for the excellent Fly Fishing School that Paul, Phil and you presented at Castle Rock. Your Chicago Fly Fishing Outfitters program far exceeded other programs I have experienced. Since taking up fly fishing a few years ago I have been continually trying to improve. After a weekend with you guys I left feeling my knowledge and technique had definitely moved up a level. I especially appreciated the focus on the Wisconsin's Driftless Area. I was also impressed that several attendees who had never done any fly fishing were competently casting and knowledgeably fishing by the program's end. Every aspect of your program was excellent and, with 10 students and 3 instructors, it was like getting individual instruction. I would unhesitatingly recommend this school.

Tom B, May 2018

"Loved it. Just what I was looking for to supplement my prior bluegill and bass fishing. Catching my first brown was a highlight!"

Steven P Sep 2018

"Please extend my thanks to Jon, Will and Phil on an EXCELLENT job with the class. Although I have been fly fishing for 5 years, you guys kept it interesting and it is always good to brush up on the fundamentals."

Al D - May 2014

"What a great course! You did such a nice job and definitely opened my eyes as to why my family/friends enjoy this sport so much. I can tell why it gets compared to golf in a way and hope I can get out to the "real" waters soon this summer.


"Thanks for a tremendous weekend. I cannot compliment Jon, Will and Phil enough. Truly great ambassadors and instructors... The boys definitely have the bug and I will be sure to keep encouraging them. All the best!"

Paul - June 2011