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Lessons & Events

Fly Fishing and Fly Tying Instruction is offered year round at Chicago Fly Fishing Outfitters - and there is usually an event or two right around the corner scheduled at the shop....

If you have an interest in learning fly fishing or fly casting or you want to improve upon the skills you already possess, the gifted professional instructors at our shop can help. We offer classes and clinics during the spring and summer months, and private instruction is available all year long.

If your interest lies in learning the art of fly tying, we offer Introductory and Intermediate level classes in the fall and winter.

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Private Lessons - Available year round.

Allow the instructors at Chicago Fly Fishing Outfitters custom tailor a private lesson for you. We conduct casting lessons on North Pond in Lincoln Park. Our seasoned instructors can assist with all skill levels from beginner to advanced. Most "intermediate" anglers suffer from the same limitations and common mistakes. A one hour lesson can tweak your cast and make your next day on the water more enjoyable. We can teach hauling and basic spey/switch casting as well. All equipment provided.

Please call the shop to schedule 312.944.3474

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Intermediate Fly Tying Class: Crawdaddy Patterns for Carp, Bass, and Trout - Wednesday, February 21st 6:30-8:30 PM

Every freshwater fish dines on crayfish. Instructor Paul Melchior has created many different crayfish patterns to meet the demands of various fishing conditions. From smallmouth to carp, it is important to have different weights, sizes, and colors of crayfish in your box. Paul will share some of his favorites and most versatile.

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Introduction to Fly Tying Class - Tuesdays, Feb 27th, Mar 6th, 13th

Learn the Art of Fly Tying!

Join instructor Paul Melchior for this comprehensive three-session class designed to introduce the fundamentals of fly tying.

In 3 classes you'll learn to tie the three major categories of flies: streamers, nymphs and dry flies.

No experience necessary. Call 312-944-3474 to reserve your spot.



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Intermediate Fly Tying Class: Working with Deer Hair - Thursday, March 1st 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Deer hair is used in many well known patterns, from streamers and dry flies to bass bugs. Many think it's one of the most difficult materials to master, but with a bit of coaching, it's actually pretty straightforward. Join Paul Melchior to learn how to use deer hair on several different flies including a streamer and a mouse.

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Intermediate Fly Tying Class - Mike Schmidt Streamer Tying Class - Mar 7th Wednesday 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Mike Schmidt is known by all of his friends as a fish junky, every moment not on the water his mind is occupied with some aspect of fly tying.

Rather than focus solely on one specific facet of tying Mike utilizes techniques from across the sport to create flies for chasing just about any species across both fresh and salt water. Admittedly though his passion is for streamer fishing, so much of his spare time is consumed with incorporating the rapidly growing number of synthetic materials along with their natural counterparts to create new streamers. The resulting flies are cutting edge patterns used to fool the most wary fish.

Mike is a full time commercial tyer for his company, Anglers Choice Flies, currently based in New Smyrna Beach Florida. Throughout the year he teaches fly tying and fishing techniques at clubs and retail locations throughout the United States, in addition to spending the winter months travelling to tie and present at fly fishing shows. Mike is an Orvis Signature Tyer as well as being on the pro staffs for Regal Engineering, Clutch Tactical Fly Rods, Vedavoo, and SmithFly.

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Intermediate Fly Tying Class: Steelhead Flies that Hunt - Mar 8th Thursday 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Swinging flies is a very exciting and rewarding way to catch steelhead in the Midwest. The pull of a steelhead at the end of a spey rod is simply unforgettable - join Niall as he shares his favorite tying techniques, materials and patterns to increase the odds of getting a grab.

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Intermediate Fly Tying Class - Nocturnal Trout Patterns - Tuesday, March 13th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Come summer in the Midwest, the biggest brown trout feed almost exclusively at night, and usually on the surface. What does it take to tease up one of these big fish? Learn Nialls favorite nighttime patterns for big brown trout, including details about important fly pattern characteristics and optimal fly tying materials.

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Intermediate Fly Tying Class: More Musky Flies... - Mar 14th Wednesday 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Shop employee and part time musky guide Dave VanVliet (of Drifting Wolverine fame) will dazzle you with some of his sorcery at the vise. Dave has spent countless hours driving the back roads of MI & WI in search of walk/wade musky opportunities. He will share his most productive patterns for hunting apex these predators.

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Intermediate Fly Tying Class: Essential Topwater Flies for Bass - March 22nd Thursday 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Nothing is more exciting that watching a bass explode from the depths to inhale your fly on the surface. There are a number essential patterns that imitate various surface forage such as damsels & dragons, terrestrials, baitfish, and frogs. Whether lake or river fishing come learn some of the essentials with staff member Paul Melchior.

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Two Day Fly Fishing School In Wisconsin - Saturday and Sunday, April 28th - 29th

Join the talented instructors of Chicago Fly Fishing Outfitters on a beautiful trout stream in bucolic Southwest Wisconsin, just four hours away from Chicago, for our most comprehensive fly fishing school.

Our program enters it's 15th year and has evolved into one of the nation's finest "Introduction to Fly Fishing Schools"

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Two Day Fly Fishing School In Wisconsin - Saturday and Sunday, May 19th - 20th

Join the talented instructors of Chicago Fly Fishing Outfitters on a beautiful trout stream in bucolic Southwest Wisconsin, just four hours away from Chicago, for our most comprehensive fly fishing school.

Our program enters it's 15th year and has evolved into one of the nation's finest "Introduction to Fly Fishing Schools"

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Two Day Fly Fishing School In Wisconsin - Saturday & Sunday, June 9th - 10th

Join the talented instructors of Chicago Fly Fishing Outfitters on a beautiful trout stream in bucolic Southwest Wisconsin, just four hours away from Chicago, for our most comprehensive fly fishing school.

Our program enters it's 15th year and has evolved into one of the nation's finest "Introduction to Fly Fishing Schools"

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Two Day Fly Fishing School in Wisconsin - Saturday & Sunday, July 14th - 15th

Join the talented instructors of Chicago Fly Fishing Outfitters on a beautiful trout stream in bucolic Southwest Wisconsin, just four hours away from Chicago, for our most comprehensive fly fishing school.

Our program enters it's 15th year and has evolved into one of the nation's finest "Introduction to Fly Fishing Schools"

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Two Day Fly Fishing school in Wisconsin - Saturday & Sunday, September 8th - 9th

Join the talented instructors of Chicago Fly Fishing Outfitters on a beautiful trout stream in bucolic Southwest Wisconsin, just four hours away from Chicago, for our most comprehensive fly fishing school.

Our program enters it's 15th year and has evolved into one of the nation's finest "Introduction to Fly Fishing Schools"

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