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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: Crab Flies for the FLATS - Wednesday, Feb 8th, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Permit are undoubtedly one of the most difficult to catch on fly. We will tie proven patterns for these finicky flats fish discussing sink rate, strip, and general Permit behavior. Crabs and Shrimp are on the menu so don't forget to bring the cocktail sauce. Instructor: Jon Uhlenhop

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Pesca Maya Hosted Trip - Ascension Bay, Mexico - February 16th - 23rd,

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CHICAGO FLY FISHING OUTFITTERS LTD invites you to join us for a 6 day, 7 night fishing trip to beautiful Pesca Maya located 3 hours south of Cancun in the Yucatan.

February is a great month to fish Ascension Bay as temperatures are moderate and we are there before the peak season rush. We will fish for Bonefish and Permit and will occasionally see Tarpon and Snook.

The trip cost is $4500 and is all inclusive except airfare and gratuities. Please contact the shop for more details at 312-944-3474 or jon@chifly.com .

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Intermediate Tying Class: Tactical/Euro Nymph Patterns for Trout - Tuesday, Feb 28th 6:30 - 8:30

Intermediate Fly Tying: Tying and Rigging Tactical Nymphs and Jigs

Euro Nymphing is all the rage these days but fly design ideas that were born in the competition game have many applications for the weekend angler. Join Tight-Line junkie Jon Uhlenhop to learn some easy yet effective flies and associated techniques for constructing fast sinking nymphs.

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Intermediate Fly Tying Class - Midwest Smallmouth Flies with John Seals - Friday, March 3rd 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Go-to Smallmouth Flies. Contract fly designer, John Seals , shares and teaches some of his favorite fly patterns for smallmouth bass. Learn a range of fly styles and techniques proven for smallmouth bass, a wild and native species to the Midwest.

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Intermediate Fly Tying Class: Musky Fly Design and Construction - Tuesday, Jan 7th 6:30 - 8:30

Shop friend John Seals , contract fly designer for Catch Fly Fishing will discuss and demonstrate some of the essential contemporary design elements for tying effective musky flies.

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Two Day Fly Fishing School In Wisconsin - Saturday and Sunday, May 6th & 7th

Our Introduction to Fly Fishing School is entering its 20th year since we began the program. Join some of the finest fly fishing instructors in the business in the heart of the Driftless region of SW Wisconsin for the weekend. We rent a private campground with a class 1 trout stream as our classroom. Each day students will fish both independently and 1 on 1 with an instructor to work on various skills.



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Two Day Fly Fishing School In Wisconsin - Saturday and Sunday, June 10th - 11th

Our Introduction to Fly Fishing School is entering its 20th year since we began the program. Join some of the finest fly fishing instructors in the business in the heart of the Driftless region of SW Wisconsin for the weekend. We rent a private campground with a class 1 trout stream as our classroom. Each day students will fish both independently and 1 on 1 with an instructor to work on various skills.



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Two Day Fly Fishing School In Wisconsin - Saturday & Sunday, June 24th - 25th

Our Introduction to Fly Fishing School is entering its 20th year since we began the program. Join some of the finest fly fishing instructors in the business in the heart of the Driftless region of SW Wisconsin for the weekend. We rent a private campground with a class 1 trout stream as our classroom. Each day students will fish both independently and 1 on 1 with an instructor to work on the various skills.



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Two Day Fly Fishing School in Wisconsin - Saturday & Sunday, July 8th - 9th

Our Introduction to Fly Fishing School is entering its 20th year since we began the program. Join some of the finest fly fishing instructors in the business in the heart of the Driftless region of SW Wisconsin for the weekend. We rent a private campground with a class 1 trout stream as our classroom. Each day students will fish both independently and 1 on 1 with an instructor to work on various skills.



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Two Day Fly Fishing school in Wisconsin - Saturday & Sunday, September 16th - 17th

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 its 20th year and has evolved into one of the nation's finest "Introduction to Fly Fishing Schools"

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