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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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Introduction To Fly Tying - Wednesday, Jan 3rd, 10th, 17th

Learn the Art of Fly Tying!

Join instructor, Captain Will Winans 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.

This 3 evening session will get you started in the entertaining and infinitely productive art of fly tying- just in time for winter and the long dark days ahead!

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Knots & Rigging I: Basic Knot's & Leader Construction for Freshwater Fishing - Jan 9th Tuesday, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

All Thumbs? Learning tips, tricks, and techniques will help alleviate streamside frustration. Understanding basic knots and leader design is essential for angling success. Join seasoned veteran Paul Melchior to demystify monofilament madness and get back on the water faster. The class is recommended to beginner to beginning intermediate anglers.

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Intermediate Fly Tying Class: Anchor Flies for Tight Line Fishing - Jan 18th Thursday 7:00 - 9:00 PM

"Tight Line" nymphing is one of the most effective ways to target fish in swift flowing water. This technique allows the angler to get their flies down quickly through the current thus maximizing the time the files are in a strike zone. The heavy flies used for this technique are called Bombs, Point Fly, or Anchors. Join long rod specialist Jon Uhlenhop to learn about both effective patterns and techniques.

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Intermediate Fly Tying Class: BWO Lifecycle Top to Bottom - Jan 23rd Tuesday 6:30 - 8:30 P<

Without dispute the Blue Winged Olive is the most important and prevalent mayfly family in North America. These hatches occur about every month of the year on just about every cold water creek, stream, or river. Join mayfly enthusiast Jon Uhlenhop as he demonstrates some of his favorites proven on both spring creeks and western freestones.

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Intermediate Fly Tying Class: Guide Flies for Musky - Jan 27th Saturday, 5:30 - 8:00 PM

Shop friend Dan Boggs of the Flying Musky Guide Company will teach you to tie his most current and effective patterns for the elusive musky. Plan on there being some pink tying material on the table and for a few laughs.

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Knots & Rigging II: Knots & Leader Construction for Saltwater and Big Game Freshwater Angling - Jan 30th Tuesday 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Once you master the basics, a raft of new knots and rigging challenges often derail anglers interested in working with heavier tippets, adding shock leaders or wanting to progress beyond simple clinch knots. In this class Paul Melchior will introduce participants to a variety of new techniques and knots employed in salt water or heavy freshwater-pike/muskie fishing.

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Introduction To Fly Tying - Feb 1st, 8th, 15th 7:00 - 9:00 PM

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.

This 3 evening session will get you started in the entertaining and infinitely productive art of fly tying- just in time for winter and the long dark days ahead!

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Pesca Maya Hosted Trip - Ascension Bay, Mexico - Sunday, Feb 4th - Sunday, Feb 11th

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 $3950 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 Fly Tying Class - Nocturnal Trout Patterns - Wednesday, February 7th, 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: Lower Wisconsin Smallmouth Flies - Feb 18th Sunday 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Join shop friend Kyle Zempel, owner of Black Earth Angling Co. as he shares some of his favorite smallmouth bugs. In Kyles words, "Join Kyle Zempel as he shows you a few of his favorite smallmouth baitfish patterns for angling in the Midwest. These patterns are designed to be presented quickly in many situations; from heavily pressured fish to those in the thickest of cover. The patterns are designed to be quick on the vise but highly effective in the water."

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Intermediate Fly Tying Class: Saltwater Shrimp for Bonefish & Permit - Feb 20th Tuesday 6:30 - 8:30 PM

All carnivorous fish that can be found inshore saltwater will eat shrimp. There are many considerations in fly design such as size, weight, color, splashdown effect, and the ability to occasionally be weedless. Instructor Jon Uhlenhop for a chance to learn some of his favorite flats patterns.

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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: 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 7th - 8th

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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