Those anglers who have been able to learn under the shadow of an elder fly fishing mentor know what a resource experience can be to a beginning fly fisher. Fly fishing is not easy to begin with, and many of the aspects of the sport can be intimidating. Learning on your own can take years and delay active involvement in the sport as well as the achievement of competency. And many beginners do not feel ready to hire a guide, let alone pay the expense.
Enter Orvis, a leader in fly fishing. Now in its sixth year, Orvis has introduced more than 50,000 new people to the joys of fly fishing with free fly fishing clinics. Fly Fishing 101 provides a unique opportunity for people of all ages to learn more about the sport. A list of locations and dates for the 2015 classes can be found at www.orvis.com/flyfishing101, and each class is complimentary to the public. Classes are normally given from April through June, nationwide, through Orvis retail stores and participating dealers. Three area locations where classes are being held are The Beaverkill Angler, A&G Outfitters, and The West Branch Angler.
Tom Rosenbauer, Marketing Director for Orvis says the demand for fly fishing clinics has been very strong. “Each year thousands of people of all ages and walks of life are coming to these classes and learning the joys of this timeless sporting tradition. Our goal is simple – fly fishing provides serenity, challenge and an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends. We want to share this with people across the country. Folks all over the United States are extremely appreciative of this opportunity and the classes are specifically designed for beginners, with more advanced second and third sessions available.”
Fly Fishing 101/201 highlights follow:
- FF 101 classes concentrate on the two skills that intimidate most newcomers to the sport – knots and casting. The 101 course will consist of two parts – one hour of casting instruction and one hour of rigging. Most participants are true beginners so keeping the focus on learning these basic skills is the best place to start.
- FF 201 classes are done on the water, with a lower instructor/student ratio and the goal is for students to catch fish close to home. 201 class itineraries will vary by location. However, the main thrust of the 201 course is getting those interested in taking the next step in fly fishing on the water at a local location where they have a great chance at catching their first fish. Private water, local bass/bluegill ponds or recently stocked rivers and creeks are used.
New this year. This year FF 301 classes will be offered for those who have already attended a Fly Fishing 101 or 201 class (or have some casting experience). These classes are held on the water and involve more fishing time and more one-to-one instruction under actual fishing conditions. A minimal charge may apply for some of these courses.
Spring is on! What better time to take advantage of the improving weather and get out and learn to fly fish or sharpen your skills. Contact one of the local fly shops listed above or for more on this program, contact Orvis directly.