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Beginning Fly Fishing

Tri-Valley Fly Fishers offer the popular Fly Fishing Fundamentals Class taught by experienced club members for new members, and especially for those beginners just starting their fly fishing journey. The five-part course consists of three evenings of classroom instruction, one Saturday outdoor session with certified FFI casting instructor, and an on-water practical session with experienced Club members.

The class agenda is a comprehensive one that incorporates all of the necessary essentials to become a proficient fly fisher, and to enjoy participating in club outings. The curriculum includes:

  • Introduction to fly fishing and equipment needed for the sport
  • Recommendations on fly fishing equipment
  • Basic aquatic entomology (fish food for the hungry…)
  • Stillwater (lake) fishing
  • How to tie the knots you need to know
  • How to rig a fly rod
  • Reading the water for success in finding fish
  • Fishing streams effectively
  • Etiquette and courtesy while fly fishing
  • Casting instruction (roll cast, overhand, false casting)

At the conclusion of the class a beginner will be well-prepared for advancing to the fishing activity of their choice. We welcome beginners and experienced fly fishers alike. The club provides rods, reels, and fly line setups for the casting lessons or the student’s own rods can be used at your option.


Check our event calendar to see if this course is already scheduled. If not, please submit the interest form below. The club's Education Director will contact you when we receive enough interest to start another class.

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