There are many secrets, mysteries and critical concepts in fly fishing that can take many years to learn on your own. To pursue fly fishing as a sport, passion or hobby and not understand these concepts will only make your time on the water frustrating and difficult. Critical Concepts in Fly Fishing is the foundation or base upon which your fly fishing skills are based on. Completion of Critical Concepts in Fly Fishing will give you the knowledge to be able fly fish any river or stream with confidence and poise. Critical Concepts in Fly Fishing consist of 3 sessions that are broken down into 3 major aspects of fly fishing that are not taught anywhere but are the backbone in fly fishing. The first session is on dry fly fishing, the second is in emerger fishing and the last is nymph fishing (sub-surface).
Dry Fly Fishing Session One:
Most fly anglers prefer the action of dry fly fishing over all other forms of fly fishing. This class covers the fundamentals of dry fly fishing and you will learn insect identification (entomology), where to dry fly fish, which flies to use, necessary equipment, types of fly rods. We will discuss the proper type of leader used to successfully cast a dry fly as well as proper presentation of the dry fly. Particular attention is given to understanding how hatches work here in Idaho and how trout react to a typical hatch. The goal of this class is to give you a clear understanding on how to successfully dry fly fish to feeding trout.
Emphasis is put on what makes at trout strike a dry fly, how a trout sees a dry fly and what an angler must do to make a fish strike his or her dry fly. Clearly defining what is a trout’s search or prey image and how important that becomes to presenting the right fly. We will learn the sight vision of a trout and how he uses his eye sight to identify what is food and what is not. Learning what type of river you are fishing often will determine what type of fly you will be using and the logic behind the size and color of your fly when making a fly selection.
Emerger Fishing Session Two:
The emerger fly is considered a dry fly and is used most often during a hatch. Most experienced fly anglers with tell you the emerger is the most important dry fly you should have in your fly box. If the emerger and dry fly are the same then what’s the difference and why should I know this? These are some of the questions we address during this session. Simply put, trout often prefer to eat the emerger over the traditional dry fly. Knowing how and when to fish an emerger fly to a rising trout is one of the most important skills an angler must possess when fly fishing for trout. This class emphasizes the entomology of aquatic insects, how trout react to emerging insects, and the various fly patterns that best represent them. You will learn various techniques and strategies used to present emerger imitation flies to rising trout.
Nymph Fishing (Sub-Surface) Session Three:
Year in and year out more trout are caught on nymphs than on any other fly. Learn the fly fishing logic to how, when, where to use nymphs and the strategies and techniques fly anglers use to fly fish using nymphs. Fly Fishing is two things; dry fly fishing and nymph fishing. Being a complete angler requires that anglers be competent at both. Learn all the different types of nymphing from European style, classic straight line, high stick and indicator nymphing. Emphasis is put on what flies to use, how anglers tie them on and the use of lead (spit shot) and weighted flies.
The focus and goal of Critical Concepts in Fly Fishing is to teach you the fundamentals of fly fishing in a logical, scientific and fun way.