Our Fly Fishing Accademy Program

We give you the equipment, the knowledge and the field training to create a strong foundation, for a lifetime of successful fly fishing and fisheries conservation.

All your fly fishing tackle will be provided.  Or you can bring your own 5 wt. rod w/floating line.  

The academy is co-educational for ages 12-16

Dorm room style lodging and chef made meals

Male and Female Ghillies aka Counselors

Proof of Vaccinations Required upon Registration 

Every camper will go home with a complete 5 wt. Rod Kit, a Full Box of Flies, Chest Pack, Knot Tying Cards, a Field Guide, Water Bottle and Tote Bag.  You’ll be given fly fishing information that would take the average fly fisher years to accumulate.  Plenty of time is scheduled for casting practice, fly tying and fishing, which all help you connect the dots and appreciate the true meaning of what is required to maintain and hopefully, improve our fisheries.

Fly Fishing Topics Covered at the Academy

Fly Casting

In addition to getting good at the basic overhead cast, you’ll also be given instruction about  more advanced casts such as the roll cast,  haul and double haul casts.  

Fly Tying

All the tools, materials and equipment are provided.  After classes, instructors will be available to assist everyone in creating at least four effective fly  patterns to take home.   Camper tied or from our store room, we’ll insure that every camper  always  has a full fly box.  

Fly Gear

What’s the difference between a 3 wt. and a 9 wt. rod?  Is a soft action rod better than a fast one?   Some fly lines sink and others float, why?    What’s heavier a  5X or 3X tippet?      Join us  in  June and find out.

Fish Biology

Learn about your quarry from professionals.   Is that trout a female or a male?  What’s a lateral line? Why are fish slimy?  How do fish see?  And then get messy while dissecting a few fish and learn more some fishy facts.

Entomology 101

Guaranteed no Latin names, just plain English.  You’ll be discovering what fish eat.  You know -fish food !   Nothing fancy ‘just the facts man’.  You’ll discover where and how bugs live,  then catch some in the creeks and lake.  Then use this  hands on  knowledge and some help in the tying room, to tie matching flies.   Or at least something close.  Fear not, we have plenty of pre-made flies if needed. 

Knots

You’ll  learn the basic connection knots needed to set up your fly gear from attaching line to the reel all the way to tying on a fly.  Maybe you will  discover a few extra knots like the super easy  double-uni knot or a Dropper knot.   There will be camp time to work on getting these twisty things mastered.  But to help you enjoy your fishing time on the water, you’ll get a pack of  “Knot Tying Reference Cards”  to keep in your fishing pack.  These cards will help you remember how to tie that perfect knot.

Fisheries Conservation and Stewardship

Do you think the fish will last forever?     Discover how you can help keep fish in lakes and the rivers.

Which Fly ?

When you can cast and tie flies you’ll eventually ask –  WHAT  FLY  DO  I  TIE  ON ?       You’ll learn.

Tactics and Techniques

We’ll talk about what clothing you should you wear to camouflage yourself?   How should you approach and wade in fishable waters?    What’s the difference between an emerger and a pupa?  Dead drift or swing?   What size fly?   What do fish see?   Join us to find out.

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Invasive Species

There are critters and veggies we don’t want in our waters.  Why are they a problem ? You can help fix it? 

River Fly Fishing

You just saw a fish rise, but what stage of what insect are they eating?    Where do I cast from and how do I retrieve my fly?    Learn the answers to these questions. 

Lake Fly Fishing

A lake offers a very large area of water to fish.  Where do I cast?  How do I retrieve the fly?  How deep?  What bugs live there and where?   When is this fish food available to fish?   Fly camp will provide the answers. 

Catch n Release - Keep 'em Wet

Wading and Floating Safety

How can I be safe when wearing waders or floating on a lake?  What is the correct type and fit for a Life Vest?

Ethics and Etiquette

A wise woman once said, “At first we go to the water to fish . . . then we fish, to go to the water”.   How?