Matt believes the best way to effectively learn fly fishing, is to experience it in a fun and exciting, hands on environment with a professional instructor. Because of this mindset, Matt has developed a number of custom classes that will tailor to all anglers ability levels and skill sets.
Taking a lesson will help you to avoid many of the pit falls beginners run into, and drastically reduce the learning curve ten fold. Matt’s youthful, educational, and energetic lesson plans are what keep bringing students back year after year, wanting to learn more!
Cast N’ Catch (3 hrs) This is by far Matt’s most popular class offering the best of both worlds, casting instruction and fishing. Class begins with a private hour and a half casting lesson, which leads into an hour and a half of guided fishing on the private, stocked ponds.
Introduction to Fly Fishing 101 (4 hrs) This is a great class for anyone interested in getting started and wanting to learn about this exciting sport. This course will cover everything from A-Z in the world of fly fishing. You will learn about rods, reels and the basic gear, knot tying, aquatic macro invertebrates (the bugs!) along with live sampling, fish dentification, fly tying and casting instruction. The bug and gear portions include power points and color hand outs. Class includes a free fly box! This class does not include any actual fishing, see below for the next option.
Sundowner (Half Day) This program covers all the subjects of the Introduction to Fly Fishing 101 course, along with guided evening fishing on the private ponds at the Resort at Squaw Creek. The Sundowner will put you in the position to fish your local trout river on your own, and feel confident in the process. This is Matt's second most popular class.
Beginner's Casting (1.5 hrs) This class is geared for people wanting to try fly casting for the first time, or someone who has maybe only casted a few times in the past. Casts covered will include the pickup and lay down, false casting, roll casting and how to shoot line. All will put you in a great position to get your fly to the fish.
Intermediate / Advanced Casting (1.5 hrs) Students taking this class usually have the fundamentals of the fly cast down pretty well, and are looking to improve on what they already know. Topics covered may include working on your distance, improving your accuracy, fly presentation, line handling, or any one of the other skills needed to make the perfect cast. This class can be a great tune up for your upcoming fishing trip, especially if it’s saltwater flats fishing.
Fly tying 101 (2 hrs) This is a great option for those with little or no tying experience. Tying 101 is structured around teaching you the basics of fly tying in a hands on environment. There is no need to worry if you don’t have your equipment, all supplies necessary will be available to all students at no extra charge.
Advanced Fly Tying (2 hrs) This class is offered to anyone with previous fly tying experience and wants to learn a few more tricks of the trade. During your session you will learn how to tie imitative dry flies and emergers, various streamer patterns and different nymphs. You will be taught how to tie parachute posts, how to add ribbing to your favorite flies, techniques on how to use dubbing for bodies and much more
Aquatic Macro Invertebrate Sampling (1.5 hrs) This a great class for those of you who have ever asked yourself “what do fish eat”? During this course you will be taken subsurface to find out what is going on in the world of aquatic insects. This is a hands ON class that will start with a short power point in the Fly Fishing Center where you will learn about all the different insects and their life cycles, followed by a class on the water. With various types of nets, you will be catching and studying the live insects you just learned about in the classroom. This is an excellent class for adults, families, and especially kids. All children under twelve must be accompanied by an adult. This class is limited to fifteen students.
Women’s Only Classes In recent years there has been a overwhelming requests for women’s only programs. Because of this, Matt would love to offer any of the programs above as “women only” options. This can be a fantastic way to spend and afternoon or even a day with your girlfriends enjoying a fun and exciting new activity. A few of the more popular group options are birthday and bachelorette parties as well!
Custom Classes At the discretion of your instructor, private, custom, group and corporate classes can be available upon request. Over the years, your instructor has developed several team building activities as an option as well.
What’s Included- All gear including rods, waders, flies, ect. What to Bring- Hat, polarized sun glasses, sun screen, camera and lots of questions!!!
Special Note Keep in mind that clinics are tailored to you, what you want to learn, and to fit your schedule! Any of the topics you see on above can be mixed and matched to accomplish your goals a fly fisher.
Please contact Matt with any questions, including scheduling and pricing.