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Creek Creatures Kids Program


Did you know that fishing is the number one activity to get kids involved in the outdoors?

Fly Fishing Lesson

Enjoy an hour of guided fishing on one of the resorts stocked ponds full of rainbow trout!

Casting Lesson

Watch your kids eyes light up as they try to cast a fly for the fist time!

Aquatic Bug Lesson

Let your kid’s imagination take over while they learn about what trout eat!

Live Bug Sampling

Explore the ponds with a live bug lesson!

Take kids Fly Fishing

It’s easy now-a-days for kids to get distracted by YouTube and TicTok. Wracking up endless hours of screen time, especially once schools out.

“I want my kid to be on a device all summer” said no parent ever!

Thankfully Matt and Lu have put together a one-of-a kind kids program that is perfect for the all future fly fishers in your family.

Creek Creatures combines all the topics kids love into one unforgettable and fun learning experience. Can you imagine the smile on your kids face when you tell them they’re going fishing on summer vacation? #bestparentever

Cell phones are for fish pictures only!

3 hours


Recommended ages 5-10. Contact us about exceptions.
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Creek Creatures FAQs

Where do we meet?

All classes involving pond fishing meet at Everline Resort and Spa (formerly Resort at Squaw Creek) in Olympic Valley. Everline is 15 min south of Truckee and 10 min north of Tahoe City on Lake Tahoe. MAP.

What should we bring?

Dress for the weather, hat, sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, water/snacks. A small backpack is a great idea for extra clothing and other items you may not want to carry.

What footwear should we have?

Water shoes/sandals are ideal, but any shoes other than flip flops will work. They may get wet/dirty walking around the ponds.

Can we keep the fish?

No. All trips are catch and release using single barbless hooks.

Can parents join?


Parents have 3 options.

  1. Drop the kids off.
  2. Stay and watch.
  3. Join in the fun! We can add any parents for an additional $125/parent.

Will we get confirmation info?

Once booked, Lulana will send our Welcome Packet with ALL of the logistics for your trip!

How many kids per class?

We cap our classes at 5:1 students to instructor ratio. However, pending on the kids’ ages, class size may vary.

When is this class?

Our Creek Creatures class typically runs May-Fall, weather pending.

This three hour class usually starts at 8 or 9am. Because we’re dealing with young kids, times can be a bit flexible depending on other reservations on he ponds.

What is included?

All fishing gear, terminal tackle, and discount code to Matt’s online school, Find Your Cast.

What's not included?

Instructor gratuity & 3% service charge.

Do we need a fishing license?


Even for older siblings and adults joining in the class, Matt and Lu have secured a Private Water Fishing License good for anyone fishing the ponds.

What's the cancelation policy?

For any cancelations outside of 30 days you will receive a full refund.

For any cancelations inside of 30 days will forfeit the deposit.

For any cancelations within 7 days your card will be charged in full.

Please note: We fish in all weather (rain, snow, sleet), except dangerous or hazardous conditions (ie: lightning/thunderstorms, State of Emergency snow storms, over 50 mph winds or Hazardous Air Quality conditions). In the event of one of those exceptions, we will either reschedule the class/trip if possible, or provide a refund.

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"Matt has an excellent kids fly fishing program in the Truckee/Tahoe area. I've known Matt for several years and brought two young boys (ages 8 & 11) visiting from Paris, France to learn casting and fishing. The experience was beyond all expectations and we will likely see these two on the river. Thanks Matt!"

Dave R.

"My daughter and I had a great time and learned a lot in our beginner class with instructor Sam! He’s a patient and skilled instructor, and I will absolutely be recommending this class, and Sam, to friends with kids. I also really appreciate Lulana for booking our lesson on short notice — I called the day ahead thinking that they’d probably be slammed, given it’s a busy holiday week, but she was super helpful! I am already planning to take another class with Matt Heron Fly Fishing next time we are in Tahoe during the spring/summer, so I can keep living my best “A River Runs Through It” life!"

Sarah F.

"My twin boys and I have fished with Matt and his team 4 times over the last two years and always have a great time. Couldn't recommend them any higher. If you are going anywhere they guide, call Matt!!"

Nick Z.

"A fun experience with 7yr old's learning about fishing from a great guide!"

Bill M.

Thumbs up for a great experience...Matt Heron Fly Fishing went beyond the call of duty to make it a fun family experience. I highly suggest to use their services if you are visiting or in the area. Great time!

Mark P.
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