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Pond & River Package


Pond & River Package

Have you previously taken a class that was lacking? There just wasn’t enough, casting, fishing or instruction?

Then the Pond and River Package is for you!

Imagine learning the fundamentals of fly casting and catching fish in beautiful Olympic Valley. Then testing your new found skills, chasing wild trout on the notoriously beautiful, Truckee River.

It has a very A River Runs Through It vibe to it, doesn’t it?

That’s why this is our #1 pick. You simply can’t go wrong!

The morning starts with our three hour Cast N’ Catch class on our private, stocked ponds, followed by your dream half or full day guide trip.

The class and trip can be on the same day, or on separate days.

Package w Half Day Trip


One Person
$845 For Two People

Package w Full Day Trip


One Person
$995 For Two People

Pond and River Package FAQs

Where do we meet?

For the class half- Everline Resort and Spa (formerly Resort at Squaw Creek). RSC is 15 min south of Truckee and 10 min north of Tahoe City on Lake Tahoe. MAP.

For the river half-  Truckee River RV Park and East Side Deli, just 7 min east of Truckee. 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 type footwear should we have?

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

For the river half- We’ll provide you with boots and waders. But please have socks to wear under your waders, even in the summer.

Can we keep the fish?

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

Will we get confirmation info?

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

Are there lunch options?

This will depend on how you booked your package…

If you booked the class and guide trip on the same day, there will be time between the class and guide trip to grab a lunch.

You will pre-arrange this plan with your guide a few days prior to your booking.

If you booked your class and a full day add-on, on separate days than you have a few options.

You’re more than welcome to bring your lunch. Or if you’re looking to treat yourself to one of the famous hot or cold sandwiches at East Side Deli where we meet, we highly recommend it. You won’t regret it!

Who will we fish with?

For the class half- We cap our classes at a 5:1 student to instructor ratio. Exceptions may involve corporate groups or young children.

For the river half- Unlike our classes, Guide Trips are private to you and your group. We’ll never pair you with anglers you don’t know.

When’s the fishing season?

Since the Pond and River Package includes our ponds, this is only booked May-Fall, weather conditions permitting.

What's included?

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

What's not included?

Guide gratuity, CA fishing license (approx. $17) & 3% service charge.

See next FAQ tab for more license info.

Fishing license?

If you’re class day is separate from your river day, your fishing license is included for the class.

You will still need one for any river days.

All anglers 16 years and older need a minimum of a one day CA license.

You can buy and print your CA license HERE ahead of time.

Please have a printed, hard copy the day you fish with the correct date your booked on.

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.


Pond & River
Trip Advisor Reviews

This was my first ever time fly fishing so I did the Pond and River package with Matt. He is a great teacher--thorough and patient. He let me learn at my pace and provided excellent instruction. I wasn't sure if I would even like fly fishing and ended up loving it. Every part of the day was first class.

Dave A.

Absolutely fantastic Father’s Day celebration! Would highly recommend fly fishing lessons at Squaw Creek on the pond, then test your skills on the Truckee River! Matt and Dan were knowledgeable, professional, patient and fun! We have already booked another adventure with Matt Heron Fly Fishing!

Nick R.

My father and I booked a full day with Matt. The morning session involved casting lessons and time on the pond at Squaw Creek. In the afternoon we were on the Truckee river where Matt continued to work with us.
I highly recommend booking a trip if you are interested in fly fishing. Neither my father or I had any experience. A day with Matt has definitely sparked an interest in the sport for both of us. I am looking forward to enjoying this sport for years to come with my dad.

Larry J.

My family booked the PnR Package on a very windy afternoon. Matt and Finn were fabulous. Very patient and very knowledgeable. I would recommend this class to all levels of fly fishermen. The day fishing on the Little Truckee was everything advertised. Matt and Dan were simply fantastic. The enthusiasm by both was awesome. They truly cared about our experience and worked very hard to make our day of fishing unforgettable. I would highly recommend Matt Heron Fly Fishing to anyone who wants to catch fish, learn from the best, and enjoy a day you will remember forever. Hats off to Matt and his crew. We will be back for sure.

Dick L.

My husband and I are avid fisherman but have never tried fly fishing, so we decided to take lessons. Our instructors Ethan and David were knowledgeable, very patient, and encouraging. It was a great experience! The welcome packet we received was very informative and gave easy to follow directions. The company was very responsive to my emails and phone calls. Our second day we arranged to go out with a guide on the river, Peter was also top notch and very experienced. All around great experience!

Val M.
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