Fly Fishing for Beginners
Of the outdoor sports, fly fishing is arguably the most poetic. Over the past century, Montana’s blue-ribbon trout streams have lured in explorers from all over the world. From beginners to active anglers, we invite you to come and increase your skills in this friendly learning environment. Participants will spend the morning learning stream ecology and casting technique. The afternoon will be spent applying your new skills into practice on the wild and scenic banks of the North Fork of the Flathead River.
Meeting Place: Big Creek Outdoor Education Center
9:00 a.m. Welcome: Meet at Big Creek Outdoor Education Center (see campus map). Brief Orientation.
9:15 a.m. Rods, Reels, Lines, Knots, and Flies: We will discuss equipment, assembly how-to, break-down, and general maintenance & care.
10:00 a.m. Where are the fish are and what are they eating?: Exploration of Big Creek will lead to the understanding of basic principles of where the fish hide and what they eat. We will discuss aquatic invertebrates and how they relate to the flies we use.
11:00 a.m. Casting: Students will learn the correct methods of casting. We will then practice in an open field before adventuring onwards to the river.
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. To the River: After going over proper safety procedures, students will have the opportunity to independently spread out and use what we learned in the morning to better their craft. Students will then spend the rest of the afternoon applying lessons learned.
4:00 p.m. Dismissal
Food: Please bring a sack lunch, plenty of water and snacks for the day.
Equipment: All participants should bring some sort of protective eyewear for the class. Polarized sunglasses are ideal. The Glacier Institute has fly fishing gear available if you do not have your own. You will need to bring shoes you can get wet in. We will not use rubber hip boots. Old sneakers will work fine. Prepare for all weather.
Fishing License: Students will independently practice in the afternoon from the riverbanks of Glacier National Park. While fishing in Glacier, students do not need a fishing license.