Fly Fishing for Beginners
Instructor: Beau Servo or Mike Carpenter
Every Thursday from July 15 – August 19, 2021
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
Itinerary: (subject to change due to trail closures and weather)
9 a.m. Welcome: Meet at Big Creek Outdoor Education Center. Brief Orientation.
9:15 Rods, Reels, Lines, Knots, and Flies: We will discuss equipment, assembly how-to,
break-down, and general maintenance & care.
10:15 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 Casting: Students will learn the correct methods of casting. We will then practice
in an open field before adventuring onwards to the river.
1:15 To the River: We will meet down at the river. We will go through proper safety procedures and spend a few minutes discussing stream flows, establishing a drag free drift, fish hooking, fighting and safely releasing our catch. Students will then 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.
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: A valid Montana fishing license is required for all participants 12 years and older. You can purchase a 2-day license or a full 2021 season fishing license at http://fwp.mt.gov/fish/license/ (Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks website).
Academic Credit: Please see our ‘2021 Academic Credit’ link on our website to learn about OPI credits for our courses.