Fly Fishing Classes for Beginners

Vail Valley Angers Fly Fishing 101 Class

Spring runoff season is a great time to take a fly fishing class if you are a beginner looking to learn how to enjoy the sport. If you have never held a fly rod in your hands before, but like the idea of trying it out, the Fly Fishing 101 class here at Vail Valley Anglers might be just what you are looking for. The sport of fly fishing is complex enough that most beginner anglers are easily overwhelmed and even a little bit intimidated by just the thought of taking it up. We all had to start somewhere, and for many, the only way to climb the fly fishing mountain is to take baby steps. Fly Fishing 101 is an easy, low commitment way to “dip your toes in” without spending a lot of time and money right off the bat.

Who Should Take Fly Fishing 101?

I recommend this class to all of my fishing clients, as none of the information covered is superfluous, however the class is especially designed for the never ever angler who wants to learn the basics either before trying to go out alone or booking a guided fly fishing trip. The more time you spend learning the basics, the more prepared you will be for the next step when it comes along. It is important for beginner fly fishermen to establish solid fundamental skills and knowledge, and that is exactly what you get during the Fly Fishing 101 class.

What is Covered?

When you first start to fly fish, you will notice that every aspect of the sport comes with unique challenges. Everything is hard in the beginning, and it is impossible to practice without first knowing the right way to do things. For example, if you don’t know how to tie the basic knots the right way, you simply cannot fish without a guide. Without knowing what certain terms and angling specific phrases really mean, you will struggle to learn more about it on your own later. This is why your professional instructor/guide will usually divide the class into three sections including knot tying, casting, and finally some basic angling terminology. Beginner fly fishermen can expect to leave the class with enough understanding of the sport to be able to absorb new information more easily.

When is it?

Fly Fishing 101 is held every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for one hour from 9 to 10 am. This means that students have time after the class to go fishing on their own, or even better, book a half day or full day wade or float trip with their instructor or another professional Vail Valley Anglers guide.

The cost of the Fly Fishing 101 class is 25 dollars per person, making it by far the most affordable choice for instruction from a true fly fishing professional. It is great for tourist and locals alike who want to start building a sturdy foundation of fly fishing skills and knowledge. Make sure to call the fly shop at (970) 926-0900 to reserve your spot in the class ahead of time.

Brody Henderson