Yellowstone is a fly-fishing paradise. Nowhere in the world are there so many public rivers, lakes and streams found in such a small area. And with the many wonders of the park as a backdrop, Yellowstone is the perfect place to learn how to fly-fish or to fine tune your angling skills. We have three multi-day fly-fishing programs this summer and three single day clinics. Check them out and find the seminar that best fits you!
Fly Fishing for Beginners
When: June 3-6
Wily trout await you in the legendary fly-fishing waters of Yellowstone National Park. Learn how to catch them with classic fly-fishing techniques that you learn on dry land, and further refine on the park’s streams and rivers. You’ll find out how to select and set up the right equipment as well as learn the proper fundamentals of casting and presentation. On the water, you’ll look beneath the surface to examine the world of trout and the aquatic insects on which they depend. Above the surface we’ll examine the stream ecosystem and learn to “read” the water to understand where and how to present your fly. Learn skills and see Yellowstone up close—through an angler’s eyes.
Casting the Fly: An On-Stream Clinic
When: June 27, 7AM-6PM
Learn how to make the most of your precious time on the water in this focused workshop for advanced-beginner and intermediate fly-fishing anglers. After a review of casting basics, you’ll spend your day on the waters learning and practicing casting techniques with roving one-on-one instruction tailored to your experience level. Even experienced fly anglers will benefit from reinforced basic skills and this organized introduction to advanced techniques. Your time will be spent on the water learning not only about casting but also the wonders of Yellowstone stream and riparian ecosystems—and the challenges they face.
Backpacking and Fishing Yellowstone’s Interior
When: July 2-5
Enjoy spending time in Yellowstone’s spectacular backcountry hiking and fishing. You will spend the first evening at the historic Lamar Buffalo Ranch with an evening program focused on backcountry safety and preparation. Spend the rest of the class immersed in the heart of the Yellowstone interior. Days will be spent hiking to camp, side hikes, and fishing some of Yellowstone’s pristine backcountry waters.
Fly Fishing: Beyond the Beginner
When: July 13-17
Up your fly-fishing game by taking your skills to the next level. The Yellowstone and Lamar rivers will be your classroom as you learn to think like a trout. During full days on the river, you’ll dig in to trout ecology and stream entomology, deepening your understanding of cold water systems and improving your ability to catch those canny fish. Learn how to handle difficult conditions, such as winds, brushy stream banks, and variable currents, while practicing responsible fishing. In evening classroom sessions, you’ll learn how to tie your own flies, and consider challenges facing Yellowstone’s waters.
NEW! Nymph Fishing Clinic
When: July 19, 7am-5pm
Fishing beneath the surface with nymphs can be one of the most consistent ways to catch fish. In this course, you will learn a variety of techniques for choosing, rigging and presenting flies to fish where they feed most—subsurface. Euro-nymphing, strike indicators, and high-sticking are just some of the skills you will learn in this focused class. In addition to learning how to fish nymphs, we will also learn why, by better understanding the life cycles, habitats, and timing for the myriad of stillwater aquatic insects. Join us as we improve your skill set and see Yellowstone from this unique perspective.
NEW! Fly Fishing the Lakes Clinic
When: July 21, 6am-6pm
Many find lake fishing with a fly to be mysterious and intimidating. In this one-day course, we will help you unlock their secrets and expand your fly-fishing horizons. Starting with the ecosystem we will talk about trout’s food sources in Yellowstone’s lakes. Then we will move on to discuss reading the water, presentation, fly choices and other skills to improve your fishing experience. Finally, putting it all together, we will look at the lake, the fish, and the ecosystem and expand our appreciation for some of the most beautiful placing in the park.
Women’s Fly Fishing for Beginners
When: Aug 13-18
Ladies, join us to discover what the world of fly fishing is all about. In this hands-on class, you’ll learn how to read a river, cast a line, and land a fish correctly. You’ll spend some time in the classroom and on dry land practicing important skills, before heading out to Yellowstone’s legendary trout waters to practice what you’ve learned. As you build your skills and practice hooking that elusive fish, you’ll also gain an appreciation for the complex ecosystem conditions that create good trout habitat and ways you can help ensure the future of Yellowstone’s trout streams.