Fundamentals of Fly Fishing

From Hatch to Catch!
The Golden Stone Fly Nymph!

A philosopher once said "You cannot teach a man anything. You can only help him discover it within himself" Let one of Elk River Guiding Company's professional guides help you discover the art of fly fishing within yourself.

Without a doubt participating in a fly fishing lesson is a great stepping stone to success and can eliminate months if not years of frustration in trying to teach yourself or learn from someone who just shouldn't be teaching you. Getting taught the correct skills and techniques will enable most to become not only proficient and elegant casters but also shine new light on all the mysteries of fly fishing.

Through our personalized approach to learning the art of fly fishing, our courses are designed to give the new angler the basic knowledge, skills and fly fishing strategies to get started on the river.  

What to Expect:

Introduction to Fly Fishing Equipment and Gear
Casting and Techniques
Knots and How to Tie 'em
Entomology of the Stream - Bugs and how they relate to trout
Reading Water and Fly Presentation
Rules, Regulations and River Etiquette

Full Day (6hrs) Learn to Fly Fish: $495 for 2 ppl / $295 for 1 person / $100 each additional person

(includes lunch, drinks, flies, rods) 

1/2 Day (4hrs) Learn to Fly Fish: $295 for 2ppl /  $195 for 1 person / $100 each additional person

(includes flies, rods, bring your own lunch) 

Fly Casting Essentials: 1 Hour $50 per person / 2 Hours $85 per person

Family Fly Fishing: (Family Groups consists of 2 adults and 2 children under age 14)

Full Day (6 hours) Walk and Wade - $595

(includes lunch, drinks, flies, rods)

1/2 Day (4 hours) - $395 (dry land no license required)

Get kids fly fishing


Learn to Row a Drift Boat

[Learn to Row a Drift Boat]

Learn to Row a Drift Boat from a Licenced Fly Fishing Guide

Rowing a drift boat is a fun and rewarding skill that opens up endless miles of waters to fish.  Yet without proper training, it can also be dangerous and difficult to master.  Even experienced rowers can get into trouble without the proper knowledge and skills.  This course is designed for new boat owners, prospective boat owners, and those interested in learning to row a drift boat better and safer.  This class aims to increase your rowing skills and confidence to enhance your overall drift boat fishing experience.  Drift Boat Basics an “on the water” course and is taught by a licensed fly fishing guide.  This class can be tailored to participants needs, and topics include:

•             Drift boat and trailer basics and equipment

•             Boat launch and take-out skills and etiquette

•             General boat and passenger safety

•             Basic rowing skills including ferrying, boat positioning, anchoring and casting angles

•             General water reading and navigation skills

•             Obstacles and unexpected dangers

•             Basic recovery skills

•             River etiquette

Drift Boat Rowing Lessons Elk River Guiding Company
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