Fly Fishing Instruction – Classes for 2016

It’s almost the end of January, 2016. My goodness time does fly!  This is the time of the year to start thinking & making plans for your fishing in 2016.

If you have any interest in taking your fly fishing skills to the next level, I encourage you to check out my class offerings.

Fly Fishing is both intriguing and challenging. Becoming an independent angler requires one to pull together a lot of information & skills from books, videos, classes, and then following that up with on the water time. If you are seriously interested in fly fishing. then making the investment in instruction will go a long way in making you successful sooner and more frequently.

My passion is enabling anglers to increase their success in their fly fishing pursuits.  As a guide and avid instructor, I offer various levels of classes to enable anglers to get to that next level of fly fishing. I am personally invested in providing a quality experience. Therefore, I limit all my classes to no more than 4 anglers.

Below is a summary of my class offerings – you can learn more on their respective web pages. I offer these classes to the public, but if a specific date doesn’t work for you, a private class can be arranged for one to four anglers.

Casting Instruction Includes both Single & Two HandI provide 1.5 hour lessons that are tailored to the needs of the angler. All levels can be accommodated – from first time holding a fly rod, taking your casting to the next level, or preparing you for a trip of a lifetime.

Fly Fishing 101 – This full day class is designed for anglers getting into fly fishing or who have fished a few times. The course content will introduce you to all the skills you need to get on the water from casting, to fly selection, to tying on flies.

Fly Fishing 201 – This full day class is designed for anglers who have the general knowledge of fly fishing. You can tie on your flies, know how to distinguish the major aquatic insect families, and have a general understanding of where to fish. However, you want to know more! In this class I cover similar topic of Fly Fishing 101 but in greater depth.

Fly Fishing 301If you are really serious about fly fishing and are willing to invest time my Fly Fishing 301 is for you. This is the quickest path to making you an independent angler.  The integration of a full day in the classroom and a second full day on the water putting those skills to work will have you catching fish sooner and more frequently.

Fly Fishing 401Line management is everything you do from your fly hitting the water to setting the hook. During this on the water clinic – you’ll get real-time feedback & suggestions on line management skills while your fish. The first focus will be on classic line management techniques – mending, raising & lower the rod tip, and pulling line in & pulling line out. We’ll finish the clinic with reach casts & slack line casts that can assist in a longer natural drift.

 To register for any class – Email Mary Ann Dozer at flyfishingpursuits@gmail.com

 

Deschutes River October 2012

The month of October is my favorite fishing months and during that month I always find myself drawn to fish the Deschutes River. I guess it must because I can integrate some awesome fall scenery and warm/dry weather, floating a river, and camping. And if I camp on the Deschutes I can be the first on a few of the steelhead runs! Always a bonus – even it may just be more of an emotional bias than reality!

Swinging for steelhead on the Deschutes

This trip was my second trip in October, I suppose I can’t complain! My angling buddy was Sue. It is with Sue’s encouragement that I start integrating pictures of Smiley into my fly fishing ventures. It is a great idea and thanks for Sue for her ingenuity! Here’s a shot of Smiley with my hairwing box. I should say I was drying the box out – as I waded way above my waist and filled my fanny pack with water.

Letting the water drain from my fly box while I have a glass of juice

Now onto the fishing report!

Reports were fishing for steelhead was slow! Sue did a mixture of trout and steelhead fishing. She landed a good number of trout on pheasant tails and hares ear nymphs. I opted to continue my quest for steelhead. I swung my Sage VT2 7130 with a 510 Skagit Head and a T-17 sink tip. Last fall I had grabs with a blue and purple intruder – so I opted to stick with that color combo this year. Early morning of the second day – a fish jumped twice to the surface. Was it chasing my fly? Maybe! Maybe not! We moved down river and about noon I opted to change colors to an olive intruder. Voila! A solid connection and I landed a nice steelhead! I subsequently lost my fly on the rock; the steelhead must have been in front of. Out of olive intruders I went back to a black and blue style intruder. Guess what! I hooked into a larger fish behind the rock I had just lost my olive intruder on! Hmm! I should note Sue was fishing the same water with a Skagit (570 grains) Type 6 sinking head (6-7 ips) and had no interest. Moral of the story: Even if reports say fishing is slow I say go fishing– as you won’t catch a steelhead if you don’t go. Be willing to risk losing some flies and fish deep.

A very colorful Deschutes River Steelhead

If you want to enjoy the catch – watch the following video!

Siletz River October 14 2012

Today I ventured to the Siletz – this time solo – as Dave was fishing with a buddy. You know one of those boys fly fishing trips where girls aren’t allowed. Oh well…I enjoy fishing by myself .. so I off I went back to the Siletz. Now I have to wonder, is there ever a day when it not a drizzling on the Siletz. As like yesterday – it was drizzling and then the occasional rain burst. None the less, the colors of the leaves were in full fall splendor. And with the little burst in water flow the fish were moving. The CFS was about 250 and the height at 2.5 today. I was swinging a blue-black Hobo Spey. And today was my day! Yes voila a steelhead within the first 15 minutes and two others on for a nano second in the next hour. No complaints here.

Enjoy the video!

Spey Casting Tip – “Flip the Tip Exercise”

Switch and two hand rods are a blast to cast and fish. The longer rod and spey casts allow an angler to cast a lot of line in a tight space. The real value of the longer rod is achieved when the angler has the bottom hand applying the effort and the top hand guiding. Many times the muscle memory from single hand takes over and the angler “over uses” the top hand and the bottom hand is not applying effort. When the angler learns to engage the bottom hand, then the full value of the longer rod is realized – resulting in casting more lines with less effort. There is a drill called “flip the tip” that trains the bottom hand to engage in the cast. Doing this drill 15 minutes once a day for 10 days will train the bottom hand and un-do the muscle memory. You can watch the following video as Dwight Klemin demonstrates the “flip the tip” exercise.

Are you interested in learning or improving your spey casting? then join George Cook, Dwight Klemin, and Mary Ann Dozer as they teach the following:

SPEY CASTING CLINIC MARCH 4, 8:30AM TO 4:30PM Bryant Park, Albany Oregon

To register for the class, call BackCountry Fly Shop 541-230-1706 or order on-line.

Spey Casting Clinic with George Cook, Corvallis Oregon

SPEY CASTING WITH GEORGE COOK at BackCountry Fly Shop

Sunday, March 4th, 8:30am to 4:30pm Bryant Park in Albany, Oregon

Are you interested in learning or improving your spey casting? Want to get ready for summer steelheading? Join George Cook, Dwight Klemin and Mary Ann Dozer for a full day of spey casting instruction! The focus will be on two-handed and switch rods. All casting levels are welcome!

This class will cover the all aspects of spey casting from both sides of the river. You will learn the following casts: Single Spey, Snap T, Snap Z, Wombat, Perry Poke and Double Spey.

In addition to hands-on casting with one-on-one coaching you will have the opportunity to try the full arsenal of Sage’s Spey fly rods, reels, and lines. Feel free to bring your own rod to get dialed in on the right skagit or scandi head for your rod and cast.

A shore lunch and snacks will be provided.

INSTRUCTORS:
George Cook
As a sales rep for Sage Fly Rods and RIO Fly lines, George has been on the forefront of designing and developing the modern spey rod as well as the shooting head style spey line. George directed Sage’s Fly Casting Schools in the Pacific Northwest through the 80s.

Dwight Klemin
Dwight is a retired music educator now teaching fly casting. Klem holds a Master and Two-hand Certification from the Federation of Fly Fishers. He started fishing in 1955 with a fly rod and currently fishes Pacific NW waters. His present position as Education Chair for the Oregon Council provides him with a wide venue of teaching opportunities. Favorite saying is: Casting practice is a great way to improve your success as a fly fisher. Now is the time to tune up your skills and knowledge!

Mary Ann Dozer
An avid angler and caster who loves to teach, Mary Ann has her Master Certification in Casting from the Federation of Fly Fishers and is on the path for her two-handed certification.

To register for the class, call BackCountry Fly Shop 541-230-1706 or order on-line.

$150.00