Wednesday, March 30, 2016

2016 Fly Fishing School Dates

Here are some school dates for the 2016 season:
April 24    completed
May 14     completed
June 11     completed
June 19     completed
June 25     completed
July 9        completed
July 16      completed
Augst 20   full
Sept 11      full
Sept 17      1 space available
Oct 2         4 spaces available

The schools are designed to cover skill levels ranging from the pure novice to the "I've tried it, I liked it, but I do not know what I'm doing!"  Under the watchful eye of our instructors, you will lay a solid foundation for your life long adventure in fly fishing.
Upon completion of this comprehensive full day school, you will be skilled and confident enough to pack up your fly fishing gear and head out to enjoy a trip on the water of your choosing.

The Curriculum
Some of the topics that will be addressed are:
Equipment:  How to select appropriate tackle for a given fishing situation; line weights and rod actions.  Knots to get you started.  Selecting the proper leader to match the fly and the fishing situation.  Understanding the leader and tippet relationship.
Casting:  You will learn the fundamentals and how to apply them to advanced casting techniques.
Fishing:  An afternoon of fishing and perfecting techniques learned earlier in the day.  All fishing is done on a catch and release basis.

The schools are comprised of two sessions: In-The-Field and Classroom.

We are blessed to have several convenient parks that border The Little Miami River, one of our best local waterways. The day will start with all participants meeting at the park at 9am.  After a full day of instruction, lunch and fishing, the school will end at 3pm.
The parks have a lot of room (great for casting), clean restroom facilities, and picnic shelters so we can enjoy our lunch. The first portion of our day is spent at a park learning how to cast and covering the other critical fundamentals of the sport. After lunch, we will migrate our learning to water and have the option of fishing the Little Miami or a local bass pond. Weather and water conditions will dictate where we spend the afternoon.
All equipment for the In-The-Field portion of the school is provided.  This includes rod, reel, flies and leaders.  If you have your own equipment, please bring along for evaluation and usage, if appropriate.  Lunch and drinks are provided.  Water will be available all day.
The Classroom portion of the school will be a two-hour session held at Delamere & Hopkins from 6-8pm on a week night, Monday-Thursday.  Each student will coordinate the date of their session with the shop for a date after the In-The-Field portion of the school.  Although we have a list of topics we want to cover during this session, we find that this is a valuable time for students to ask questions to fully understand an aspect of the angler's gear.

Booking Information
To reserve a slot for an upcoming school, please call us at 513-871-3474.
Group School
$175 per student, includes lunch and all angling equipment.  There needs to be at least two students for the school to take place and the maximum number of students for the group schools is four.
Private School
$350 (1 or 2 students)  You and the instructor pick a date; during the week is fine.
For more information, feel free to contact Luke at the shop, 513-871-3474 or email him at

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