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Summer is Around the Corner | Upcoming Fly Fishing Classes

Ivan Orsic / May 27, 2021

Rivers will be rounding into shape in no time and if you've been looking to jump headfirst into the world of fly fishing, there is no better time. Fish are happy. Bugs are hatching. If you're a more experienced angler, now is not the time to put off expanding your skillset if you're looking to step up your game.

We'd be remiss if we didn't mention that Father's Day is around the corner and giving the inquisitive fly angler the gift of experience and education is the gift that keeps on giving!

We have in-store openings for our Fly Fishing 101, Bugs For Beginners, Beginner Casting Classes, Knots 101 & 201, and Fly Tying 101. Looking to get out on the water? We have openings for a variety of our on-the-water schools including our One-Day Beginner School, Two-Day Beginner School, Nymphing School, Carp School, and Pike School.

The in-store portion of each class will take place in the River Room (our brand new education room) at our new location - 1025 Zuni Street, Denver, CO 80204.

**To sign up for a class or further information give us a call (303) 733-1434**

Fly Fishing 101 | June 8th & June 22nd | 6 to 8 PM @ Trouts Denver

Trouts Fly Fishing 101 classes are the perfect class for beginners of any age. In our 101 class, we cover an array of information starting with setting up your fly rod, terminal tackle, basic fly selection, knot tying, and reading the water. We understand that fly fishing can be frustrating and at times intimidating, we want to remove those for you. We want to be an integral part of you becoming a self-reliant, accomplished angler. With this in mind, the goal of our Trouts Fly Fishing 101 class is to provide people the opportunity to successfully wade into the sport of fly fishing.

(COST: $50)

Bugs for Beginners | June 1st | 6 to 8 PM @ Trouts Denver

At one point or another, we have been on the water and watched fish seemingly jumping all around us, gorging themselves on the thousands of bugs. As fly anglers, we’ve heard the expression 'Match the Hatch', yet we continue scratching our heads while casting to fish uninterested in our flies. Without question a better understanding of a trout’s diet will help improve your success with fly fishing.

Our Trouts Bugs for Beginners class will help demystify the major food sourcestrout key in on throughout the year. We will focus in on Midges, Mayflies, Caddis, Stoneflies, Terrestrials, and general attractors. Our class is designed and purposed to help you better understand the major insect groups Including how to effectively identify and fish them.You will leave our class with the capabilities to successfully 'Match the Hatch'.

(COST: $50)

Beginner Casting Clinic | June 10th & June 24th | 5 to 7 PM @ Trouts Denver

Fly Casting is the cornerstone of the sport of fly fishing and a necessary skill for any proficient angler to master. With that said, there is something unnatural about the fly casting motion. As a result, learning the correct form, action, and muscle memory up front is important to the success of any angler. In our Trouts Beginner Casting Class, we strive to make the art of fly casting an enjoyable process to learn. To do this, we have curated our Beginner Casting Clinics to be an encompassing experience that provides value to anyone who participates. We will focus on the primary casting approaches and types to set you up for success on any trout water.

(COST: $50)

Fly Tying 101 | June 9th | 5 to 7 PM

Trouts is excited to partner with Umpqua Feather Merchants to begin offering introductory classes geared towards the budding fly tier.

We'll be offering these classes throughout the fall, winter, and spring in-person with limited space to meet all COVID requirements. Don't delay! Sign up today!Catching a trout on a fly you tied is without a doubt one of those most rewarding experiences this great sport can offer. This class is mindfully built towards the beginning fly tier and will cover general terminology, tool identification and application, basic materials and their uses -and then the best part - tying flies! Upon completion of the class, you'll walk away with different fly patterns that are ready to fish on our local waters!

(COST: $50)

Knots 101 | June 16th | 5 to 7 PM

Join us as we spend an hour focusing on an item that can be frustrating to new, novice, and experienced anglers. We will dial in the basic and most necessary knots and connection styles for rigging of all types. Come to learn from the ground up, or simply solidify and progress your current skill set to a greater level of independence.

(COST: $50)

Knots 201 | June 23rd | 5 to 7 PM

Ready to take your knot game to the next level, and maximize the connection between angler and quarry? Join us for a 2 hour deep dive into advanced knots for all types of angling situations. Large Trout, Saltwater, Warm-water, and Big Game solutions abound in this hands-on learning experience

(COST: $50)

One-Day Beginner School | June 5th & June 19th | 8 hours on the water

Our One-Day Beginner Fly Fishing school is the perfect culmination of our Beginner Fly Fishing Series. This day on the water is built around empowering you as an independent angler. Our Guide Instructors will meet you on our permitted water to assist you in putting into action the skills you have learned through our previous beginner classes. This class will allow you to practice and apply your skills with the support of a knowledgeable instructor while focusing on rigging, safe wading practice, fighting and landing fish! Come to the water with your skills and gear and walk away feeling confident in your ability to get out independently or with friends. Class size limited to six anglers and is offered at our Frisco, CO location.

(COST: $250)

Two-Day Beginner School | June 26th & 27th

Our Two-Day Beginner School is designed for anyone looking to fast-track their introduction into fly fishing. We have taken everything that one would learn in our Fly Fishing 101, Beginner Casting, Bugs For Beginners, and our One-Day Beginner School, and condensed it into two days. By immersing one self in fly fishing for this time, participants can expect to leave this class as self-sufficient anglers that are ready to spend a day on the water. Classes are held out of our Frisco location and are limited to 6 anglers. Lodging and Gear is not included.

(COST: $595)

Nymphing School | June 12th | 8 hours on the water

As we begin to approach the colder months, we tend to see less dry fly activity. Although this may be the case, this shouldn’t keep you from getting out to fish. It’s no secret that trout spend the majority of their time feeding subsurface (upwards of 80%). In Vegas, those are some pretty good odds!

In order to more successfully fish to the subsurface trout, nymphing is the most common and productive technique. Trouts Nymphing School will introduce and dial you into rigging, roll casting, presentation, mending, and proper drifting techniques. Our goal at the end of the class is for the individual angler to be more confident in their Nymphing technique to improve your success on your trips to the river!

(COST: $325)

Carp School | June 11th

Catching Carp on a fly rod is considered the ultimate freshwater challenge by many anglers. They’re smart, spooky, and at times downright challenging! During this on-water school, our expert instructors will provide you with the knowledge and tactics to increase your success when pursuing this worthy gamefish. In order to provide the best experience to this very specific species, we limit our class size to provide the best learning environment.

This class will begin with an approximate 1-hour presentation the night before the on-the-water portion of the class to include appropriate gear and flies. Following this pre-presentation, you will spend the full day following at the designated location focusing on presentation and tactics. The remainder of the class, will be spent targeting and catching our quarry. Bring your favorite 6 or 7 weight rod, appropriate reel, and the recommended flies for a great day dialing in a difficult species!


(COST: $325)

Pike School | June 26th

Pike can produce some of the most explosive and entertaining eats of any fish that calls Colorado home. Fly fishing for pike is one of the most addicting pursuits in the sport. While they can be aggressive, pike can also be difficult to catch. If you’ve been looking to chase the so-called ‘Water Wolf ’ here in the Centennial State, then make sure to make room in your schedule for Trouts 2021 Pike Schools. These classes begin with a 2-hour in-store presentation Friday evening and include seasonality, fishing locations, fish behavior, appropriate gear and flies. Saturday morning, class will resume at a designated location and cover presentation, and tactics on water. The remainder of the day will be spent targeting your quarry. This class will be offered out of our Denver location.

(COST: $325)

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