The Reel School of Fly Fishing
Over the years, guide clients and friends have encouraged me to share my
unique approach and love of flyangling with more people. Hence The Reel
School of Flyfishing was formally established in 1996. Alone, this venture
would be impossible, so I’ve enlisted the aid of a diverse group of acquaintances
to spread our flyfishing gospel as we view the sport.
Our focus is to teach you how to efficiently pursue wild trout while experiencing
the beautiful areas they inhabit. The only thing that we really ask of
you: do not lose your focus; relax & have a great time in the outdoors.
Simply, have some FUN! Demystify the art of flyfishing with us, we
assure your satisfaction & are confident you will be pleased with the
We are a diverse group of different personalities & each
of us brings a particular talent. Our common denominator
is...a love & enthusiasm for flyfishing & the thrill
sharing our passion with others. Simply a superlative instructor
or guide needs technical AND people skills & the ability to clearly
& comfortably convey BOTH.
We offer four (4) distinct, scheduled clinics.
Emphasis is "hands on" demonstration & participation...both theory
The outdoor is the classroom, indoor lectures
are non-existent, you will be breathing clean, High Sierra air. A maximum
of three attendees per instructor is maintained; assuring unsurpassed personal
attention & guidance.
TWO-DAY BASIC SKILLS
BASIC SKILLS clinics* are intended for those new to the sport.
Be assured, a sound foundation will be laid; so that you can thereafter
enjoy flyfishing at your own pace and leisure. The group is small; a maximum
3 to 1** student to instructor
ratio is maintained to assure optimum attention and guidance.
Your introduction will entail: 1) the two fundamental casts 2) three
basic knots 3) trout foods along with their 4) matching fly
selection 5) trout behavior 6) "reading water" 7) wading
safety and 8) angling etiquette. The outdoors is the classroom;
we are "in the field" & the emphasis is "hands-on" participation and
demonstration. The objective of the clinic is learning in a relaxed
atmosphere; encountering a wild mountain trout would be a bonus. We emphasize
the "catch & release" ethic and the use of barbless hooks.
Fly fishers increase their probability of success IF they are
aware of interacting variables. Some factors are: water temperature, clarity
& flow; climatic conditions; insect activity, both aquatic & terrestrial
& a trout's feeding behavior relative to the bugs' presence; fly choice
& its proper presentation via casting. The variables have to
be synthesized for optimum results. When you put it all together,
it is very gratifying. YOU MAY GET HOOKED! Paul McHugh,
Outdoor feature writer for the San Francisco Chronicle once
said to me, "So...the software is between your ears."
ONE-DAY SPECIALTY CLINICS
One-Day Clinics are intended for those with previous fly fishing
experience, are familiar with knots, can cast 25'
accurately & have hooked, landed & released some trout.
Match your preference with a clinic: dry fly or nymphing
techniques, or lake fly angling on a private lake.
Unlike the Basic Skills clinics; these are unstructured, free-flowing
outings intended to provide some insights & nuances of various techniques
used to successfully dupe a wild trout. The emphasis is "catch &
release" & the use of barbless hooks...regardless of regulations.
The quarry will be Rainbows & Browns.
The dry fly & nymphing clinics will be on the "Wild
Trout" waters of the Truckee and/or Little Truckee Rivers. Optimum conditions
will determine the venues. Considerations will be waters' temperatures,
clarity & flow, climatic conditions, insect activity & the corresponding
GUIDING SKILLS: Per request of aspiring guides desiring a
quick immersion to being a professional. This loosely structured, "free-flowing"
clinic provides insights & nuances for providing a quality, customer-oriented
service, gleaned from my 30 years on the "front lines" as an independent
professional. It will take you from your first contact with a client to
thr end of the guide date & follow-up thereafter.
PRIVATE CLINICS can be arranged, tailored to your specific
desires, skill levels & schedule. Contact me for a quote. To summarize:
we are capable of teaching you the basics & not-so-basic gems culled
and synthesized from many years of reading, experiencing and absorbing
sage advice from notable "gurus"…….One never stops learning; and that’s
what is so fascinating about this past-time, it’s as "simple or sophisticated"
as you wish, and still fully enjoyable regardless of your approach.
**whichever school you consider,
ask the student/instructor ratio...it can be telling
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