General Class Information
FUNdamentals of Fly-Fishing is an introductory-level comprehensive introduction to the sport of fly-fishing, intended to teach the basics of equipment, strategies, and fishing safety to those who may be new to the sport or who have started fly-fishing but lack the knowledge and confidence necessary for success. The course begins with a discussion of the different types and weights of fly rods, fly reels, fly lines and leaders that complete a “balanced” fly-fishing outfit. Students will then learn the basic fly-fishing knots and have the opportunity practice their knot-tying skills. The equipment discussion is followed by an overview of sources of information on regulations governing fly-fishing, including a tutorial on identification of New Hampshire gamefish species. The wide variety of fish prey items and life stages imitated by artificial flies are presented, concluding with a discussion of how to select which fly to use and favorite flies for our area.
The classroom portion of the course concludes with a discussion, using diagrams and photographs of actual waters in the area, of where trout are likely to be found in both streams and still waters and how to fish for them. The course then moves outdoors for a fly-casting clinic (equipment provided) where students will be able to learn the various types of casts and practice their skills while coached by certified instructors.
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