I don't know how to fly fish - Friends have said they'd show me how, yet hasn't happened. I wondered whether anyone knew of a formal class or lessons in fly fishing in or around Bellingham - or driving distance. Thanks, LOST
It can seem overwhelming at first but there are some things that will help. Mainly reading.
An excellent book to pick-up is "Trout Rigs & Methods" by Dave Hughes. It pretty much covers the full spectrum of freshwater fly fishing for trout. His explanation of how to cast is put forth in a very simple to read format. He covers rod selection and lines and what flies to use along with many different ways to present your offering to fish in both moving water and lakes. He also covers in great detail how to read water for finding fish and approaches to use in many different situations.
There are many good books to select from. But for an over all broad brush approach I consider this one to be the best I have found and is a key element in my collection of flyfishing books.
I'm sure you will find that there are other answers that will come for you, The friends that told you they would help must not fish or they wouldn't have done that and there are bound to be shops in your area or clubs. I'm not that familiar with that enough to help. Keep looking it's worth it. Try the contents list in the front here.
Scott Christensen has some awesome classes. He teaches through the Community College (or maybe Vo-Tech-check both out). He is also giving a casting clinic this spring through the 4th Corner Fly Fishers-date TBD. http://www.4thcornerfly.org/ Also, visit the club any month 4th Thursday of each month-again check the web site. There are a lot of guys there with a passion for teaching! Rick
WWU offers a fly-fishing class in the summer. They'll teach you how to cast, tie a couple patterns, and you'll even learn about basic freshwater ecology, hydrology, and fish biology. The class culminates in a camping trip to some great water (we hit the Upper Skagit at Ross Lake I believe). The teachers are very knowledgeable and fun. I'm pretty sure you don't have to be a student to take it also.
I have to agree with aaronk. Ed Megill at Cascade Flyfishing Expeditions has been teaching middle school kids in Blaine how to fly cast. He is a great instructor, very positive and very patient. Many of the kids can really get the line out there now.
Thank you for inquiring about fly fishing lessons. I have been researching the same thing and now I know about a guy named Ed, classes at WCC and the book "Trout Rigs & Methods.". Networking is Awesome!
I don't know if you read my post today but I was wondering if you still thought I should contact Ed to start learning to fly fish. My husband is an excellent fisherman and I have always wanted to learn. He is not patient enough to teach me and I would rather learn on my own anyway as not to burden him.As a little girl I always fished with my dad but not fly fishing. We are going to Montana with a guide to fish next summer. It is a trip we won the bid on at a Big Brothers Big Sisters Auction. I know I will need waiters etc. but don't really want to pay a guide to tell me that kind of info. Any suggestions on where to start ?