"Guides day off"
Rainbow Trout - San Juan River - New Mexico in Fall 2000
When I began fly fishing I received a
few brief lessons on the fine art of fly casting from some friends.
Beyond that, I was on my own. Over the years I attempted to teach
myself how to cast while I was fishing and I entered what is known
as the "Cast & Hope" school fly casting. After many
years of mixed success and failure my casting skills were very limited
and there were situations on the water where I simply could not
present the fly with the appropriate cast. Those were the fish I
could not catch. I was fortunate to meet Joan Salvato_Wulff at the
Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, where she would give demonstrations
of her legendary prowess as a world champion fly caster. In both
distance and accuracy her casting was both graceful and precise,
and seemingly effortless. I knew then that I would have to re-lean
fly casting if I ever had hope of getting to the next level of my
fishing life. I began to study Joan's many articles, her books and
video, and I practiced to the near exclusion of fishing for a whole
season. Later, under Joan's direct instruction, at her prestigious
Wulff School of Fly Fishing, I was certified in her Fly Casting
Instructor's Course in the spring of 1999. Under the mentorship
of Dr Floyd Franke, of the Federation of Fly Fishers, I earned the
"FFF Certified Fly Casting Instructor" title a year later.
Beginning with the basic mechanics of the cast and
progressing through the most challenging tactical presentations,
I teach the Wulff Method Fly Casting in the sequential manner that
provides firm foot for casters of any skill level. The tone is always
practical and supportive, emphasizing encouragement and improvement.
"Presenting The Fly"
A one day course in how to put a fly where it will
do the most good in a fishing situation. This session is for anglers
who are comfortably familiar with their tackle and have been fishing
with the fly for a few seasons at least. Heavy emphasis is placed
on individual evaluation of casting skills as it relates to your
presentation of the fly, with private and small groups welcome.
We will spend the day on the water examining the many ways flies
behave in currents and on the drift, using both dry flies and sub
surface patterns, floating lines and few different types of sinking
lines and leaders. Lots of practice and individual attention to
ensure you get the most out of this class. Includes lunch, snacks
A beginner's course in the arts of fly fishing
that provides a solid foundation for any fly fisher's career. I
teach these sessions for only one or two anglers at a time. Starting
with an introduction to equipment and tackle selection, then rigging
lines, leaders and fishing knots, a basic entomology and introduction
to fishing flies, then progressing to casting, wading and safety
on the water, reading currents and stalking fish, presenting the
fly and playing and landing fish, for catch and release only. We
can tailor these lessons to your interests by spending our on the
water time on either freshwater or a saltwater beach. Two full days
of instruction, including lunch, snacks and beverage.