Fly Fishing Schools

Fly Fishing Schools

The fly fishing schools are designed for larger groups and run for two and a half days long. However, we have tailored them to the groups involved to fit with their schedule. These are common for corporate groups, large family/friend gatherings, weddings, or a mix of total strangers curious about fly fishing and looking for an intensive weekend of learning on the stream.  They include a streamside lunch, all equipment, and instruction.

We meet on Friday evening and conclude on Sunday around midday for the traditional school. This is a total immersion into many aspects of the sport which always includes basic stream entomology, fly tying, casting instruction, reading water, trout behavior, and on the stream tactics.

The school has a minimum of 8 anglers and a max of 12 anglers. We maintain one guide per 2 people for all of the on stream guiding. This ensures that you have plenty of opportunity for learning new things each day. I have operated the fly fishing schools out of Bryson City, NC since 1987. We pioneered a very high standard with the main emphasis on learning! We are not a retail store so we have no hidden agenda to sell merchandise like some of the schools that are 100% retail. Huge difference in the two philosophies. Some schools spend way too long casting only a

Some schools spend way too long casting only a pickup and lay down cast. Great casting instructors can teach this in minutes and move onto line control casts that catch fish.  Often the instant gratification fly fishers are put on still water with heavily stocked fish. The retailers bring all of the participants in for selling merchandise! That is the reality of retail operations trying to run schools. I think it is an injustice personally to the student because chances are a big percentage of new fly fishers will quit the sport because they did not learn anything for dealing with the complexities of catching fish in the wild.

That is the reality of retail operations trying to run schools. I think it is an injustice personally to the student because chances are a big percentage of new fly fishers will quit the sport because they did not learn anything for dealing with the complexities of catching fish in the wild.

We have seen loads of folks that come to take our schools that had the sort of “brand” name instruction mentioned above. They were at a point of looking to another hobby due to frustration with poor results on the stream. We were fortunate to inspire them with the correct tools of what it takes to solve problems on the stream. That is what fly fishing is in reality, a problem-solving game.

You could call it a thinking person sport that will require some commitment and practice. Anyone that says otherwise is after the instant gratification folks that do not know better but remain curious. The internet is littered with those types of pages, with comments like, “fly fishing is so easy”! If that was the case then I do not think the

Anyone that says otherwise is after the instant gratification folks that do not know better but remain curious. The internet is littered with those types of pages, with comments like, “fly fishing is so easy”! If that was the case then I do not think the creel study performed by the NCWRC would yield the results it did. There are similar studies all over the country from fisheries biologist with creel and catch ratios that support very similar results.

We look forward to sharing our knowledge of this wonderful sport with you. We provide top of the line equipment that you will see on our sponsors’ page. The kudos page is loaded with past folks testimonies of their experiences from the schools for over 28 years! Word of mouth from these past clients has been the best for growing our fly fishing business since 1987.

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Area Attractions Near Bryson City

Other area attractions can be found through contacting the Bryson City, NC Chamber of Commerce. The number is 800-867-9246. Swain County is the trout mecca of the southern states. Over 75% of the county is either Nantahala National Forest or the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Park visitors exceed 14 million people per year! When you consider all of the whitewater rafting, Smoky Mountain Railroad, Appalachian Trail hikes, hundreds of waterfall hikes, great mountain biking, and many other outdoor adventures it is not hard to see why our little mountain town of Bryson City is always expanding. Many great new restaurants and lodging in Bryson City for hosting large groups. Cherokee, NC is about a 10-minute drive from Bryson City. Gatlinburg, TN is just over the hill about 45 minutes drive to Bryson City. We are about an hour drive from Highlands and Asheville NC. Knoxville and Chattanooga TN is about 2 1/2 hours away. Atlanta, GA, and Charlotte, NC are about a 3-hour drive. Plan your next get-a-away to the trout mecca town of Bryson City, NC! My favorite addition to the town is the Nantahala Brewery which also provides some very good bands all through the season!

What you need to bring

Let us show you what it will take for learning to fly fish on your own in some of the best waters in western North Carolina! Our guides have decades of experience instructing you for a memorable adventure in the Great Smoky Mountains! You should bring rain gear, warm clothes, sunscreen, lip balm, a hat and polarized glasses. It will benefit your success on the water to wear clothing that blends into the surroundings. You can also check the weather here for layering considerations of clothes. If you plan to fish and are older than sixteen, you can purchase your valid NCWRC license here online or by phone at 1-888-248-6834. You will need a trout stamp for everything outside the GSMNP and Tribal Waters in Cherokee, NC. You need either a NC or TN fishing license for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The tribal license can be purchased at many of the stores in Cherokee. Use the contact page or call (828)736-1469 for booking the fly fishing school.

 

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