Fly Fishing Traditions – Instruction, Classes and Clinics
I’ve always been a teacher, whether it’s passing on carpentry skills or post-up basketball moves, I’m now going to start teaching Fly Fishing Skills, casting, rigging, what flies do choose, bugs, even how to row a drift boat. There isn’t anything that helps you become a better fly fisher than practicing the skills you need to take to the water. I want and plan to help.
If you don’t get the help you’ve expected in any of these classes there will be no charge and the lesson is free. You can decide if it’s worth it. Again, that’s my personal guarantee.
All equipment will be provided if requested.
Sign-ups, Class and Clinic Dates, or For More Information
To sign up, or to get more information about the 2011 FFT Classes and Clinics Dates and availability, or if you just have any questions, you can contact Clay by email at:
Fly Fishing Traditions Classes and Clinics
This line up of classes and clinics will improve your ability to get out and have fun. You’ll have a better idea of what you’re doing and you’ll probably catch more fish. Once again the numbers of fish caught is not the measure. It’s gaining the confidence to get out and be more away of you environment than worrying about a tailing loop. When you can just go out and fish and not worrying about your technique, it opens up a whole new perspective. I’ll help you get there. I guarantee it!
Here’s the line up for 2011 Fly Fishing Traditions Instructional Classes and Clinics.
Introduction to Fly Fishing Classes I, II & III
Introduction to Fly Fishing I, Basic Fly Casting I – 3 1/2 hours
This will be not be a large group out in a parking lot. Four anglers maximum. In this class we will concentrate of casting a straight line, roll, and the Belgian Cast. We will concentrate and medium length casts for accuracy. We will break down the various fundamentals necessary to develop good casting techniques. I will personally guide you through the process and guarantee you will see results immediately.
$70/per session per angler,rods/reels/lines provided if you don’t have your own!
Introduction to Fly Fishing II – Basic Fly Casting & Equipment Orientation – 3 1/2 hours
If you’re new to the Fly Fishing game this class will focus on the equipment required to get ready to go fishin’ along with basic fly casting. I’ll spend about an hour to an hour and a half, focusing on the list of all the gear you will need with a checklist for your shopping list, Rods, Lines, Leaders, Tippets, Flies and knots.
We will also provide about 2 hours of the same “Basic Fly Casting Instruction”. Four anglers maximum per class.
$70/ per session, per angler, rods/reels/lines provided if you don’t have your own!
Introduction to Fly Fishing III – Basic Fly Casting, Equipment Orientation, and Flies, Knots and Leaders
This class will be 6 hours. It is the “Triple Play” of classes. This is for the people that want to get it all in one day.
I will provide all the instruction described in “ Introduction to Fly Fishing I & II and give a orientation to how to select flies, tie the basic knots you will need to know and show how to “Rigg up” to get fishin’.
Four anglers maximum per class.
$150/ per session, per angler, rods/reels/lines provided id you don’t have your own!
Lower Yuba Floating Clinic
Intermediate Lower Yuba Floating Trout Clinic
This is in essence a guided fishing trip down the Lower Yuba River. The difference is that it is an eight hour floating clinic. You will spend a day learning the different techniques used for trout angling as we drift the Lower Yuba River and be fishing. We will learn about the entomology of the insects of the river, show you how to rigg your gear for success and learn the techniques necessary to be successful. The clinic will be spent floating the river in a in a drift boat and wading where you’ll learn different dry fly, indicator-nymph, tight-line nymph, swing, and streamer tactics, all of which will be thoroughly discussed and demonstrated. You will have the benefit of working closely with a highly qualified instructor/guide, which is me. This eight hour float is a two student per guide class and is limited to a maximum of 2 students.
$375 for Full Day for one angler. $425 for two anglers, 8 hours, lunch and soft beverages included.
$275 for Half Day one or two anglers, 4-5 hours, and soft beverages included.
Rods/reels/lines provided unless you want to use your own! Lunches and drinks will be provided.
Entomology Clinic – Bugs of the Lower Yuba River
This class is a 4 to 5 hour class using multimedia and entomology handouts showing you the bugs and flies to match them on the Lower Yuba River. We will spend the morning reviewing the insects important to fly fishers in our area. Skwala Stones, PMD’s, BWO’s, March Brown’s, Spring and Summer caddis that you will find on the Lower Yuba River. We will have lunch and then we’ll head for the river to collect bugs and identify them. We will discus how to rigg and how to present your flies to match the bugs we find.
This clinic is meant to be fun and will appeal to children, beginners and experienced anglers. As a disclaimer, I, Clay Hash am not a professional entomologist, just a middle class, guide and fisherman.
$60 per person, Class Size 4 minimum, 8 maximum, Two instructors provided for classes with 4 or more. This clinic will include entomology handouts, lunch and drinks.
Drift Boat 101
Drift Boat 101
Rowing a drift boat, raft with a rowing frame or a pontoon boat on a river is not something to be taken lightly. The safety of yourself and other passengers lies solely with the skill of the rower. Not to mention, their fishing effectiveness too! Every guide out there will say the same thing, a good rower is more important to success than a good caster. With that being said, Fly Fishing Traditions is proud to offer Drift Boat Rowing Lessons.
With our location so close to the Lower Yuba River, Feather River, American and Lower Sacramento rivers , we are proud to offer an “On the Water” drift boat school.
It is a course that covers river safety, basic rowing, advanced rowing, fishing strategies, entry/exit, defensive rowing, anchoring, and more. This class is designed for both boat owners and those curious about rowing rivers.
Half day class catered to your needs and experience level – $275
Full day class cateres to your needs and experience including fishing opportunities – $425
Fly Fishing in the Classroom
This class is focusing on introducing Fly Fishing, the bugs and gear for kids. The class is targeted for kids between 10 and 14 years old. We will introduce kids to the gear required, casting, knot tying, fish identification and fly tying.
$60 per person, Class Size 6 minimum, 8 maximum, Two instructors. This clinic will include entomology handouts, lunch and drinks
Free, Elementary School Presentation and Class 1 hr per session. Contact to schedule.
Fly Fishing Traditions Guided Fly Fishing Trip Waiver
Here is a sample of Fly Fishing Traditions Waiver for it’s classes, clinics and guided trips
I agree that I and not the outfitter (Fly Fishing Traditions), am solely responsible for any accidents or injuries resulting directly, or indirectly from the use of real estate or equipment relating to this activity. I am aware that while I am partaking in the services offered by Fly Fishing Traditions or agents of Fly Fishing Traditions, there are certain risks and dangers including personal injury caused while fly fishing from a drift boat or raft, traveling by motor vehicle, or loss of or damage to equipment. In consideration of, and as part of payment for, the right to participate in any activities and to use equipment, services, or food provided by Fly Fishing Traditions and its’ agents, associates, or contractors, I do hereby assume all of these and any other risks, including simple negligence, that may arise while participating in this activity, and I do hereby release Fly Fishing Traditions from all liability relating to this activity.