Fly Fishing Fundamentals
March 31 @ 12:00 pm - April 2 @ 5:00 pm
Shrine Mont has teamed up with Orkney Springs Outfitters to offer an immersive introduction to Fly Fishing weekend course designed to teach students about the intricacies of fly fishing with hands on instruction that covers everything from tying flies and casting to pond and river fishing at the South River for trout. During the 3 day event, students will start with the basics of casting, practice on a stocked pond and then hit the river for a day of quality fishing.
Lodging and meals are included in the package.
About the instructors:
David Clark learned to tie flies at the age of 12, selling them to the old anglers at Columbia Fish & Game in Lancaster Pennsylvania. He finally learned to fly fish at the age of 15 with the help of a local fly shop owner. After several trips to New Mexico, Colorado, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and West Virginia over the next several decades, David decided to immerse himself in the craft by dedicating 110 days during the 2020-2021 fly fishing season to study many of the fly-fishing destinations here in Virginia and the fly patterns they support. Armed with this knowledge – and private access water – he started Orkney Springs Outfitters for both beginners and advanced practitioners.
Ryan Ross is a combat veteran, native to Shenandoah County and an avid outdoorsman. His military service allowed him to travel around the country including out West, where he honed his fishing, guiding and teaching skills. He eventually came back to his home waters where he lives with his wife and three sons. Mr. Ross owns a local fly shop in Bryce, VA offering local fly-fishing guide services.
Phillip Kauffman is a Marine Veteran and the owner of Bull Mountain Guides out of Highland County Virginia. Mr. Kauffman started his guiding career in 2017 after going to the Gallatin River Guide School in Bozeman, MT where he continues his passion as a volunteer with Warriors and Quiet Waters. Through this organization, he and his wife – who is also an avid fly angler – help recovering Veterans by taking them fly fishing. Phillip enjoys teaching clients to fly-fish as much as he does catching fish on a fly rod.
Forest Black was born and raised in the Shenandoah Valley. He has always had a love for the outdoors, especially when it comes to hunting and fishing. He was taught at a young age how to fly fish by his dad and has exclusively fly fished since. Forest is eager to share the love of his craft with others. When he is not fishing he can found bird hunting with his lab Tripp, tying flies with feathers from birds he harvests, hiking mountain trails, or floating the rivers with his raft.
Click HERE for more information about Orkney Springs Outfitters.
Waders/Boots required, rods can be rented for $50
Friday March 31
Arrive @ Shrine Mont at noon, check in, get settled
Fly rod and reel setup overview 1:45 to 2:45
Fly casting 101: 3:00 to 4:00
Fly tying demo 4:00 to 4:30
Happy hour 5:00
Saturday April 1
Fly casting practice at stocked pond 10:00 to 12:00
Fly casting at stocked pond 1:30 to 3:30
Gear check for South River excursion 3:30 to 4:00
Happy hour 5:00
Sunday April 2
Meet and eat breakfast on the go at 8:00 am
Travel to private South River camp 8:30 to 9:45
Fly fish South River 10:00 to 3:00 with bagged lunch on river
Return to Shrine Mont between 3:15 and 4:30 or depart from South River
Rate: $600 (Includes meals, lodging and instruction)
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