Prepare for Your Guided Fly Fishing Trip

A primer for anglers of all skills levels on how to get the most out of your guided fly fishing trip

We’ve all heard the old adage, “10-percent of the fishermen catch 90-percent of the fish.”  The key to being a great fly angler- a 10-percenter- is being able to get your fly to where the fish is feeding and make the fish think its food.  How do you do that?

Practice, practice is the key to being a successful fly angler, just like its the key to being good at anything else in life.  Sure, some people are naturally talented and just get things faster than the rest of us, but the best individuals at anything- whether its baseball or cooking- made it to the top by practice.

With that in mind, you can get so much more out of a guided fly fishing trip- with me, another guide, or a self-guided trip- if you prepare for your guided fly fishing trip.

And fortunately, practicing fly fishing is a lot funner than practicing for anything else!

I’ve put together a short instructional series (Currently under construction) that will teach you about some of the skills you can practice prior to our trip together.  If you master any of these before our trip, great.  If you have some trouble with any of them, thats also great, cause that means I’ll get to help you figure out whatever it is thats giving you trouble.  Cause really, the real value in a guided fly fishing trip is not the fish you catch, the value is learning how to catch those fish.  As another old adage goes, “Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day.  Teach a man to fish, and he’ll eat for a lifetime.”


The basic fly cast
The roll cast
Hauling and Double Hauling: False casting is the enemy
The Reach Cast:  A dry fly angler’s best friend
The steeple cast
Casting BIG Flies
Casting at Night

Line Management and Mending

Things to Remember when Fishing out of a Boat

Fighting Fish- big and small

Choosing a fly rod and reel





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