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School Agenda


The description below is a typical 3 day agenda for the basic and intermediate schools.  The advanced school agenda is determined based on the needs of the advanced students.

The agenda for the school is in each student's packet that they receive on check-in.



9:00 - Noon  Arrive, register, check-in for lodging, check of fly fishing equipment and/or assignment of loaner equipment as needed.  Also, during this time we have tables set up to start learning knots.

Noon - 1:00pm  Lunch is served at the Ranch.

1:00 - 2:00pm  Introduction to the school and the first lecture on fly fishing dynamics and equipment.

2:00 - 4:00pm  Practice casting on the lawn and ponds and knot tying.  This is our first opportunity to get a fly rod in our hands and to start casting.  Also, as our casting arm gets weary, we go and work through our knots.

4:00 - 5:00pm  The students get a chance to take a break and sit down for a discussion of tackle types, casting principles, vest gadgets.  This is an informative and entertaining segment.

5:00 - 5:30pm  Attitude adjustment (self explanatory)

5:30 - 6:30pm  Dinner (no one has ever left this weekend hungry or lighter!)

6:30 - 7:30pm  Casting and/or knot practice.  Intermediate group learns some casts beyond basic loop control.

7:30 - 9:30pm  Students’ Choice

During this time period we have a number of activities available such as:

  • Fly Tying - We can handle small groups at a time to tie a few flies.
  • Videos - While waiting for a shot at the fly tying bench you can see videos which give more info on trout and their habitat.
  • Fishing - We have a few instructors assigned to take some students on the stream.


7:30 - 8:30am  Breakfast

8:30 - 9:30am  Video - Anatomy of a Trout Stream

9:50 - Noon  This is one of the most popular segments of the school where the students will go through 4 stations in the stream and see demonstrations on Dry Fly, Wet Fly, and Streamer techniques, and a bug station where we will show some of the aquatic life that are key to trout.  Instructor Jim Newland goes over nymphing techniques as part of the 4 station demonstrations.

12:15 - 1:00pm  Lunch

1:15 - 5:00pm  Intermediate group works on in-stream practice

1:15 - 1:30pm  Leader Presentation

1:30 - 1:45pm  Basic Fly Presentation

2:00 - 2:30pm  Casting demonstration at the ponds

2:40 - 5:00pm  In-stream instruction.  Students try out their casting skills in the Boardman River.

5:00 - 6:00pm  Attitude adjustment hour (we give you more time after a very busy day!)

6:00 - 7:00pm  Dinner

7:00 - 9:00 pm  Students’ choice.

Some of the same choices as last night along with an excellent presentation on bugs and other fishing topics.  Also, we usually have some fun with casting games involving both students and instructors.  A student tries to cast the fly through the opening.


8:00 - 9:00am  Breakfast (a light one since lunch isn't!)

9:00 - 10:00am  School Review.  This is an excellent time to ask questions about any of the topics you've heard in the school.  Also, we will briefly cover some sources of information so you can continue to learn after leaving the school

10:00 - 11:30am  Students' Choice  (Casting, knots, fishing)

11:30 - Noon  Check-in loaner equipment

Noon - 1:00pm  Lunch

1:00 - 2:00pm   Graduation & Trout Unlimited Presentation

Each student will get a Certificate upon completion of the school.

We also will discuss Trout Unlimited and why we feel it is important to join and keep this organization moving forward in its goals of cold water fisheries management and preservation.

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