CLEARWATER'S FAMOUS FIVE-DAY SCHOOLS
• Wednesday afternoon to Sunday lunchtime
• 3 full days plus 2 half days of instruction
MASTERING THE ART OF FLY FISHING
Choose Mastering the Art of Fly Fishing if you are a beginner or rusty fly fisher. This class starts with the basics: gear, knots, casting, basic entomology, reading the water, wading safety and more. This is a five day school that focuses on building a strong foundation of fly fishing skills that you can take with you to any fishing situation.
This class is designed for folks who have already gone through the Mastering the Art of Fly Fishing class. Most of our graduates express a desire to pick up where that class leaves off. The main prerequisite for attending this class is having attended the Mastering the Art of Fly Fishing class. Reviewing the basics learned in the Mastering school and building on those skills, as well as introducing new techniques that will foster further independence on the water is the goal of this school.
The Master Angler is our PhD fly fishing school. The prerequisites for this school are more stringent and do not dovetail with the Intermediate school. This school is designed for anglers who fish at least 20 days a year on their own and are fully competent casters (to 50 feet), can rig gear and tie knots quickly, confidently read water, choose flies and wade safely. This class will work on fine tuning advanced skills such as double hauling, advanced knots and rigging, and fishing technical and challenging fishing situations.
ADVANCED SINGLE-SUBJECT SCHOOLS
• Sunday afternoon to Wednesday breakfast
• 2 full days plus 1 half days of instruction
ADVANDED DRY FLY
Quite arguably the most exciting method of fly fishing is presenting a dry fly to a rising trout and watching it grab the fly from the water's surface. You will learn specialized casts, line control techniques, and leader construction that make for a drag free presentation in both spring creek and freestone waters. Your classroom will be the very best trout waters that northern California has to offer.
It's well documented that most of the trout's feeding is done below the surface of the water. We teach several fundamental nymph techniques effective in any type of water with indicators and short line nymphing without them. You will also learn proper leader construction to assist in creating these drag free drifts. Come enjoy learning these techniques with our most qualified instructors on some of California's most fish populated and productive waters.
QUICK WEEKEND INTRO TO FLY FISHING
• Friday afternoon to Sunday lunch
• 1 full day plus 2 half days of instruction
DISCOVER FLY FISHING
This weekend outing is a carefully-considered introduction to fly fishing. You will learn about tackle and knots, about casting and presentation, about trout habits and habitat, trout flies and the real insects they represent. You will wade and fish in some of the many trout waters near the Lodge, all with instructors who are patient, engaging, and skilled at teaching adults.
8-DAY SCHOOL FOR ASPIRING GUIDES
• Sunday afternoon to Sunday lunch
• 6 full days plus 2 half days of instruction
THE GUIDE SCHOOL
The Guide School is our school for aspiring guides. Guiding is as much about good communication and teaching skills as it is about fishing skills. Students are expected to not only be prepared to fish a variety of fishing situations, but to also teach and communicate new skills in a comfortable and competent manner. Guide School is an intense week long course with nearly equal amounts of on the water and classroom time. Participants should have a strong foundation in all basic fly fishing skills and a desire to learn and participate.