If you ever wanted to learn to fly fish, there’s an opportunity for you this spring in northwestern Pennsylvania.
1. Lake Erie Ultimate Angler’s Trout 101 class is scheduled for April 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the shop, 3737 W. 12th St. The free, beginner-oriented course will cover tackle, flies, basic knots, technique and more. Sign up in advance by e-mailing Sales@ShopUltimateAngler.com or calling (814) 833-4040.
Lake Erie Ultimate Angler also has a Trout 201 course scheduled for May 6. Registration is $100.
2. The Fly Fishing Coach is offering world of fly fishing courses April 6 and May 4 in Warren, nymph fishing strategies April 28 and on-stream fly-fishing strategies May 5 and May 8. Cost is $125 for each session.
To register, call (814) 706-2506 or Allegheny Outfitters at (814) 723-3030.
3. Kinzua Fly Fishing’s two-day session is May 4-5 and its three-day session is May 17-19 at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford campus. Students must be at least 12 years old; experienced and inexperienced students are invited.
(Full disclosure: My wife and I learned to fly fish from these folks.)
Fly-fishing legend Joe Humphreys is scheduled to instruct on two days of the three-day session, which costs $420 for commuters and $445 for those who elect to stay in campus housing. The two-day seminar runs $285 for commuters and $305 for resident students. Meals are included.
Morning sessions are dedicated to classroom learning and casting, while afternoon are spent on stream, especially West Branch Tunungwant Creek that runs right through campus. Evening elective sessions go as late as midnight and include fishing, knot-tying, fly-tying, leader development, entomology and more. Loaner equipment is available.
For information, visit the school’s website. For a registration form, call Steve Skvarka at (814) 368-5814 or e-mail him at email@example.com.
4. Neshannock Creek Fly Shop in Volant, Lawrence County, is putting on a female anglers fly fishing school May 4-5. Day One runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Day Two from 8 a.m. to noon.
Instruction will include knot tying, leader and tippet selection and all the mechanics of successful fly-fishing, as well as basic entomology.
Cost is $175 per person on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact the fly shop at firstname.lastname@example.org or (724) 533-3212 to reserve a spot or for information.
5. Neshannock Creek Fly Shop also is putting on a youth anglers fly fishing school in June. Daytime classes run June 10 thru June 14, and students must provide their own equipment.
Professional instructors will teach students abouut tying knots, wading, hooking and landing fish and more.
Cost is $195. Reservations are open now; contact the fly shop at email@example.com or (724) 533-3212 to reserve a spot or for information.