The Drift Fly Shop offers a range of classes geared towards furthering your enjoyment of fly fishing. While fly fishing doesn’t need to be complicated, the fact that there are so many different aspects of the sport is one reason it never becomes boring. Whether you are looking to bone up on entomology, improve your casting skills or learn new techniques, we are confident you will find our classes educational and enjoyable. In the process, instructors and participants alike end up learning something new about each other and this wonderful sport that brings us all together.
All classes are limited to a set number of people to ensure a quality learning experience. Therefore, pre-payment is required to reserve your spot.
Fly Fishing 101:
Dates for Spring will be determined in February
There is no substitute for focused initial instruction when making a start in fly-fishing. Trying to go it alone, coupled with the perceived cost of equipment and complexity of the sport, often keeps potential fly-fishers from entering and enjoying this magnificent pastime. Whether you are completely new to fly fishing or have just been out of the game for a while this class is packed with useful information and hands-on practice to help shorten the learning curve. The 101 class covers all the basics of equipment, terminology, knot tying, rigging and fly selection. The class finishes with on-water casting instruction, fly fishing demonstration and a brief look at the food items found in our local river. The class begins at 9:00 am at the shop. (Equipment provided at no additional cost)
Class size is limited to six people so you are assured a good deal of face time with the instructor. The cost is $100 and includes a $50 gift certificate!
Beginner Fly Tying Course:
Dates: January 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30pm
This class will teach you the fundamentals of fly tying with 10 to 12 hours of hands-on instruction. You will learn to tie eight different fly patterns, utilizing a variety of materials and techniques that can then be applied to a multitude of other fly patterns. The class includes four nights of instruction, starting at 6:00 pm and finishing around 8:30 pm. Use of tools and materials during the class is included. The cost is $80, with a maximum class size of four people and students will receive 10% off all fly tying related purchases for the duration of the course. Pre-registration is required for this as the class size is limited to four people.
Bugs, Bugs, Bugs, knowing your insects can be the difference between a great day on the water and slow one. To help you out The Drift offers a fun way to learn about the aquatic invertebrates which make up the backbone of fly fishing. Our three-hour beginner class covers identification, life cycles, fly matching, and how to apply it to your fishing. The cost is $40.00.
Jump Into Euro Nymphing
This class is designed to quickly bring you up to speed on the fundamentals of tight-line, “euro” nymphing techniques. The class begins at the shop where you will learn to build a custom leader while discussing the principles and methodology of euro nymphing tactics. Afterward, the group will depart to the river for several hours of on water instruction. You are encouraged to bring a 10’ 3 weight or 4 weight rod if you already have one. Class size is limited to four anglers per instructor to ensure a quality learning experience. Therefore, pre-registration is required to guarantee your spot. The cost for this half-day class is $100/angler.
Intro to Tenkara Fly Fishing
Tenkara is Japanese method of fly fishing, which uses only a rod, line and flies. Tenkara has quickly grown in popularity and this class will help you understand the simplicity and beauty of Tenkara fishing. Tenkara is the ideal method to catch fish on the fly for anyone looking for an intuitive and fun way to fly-fish, with a minimalist approach to gear. While Tenkara offers certain advantages to even the most experienced of fly fishers, it is particularly well suited for introducing beginners of all ages to the joys of fly fishing. This is a three-hour class that begins at the shop with a quick explanation of the equipment and rigging, before heading out to the river to wet a line. All equipment is provided and the cost of the class ($40) can be applied to the purchase of a Tenkara USA rod. A valid Colorado fishing license is required.
Intermediate Fly Tying Course
The intermediate class is designed to take you to the next level in fly tying. You will learn more advanced techniques and patterns including parachute dry flies, spinning deer hair (helpful for a multitude of dry flies and streamers), woven bodies (think stoneflies and Czech patterns) and much more. The class includes four nights of instruction starting at 6:00 pm and finishing around 9 pm. Use of tools and materials during the class is included and participants will receive 10% off any fly tying related purchases made for the duration of the course. The cost for the class is $80. Call or stop by the shop to reserve your spot!
Two Handed Spey/Switch Clinic
Cody Hale will be conducting an on water spey/switch clinic here on the Pueblo Tailwater. This clinic is perfect for anglers just getting into the two-handed game, as well as those who have been thinking about picking up a spey or switch rod but haven’t taken the plunge just yet. Participants will be briefed on spey/switch tackle, terminology, and fundamental techniques before receiving hands-on casting instruction. You will be able to try out many different rod/line combinations as you learn the “Snap T”, “Single Spey”, “Perry Poke” and other techniques, many of which can be utilized with single hand rods. Cost: $75/person (max class size of 8)
Intermediate Fly Casting and Mending
Fly fishing relies on the use of a weighted line (either floating or sinking) in order to deliver a nearly weightless fly at distances of up to 40 feet and beyond. There is much less margin for error when casting greater lengths of line so your technique needs to be spot on. While distance casting maybe the most difficult aspect of fly fishing to learn, it is also one of the more enjoyable and rewarding components of the sport. This class is designed for those anglers who are already comfortable making overhead and roll casts up to 30′ and have an understanding of mending principles. Instruction is focused on developing the “double-haul”, utilizing roll casts in a variety of situations, casting on any plane, overhead casting with nymph rigs and advanced mending techniques. This is a four hour, on-water class with a maximum class size of three anglers per instructor. The cost is $100/person and a valid fishing license is required. You are expected to bring your own equipment for this class.