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Swede's Fly Shop Class Offerings
*Please note that Swede's Fly Shop may alter class schedules based on attendance and instructor availability.



Introduction to Fly Tying - "Saturday Session"
$75.00 per person (Duration: 4 hours) - REFRESHMENTS INCLUDED
This class was created with beginners in mind. Effective Pacific Northwest fly patterns for trout will be the main focus. We'll also discuss their applications and how to fish them.

minimum 4 students, maximum 6 students - requirements: fly tying vise and assorted tools


Basic Fly Tying - "Give a Kid a Start"
FREE (Duration: 2 hours, 10-12 on Saturdays when in session)
This is a basic "bare bones" fly tying class put on for underprivelaged children from single-parent families. All equipment, materials and instruction are provided FREE OF CHARGE. The focus is on trout fly patterns proven to be effective in fly fishing for all species of trout in the Pacific Northwest. Parent or legal guardian must submit a signed liability waiver (for activities that take place outside of the shop) and transportation. Ages 10 to 16 only.

maximum 2 students - requirements: developed attention span and motor skills


Basic Fly Tying - An Introduction to Fur, Feathers & Fun
$75.00 per person (Duration: 3 weeks, Mon. & Wed. nights, 7-9pm)
This class was created with beginners in mind. Effective Pacific Northwest fly patterns for trout will be the main focus. We'll also discuss their applications and how to fish them.

minimum 4 students - requirements: fly tying vise and assorted tools


Basic Fly Fishing - An Introduction
FREE (Duration: 3-4 hours, first Saturday of every month)
This is a basic fly fishing class structured for the novice angler. We'll focus on gear and equipment and basic skills such as reading the water and identifying insects. We'll also make it a point to any questions that you may have. We'll discuss how to use fly fishing gear and how to apply what you've learned to target trout and other game species in the Pacific Northwest.

maximum 8 students - requirements: none


Basic Fly Casting - An Introduction - By Appointment Only
1 hour = $40.00 per person
2 hours + video = $75.00 per person
2 hours + video (Spey) = $100.00 per person

The 1-hour session is a basic "bare bones" fly casting class designed for beginners. We focus mostly on basic casting and presentation using fly rods, fly reels and fly lines. The 2-hour sessions offer differences in standard and large arbor fly reels, as well as their respective drag systems. The comparisons of various fly rods with regard to their lengths, weights, number of sections and flexibility will also be covered. We offer video analysis for the 2-hour sessions. Spey casting takes place on the river. There will be actual participation with personal attention and instruction to the casting.

maximum 4 students - requirements: fly rod, reel and line


Basic Entomology - An Introduction to Bugs and Their Imitations
$40.00 per person (Duration: 2 hours in the evening during the week)
This is an introductory entomology clinic designed for novices to the sport of fly fishing. We will focus on insects and their corresponding trout fly patterns proven to be effective in fly fishing for all species of trout in the Pacific Northwest. This clinic will cover some of the major insect populations and their applications.

maximum 8 students
requirements: "Hatch Guide for Western Streams" (Schollmeyer), "Hatch Guide for Lakes" (Schollmeyer)


Reading the Water - A Trout's World
$40.00 per person (Duration: 2 hours in the evening during the week)
This is an informative class structured for beginning and advanced fly fishers alike. We will focus on trout ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest. Systems include rivers, streams, creeks, lakes and beaver ponds.

maximum 8 students - requirements: none


Nymph Fly Tying - A Unique Approach to Fly Tying
$50.00 per person (Duration: 4 hours on Saturdays when in session)
A fly tying class structured just for the nymph fly fisher. The various stages and nymph patterns will be offered for the novice fly tier with emphasis on regional patterns for seasonal fly fishing. Emphasis on technique and proportions will be combined with color and proper hook selection to ensure the best nymphs for presentation at the right time of year.

maximum 8 students - requirements: fly tying tools and materials


Advanced Fly Tying - Stillwater Entomology & Realistic Fly Patterns
$150.00 per person (Duration: 3 weeks, Mon. & Wed. nights, 7-9pm)
This is a stillwater fly pattern/entomology class designed for the advanced fly tier. The focus is on trout fly patterns proven to be effective in fly fishing stillwater for all species of trout in the Pacific Northwest. Patterns will spotlight realism, materials, techniques, proportions and creativeness for tying enjoyment.

maximum 8 students - requirements: fly tying vise and assorted tools


Advanced Fly Tying - Steelhead Fly Patterns
$130.00 per person (Duration: 3 weeks, Mon. & Wed. nights, 7-9pm)
This steelhead fly pattern class is designed for the advanced fly tier. The focus is on steelhead fly patterns proven to be effective in fly fishing rivers for steelhead in the Pacific Northwest. Patterns will spotlight materials, techniques, proportions and creativeness for tying enjoyment. A must for the steelhead fly tier.

maximum 8 students - requirements: fly tying vise and assorted tools


Advanced Fly Tying

$100.00 per person (Duration: 3 weeks, Mon. & Wed. nights, 7-9pm)
Sessions will be set up based on what interests people most. These subject ideas may be modified to match our student's tying interests. Possible topics: tying Zonker and Matuka style patterns, Marabou Muddlers, Bullet-head patterns, Parachute patterns, Sparkle Caddis patterns, Thorax patterns, Haystack and Comparadun patterns, No-hackle flies (Swisher & Richards style), floating nymphs, still-borns and emergers, Sculpin patterns, Bionic worms or other selected patterns. Other possible topics are dubbing techniques, quill wings on wet and dry flies, using fly foam, emergers and extended bodies, woven body patterns, special bodies like serendipity, quill wing patterns, marrying quill wings, quill bodies, tying with CDC, split tails, spey flies, biots for tails, wings, bodies, etc.

maximum 6 students - requirements: fly tying vise, assorted tools and materials