Come have fun and learn to Fly Fish at a super affordable price! Great instruction by fly fishing guides and IFFF Casting Instructors.
Have you always wanted to learn to fly fish? Or improve on the fly fishing skills you have? Or add new skills? You can read all the books and watch all the videos you like, but there’s no substitute for on-the-water instruction from a patient, helpful, experienced guide/instructor. Our program will take your fishing to the next level, no matter how much experience you may have. (Unless you are one of the lucky few who fish 200 plus days a year.) We’ll walk you through fly selection, reading the water and picking the prime spots, casting and presentation — all while fishing one of the nation’s finest trout streams. These trips are a great way for people of varying experience to enjoy fly fishing. You will receive one-on-one casting instruction, not group
instruction. Seasoned anglers can focus on improving already known techniques, while less experienced anglers can learn the skills on which to base a lifetime of fly fishing.
Two nights lodging, two and a half days of instruction and all your meals for just a little more than one day of fishing with a guide.
1st Session – April 7, 8 & 9 , 2017 – This session is for those new to the
sport and those who are intermediate fly fishers, but have limited casting skills and are only are comfortable with one or two techniques and wish to catch more fish. Even if you are an advanced angler you will learn new things at this session. This session has a cost of $495 (Double occupancy) $695 single occupancy.
2nd Session – April 28, 29 & 30, 2017 – This session is not for those who have never fly fished, but if you are a complete novice we will offer you separate classes that are more appropriate. To get the most from this session you need a basic overall fly fishing knowledge to be able to apply the advanced information presented. Special guest, author Jason Randall will present portions of the instruction. His insights combine the science of hydrology and the science of fish biology and how they relate to fly fishing. If you want to know more about the ‘where, when and why’s of fish behavior’ this session is for you. In addition one of our casting instructors at this session can offer instruction on 2 handed casting. This session has a cost of $595 (Double occupancy) $795 single occupancy.
3rd Session – Sept. 1, 2 & 3, 2017 – Labor Day Weekend – This session is for those new to the sport and those who are intermediate fly fishers, but have limited casting skills and are only are comfortable with one or two techniques and wish to catch more fish. Even if you are an intermediate or advanced angler you will learn new things at this session. This session has a cost of $495 (Double occupancy) $695 single occupancy.
4th Session – Nov. 3, 4 & 5, 2017 – This session is for those new to the sport and those who are intermediate fly fishers, but have limited casting skills and are only are comfortable with one or two techniques and wish to catch more fish. Even if you are an intermediate or advance angler you will learn new things at this session. This session has a cost of $495 (Double occupancy) $695 single occupancy.
If you bring a guest with you who will not attend the school, the cost for them will be $250 and will include food and lodging. If you are local or wish to lodge elsewhere the cost is $400 for sessions 1, 3 & 4 and $500 for session 2. Price includes all instruction, guide time, lodging and meals.
To reserve, a 50% deposit is required. Reservations cancelled 14 days in advance will receive full deposit refund less a $50 fee. Reservations cancelled less than 14 days in advance will forfeit the deposit.
To reserve your spot, call 870 499-3056 and speak with Chris or Carol at Riverside Retreat. You can mail a check or use Visa or MasterCard.
Personalized, private instruction. Great Guide/Instructor to student ratio. You will receive personal instruction directed at exactly what you require or request. This is not a ‘cookie cutter’ experience. Between Friday 3 pm and Sunday 2:30 pm you will spend:
7 hours in classroom presentations learning fly fishing techniques and the how, when and why of fish habits in moving water.
6 hours with IFFF Certified Casting Instructors to teach you basic casting skills or improve and add to your current skill set.
8 hours of actual on-the-water time to help you fully understand and perform the fishing, casting and line control techniques taught in the classroom. During these guided fishing trips you will learn how and where to: catch fish on streamers, dry flies, nymphs, and wet flies while fishing rivers and streams. You will be accompanied by a guide who is very qualified and will show you how to catch fish with each method. Guides will demonstrate and you will practice techniques taught earlier in the classroom.
Two nights lodging in the White River Lodge at Riverside Retreat, on the White River just south of Norfork, AR. See map. Rooms accommodate 2 – 4 people and have a private bathroom. You can specify your roommates.
All your meals (Friday evening through Sunday’s brunch) including a steak dinner cookout on Saturday night!
We’ll furnish any gear you may need. Just let us know in advance if you need a rod/reel or other gear. Bring your own if you have it, but if you need something, we can get just about anything for you, except waders.
You will receive a pdf file handout containing all information covered. Jason Randall’s material will not be included, but his books will be available for purchase.
There will be 12 – 14 spots per session. The School will be held at Riverside Retreat on the White River in Ozark Mountains of north central Arkansas.
The White River Lodge is 2,500 square feet and has 6 bedrooms; each bedroom has its own full private bath. There are 2 fully furnished kitchens, 2 dining areas, 2 comfortable sitting/TV areas. There is also an 8′ x 60′ front porch for outdoor seating. The Lodge has plenty of common space to enjoy sitting and visiting with other guests, but your bedroom and bathroom will be private. If 2 people who know each other, attend together, they will be roomed together. We have other lodging options available for an up-charge. Call for additional information – Chris Jackson 870 499-3056
In addition to this great value, Riverside Retreat will donate $100 for each attendee to the IFFF Southern Council for conservation efforts.
Children under 18 will need to be accompanied by an adult. If you have to come in a little late or leave a little early, that’s Okay.
This will be a rain or shine event! If anyone desires to add on additional nights to their stay (before or after the school) it can be arranged. Additional nights will be offered at our lowest ‘5 night rate’. If you would like to schedule a Guided Fishing Trip before or after the school just give me a call. If I’m already booked I can recommend other guides.
Below are comments from previous Fly School attendees from an exit survey ranking 1 (lowest quality) to 5 (highest quality).
I’ve attended several instructional seminars before and this experience was by far the best. While a lot of superfluous information like wading safety, basic fly rod and reel set-up and some very elementary elements that the novice can learn in many places was missing at this school, the information was priceless. I’ve fly fished for 7 years and never heard of the proper presentation or hooking techniques using streamers. I went from missing most of the strikes to catching one fish after another!! I read 3 fly fishing publications a month and learned techniques (that worked) that I’d never heard of. Nothing but 5′s. Gary T., Memphis, TN
Fives all around for me. Casting instruction on and off the water was best for me as a relative newbie. You seemed to have thought of everything. Instructor/guide to student ratio was very good. Food fabulous and plentiful. Comfortable accommodations. A 5 ++++++++ experience. Linda F. , Little Rock, AR
Great stuff! Many thanks, Chris. I am having a copy bound and added to my fishing library. I will have room to add my personal notes and drawings from your lectures. I will return my evaluation on Wednesday with annotations but I can’t see you and the other coaches getting anything less that a 4 + in any category and many more 5s than 4s. With warmest regards, Nelson S. , Dallas, TX
What single part of the school did you consider the most beneficial in making you a better fly fisherman? While not intending to give less credence to all the other topics, I appreciated “Reading Streams” and “rod/line handling when fighting fish”. Sue says she particularly appreciated the casting instruction. What one thing would have made your experience better? Perhaps (and only perhaps) changing the time of year of the school (to late Oct??) …fall colors, more predictable(?) river flow, etc. Obviously I’m stretching to find the “one thing”. It was obvious that you guys and had done a lot of prep and planning. 4.5 Thank you! Ed’nSue K.
Great instruction, great food, great lodging. I only wish the school was offered when my school age son could attend. 4.5 Bob T. Houston, TX
I rate the school a 5 . The last fly fishing instructional school I attended offered 6 hours of classroom instruction and breakfast. It was OK, but for $250 it did not compare to this school. Having the opportunity to learn while fishing really brought it home. This is a real value. William P. St. Louis, MO
Basic Itinerary is subject to change.
3 pm – 5:30pm
As you arrive the casting instructors will spend one-on-one time with you to look at your cast and get your input on improvements that you would like to make, followed with casting instruction. While some are working on casting, there will be a ‘knot seminar’ for novices and an ‘open question forum’ with the guides on the Lodge’s front porch.
Dinner at Lodge –- Cheesy chicken & salad, green beans, fresh bread & dessert
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Friday evening programs
Reading a river – Learning where the fish are going to be in any river.
You’ve hooked a fish: Playing, Landing, Photos, & Release
Saturday 8 am :
Cereal, toast, oatmeal, muffins, bagels, coffee, tea, etc.
Attendees will divide into 2 groups and will rotate between fishing technique classes and casting classes.
9am – 12pm – Fishing technique and casting instruction
12pm – Lunch – Build your own fresh deli sandwich from a selection of breads, meats and cheeses, chips, and dessert
1 pm – 5 pm – On the water with your guide/instructor. The focus of our time on the water will be to put into practice the fishing and/or casting techniques learned that morning in the classroom.
6:00 pm – Cookout at the Lodge. Steak or chicken, baked potato, fresh salad and dessert
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Fishing technique presentation
Sunday 8am :
Casual breakfast at the Lodge –
Cereal, toast, muffins, bagels, oatmeal, coffee, tea, etc. Eat light, brunch is at 10am!
Rotate attendees between fishing technique classes and casting classes
8:30am – 10am – Fishing technique and Casting instruction
10 am – Brunch – catered onsite – Mexican Breakfast casserole or build your own burritos, fresh fruit salad with scones or cinnamon rolls
11 am – 2:30 pm – On the water with your guide/instructor. The focus of our time on the water will be to put into practice the fishing and/or casting techniques learned that morning.
2:30pm Go home or continue to fish on your own.