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Solitary Angler’s Advanced Fly Fishing School

Solitary Angler’s
Advanced Fly Fishing School 2020

At the Holy Water on the Cimarron
Fly Fishing School with Van Beacham & Bob Widgren
June 8th – 10th 2018
Learn advanced fly fishing techniques in our weekend school on the Holy Water of the Cimarron River!

  • Advanced Casting
  • Skills- Reach, Puddle, Steeple, Double-Haul and More
  • Advanced Techniques for Perfecting Your Drift
  • Important Tackle Selection, Line Set-Ups & Adjustments
  • Advanced Nymphing Techniques
  • Matching Hatches & Fooling Super-Selective Trout

Cost for the complete fly fishing school is
only $795.00* per angler

  • 2 days of instruction,
  • 2 nights lodging in our “historic” hacienda on the banks of the Holy Waters,
    all meals,
  • use of rods, reels and lines,
  • all flies, leaders and tippets.

*Plus sales tax
For more information & reservations call:
Solitary Angler 1-866-502-1700
Van Beacham 575-776-5585
Bob Widgren 505-340-3481

Fly Fishing School Objectives

  • To become a proficient fly caster/fisher in any conditions*
  • To be able to know when, why and how to make adjustments to your line and tackle.
  • To learn how match hatches and select the right fly to fool super-selective trout
  • To learn advanced techniques for getting a good drift.
  • To learn advanced techniques for fishing dry flies, emergers, nymphs and streamers.

*The object of becoming an advanced fly fisher is to be able to figure out on your own how to catch fish under any conditions through observation, strategy and advanced casting, line control and drifting techniques, so you can catch more fish!

Fly Fishing School Outline

Friday, June 8th, Day One

5:00 pm – Arrive at the Holy Water Hacienda
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Orientation, go over equipment, cocktails, refreshments and appetizers
7:30 pm – Dinner

Saturday, June 9th, Day Two

  • 8:30 to 12:30 –
  • Advanced Fly Fishing School
  • Advanced Casting Techniques
  • Line control and shooting line
  • Single haul, double haul, reach, puddle and steeple cast.
  • 12:30 to 1:30 – Picnic Lunch
  • 1:30 to 4:30 – FF School
  • Review of Line Control and Advance Casting Techniques
  • Approaching and
  • Reading the Water
  • Patience and positioning without spooking fish is everything.
  • Observation of the trout’s location, the drift line and the delivery target.
  • Planning the right cast and what to do if you hook the fish is the key to success.
  • Presenting the Fly,
  • Hooking and Catching Fish
  • Choosing the right casting technique for the situation.
  • Controlling the line and proper line mending is essential to getting a good drift.
  • Setting the hook and keeping the right amount of tension with the proper bend and when to strip or use the reel.
  • Handling & Releasing Fish
  • When to use a net or not.
  • What causes fish mortality is time out of the water and mishandling.
  • When and how to properly take photos without hurting the fish.
  • 4:30 to 6:30 – Open Fishing Period
  • 7:00 pm – Bar-B-Q Dinner at cabins

Sunday, June 10th, Day Three

  • 7:30 am – Breakfast in main cabin
  • 8:30 to 12:30 – FF School
  • Nymph Fishing Techniques – Standard Nymph Fishing
  • Line set-up including size and types of leaders, tippets, flies, lead and indicators.
  • How to use and set up multiple flies.
  • Approaching the water and assuming the right position.
  • Casting techniques- Adjusting your casting loop and technique based on the amount of lead you are using.
  • Learning the Belgian cast.
  • More on line control and mending techniques including “stack mending.”
  • Knowing when, why and how to make adjustments to your tackle.
  • Nymph Fishing Techniques- Hi-Stick-Tight-Line Nymphing (Czech style)
    Same as above.
  • The right position and getting as close as possible without spooking fish is crucial.
  • Complete line control with little to no slack in the system is essential to getting the right drift and detecting strikes.
  • Knowing when and when not to strike.
  • 12:30 to 1:30 – Sack Lunch
  • 1:30 to 3:30 – FF School
  • Matching the Hatch – Techniques for Super Selective Trout
  • Identifying the hatch.
  • Identifying the stage of the hatch from the rise form or fish flashing.
  • Matching the hatch to the right fly in your box
  • Using the right technique – dry fly, emerger or nymph fishing or combination utilizing multiple flies.
  • Using the right cast from the proper position for each technique, line control and line mending to ensure you get the perfect drift.
  • Streamer Fishing on Small Streams
  • Choosing the right equipment, line, tackle and streamer for the species and location.
  • Position and targeting your casts.
  • Casting and stripping techniques.
  • Setting the hook properly.
  • 3:30 to 5:30 pm – Open Fishing Period
  • 5:30 pm – Shut Down and Return Gear;
  • Depart the Holy Waters