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White River Fly Fishing School

leah kirk

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Have you always wanted to learn to fly fish? Or improve 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.  This fly fishing school will take your fishing to the next level, no matter how much experience you may have.

It will 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.

Fly Fishing School at a super affordable $495 for 2 1/2 days of instruction by Certified Casting Instructors and guides on the beautiful White River in the Ozark Mountains of north-central Arkansas. All instruction, lodging, and meals are included.

The IFFF-Southern Council’s 15th annual Fly Fishing School – April 6, 7, & 8, 2018  – has 12 – 14 spots available.  As of 1/4/2018:  Spots available, 14.  The School will be held at Riverside Retreat on the White River in Ozark Mountains of north-central Arkansas.

The focus is how to catch fish while fly fishing. In each session is divided between those new to fly fishing and those who have intermediate skills. Intermediate skills as those anglers who may have fly fished for 6 months up to many years but have limited casting skills, limited knowledge where feeding fish are located and are only comfortable with one or two methods of fly fishing. Even if you are an advanced angler you will learn new things because the truth is that life only offers you a limited time on the water. If the only time you can learn are those few precious moments your knowledge will be limited.

At the Fly Fishing School, you will be able to access the knowledge of guides who spend 200 plus days a year on the water.  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.

What our Fly Fishing School doesn’t teach: Information like wading safety, basic fly rod and reel set-up, basic rigging and elementary information that the novice can learn in many places.   The focus is on how to catch fish while fly fishing.

What’s included in our Fly Fishing School:

Personalized, private instruction. Great Guide/Instructor to student ratio.  You will receive personal casting 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 waters.

6 hours with FFI Certified Casting Instructors to teach you basic casting skills or improve and add to your current skill set.

7 plus hours of actual on-the-water time with your Guide/Instructor 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. All your meals (Friday evening through Sunday’s brunch) including a steak dinner cookout on Saturday night. They will furnish any gear you may need.  Just let them 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.

`              To reserve, a 50% deposit is required. Full payment is required by March 5, 2018.  Reservations canceled 30 days in advance will receive a full refund less a $50 cancellation fee.  Reservations canceled inside of 30 days will forfeit all payments.

Reserve your spot, call 870 499-3056 and speak with Chris or Carol at Riverside Retreat. You can mail a check or use a Visa or MasterCard. In addition to this great value, Riverside Retreat will donate $100 for each Fly Fishing School attendee to Southern Council of Fly Fishers International for conservation efforts. 

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 & wifi.  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