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Lessons & Events

Fly Fishing and Fly Tying Instruction is offered year round at Chicago Fly Fishing Outfitters - and there is usually an event or two right around the corner scheduled at the shop....

If you have an interest in learning fly fishing or fly casting or you want to improve upon the skills you already possess, the gifted professional instructors at our shop can help. We offer classes and clinics during the spring and summer months, and private instruction is available all year long.

If your interest lies in learning the art of fly tying, we offer Introductory and Intermediate level classes in the fall and winter.

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Private Lessons - Available year round.

Allow the instructors at Chicago Fly Fishing Outfitters custom tailor a private lesson for you. We conduct casting lessons on North Pond in Lincoln Park. Our seasoned instructors can assist with all skill levels from beginner to advanced. Most "intermediate" anglers suffer from the same limitations and common mistakes. A one hour lesson can tweak your cast and make your next day on the water more enjoyable. We can teach hauling and basic spey/switch casting as well. All equipment provided.

Please call the shop to schedule 312.944.3474

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Intermediate Fly Tying Class: The Dark Side: Mouse patterns that work - Wednesday, February 17 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Night fishing with a mouse immitation is one of the most exciting ways to connect with a big trout. Join Niall McCarthy to learn a variety of approaches to constructing a deadly mouse fly.

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Intermediate Fly Tying Class: Bonefish Flies - Wednesday, February 24. 6:30-8:30 PM

Creating flies that mimic a bonefish's favorite foods is just as important as matching the hatch for trout. Join Jon Uhlenhop to learn a few killer patterns for the speedy Grey Ghost of the flats.

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Intermediate Fly Tying Class : Attractor Dry Flies - Tuesday, February 25th, 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Attractor Dry Flies

Jan 12th Tuesday Evening

Paul Melchior will demonstrate effective attractor patterns that work equally well for dry-dropper style fishing or terrestrial imitation.

$30 per student. Space is limited to 6 students.

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Seminar: Fly Fishing The Kankakee with Capt. Will Winans - Sunday, February 28th, 3:30 - 4:30 PM

Join our own Will Winans, former employee and now owner of Big River Guide Service as he presents fly fishing for smallmouth and more so close to Chicagoland on the mighty Kankakee River

Seminar/Slide Show 3:30 - 4:30, Sunday, Feb 28th.

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Intermediate Fly Tying Class: Leaders,, knots and rigging - Tuesday, March 1. 6:30-8:30 PM

Often overlooked, leaders and knots are essential elements of fishing success. Paul Melchior will walk students through the basics of leaders, how to tie a range of knots and how each applies to a variety of situations.

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Intermediate Fly Tying Class: Permit Flies - Wednesday, March 2nd 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Permit. Anglers get obsessed with them, these most wily and unpredictable of salt water trophies. Landing one is a major fly fishing achievement. Crab patterns are the most favored medicine: join permit fly devotee Jon Uhlenhop to learn how to tie several of his favorites

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Introduction To Fly Tying - Thursdays, March 3rd, 10th, 17th 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Learn the Art of Fly Tying!

Join instructor, Paul Melchior for this comprehensive three-session class designed to introduce the fundamentals of fly tying.

In 3 classes you'll learn to tie the three major categories of flies: streamers, nymphs and dry flies. No experience necessary.

Call 312-944-3474 to reserve your spot.

This 3 evening session will get you started in the entertaining and infinitely productive art of fly tying- just in time for winter and the long dark days ahead!

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Intermediate Fly Tying Class: Working with Deer Hair - Tuesday, March 8th 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Deer hair is used in many well known patterns, from streamers and dry flies to bass bugs. Many think it's one of the most difficult materials to master, but with a bit of coaching, it's actually pretty straightforward. Join Paul Melchior to learn how to use deer hair on several different flies.

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Intermediate Fly Tying : Steelhead Flies - Eggs & Nymphs - Wednesday, March 9th 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Come learn some of the most productive egg and nymph patterns for Great Lakes Steelhead. Nymph fishing for Steelhead has proven to be one of the most effective methods for hooking Chrome. We will tie proven egg and nymph patterns for successfully fooling Great Lakes Steelhead. We will tie: Nuke Egg, Stonefly Nymph, Hex Nymph, and Caddis Larva. We will discuss variations and what time of year to fish certain flies and why.

$30 per student. Space is limited to 6 students.

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Intermediate Fly Tying Class: Classic Spey Flies - Wednesday, March 16th, 6:30 - 8:30

Intermediate Fly Tying: Classic Spey Flies

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Classic Spey Flies are both beautiful and effective. Jon Uhlenhop will cover a range of relevant materials and techniques required to tie these most graceful of steelhead and salmon flies.

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Two Day Fly Fishing School In Wisconsin - Saturday and Sunday, April 30th - May 1st

Join the talented instructors of Chicago Fly Fishing Outfitters on a beautiful trout stream in bucolic Southwest Wisconsin, just four hours away from Chicago, for our most comprehensive fly fishing school.

Our program enters it's 15th year and has evolved into one of the nation's finest "Introduction to Fly Fishing Schools"

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Two Day Fly Fishing School In Wisconsin - Saturday and Sunday, May 21st - 22nd

Join the talented instructors of Chicago Fly Fishing Outfitters on a beautiful trout stream in bucolic Southwest Wisconsin, just four hours away from Chicago, for our most comprehensive fly fishing school.

Our program enters it's 15th year and has evolved into one of the nation's finest "Introduction to Fly Fishing Schools"

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Two Day Fly Fishing School In Wisconsin - Saturday & Sunday, June 11th - 12th

Join the talented instructors of Chicago Fly Fishing Outfitters on a beautiful trout stream in bucolic Southwest Wisconsin, just four hours away from Chicago, for our most comprehensive fly fishing school.

Our program enters it's 15th year and has evolved into one of the nation's finest "Introduction to Fly Fishing Schools"

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Two Day Fly Fishing School in Wisconsin - Saturday & Sunday, July 9th - 10th

Join the talented instructors of Chicago Fly Fishing Outfitters on a beautiful trout stream in bucolic Southwest Wisconsin, just four hours away from Chicago, for our most comprehensive fly fishing school.

Our program enters it's 15th year and has evolved into one of the nation's finest "Introduction to Fly Fishing Schools"

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Two Day Fly Fishing school in Wisconsin - Saturday & Sunday, September 10th - 11th

Join the talented instructors of Chicago Fly Fishing Outfitters on a beautiful trout stream in bucolic Southwest Wisconsin, just four hours away from Chicago, for our most comprehensive fly fishing school.

Our program enters it's 15th year and has evolved into one of the nation's finest "Introduction to Fly Fishing Schools"

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