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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: Tying Articulated Streamers for Smallmouth & Trout - Jan 25th Wednesday 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Join guide Will Winans of Big River Fly Fishing for this one night class and learn about the design of these big profile streamers and how they capitalize on the aggressive and territorial nature of large smallmouth and trout

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Knots & Rigging II: Intermediate to Advanced Leader Construction - Jan 26th Thursday 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Once you master the basics, a raft of new knots and rigging challenges often derail anglers interested in working with heavier tippets, adding shock leaders or wanting to progress beyond simple clinch knots. In this class Paul Melchior will introduce participants to a variety of new techniques and knots employed in salt water or heavy freshwater-pike/muskie fishing.

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Introduction to Fly Tying - Tuesdays, Jan 31st, Feb 7th, 14th 6:30 - 8:30 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.



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Intermediate Fly Tying Class: Swimming Smallmouth Flies - Effective & Efficient Guide Patterns - Feb 1st Wednesday 6:30 - 8:30 PM

In this one night intermediate class, Chicago area guide, Capt. Will Winans shares some of his most effective patterns for summer smallmouth. These flies can be customized to fit specific river conditions and have evolved from years of fishing local smallmouth rivers.

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Intermediate Fly Tying Class: Trout Dry Flies - Wednesday, February 8th 6:30-8:30 PM

Join local guide, Capt. Will Winans for this one night class on dry flies for trout. Learn some core surface patterns for trout while discussing some of the technical proportions that are critical to the orientation of these flies on the water. Don't miss this unique event as Will fished for trout long before he fell in love with Smallmouth!

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Intermediate Fly Tying Class: Flats Flies I - Bonefish - Feb 9th Thursday 7:00 - 9:00 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: Flats Flies II - Permit - Feb 15th Wednesday 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Permit are undoubtedly one of the most difficult to catch on fly. We will tie proven patterns for these finicky flats fish discussing sink rate, strip, and general Permit behavior. Crabs and Shrimp are on the menu so don't forget to bring the cocktail sauce. Instructor: Jon Uhlenhop

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Intermediate Fly Tying Class: Chicago Lakefront Fly Patterns - Feb 16th Thursday 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Fly fishing along Chicago? lakeshore can prove to be a challenging but also rewarding fishery. If you enjoy sight fishing for large warm-water species then come learn a few of my favorite patterns. Starting in early spring and lasting until ice-over the lakefront provides every changing conditions that require you to adapt your presentation. Target species include trout, carp, drum, bass, salmon, and pike. We will also discuss fly weight and line selection to help you target these fish more effectively. Instructor: Adam Alexander

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Presentation: 2017 Tarpon Tagging Expeditions w/Adam Marton - The Fieldworkers Club: - Saturday, Feb 18th Presentation: 4:30 - 5:30 PM

Adam Marton will present on The Fieldworkers Club hosted Fly Fishing / Scientific tagging expeditions

Cuba Tarpon Tagging Expedition April 22-29

Belize Tarpon Tagging Expedition Aug 12-19

At ChiFly Saturday Feb 18th 4:30-5:30

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Pesca Maya Hosted Trip - Ascension Bay, Mexico - Sunday, Feb 19th - Sunday, Feb 26th

CHICAGO FLY FISHING OUTFITTERS LTD invites you to join us for a 6 day, 7 night fishing trip to beautiful Pesca Maya located 3 hours south of Cancun in the Yucatan.

February is a great month to fish Ascension Bay as temperatures are moderate and we are there before the peak season rush. We will fish for Bonefish and Permit and will occasionally see Tarpon and Snook.

The trip cost is $3950 and is all inclusive except airfare and gratuities. Space is limited to 12 rods and is almost sold out. Please contact the shop for more details at 312-944-3474 or jon@chifly.com

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Intermediate Fly Tying Class: Classic Steelhead Flies - Feb 21st Tuesday 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Traditional steelhead patterns are often forgotten in today? Spey orientated fly selections, yet they have decades of success behind them. Flies like the colorful Skykomish Sunrise, Freight Train and Green Butt Skunk have been steelhead magic for generations. Join Paul Melchior and learn how to create these classic flies.

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Introduction To Fly Tying - Thursdays, Feb 23rd, Mar 2nd, 9th 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: Steelhead Streamers I - Using Synthetic Materials - Feb 28th Tuesday 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Join synthetic Steelhead fly specialist Niall McCarthy to explore techniques to construct efficient and effective streamers for swinging. Niall is excited about some of the new synthetic materials on the market and he will demonstrate some of his contemporary favorites.

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Intermediate Fly Tying Class: Steelhead Streamers II - Natural Materials - Mar 8th Wednesday 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Steelhead streamers are beautiful and fun to tie. Join Jon Uhlenhop and learn how to tie with natural materials to construct flies that have incredible movement while maintaining profile in the water. We may use a few stands of Flashabou when nobody is looking.

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Intermediate Fly Tying: Guide Flies for Steelhead - Eggs & Nymphs - Tuesday, March 14th 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: "The Hoppers Are Coming" - Mar 15th Wednesday 6:30 - 8:30 PM

From June through early October Grasshoppers are one of the most important food sources on a trout stream. It is important to have different styles of flies from low-riding natural patterns to buoyant foam terrestrials. Join ChiFly staffer Paul Melchior to learn a few of his favorite patterns.

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Intermediate Fly Tying Class: Guide Flies for Musky - Mar 21st Tuesday 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Not the fish of 10,000 casts anymore. Seems like everyone fishes for Musky on the fly these days. Come learn techniques for constructing flies for apex predators. We will discuss hooks, connections, and material distribution. Remember, at the end of the day you are going to have to cast this thing... for 8 hours!

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Intermediate Fly Tying Class: European Nymphing - Theory, Flies & Techniques - Mar 23rd Thursday, 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Intermediate Fly Tying: Tying and Rigging Euro Nymphs and Jigs

Euro Nymphs and Jigs are some of the most productive subsurface patterns any angler can employ. Jon Uhlenhop will teach participants how to tie several of the best patterns as well as correctly rig leaders to take full advantage of their effectiveness.

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Intermediate Fly Tying Class: Not Your Usual Caddis Dry Flies - Mar 28th Tuesday 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Most every angler has used an Elk Hair Caddis, yet many less traditional or well known patterns can be incredibly effective when trout are keying in on adult or emerging caddis. Eric Leiser? Woodchuck Caddis is an overlooked sleeper, as are the Opal Caddis and Missing Link Caddis. Join Paul Melchior to learn to tie alternative Caddis dry flies.

$30 Per Student. Space is limited to 6 students

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Two Day Fly Fishing School In Wisconsin - Saturday and Sunday, May 20st - 21st

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, June 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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Two Day Fly Fishing School In Wisconsin - Saturday & Sunday, June 24th - 25th

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 15th - 16th

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 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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