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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: 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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