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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: Contemporary Spey Flies - Tuesday, Jan 14 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Intermediate Fly Tying: Contemporary Steelhead Flies

Learn the basics of Spey Fly construction using easy to find materials. You will learn various hackle techniques, both palmered and adjacent styles to created different profiles and swim patterns. Strip wing and flat wing techniques will also be taught.



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Introduction To Fly Tying - January 15th, 22nd and 29th, 2014 6:30-8:30 pm 3 consecutive Wednesday Evenings

Learn the Art of Fly Tying!

Join instructor, Will Winans 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: Smallmouth Streamers - Thursday, Jan 16th 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Intermediate Fly Tying: Smallmouth Streamers

Learn a few of the best streamers for Smallmouth Bass. We will focus on bait fish imitations like the Clouser Minnow and Murdich Minnow.



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Intermediate Fly Tying Class: Steelhead Shanks - Tuesday, Jan 21st 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Intermediate Fly Tying: Steelhead Shanks

Swinging is all the rage these days. Intruder Style and temple Dog Style flies are the go-to patterns for Steelhead. Learn basic shank construction, design theory, and color pattens.



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Intermediate Fly Tying Class: Steelhead Tube Flies - Tuesday, Jan 28th 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Intermediate Fly Tying: Steelhead Tube Flies

Tube flies have been used in Scandinavia for over 50 years. Learn about the advantages of fishing tubes as well as the fundamentals of tube fly construction. We will tie both a stacked-wing fly as well as a larger intruder pattern.



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Introduction to Fly Tying - Tuesday Evenings: February 4th, 11th & 18th - 6:30- 8:30 pm

Learn the Art of Fly Tying!

Join instructor, Will Winans 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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Two Day Fly Fishing School In Wisconsin - Saturday and Sunday, May 17th - 18th

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 13th 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 7th - 8th

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 13th 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 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 13th 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 12th - 13th

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 13th 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 6th - 7th

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 13th year and has evolved into one of the nation's finest "Introduction to Fly Fishing Schools"

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