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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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Seminar: Fly Fishing The Kankakee with Capt. Will Winans - Saturday March 7, 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, Saturday March 7

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Intermediate Fly Tying Class: Flats Flies I - Bonefish - Mar 11th Wednesday 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Bonefish style patterns are effective on many salt and freshwater fish. We will tie a few different shrimp patterns and talk about variations in size, color, and weight.

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Intermediate Fly Tying Class: Lifecycle of the Mayfly - Mar 12th Thursday 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Mayflies are a sign of healthy trout habitat. Some of the most abundant Mayflies in the Driftless Region include BWOs, Hendricksons, Sulphers, and Tricos. We will tie various flies that represent both different species and stages of this important aquatic insect. Instructor: Paul Melchior.

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Kip Vieth - Wildwood Float Trips - Saturday, March 14th Fly Tying demonstration from 1:00 - 3:00 PM followed by a presentation from 3:30 - 4:30 PM

Saturday March 14th 3:30 - 4:30

Kip Vieth from Wildwood Float Trips will be a the shop for a presentation on why the Upper Mississippi is the best destination for both Smallmouth Bass and Musky. Kip bring years of fishing & guiding experience and is enthusiastic about his home water.
Fly Tying Demo from 1:00 - 3:00 PM followed by a presentation at 3:30 PM

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Intermediate Fly Tying Class: Guide Flies for Smallmouth Bass II - Mar 17th Tuesday 6:30 - 8:30 PM

The second class in this series on Smallmouth bass flies. Come learn some favorites from Capt Will Winans that are sure to produce on your next Small Jaw outing.

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Intermediate Fly Tying Class: Flats Flies II - Permit - Mar 18th 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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Mike Geary: Healing Waters Lodge & Lewis & Clark Expeditions Smith River Float Trips - Sunday, March 22nd Meet & Greet 2:00 - 3:30 Presentation: Healing Waters Lodge & Smith River, Montana

Mike Geary, owner of Healing Waters Lodge & Lewis & Clark Expeditions, will be dropping by the shop to give a presentation on the wonderfully diverse and unique opportunities available at both Healing Waters Lodge and his acclaimed Lewis & Clark Expeditions - overnight smith river floats.

Mike will be on hand around 2:00 PM for a meet and greet followed by a presentation at 3:30 PM. Mike has been a dear friend of ChiFly since our inception and puts on a great show. He also happens to be a heck of a nice guy!

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Two Day Fly Fishing School In Wisconsin - Saturday and Sunday, May 16th - 17th

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 14th 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 30th - 31st

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 14th 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 13th - 14th

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 14th 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 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 14th 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 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 14th year and has evolved into one of the nation's finest "Introduction to Fly Fishing Schools"

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