This is an introductory course that will cover techniques applicable to all styles of trout flies, including nymphs, soft hackle and winged wet flies, emergers, various style lures and dry flies. The techniques taught can be combined to create a wide variety of trout flies. You will certainly be able to fool trout with your own creations at the end of this course and you will also be able to tailor patterns to suit particular angling situations.
You will catch more trout and enjoy it more using your own flies!
Students are to supply their own materials but some fur and feathers will be available in the classes. Advice for the collection of additional materials will be provided.
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I am recently retired from a career as a botanical researcher. I have fly fished with my own flies since adolescence (and with worms since before then). For the past thirty five years I have fished mostly in New Zealand, but have fly fished in many other regions including South America, North America, Tasmania and Europe. I love Fly Tying, particularly on rainy winter days, and enjoy introducing others to this hobby.
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No classes on public holidays.
All courses need a minimum number to go ahead. If your course does not have enough enrolments, we regret that we will have to cancel and will let you know either by email or text. Please check your emails regularly. Courses are usually confirmed or cancelled 2-3 working days prior to the scheduled start date.
We may, regretfully, have to cancel courses if we do not receive enough enrolments, in which case you will get a full refund.
We may choose to close a course if there is a high level of non-attendance or withdrawals, in which case a proportional refund may be made.
Wherever possible, we will offer replacement or extended sessions to make up for sessions cancelled due to extreme weather, tutor illness or other unforeseen reason.
If you need to withdraw from a course and you inform us in writing, at least a week before the course is due to start, you will be eligible for a refund minus a $20 administration charge.
If you withdraw from a course at any other time, you will not be eligible for a refund. No refunds are given after commencement of a course to ensure course viability.