Classes & Lessons

Classes & Lessons     Teaching the art of fly fishing & fly tying has become a cornerstone of the Patient Angler. We welcome the potential angler to explore the world of fly fishing with instructional programs designed specifically for the beginner. We offer programs that include one-on-one instruction, and small groups. In our instructional programs we emphasize and focus on casting. The physical act of moving fly line with a rod while maintaining accuracy and control is the key to successful fly fishing.. Figuring out where to go to fish, what the rising fish are eating and what fly to use is the fun part that will be a life long learning processes. The staff at the Patient Angler would be glad to help you with everything including " the fun part."

Fly Fishing 101
      We start with the basic of how to put together and care for your equipment. Then we teach you a drill that encompasses all the aspects of the over hand cast that you can practice on your own in the backyard or local park. The practice drill includes creating a good loop, lengthening line, changing direction and presentation. We discuss and demonstrate with an interactive drill how to properly fight and land fish on a fly rod. Then we move to the water and teach the basics of roll casting on both sides of your body and line management skills. A discussion on how to read the water, the bug life and how the trout see them as food source and a demonstration of dry fly and nymphing techniques. Then we finish up back at the shop by teaching you about the lines, leaders and the basic knots you need to know to tie it all together. Lessons take about 2 hours. Cost $75.00

      You could take a lesson in the morning, rent the gear for the day and we’ll show you a few patterns to pickup. The staff will give you a map to the best waters to fish and you can go practice your skills on some local waters.

      If your already into fly fishing and can’t get rid of that nasty tailing loop, want to learn how to double haul or just want to sharpen your skills, we have the knowledge and experience to help you.

Spey Casting
     Learn to cast a two handed Spey rod with The Patient Angler. The Spey cast is the fastest growing technique being used to catch Steelhead and Salmon in our Northwest Rivers. The on the water instruction covers the equipment used, including Rods, Reels, Lines & Leaders. The casting techniques for the Single Spey, Circle Spey and Double Spey casts will be discussed, demonstrated and practiced. Fishing applications will be discussed in regards to choice of casts based on wind and water conditions. Equipment will be provided and there are a limited number of students for each class. $100.00   Call The Patient Angler to sign-up. (541) 389-6208

Fly Tying
     Learn how to tie flies in a small class environment. The classes are held at the Patient Angler Fly Shop and covers the most common patterns used in fly fishing. The emphasis of the 101 classes is to teach basic fly tying techniques, how to use the tools of the trade, how to read recipes and picking quality materials for fly patterns. We not only teach how to tie each new pattern, but we also discuss how and where you would fish it. All materials for the classes will be provided, but you must have your own vise and tools. If you don’t have the vise and tools needed, we can help you get set up before the first class.
Cost is $75.00 for the 4 week class. 

What's Happenin'

We've got some new gear in stock. 

Modern Steelhead Flies - Great new book for all you steelhead tying nuts, by Rob Russell & Jay Nicholas $39.95

SAGE X Single hand & Spey Rods, fast action, Konnetic HD Technology $899.00

SAGE Foundation Rod, 4wt - 8wt fast action, graphite IIIe $325.00
Echo Base Rod Kit, a great starter kit complete with a 5wt 9' 4pc rod, Base Reel, Line, Leader, Backing and Rod & Reel Case, all for $169.00.

Pro Tube Fly Tying System, very cool system for tying steelhead & saltwater tube flies.

Come in and check them out!

Had a great trip to the Bahamas, check our our Blog page for the report. New pictures posted to "Saltwater Flats" on our Photo page.

Have you liked us on Facebook yet? Our friends on Facebook will have great opportunities during the season for first hand information, great deals and free gear. Like us today!

Check out our new video "Marlin On The Fly In Mexico" There's some cool underwater footage of releasing the marlin at the end.

      It's always a good idea to check river levels before you go fishing.
      Just click on "Stream Flows" above and select your water. If your favorite water is not on our list, just let us know and we'll add it if it's available.

      Read our current fishing reports