Fly Fishing School

Contact Dick Scordato, richard.scordato@gmail.com, for more information.

For more than 20 years our chapter has offered fly fishing and tying classes to area anglers. Our instructors are among the most experienced fly fishers in the area. Most have been fly fishing our local waters for decades.  If you have never touched a fly rod before, or if you have some experience but want to learn more about fly fishing, this class is for you.  The class is informal, fun and class size is limited to 15 so there is much individualized attention. 

Classes begin Wednesday, March 14, 2018 and are held Wednesday evenings (except April 4) from 7:00 to 9:00 at Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua.  Later in the course we move class to a local stream and (hopefully) catch trout. 

The classes are run in conjunction with Chappaqua Continuing Education and registration is through them.  The link is https://www.ccsd.ws/district/departments/chappaqua-continuing-education (As of this writing the Spring schedule was not yet posted but it should be soon).

Tuition is $175. Sorry, we cannot accept students under 18.  Participants will need a NY State fishing license (CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE YOUR LICENSE) and a DEP watershed permit (CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR PERMIT). Fly rods and reels will be available for the casting sessions.  On water classes will be held depending upon weather.  Note:  if you do not currently own equipment don't buy it until you attend the first few classes.  We will help you select appropriate equipment for the type of fishing you want to do.

A typical curriculum is below.

Fly Fishing Curriculum

  • Week 1—  An overview of fly fishing, introduction to rods, reels, and other equipment.
  • Week 2 — More on equipment : waders, vests, etc. Intro to knots
  • Week 3 — How to rig it all up for dry flies, nymphs
  • Week 4 — Trout and what they eat (and how to catch them)
  • Week 5 — Casting fundamentals & Instruction
  • Week 6 — More Casting practice and how to fish
  • Week 7 — On the water instruction 
  • Week 8 — On the water instruction
  • Week 9 — Bonus: New member fishing day