This beutiful rainbow trout caught during the Hexaginia hatch on Timothy Lake in western Oregon, is just one of the adventures uou might encounter during a fly fishing school taught by The Fly Fishing Shop in Welches Oregon.

These Fly Fishing Schools and Classes are sponsored by The Fly Fishing Shop, in Welches, Oregon for your fun, enjoyment and continuing education. Learn the ancient art of fly fishing from experts who love to teach. We have the guides and instructor teams that every other shop wishes they had.


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Learn Spey Casting for salmon and steelhead from experts. This picture is of Mark Bachmann teaching Spey Casting on the Sandy River in Oregon.
Price: $175.00
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Spey Casting Schools Spey Casting classes are offered on Thursdays so that they can be taken consecutively with our Entry Level Steelhead Fly Fishing Schools, which are offered on Fridays. Spey casting can be learned quite easily with the assistance of our professional instructors Mark Bachmann and Hawkeye Hawkins. This class starts with the most basic fundamentals so that you will have a foundation on which to build your Spey casting skill set. Our approach allows you to easily understand the...

Steelhead Spey School, picture
Price: $275.00
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One Day Entry-Level Steelhead Fly Fishing Schools Welcome to Steelhead Fly Fishing 101! These classes are scheduled on Fridays so that they can be taken consecutively with our Spey Casting Schools.Take a pontoon boat ride down a local river with Mark Bachmann and Hawkeye Hawkins. Save yourself five years of experimenting on your own. Being able to find fish and presenting the fly properly are key factors. We will show you how.This school will cover a lot of water and fishing knowledge in one...

The best two-day spring/summer Steelhead Spey Schools for your continuing education. Picture is of Al Lind holding a massive Sandy River Winter Steelhead.
Price: $425.00
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Acquiring skills helps achieve success. This is the most proven Winter Steelhead Spey Fishing "skill-set-builder" available. This school is for beginning and intermediate fly fishers who want to acquire new winter steelhead fly fishing skills in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible. Spend the night between the two days in our community. We know the best places to stay and eat. We will be glad to help make the arrangements and show you around our home turf on the way to and from...

Class Instructors and Guides

An instructor is the person who teaches a school to prepare you for a certain task. A guide is a person who takes you to a certain place. Our guides are also instructors. However, any guided fly fishing trip will be more productive if you have already acquired the skills to deliver the fly to the fish. Attending a series of fly fishing schools before going on a guided trip can pay real dividends.


Learn to Cast and Present your Fly

Learning to cast well is the most essential part of learning to catch fish. We use both single-hand and two-hand fly rods for trout and steelhead. Single hand rods are used for trout and most other fish, including steelhead and salmon when fishing lakes and smaller rivers. Single hand rods are also used for warm-water and saltwater fishing.

The Spey, or two-hand, fly rod has become the most popular instrument for presenting flies to steelhead and salmon. This is especially true when larger rivers are being fished. Spey rods allow any angler to cover more water more efficiently. A Spey rod enables an angler to present his or her flies at longer ranges, even where there is little room for a back-cast. This is because the back cast is not aerialised. Rather, a change-of-direction roll cast is performed. This is called a Spey cast. There are many types of Spey casts. Some are hundreds of years old. Others have recently evolved. You can learn all of them from us when you take our Spey Casting, and/or Entry Level Steelhead Fly Fishing Schools. We offer the best instruction in a comprehensive, yet affordable package.


General Class Policy and Refund Policy

We take our schools seriously. They are the best of their kind. In order to coordinate students, equipment, and instructors with a minimum of problems, we stick to an exacting schedule and curriculum. In order to maintain an atmosphere where teaching and learning can be done efficiently, disruption has to be kept to a minimum. In group classes, no alteration in starting time or place will be made for any individual. Show up on-time, organized, and ready to be part of a team effort. Scheduling a class involves scheduling instructors' time and in some cases, scheduling support people. Once your deposit is received, those people are reserved for you. When we accept your deposit we have formed a contract to serve you. You have signed a contract to attend.

If a class is not booked with the minimum number of students seven days before the classes starting date, students will be notified and the class may be subject to change - and may be rescheduled to the next session. If less than the minimum number of students needed to hold a group class are registered, the class can still be taught, but the cost will be according to the number of individual students per instructor.

Students who don't show up for a class will not be rescheduled without a new fee.