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Fly Fishing Workshops

2018 will be announced in January

flyfishing 2Fly Fishing Weekend Retreat  

Spend a weekend in the beautiful Adirondacks while developing this unique, rewarding skill with the help of Professional Fly Fishing Guides Rick Kovacs and Lora Couture of Packbasket Adventures.

This program is geared toward beginners and will focus on fly casting andfishing while emphasizing the natural science of the sport. Program will include;indoor and outdoor instruction, fishing excursions to nearby locations, proper gear and casting,“catch and release” and its role in conserving freshwater fish resources, fly tying, and more. Meals and lodgingat the historic Huntington Lodge on Arbutus Lake are included. The cost is $240 to $290 depending on accommodation needs. Email aic@esf.edu for more information.

Weekend Schedule


By 5 PM — Arrive at Adirondack Interpretive Center; meet and greet fellow enthusiasts and guides

6:00 PM — Dinner at Rich Lake Dining Center

7:00 PM — History of fly fishing and introduction to the “quiet sport”

Huntington Lodge

7:30 PM — Rigging up


7:00 AM — Breakfast at Rich Lake Dining Center

8:00 AM — Learn to fly cast or have your casting evaluated

9:30 AM — Knot Know How

10:00 AM — It’s all about the Bugs

11:00 AM — Matching the Hatch

12:00 PM — Packed Lunch - Streamside

12:30 PM — Reading the Water

1:00 PM — Casting on Water

2:00 PM — “Tight Lines”, Hooking, Playing, Catch and Release

3:00 PM — Gearing Up: Outfitting yourself for your own adventures


4:00 PM — Question & Answer Hour

5:00 PM — Social Hour

6:00 PM — Dinner at Rich Lake Dining Center

7:30 PM — Fly Tying

8:30 PM — Fish Stories


7:00 AM — Breakfast at Rich Lake Dining Center

8:00 AM — Fishing trip to nearby waters

11:30 AM — Wrap up - Packed Lunch

Feel free to enjoy the ESF Newcomb Campus trails and nearby lakes before heading home.

Standard Packing List

____ Wool Socks (several pairs)
____ Hiking Boots
____ Long Pants
____ Long-sleeved Shirts
____ Rain Gear
____ Warm Sweater or Coat—it can be cold in the evenings
____ Warm Sleepwear
____ Extra Blanket—if you tend to get cold easily
____ Toiletries—unscented soap is recommended
____ Flashlight and/or Headlamp
____ Daypack or Lunch Sack
____ Sandwich Container—for your packed lunch (optional)

____ Water Bottle
____ Travel Mug—if you're a coffee or tea drinker
____ Trail Snacks—gorp, granola bars, etc. (optional)
____ Watch
____ Sun / Baseball Hat
____ Sunscreen
____ Camera (optional)

Add-ons for Fly Fishing:
____ Fishing License, information is available here.
____ Polarized Sunglasses
____ Waders, if you already own some*
____ Rod, Reel and Fly Fishing Gear, if you already own any*

* Equipment will be made available for those needing to borrow some. See registration form.

Introduction to Fly Fishing Workshop 

9:00 a.m. History of fly fishing and introduction to the “quiet sport”
9:30 a.m. Tools of the Trade-Keep it simple
10:00 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. It’s all about the Bugs
11:00 a.m. Basics of Casting
12:00 p.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. Matching the Hatch
1:00 p.m. Reading water, casting to the rise and prospecting.
1:30 p.m. “Tight Lines”-hooking, playing, catching and releasing
2:00 p.m. Knot Know How
2:30 p.m. Questions/Answers/Wrap-up.