Fidalgo Fly Fishers



The Fidalgo Fly Fishers use different education forums and venues to further the clubs Aims & Purposes, see Fidalgo Fly Fishers Aims & Purposes.
In addition to the sport itself, members are involved in educating the public on environmental and conservation issues such as fish and wildlife habitat protection and restoration. These efforts focus on education through fly fishing and include the following objectives.
1. To encourage fly fishing and other selective fishing techniques
as a means of conservation and increasing fishing opportunity.
2. To actively assist and encourage the public to become fly fishers,
and to adopt the club's philosophies.
3. To encourage family and youth participation in activities of the
club, and to provide instruction in all phases of fly fishing for
youth and adults.
4. Fidalgo Fly Fishers are active in many of the important
conservation issues of the day by conserving, restoring, and
education through Fly Fishing.

FF3 Fly Fishing class at Skagit Valley College FFF4
This is a test
The 2018 winter fly fishing class is scheduled to start Wednesday, January 3rd 6:30 to 9:30 pm and continue through March 14th at the Mount Vernon Campus, --Link to SVCC catalog page at SKAGIT VALLEY COLLEGE Continuing Professional Education select the Winter schedule then the course information.
Refer to the FFF Bulletin Board for other details.

Introduction to Fly Fishing
This course, taught by Fidalgo Fly Fishers Members, focuses upon fly fishing for trout in western North America streams and lakes.
The beginner will acquire sufficient knowledge and skill to start fly fishing and catch trout.

FFF4 The topics include: matching lines, rods, and reels; casting fly line; selecting leaders, knots, and tippets; learning about trout foods and related flies; basic fly tying; trout habitat and behavior; and fly fishing methods.

About half of the classes are actual "hands-on" learning by doing. There are a couple optional Saturday classes as well.

Fly Tying class at Skagit Valley College.
Check here or the Outings and Bulletin Board in the Fall or Winter for information on the 2018 Class. .

FFF4 The course, taught by Fidalgo Fly Fishers Members, is usually limited to 16 students to assure individualized attention. Two fly patterns are tied each night requiring different tying techniques. Students will have 10 productive trout flies upon completing the course.

FFF4 There is a reference notebook with recipes, formulas, and fishing techniques for each pattern as well as step-by-step photographs. Students will use a variety of materials. The fly tying equipment and materials are provided by our Club.

Students should have completed the Introduction to Fly Fishing course first or have some prior experience tying flies.

FF3 Skagit River Salmon Festival
--Link to Skagit River Salmon Festival

FFF4 The Fidalgo Fly Fishers use the opportunity of the Skagit River Salmon Festival to further the clubs Aims & Purposes, see Fidalgo Fly Fishers Aims & Purposes.


The venue of the Skagit River Salmon Festival is one more educational opportunity for the Fidalgo Fly Fishers to advance, promote and teach it's Aims and Purposes. Our club participation in this free, public service event supports other Skagit Watershed Council organizations, conservation organizations that we contribute to, and provides a valuable public education to fly fishing for young and old alike.



Fidalgo Fly Fishers Spey Casting Clinic

FFF4 Another opportunity for Education for members and non-members is through seminars or clinics by vendors and/or experts on specialized equipment or techniques such as this outing. This is a demonstration with Fidalgo Fly Fishers on a cold December day on the art of Spey Casting.
FFF4 The members standing on shore, range from Spey novices to Spey casting experts, but all learned from experienced casters and from each other. A great way to share knowledge and teach the skills of Fly Fishing. Also, refer to this article from the Skagit Valley Herald. A great article that points out the educational aspects and the different skill levels involved.




Fidalgo Fly Fishers General Meetings and Guest Speakers Program.

FFF4 Another opportunity for Education for members and non-members is through the guest speaker program administered through the General Meetings, refer to the Outings & Events page to see the list of Guest speakers by month. Most meetings are open to the public and if there are restrictions on attendance, it is listed there.
FFF4 The General Meetings always open with a Fly Tying demonstration, which is informative and a great learning experience.
During the General Business part of the General Meeting, Committee members report on special projects, and special items from the current Wahoo, which is available as WAHOO NEWS.
Again the Wahoo News, current and past editions, are an excellent vehicle for Fidalgo Fly Fishers to inform and educate members and non-members. For past editions refer to the WAHOO NEWS Archive.


Self help using books and video.
--Basic Overhead Cast
Joan Wulff teaches the Basics of Fly Casting:
Joan Wulff on the Hand and the Arm:
Joan Wulff Teaches Shooting Line
Carl McNeils Tips for Casting in the Wind
Joan Wulff Teaches The Double Haul
Double Haul by Orvis

--Basic Roll Cast
Joan Wulff Teaches The Roll Cast
Roll Cast and explanation of the D-Loop
Advanced Roll Casting, by Reds Fly Lessons for Tighter Loops
Single Handed Snake Roll

--Position Casts
The Reach Cast and Reach Mend
The Aerial Mend
The Tuck Cast

Spey,Skagit and Scandi Casting
Steve Rajeff explaining the three predominant styles of Spey casting
Choosing the ideal Spey line, by Simon Gawesworth of Rio products">
Running Line Handling for Scandinavian and Skagit Spey casters
Spey casting
Spey Casting 50 minutes
Skagit Casting - Defined and Simplifyed
Spey Casting Tips - Anchor Placement
Single Spey and Switch Cast
Single Spey and Switch Cast with G-Loomis
Double Spey
Spey Casting a Long Belly
The Snap T.
Snake Roll
Single Hand Spey Casting
Scandi Casting
Underhand Technique - Goran Andersson
Goran Andersson's full fly casting show in 2013
Master the Scandinavian Speycast with Henrik Mortensen
Rod designer Andre Scholz gives a few pointers on Scandi casting
Scandi Short VersiTip from Rio and Simon Gawesworth
Airflo Scandi Compact Fly Line with Tim Rajeff
Spey casting with Scandi line
Skagit Casting
What the hell is Skagit?
Skagit basic Casting 20 minutes
Simon Gawesworth the Skagit casting
Simon Gawesworth at SOR, Skagit casting.

Leaders and Tips
An explanation of RIO MOW tips
Versileaders and Polyleaders
Rio In-line sinking lines wth Rowley, Chan, and Gawesworth

Some Must have Books



Beginning Fly Fishing:
While there are many great Fly Fishing Books for Beginners Fidalgo Fly Fishers recommend the following two books as starter books because of their approach to Fly Fishing and the completness of content. These books are no substitute for The Fidalgo fly Fishing course offered by the Skagit Valley Comunity College.

The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide, (Competely Revised and Updated) by Rosenbauer, Tom 2007. The Orvis Company. Printed by Lyons Press, Guilford, Connecticut. 246 pp.

The L.L. Bean Ultimate Book of Fly Fishing in Paperback by Macauley Lord, Dick Talleur, and Dave Whitlock.

Beginning Fly Tying:
The better way to learn how to tie flies is to attend a class or to carefully watch tiers at sport shows or club meetings and ask questions. The latter process usually does not get you involved with the basics because the tier is probably creating an advanced style.
If you are unable to attend a class, there have been numerous books printed over the years where the author tried to create the necessary explanations for beginners.

Fly Tying Made Clear and Simple by Skip Morris , A Frank Amato 1992 original publication now in its 23rd printing, is a good beginners book if you can not attend a fly tying class.

Fly Patterns for Stillwaters by Philip Rowley.
Philip Rowley begins with a season by season analysis of the diet of trout found in stillwater in BC and the northwestern US. Taking each of the major categories (chironomids, scuds, damselflies, dragonflies, leeches, mayflies, caddisflies, water boatmen, and "hodgepodge") in turn, he describes its life cycle and gives his thoughts on pattern design.
For each category, he illustrates five to twelve flies that he has found to be effective imitations, gives step by step tying instructions, and explains how best to fish each fly. The photographs of the natural insects are excellent. The tying instructions are clear and well illustrated. Many of the patterns are original with Mr. Rowley and all can be tied by tyers of any skill level.

Some Sample FLIES

A Vice Comparison for under $150.00

Basic Knots
The following are basic Fly Fishing Knots For some more Knots refer to: Net Knots.
Non-Slip Mono Loop Knot
Sixteen - Twenty Knot or Pitzen Knot
Surgeons Knot
Nail Knot
Perfection Loop
Albright - Special
Blood Knot
Trilene Knot
Every Fishing Knot You Need to Know

FFF4 Mayfly Life Cycle
Midge Life Cycle
Caddis Fly Life Cycle
Stone Fly Life Cycle
Dragonfly and Damselfly Life Cycle
Mayfly life Cycle and what Flies to use
Caddis Fly Life Cycle and what Flies to use
Sipping Dry
Damsels in Distress

Another Dragonfly Life Cycle about 14 minutes


Club member courses.
Scheduled on an adhoc basis and announced by E-mail or on the Bulletin Board.
--Fly tying
--Rod Building
--Boat Building



Fidalgo Fly Fishers is an affiliated club of the Fly Fishers International since 1975.

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