The Blue Quill Angler has teamed up with industry leaders Umpqua and Sage, to provide anglers a wide range of educational fly fishing classes to increase their knowledge and skill level. Whether you have never even held a fly-rod, or been fly fishing for years, the Blue Quill Angler has a fly fishing class for you in near the Denver area! We all live and breathe fly fishing and we are passionate about getting you started on the right track to a lifetime of fly fishing enjoyment. All Blue Quill Angler classes feature rods and reels from Sage, and fully loaded Umpqua packs with leaders, tippet, accessories, and flies for you to use out on the river. The Director of our fly fishing classes, Kerry Caraghar, teaches most of our introduction classes here at the shop. Kerry brings almost 30 years of experience as an Orvis-endorsed guide and instructor to the Blue Quill Angler. He has been frequently tapped by the Denver media as a spokesperson for our sport, and is continually sought after as a speaker by groups across the metro area. Kerry is truly passionate about teaching, and makes learning how to Fly Fish fun.
This class is open to anyone who is wanting to learn how to fly fish. This is a 2 session course that we limit to 4-6 anglers per class. Classes run weekly from mid-April through mid-October. The first session takes place on a Thursday evening, from 6-9PM at our shop in Evergreen. The second session happens on Saturday, where you spend the day on the river with your instructor.
This is a beginners, women’s only introduction to fly fishing class. This course is also a 2 session class; with the first session on a Monday evening at our shop in Evergreen, and the second session on the river the following Saturday with your instructor. Learn everything you need to catch a trout with a fly!
Our kid’s fly fishing classes, sponsored by Umpqua, are open to any kid from 8-13 years old. In this 1 day class, kids acquire new skills and learn many fascinating facts about trout, their environment, and feeding habits; but most importantly how to catch them on a fly rod! After learning a little about fly fishing, the kids will get to test their new skills at the Buchanon Ponds across from our shop.
This is a one day on-river clinic for 1 or 2anglers wanting to take their nymphing game to the next level. The class begins with a leader rigging lesson followed by fly types used in these methods. We will then demonstrate the different methods to varying water types and how to manipulate the flies to achieve the best sink rates. We will then turn you loose on the river and fine tune your cast and drift to effectively get the flies where they need to be as well as help you best determine which method to use given the water type.
The purpose of this class is to introduce the beginner to the basic fly tying techniques that are necessary in order to tie nymphs, streamers, wet and dry flies. We make a point of featuring only the most effective Rocky Mountain fly patterns. This is a series of 5, two hour classes that will be hosted at our shop in Evergreen on Tuesday evenings.
** The free Orvis 101 Class is suspended due to Coronavirus restrictions. We hope to resume them soon and will keep our website updated with the latest information ***
We host a free fly fishing clinic at our shop in Evergreen every Saturday from May – September. Learn how to cast, tie knots, rig your rod, choose the right fly, and more. Discounts offered on Orvis products and other items for those who come.
With the right equipment to endure the elements, you can enjoy uncrowded waters and some hungry fish on nearly any winter outing. This winter, we want to help keep your line in the water, so we’ve added The Blue Quill Angler Winter Fly Fishing Clinic to our educational programs. Leading this class is none other than SIMMS Ambassador and Southwest Field Editor for Fly Fisherman Magazine, Pat Dorsey.
Kerry Caraghar Class Director
Kerry was born in Colorado where his family has lived since the mid 1800‘s. His love affair with fly fishing began at an early age when he learned to fish on the beaver ponds of Buffalo Creek, CO, near his grandfather’s hotel. Summers spent fishing and storytelling on the hotel porch remain as fond childhood memories.