The Blue Quill Angler has teamed up with industry leaders Umpqua and Sage, to provide anglers a wide range of educational 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 class for you! 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.
The Blue Quill Angler will offer the following classes in 2017
Introduction to Fly Fishing Class
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. Click here to for more information. $129 per person
Women’s Introduction to Fly Fishing Class
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! Click here for more information. $129 per person
Kid’s Fly Fishing Class
This course is open to any kid from 8-14 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! In the afternoon after learning a little about fly fishing, the kids will get to test their new skills at the Buchanon Ponds across from our shop. Click here for more information. $75 per person
Euro Nymphing Class
This is a one day on-river clinic for 1 or 2 anglers 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. Click here to for more information. $300 for 1-2 people
Winter Fly Fishing Class with Pat Dorsey
Spend the day with veteran guide Pat Dorsey on the fabled South Platte River near Deckers to learn the nuances of catching trout during the winter. Dorsey will begin the day with a discussion on fly selection and how to rig your rod. Then he smoothly transitions into seasonal strategies (where to find trout during the winter), followed by learning the tactics and techniques to consistently fool trout between mid-November and mid-March. For the remainder of the day, Dorsey will help each student refine their skills. Click here to for more information. $125 per person
Introduction to Fly Tying Class
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. Click here to for more information.
Free Saturdays Orvis 101 Class
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. Click here to for more information.