EDUCATION - Fly Fishing Workshops

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SALTWATER FLY FISHING WORKSHOPS

Come to the Rockport area and get a full immersive experience into all of the key aspects of the exciting sport of Saltwater Fly Fishing. Workshops are a great option for individuals, couples, families, and small groups to learn and fish together.  Enjoy free time during the Workshop relaxing and exploring the area attractions, restaurants and shops.  Make it a get-away - book the dates that fit best with your schedule.  Includes accommodations upon request in one of the areas hotels or lodges.


I conduct my Workshops over the equivalent of 3 days (10 to 15 hours of education and skills development - classroom and field work - and a full day guided lesson).  The agenda can be customized according to your skill level and goals, and the schedule of sessions can be adjusted to fit the weather and your travel plans.  Below is a sample agenda:


Day 1 - Morning:

For our first couple of sessions we will begin with some casting outside followed by a "classroom" inside. 

  • Session #1 (2 hours): fly casting warm-up (review of fundamentals, and diagnostics)
  • Session #2 (1 hour): saltwater fly fishing gear and fly selection
  • Session #3 (1 hour): introduction to species, weather and water

Day 1 - Afternoon:

After a break for lunch we will meet up for a couple of outdoor casting sessions broken up by a classroom session.  Once our sessions are done you can relax, grab a nice dinner, and rest up for a fun Day 2.

  • Session #4 (2 hours): saltwater quick cast and line management
  • Session #5 (1 hour): knots for saltwater rigging
  • Session #6 (2 hours): wind techniques

Day 2 - Morning & Early Afternoon:

After breakfast we meet in the casting field to put it all together and build on our casting skills and fishing knowledge, then followed by lunch and a choice of fly tying or a quick wade fishing session.  I make this a short day so that you can relax and have the rest of the day to whatever you would like.

  • Session #7 (2 hours): presentation and fishing drills
  • Session #8 (2 hours): saltwater fly tying
  • Session #9 (2 hours): wade fishing sampler on-the-water

Day 3 - All Day:

This is it!  The day we have been working towards ... and opportunity to put into play the skills you have been learning and practicing.  How exciting!

  • Session #10 (7 to 9 hours): full day guided lesson on a technical poling skiff


Notes:

  • Quality fly fishing equipment provided as needed.
  • Water and ice provided.
  • Clients provide: Texas saltwater fishing license; personal gear (I will send you my Recommended Gear List); beverages; snacks/food - if not requested.
  • Additional information will be provided to the clients upon booking.


The fee for a Workshop $1700 for 1 or 2 persons.  Contact me for pricing for 3 or more.  I can make your accommodations arrangements and that will be added to your Workshop fee.


Deposits of a minimum of $500 is required to secure dates.  Deposit and balance payable by:  cash; PayPal; Venmo; or with a credit card (3% non-refundable processing fee added). See Cancellation Policy below.


CANCELLATION POLICY (for parties of 1-2 persons; contact me on parties of 3 or more):

  • Clients cancelling 15 days or more before the booked date will have the option to: reschedule without penalty; or receive a full refund of monies paid.
  • Clients cancelling 4 to 14 days before the booked date will have the option to: reschedule for a fee of $300; or receive a refund of all monies paid except for $300.
  • Clients cancelling 3 days or less before the booked date will have the option to: reschedule for a fee of $400; or receive a refund of all monies paid except for $400.
  • Clients who no-show on the booked date will be charged the full rate of the booking.
  • NOTE: processing fees for credit card payments are non-refundable.
  • NOTE: client is responsible for accommodation fees based on the lodging's cancellation policy.
  • NOTE: Having less than optimal conditions are a fact of saltwater fly fishing.  Unless the conditions are hazardous, fishing can still be productive.  I have many locations that optimize marginal conditions - sight casting can still happen in windy/cloudy/rainy/dirty water ... I know, I fish in these conditions and have still caught fish.  Cancellations by clients because of less than perfect conditions fall under the same policies as stated above.
  • NOTE: Your safety is my priority.  If the weather/water conditions are unsafe and I make the decision to cancel I will reschedule you with no penalty.  If all rescheduling options are unsatisfactory I will refund your monies paid.