A series of fly fishing courses are being offered again this year through the Community Schools.
Tony Soltys, president of the Raincountry Flyfishers, will be instructing the courses, which will feature hands-on fly tying and casting. This is the twentieth year the courses have been held. Soltys said these courses started as just a lecture series but have evolved to include hands-on fly tying and actual fly casting.
The classes, he said, are perfect for beginners and paced for those who have never tried fly fishing or are fairly new to the sport. Despite this, the courses also bring out some experienced local fly fishers who are looking for a little local knowledge
The series, Soltys said, consists of two separate courses: Fly Fishing 101 and Fly Casting 101.
Fly Fishing 101 is focused on tying the one fly Soltys said local fly fishers should not leave home without.
“I have caught many salmon, char and trout with it and I think you can fish the Juneau roadside with it as well, or better, than with any other fly I knows,” Soltys said.
The Fly Fishing 101 course will also cover casting. Soltys said the last hour of the course will be spent at a gym learning to cast well enough to get the fly to the fish. Essential casting techniques will be demonstrated and practiced using the participant’s rod or a graphite one provided by Soltys.
The second course, Fly Casting 101, has proven very popular, Soltys said. This year it is limited to eleven participants. The small class size, Soltys said, “will allow everyone to do enough casting to become quite proficient in casting to fish in various situations.” Fly Casting 101 will be held in the Riverbend Gym and will include, among other things, casting in various planes, shooting line and both single and double haul casting techniques.
The classes begin on Monday, Feb. 6, with the first of two Fly Fishing 101 courses. That course consists of two days of coursework. The second day is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 8. The second session will run March 26 and 28. The Fly Casting 101 course is offered on Feb. 28 and March 1, as well as April 10 and 12.
To register call Community Schools at 780-2073. Cost is $21 per course. Contact Tony Soltys at 789-9159 for additional information.