St. Peter's Fly Fishing Classes and Instruction

Signature Fly Fishing School

St. Peter’s Signature Fly Fishing School focuses on building a strong foundation for any novice angler to work from. We work to create a deeper understanding of trout, their environment and the equipment used during this course, to ensure an enjoyable and fun learning experience for all.

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Intro to Fly Fishing Class

St. Peter’s Intro to Fly Fishing is a class designed to introduce new anglers to the absolute fundamentals of fly fishing. We understand that there is a lot of conflicting information out there in regard to fly fishing basics and how to do things. Our Intro to Fly Fishing class will take out the guess work and give you the need-to-know information all beginning fly anglers should have.

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Introduction to Fly Tying Class

Join us for a tying session at our shop! We would love to introduce you to the next step of your fly-fishing journey. Intro to Fly Tying focuses on the basic tools, materials, and techniques used to tie a variety of different flies.

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Angler's Entomology Class

One of the most challenging aspects about Fly Fishing is trying to find out what fish are eating. With a plethora of options at a fish’s disposal, this can be an incredibly intimidating and overwhelming puzzle. Knowing what flies to use and when to use them, can be all the difference between catching fish or coming home disappointed.

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On Water Entomology Class

Have you taken our Angler's Entomology class and want to bring your knowledge to the next level? Or maybe you like bugs, but not classrooms? Our on the water Entomology class is just the ticket for you! Experience on water knowledge of our local river and the bugs that inhabit it.

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Introduction to Fly Fishing Knots

A proficient knot is essential to landing a fish of any size or species, whether in salt or freshwater. A bad knot can be the difference between pure bliss or absolute devastation and it’s ok to admit that we have all been there before. In Intro to Fly Fishing Knots, our professionals want to sit down with you, up close and in person, to be able to help everyone tie the knots that we as anglers, use most.

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Rigging and Knots for Trout Class

With hands on classroom time, we will discuss and tie a variety of rigs for different trout fishing situations. From dry/dropper to indicator to stillwater rigs, you will leave with the confidence to tie up your own rigs and the confidence to fish them with success.

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Technical Tailwaters Class

A tailwater is a river that flows from, and is situated just below a reservoir. As the reservoir releases water throughout the year, the flows rise and fall creating a river. The fish that live in these rivers are infamously picky due to the highly regulated flows that create stable water temperatures, stable food sources, and happy fish.

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Trout Behavior Class

Trout fishing is an on-going puzzle that is always evolving, just as trout themselves are complex specimens that have learned to survive and adapt to ever-changing habitat and pressures. It is very easy to apply what others have told us to do on the water but knowing why we did it is another level of enlightenment.

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Warmwater Tactics Class

Fly fishing is often thought of as a poetic way of catching trout in crystal clear mountain streams. A quiet, surreal experience filled with solitude, peace, and quiet. What we don’t think of is the large, aggressive, warmwater fish that are less than 10 minutes from our driveway right in the middle of Fort Collins.

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Stillwater Tactics Class

Part learning, part fishing class. Designed to teach approaches to stillwater, reading water, various stillwater rigs including correct indicator and streamer rigs. We will provide leader/tippet/flies for these various rigs.
Also a chance to fish the well-known Mother Lake at Sylvan Dale. After the instruction portion, we will break up and use our newly learned rigs and skills to fish Mother Lake for the remainder of the class.

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Spey School on the Miracle Mile

Learn to spey cast on one of our favorite rivers. We will discuss technique and approaches to the river through the lens of spey casting and swinging flies for trout.

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On Water Streamer Tactics Class

Streamer fishing is one of the most popular ways to catch fish on a fly rod. Like every technique, there is a learning curve to streamer fishing and certain things to understand in order to fish these flies effectively.

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On Water Euro Nymphing Class

Although one of the most effective ways to catch fish, nymphing also tends to be one of the most technical ways to catch fish. This class is focused on the intricacies of Euro Nymphing with a small touch on traditional nymphing as well.

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On River Highwater Class

High water is always a large topic of discussion in the shop come springtime and we often hear about folks not fishing at all when the rivers come up. Fear not, you can still find fish in these higher flows and often times it can lead to a fantastic day of fishing.

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Spey Class on the Poudre River

Learn the fundamentals and techniques for highwater nymphing with a 2-handed rod along with the fundamentals of the spey cast and swinging flies

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Private Casting Lessons

Every angler wants to throw tight loops and delicate presentations with their fly rod. Without proper muscle memory and a good understanding of your fly rod this can be nothing short of a frustrating task. Whether you are a seasoned angler or just picking up a fly rod for the first time, we want to help you understand how to unlock the maximum potential out of your fly rod, time, and money.

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Intermediate Fly Tying Class

Join us for a tying session at our shop! Our Intermediate fly tying class will take your abilities to the next level. We will introduce you to more advanced techniques, such as using biots and tying in dry fly posts and hackle. By the end of the class you will be able to tie a number of your favorite dry fly and nymph patterns.

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Soft Hackle Fly Tying Class

This tying class focuses on the fundamentals of tying traditional soft hackle wet flies with our guide and soft hackle addict, Joe McHugh. We will be tying three unique soft hackle patterns and discussing how to effectively fish such flies.

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Streamer Fly Tying Class

This class focuses on the fundamentals of tying some of our favorite streamer patterns; the Slumpbuster, Sparkle Minnow and Goldie. These large flies are not only fun to spin up, they are a blast to fish! We will be tying three different patterns and discuss how to effectively fish them.

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-A 50% non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot.

-All cancellations and/or reschedules within 7 days of class are subject to loss of the 50% deposit.