Fort Myers Fly Fishing School and Casting Lessons

Fort Myers Fly Fishing SchoolWe are proud to offer quality one on one fly casting instruction. So many of our clients struggle to cast a 9wt fly rod that we felt it was time to begin offering in-depth instruction for all skill levels of fly fisherman. From first time beginner to expert there is a fly fishing class that will help you become a better all around fly fisherman. When you are out on a charter is not the time to find out you need to improve your casting skills. We want you to spend your time fishing, not getting a rushed casting lesson from Capt Eric. Casting a fly rod is actually very easy, almost effortless, if you learn correctly. Just like golf or any other sport however you need to spend time practicing what you learned in class. By client request you will have you the opportunity to keep the gear you used in class, see the class listing below for more info.

Our One Day Fly Fishing Class

  • Course Description
    We will cover tackle, including rod and reel technology, choosing the right rod and reel for you, fly line selection and essential knots. You’ll learn to master the double-haul cast, learn false casting techniques, line management, and how to make short quick casts. Capt Eric will teach you sound fundamentals and instill the confidence you need to be a successful saltwater angler. You have the option to keep the fly rod, reel, and fly line that you used in the class, see the pricing info below.

  • This section will cover:

    Tackle

    • Fly rod action, tapers & flex – Fly Reels, proper drag setting
    • Fly line selection, tapers and weights
    • Fly selection, which flies to use and when, inducing a strike
    • Tying strong leaders, knots & tippets
  • Casting

    • Master the double haul cast
    • Effective false casting. learn to load the rod
    • Casting in the wind headwind and following
    • Making short quick follow-up casts
    • More casting!
  • Fly Presentation & Fish Fighting

    • Setting up the fly line
    • Communicating with the a guide
    • Taking the shot, learn when to cast
    • Setting the hook, clearing the line
    • Applying angles and using pressure on big fish
  • All necessary fly-casting equipment is provided.
    Class Duration 7 hrs - Call or email for available times, this class is available as time in our charter schedule permits.
    Class Fee $295 Instruction Only
    Class Fee $495 Instruction And Tackle - You keep the new rod, reel, and line you used in class.



Our Two Day Fly Fishing Class

  • 2 Day Class Course Description
    We will cover tackle, including rod and reel technology, choosing the right rod and reel for you, fly line selection and essential knots. You’ll learn to master the double-haul cast, learn false casting techniques, line management, and how to make short quick casts. Capt Eric will teach you sound fundamentals and instill the confidence you need to be a successful saltwater angler. You have the option to keep the fly rod, reel, and fly line that you used in the class, see the pricing info tab.

  • This section will cover:

    Tackle

    • Fly rod action, tapers & flex – Fly Reels, proper drag setting
    • Fly line selection, tapers and weights
    • Fly selection, which flies to use and when, inducing a strike
    • Tying strong leaders, knots & tippets
  • Casting

    • Master the double haul cast
    • Effective false casting. learn to load the rod
    • Casting in the wind headwind and following
    • Making short quick follow-up casts
    • More casting!
  • Fly Presentation & Fish Fighting

    • Setting up the fly line
    • Communicating with the a guide
    • Taking the shot, learn when to cast
    • Setting the hook, clearing the line
    • Applying angles and using pressure on big fish
  • We take you on a 1/2 day charter so you can practice the skills you learned in day one of class. In this part of the class you will be fishing for ladyfish and other inshore fish that are dependable biters so you get hands on practice. You will spend 4 hours in the boat fly fishing with Capt Eric as he helps you deal with the following.

    • Dealing with the wind
    • Setting the Hook - Effective Strip Setting
    • Getting the fish on the reel quickly
    • Target Casting - Tricks for rapid pinpoint casts to the same spot.
    • Judging your retrieve based on fish activity
    • Help with individual issues as they come up
    • Line Management
  • All necessary fly-casting equipment is provided.
    Class Duration Day One is 7 hrs
    Class Duration Day Two is 5 hrs
    Call or email for available times, this class is available as time in our charter schedule permits.
    Class Fee $495 Instruction and 4 Hr Charter
    Class Fee $695 Instruction And Tackle - You keep the new rod, reel, and line you used in class.

The Gear We Use In Class


  • Okuma SLV Fly Rods
    We choose the Okuma SLV 8wt or 9wt 4 Piece Fly Rods for use in our school. These rods had to meet some very demanding standards before we selected them for our school.  First they had to be true to the line weight rating, which means that a rod rated for an 8wt line should cast smoothly with that line. Secondly they needed to have top quality components that could withstand years of exposure to saltwater. Third, the rods had to be capable of acting as a backup for clients who already owned equipment if they to enrolled in the two day class or choose to purchase for the one day class.

    SLV Fly Rods Feature:

    • Lightweight graphite construction
    • 4-piece rod design
    • Titanium Oxide stripper guide
    • Stainless steel snake guides
    • Aluminum pipe reel seat with aluminum hoods
    • Okuma rod bag
    • 1-year warranty
  • Okuma SLV Fly Reels
    The Okuma SLV reels have one of the widest arbors (reel spools) of any reel on the market. What this means is that every turn of the handle retrieves the most line possible. They are extremely light and are built to last a very long time with proper care. The SLV 8/9 is a great reel that can hold 300 yds of 50lb braid backing and an 8wt or 9wt line. They are super smooth and with normal maintenance will last for years of everyday saltwater use.

    SLV Fly Reels Feature

    • Multi-Disk Cork and Stainless Steel Drag Washers
    • Roller bearing allows the drag to engage in one direction only
    • Precision Machined Brass Bushing Drive System
    • Precision Machined Stainless Steel Spool Shaft
    • ALC: Alumilite Diecast Aluminum Frame Diecast
    • Super Large arbor spool design Non-slip positive grip rubberized handle knobs
    • Easy to change left to right hand retrieval conversion.
  • Monic Fly Lines
    We use Monic Fly lines because no other fly line is as tough or lasts as long. They have a clear polyethylene coating that does not contain the volatile chemicals that must be added to other fly lines. This shift in technology is important to maintain the durability of the line. Monic lines do not lose material over time, and therefore do not crack. This is important in the overall durability of the line, its casting performance and longevity for the angler. They are the best lines available - Period



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13650 Fiddlesticks Blvd Fort Myers FL 33912
(239)330-2427