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Since 2010 the Blue Quill Angler and the Sage Fly Rod Company have partnered to offer this comprehensive introduction to fly fishing class. This class will start with the basics and finish on the river with hopefully a fish in hand. This class is taught by seasoned veterans who have an imense passion for the sport and teaching each and every student the necessary skills needed to be self sufficient on the stream.

The Sage Fly Fishing Class is held on Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00pm-9:30pm in the classroom, and all day Saturday on the river with one of our instructors. The class runs weekly from mid April through mid October.

We keep the classes small with 4 to 6 anglers in each class.The purpose of this class is to help students develop the skills and understanding necessary to catch trout on a fly rod. The first two sessions will introduce the student to fly fishing theory, rigging a rod, casting, knot tying, and entomology (as it pertains to fly selection). The instructor will also hold discussions on equipment and stream etiquette. The Saturday on the river will be focused on developing critical techniques in fishing nymphs, dry flies, and streamers. Topics also covered are wading safety, trout behavior, entomology, reading the water, playing, landing, and releasing fish.

The Blue Quill Angler will provide the student with a Sage rod, reel and Sage or Rio fly line for the class as well as waders. It is the obligation of the student to have in his possession a valid Colorado fishing license, flies and other terminal tackle that will be needed on the river day. The instructor will go over the gear needed on Thursday night. After this discussion, students will have an opportunity to purchase needed gear from the shop.

You'll cover everything you will need to be self-sufficient on the stream at the Evergreen, Colorado Sage Fly Fishing Class:
  • Fly casting techniques
  • Essential knots for Fly Fishing
  • How to choose your gear and tackle
  • Stream entomology (the science of insects)
  • Proper fly selection for the seasons
  • How to read water and currents
  • Wading Saftey
  • How to play, land, and safely release fish

Students must be a minimum 12 years of age.

The second night of the class, you will need to purchase some items for the day on the river like flies, a leader, some tippet and any additional items that will make your day on the water more enjoyable. You do not have to spend a fortune on these items or you can go crazy but you will need the bare necessities for a successful day.

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For more information on this class or to make a reservation, give us a call at 800-435-5353 or send and email to sageschools@bluequillangler.com

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''Saturday June 1st - Fly Fishing Class with The Blue Quill Angler Instructor John Ellis at Decker's, CO. Had a fabulous time. Actually caught THREE rainbow trout. Learned so much from John; I cannot believe how many 'secrets' about fly fishing he shared with the class. He was so good at asking each of us if we had any questions throughout the 3 classes. Well worth the $150 class fee. I recommend this class to all new or wannabe fly fishers. John is very knowledgable, enthusiastic about fly fishing and entertaining to boot! Now looking forward to my next fishing experience.'' - Sandi

''Just wanted to drop you a note about the recent Sage 101 class I took with John Ellis. I have been fishing most of my life and fly fishing for the last 2 years but it wasn’t until I took this class that I started to feel like I was catching fish on purpose.

The class ranged from experienced to never held a rod before but I will tell you John made all of us feel welcomed and ensured we all got a lot out of the class.

I fish the South Platte at least 2 to 3 times per month and can typically hook a fish or two but not with any consistency or real understanding of why a fish was there. I was just letting my indicator drift through the entire run or riffle in hopes of getting it in front of a fish and as long as I had an RS2 on the dropper I would be okay.

I now understand the “why” behind catching fish which has not only made me a better fisherman but increased my enjoyment. I was at Deckers last weekend and not only was I catching a lot of fish but I was using different techniques and when the Trico hatch came off and the 20” rainbow started rising I had the confidence to tie on a dry and go after him. I’d love to say I had a great picture but I was unable to land him as he broke off my 6x going under a log.
Before the class I was struggling to hook fish, now I can say my biggest struggle is landing fish, but I’m sure that will come in time. I’m already getting ready to take the Advanced Nymphing class and the Dry Clinic next year. Thanks so much for the class! See you on the water.''
- Steve