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The Blue Quill Angler’s Sage Fly Fishing School for Intermediate Anglers is a condensed two-day course in the science and art of fly fishing. BQA Schools Director and Federation of Fly Fishers Master Certified Casting Instructor, Dan Wright and BQA guide Pat Dorsey, a nationally known fly fisher and author, teach this comprehensive course. The two professionals bring several decades of guiding and teaching experience to our students.

The curriculum of this Level 201 school is a perfect continuation of our 101 Sage Fly Fishing Class. While both courses share similar topics, the density of the material and the presentation depth of the fly fishing concepts and techniques in our Level 201 school will move your fly fishing to a capability you’ve yet to experience. For example, in addition to the unsurpassed experience and capabilities of our instructors, our second, full day of practical fishing instruction will take place in one of the Rocky Mountain’s finest “laboratories” for fly fishing—the technically challenging Cheesman Canyon section of Colorado’s South Platte River.

Our First Day:
The highlights of our first day include time in the classroom and on our casting field. We will begin the day discussing such topics as why fish eat fur and feathers; some of the dozens of ways to rig a fly rod; knots that are required, and some that are nice; flies, entomological stages of trout river insects, and knowing and anticipating the fishes’ appetite; and predicting and preparing for fish movements. The points made by our instructors in each of these discussion topics will match, challenge, and add to the collective knowledge of our student fly fishers. During the presentations and discussion, our instructors solicit and encourage a conversational “give and take” with each participant.

The second half of our day will find us on our fly casting field. We will give as much private advice and encouragement as possible—and that will be considerable, with our 1:4 instructor to student ratio—for improving the fly cast. We will discuss building and improving loops, the foundation for all fly casts; the most effective ways to present and manage drag-free fly presentations; how to handle windy fishing days; adjustments required for effective streamer presentations; the Double Haul and its value to all fly casters; and any number of other intermediate to advanced fly casting techniques. The specific additional topics are based, in part, on the collective class members’ casting capabilities.

Our Second Day
We’ll spend our second day of instruction on the river, in the Cheesman Canyon section of the South Platte. There, we will learn the intricacies of reading water, for both finding fish and moving strategically and safely around the river. We’ll also discuss and practice techniques for a number of fly presentation methods, including short and long-line nymphing, efficient dry fly casting and drag reducing methods, and the best and most contemporary practices for streamer fishing. We will adjust all these methods to respond, “real time,” to the movements of insects and fish in the Canyon. Students will spend most of the day with the rod in their hands, while the coaching from our instructors is practical and moment-to-moment.

In summary, here are some of the topics covered in the Blue Quill Angler’s Sage Fly Fishing School for Intermediate Anglers, Level 201:
  • Flies, insects and their stages, and their relationships
  • The various stages of an advancing fly cast, and the timing of their practical applications
  • Choosing, using, and enjoying your gear and tackle
  • Essential, and non-essential, knots
  • Reading, listening, and watching the river
  • Putting it all together on the river
  • How to gain confidence in all these topics
  • Efficiently landing and handling fish.


The class dates for 2015 for our Level 201 class are as follows: 2014 Class Dates (Friday and Saturday)
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The cost per student for this intensive course is $250, which includes use of a Sage fly rod, reel and Rio fly line, and flies and related terminal tackle for the river day. Lunches are included both days. A maximum of 8 students will be allowed to enroll in each class. Students must purchase a Colorado state fishing license.

As a general rule, our Level 201 class is designed for adult anglers with some fly fishing experience who have interest in growing to another level of capability. Please discuss with us your interest if you feel you do not fit that qualifying statement.

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For more information on this class or to make a reservation, give us a call at 720-315-6960 or send an email to sageschools@bluequillangler.com

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