Fly Fishing Schools
June 22 – 23, 2013
The Allen Brothers and Muskegon River Lodge are pleased to offer a two-day Fly Design school. This intermediate course is primly located at the riverside Muskegon River Lodge with extraordinary gourmet meals included.
You will learn entomology basics and river reading techniques, so you will be able to properly seine a river for insects and predict what types of feeding activity fish will be keyed in on. Then, you will take those skills to the classroom where tying techniques will be taught so you can accurately interpret and imitate those insects. The culmination will be taking the patterns you have tied back to the river so you can test them out, which will include instruction on presentation.
With an instructor/student ratio of 3:1 and a maximum class size of 6, you are guaranteed to get highly personalized attention and service.
All too often, anglers head to the river with little more than flies a local shop suggested. While the local fly shop is a valuable asset, when you get to the river, it’s ultimately up to you to interpret what’s going on and make the best judgment for catching fish.
That’s where the Allen Brothers Fly Design School comes into play. We can teach you, hands on, how to make good observations and then select the right fly, or head back to the vise to tie up your own new creation to start putting fish on the end of the line!
Download the course syllabus here.
In this Fly Design course you will learn:
Included in the cost of $649:
- An overview of major groups of invertebrates (mayflies, caddisflies, scuds, midge, etc.)
- How to successfully use the sample-hypothesis-test cycle
- Reading water basics and how/where to sample for the insects that will be most effective
- Insect identification
- Fly tying theory (what are you trying to imitate and what materials will get you there)
- Fly tying techniques (including speed improvements)
- How to test patterns
- How to interpret testing and re-form new hypotheses
By the end of the course, we guarantee you will feel more confident when you approach any river, and that you will be catching more fish!
- 2 Nights of Lodging (Friday and Saturday)
- Tying materials (you will need to bring the basics of vise, tools and thread)
- A seine net you can take home with you at the end of the class!
- Course materials/handouts, including a pocket-sized stream guide
- Gourmet Dinner on Friday and Saturday evening
- Gourmet Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday morning
- Deli-quality Lunch each day
- Coffee and snacks
September 6-9, 2012
RiverQuest Charters and the Muskegon River Lodge are pleased to offer a three day Spey casting school. Designed for fly fishermen who desire to learn to Spey cast from top Spey casting instructors and then imbed the skills they've learned so that at the close of the class, the fishermen are river ready, the Muskegon River Lodge Spey Casting School is a unique learning experience.
With two instructors, one of whom is a nationally recognized Spey casting teacher and the other a professional fly fishing guide who teaches Spey casting on the Muskegon River and with a limit of six (6) students, the school seeks to give enrollees a level of Spey casting expertise beyond that produced in day schools. Spey casting is challenging, but with three days of instruction, coaching, and on stream practice, students will finish the class competent and comfortable with the Spey rod - just in time for the fall steelhead run on the Muskegon.
The two instructors are Peter Humphreys and Captain Steve Kuieck. Peter is one of the few instructors internationally to hold FFF Single, Two Handed and Masters Certification in Spey Casting. Peter has Spey fished in Norway, Scotland, New
||Brunswick, and British Columbia. Steve Kuieck owns RiverQuest Charters and is a principal in the Muskegon River Lodge. Steve has a solid track record of successfully teaching clients how to Spey cast as he guides them for fall steelhead on the Muskegon River. To view the syllabus for the class, recommended gear, dates, and cost for the school, click here.
Students will stay three nights at the Muskegon River Lodge with its 12.5 wooded acres and 400 feet of frontage on the Muskegon River. The school features instruction in the lodge, on its grassy grounds, in the river in front of the lodge, and in RiverQuest jet boats. Students will learn how to cast and manage line while wading and fly fishing from a boat - essential for large rivers such as the Muskegon.
All the amenities of the Muskegon River Lodge and more are the students' to enjoy - continental breakfasts, deli-quality hot lunches, and extraordinary, premium gourmet dinners. Sauna, hot tub, lounge and game room, large screen HD television, poker and pool tables, well stocked bar, and humidor promise memorable evenings of conversation and relaxation. Plus, Spey fly tying demonstrations and informal slide shows of Spey fly fishing adventures will enrich days ends all the more. If you're a fly tier, feel free to bring your vise and materials and tie along.
So, please consider joining us for a fly fishing school that will teach you skills you'll use lifelong. Meet and befriend fly fishermen who, like you, seek to grow their fly fishing knowledge and skills, all the while having a great time in a fantastic setting with some of the best instructors in the country. To learn more, call Captain Steve Kuieck of RiverQuest Charters at 616.293.0501 or email email@example.com.