Fly Fishing School

  • Arrive in Islamorada and unwind at the Islander Resort either by the pool or on the beach

  • Take in the fabulous sunset over Florida Bay from the Lorelei Cabana Bar, just across from the Islander Resort

  • Enjoy cocktails and appetizers with fellow students and instructors at the Islander Resort pool bar

  • Arrive at the Islander Resort
  • Floriday Bay Sunset
  • Meet the Instructors and Classmates

Day 1

  • Arrive in Islamorada and unwind at the Islander Resort either by the pool or on the beach
  • Take in the fabulous sunset over Florida Bay from the Lorelei Cabana Bar, just across from the Islander Resort
  • Enjoy cocktails and appetizers with fellow students and instructors at the Islander Resort pool bar
  • Learn about fly lines, fly rods, and fly reels - styles, sizes, myths, more

  • Learn fly casting in small groups - back cast, roll cast, double haul, more

  • Casting, casting, casting - small group and one on one instruction covering the myth of the long cast, line management, double haul, presentation, more

  • After hours cocktail party at Florida Keys Outfitters - spend one on one time with instructors and students, enjoy great food and drinks

  • Learn About Fly Lines, Rods, Reels and More
  • Learn Fly Casting
  • One on One Instruction
  • Cocktail party at Florida Keys Outfitters

Day 2

  • Learn about fly lines, fly rods, and fly reels - styles, sizes, myths, more
  • Learn fly casting in small groups - back cast, roll cast, double haul, more
  • Enjoy lunch prepared by the Islander at one of several of their outdoor dining patios
  • Be entertained by a saltwater fly fishing opportunities presentation that covers the entire Southeast
  • After hours cocktail party at Florida Keys Outfitters - spend one on one time with instructors and students, enjoy great food and drinks
  • Learn about flies and presentation

  • Learn about fly fishing leaders and knots - hands on with different materials and knot tying techniques

  • Casting, casting, casting - small group and one on one instruction covering the myth of the long cast, line management, double haul, presentation, more

  • Learn fish fighting techniques, landing techniques, working with a Guide, boat etiquette, more

  • Learn About Flies
  • Learn About Fly Fishing Leaders and Knots
  • Small Group Casting Instruction
  • Learn Fishing Fighting Techniques

Day 3

  • Learn about flies and presentation
  • Learn about fly fishing leaders and knots - hands on with different materials and knot tying techniques
  • Enjoy lunch catered by the Islander at the pool bar overlooking the Atlantic Ocean
  • Casting, casting, casting - small group and one on one instruction covering the myth of the long cast, line management, double haul, presentation, more
  • Learn fish fighting techniques, landing techniques, working with a Guide, boat etiquette, more
  • A fly fishing school graduate shows off a baby tarpon caught with Capt. Drew in the backcountry

  • Fly fishing school student with his first bonefish

  • Baby Tarpon
  • Bonefish
  • Bonefish Release

Day 4 & 5

  • Optional fishing days - put your newly acquired or refined skills to the test against many of the backcountry species Islamorada has to offer

What will I learn?

Every aspect of saltwater fly fishing. We’ll cover tackle, including rod and reel technology, fly line selection and essential knots. You’ll master the double-haul, learn effective false casting, line management, and how to make short quick casts. We will teach you sound fundamentals and instill the confidence necessary to be a successful saltwater angler, and you'll learn it all under the tutelidge of some of the world's best anglers. Join Chico and me this February to review these topics and more.

  • 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
    • Effective false casting
    • Casting in the wind
    • Short quick casts
    • More casting!
  • Fly Presentation & Fish Fighting:
    • Set up the line
    • Communicating with the guide
    • Taking the shot
    • The hook-up, clearing line
    • Applying angles and pressure

To Find Out More and Enroll.

Review our FAQ’s or email us, we'd be happy to provide additional information and to answer any questions. To sign-up you can call 305-664-5423 or just register online.


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