Revised 11/13/13

Learn to Fly Fish Lodge-Based Weekend

Who says size matters?!Spring really explodes in the forests of Northern Michigan and its going to be a good one this year. You will learn habitat, distinguishing characteristics and some fun ways to hunt for fish. We'll start you out by teaching you about the equipment and some simple knots. Our casting pond will give you a good space to learn some basic casting techniques, and from there we'll move on to some small bodies of water to cut our teeth on some panfish. Bluegills can actually teach you a lot about hooksetting, fish fighting and managing your line. They are the master, you are the student. Next on our list will be a visit to some secret spots where you'll begin moving up to rainbow trout in still water and then moving water environments. Be ready for some good food, some great fishing action and learning a lot about nature at the same time.

  • Day 1: Friday evening arrival between 6-9 pm. Get acquainted and settled. Orientation for the rest of the weekend.
  • Day 2: After a hearty breakfast, we'll start in our local pond for a little casting lesson. After lunch, we'll head to a nearby lake with a canoe or two for a little practice on panfish and Largemouth Bass. Keep that camera handy. After dinner, you are free to stroll around the Betsie here or simply relax around the fireplace.
  • Day 3:'s the final exam. After breakfast, we'll be stalking some Trout in the clear waters of the Platte. Note: we generally try not to kill fish during our workshops, so don't be dismayed at our letting them grow bigger for next time. That way you can catch 'em again.

Price includes: All meals, two night's lodging, fly fishing gear, if needed, and workshop fees.

What to bring: Any fly rod and reel in the 4 to 6weight range (we have extras if you don't), fingernail clippers on a string (for triming line), waders or hippers if you have them, warm clothes (synthetic long johns), raingear, a hat with a brim, polarized sunglasses and a fishing license. They are available nearby if you don't have one.

Registration: To make workshop reservations, make payment for $150 to Uncommon Adventures. Your balance is due 30 days before the workshop. Cancellations 30 days or more prior to workshops receive a full refund. Cancellations less than 30 days prior to workshops receive full refund minus a $100 handling fee which will be credited toward future programs. You can pay via check (with registration form), call (231) 882-5525 or email for a reservation.

Dates for 2014: May 9-11
Cost: $450 w/meals and lodging

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