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(Tim Romano about to subject his casting stroke to analysis by School of Trout students and instructors. Photo courtesy of Chris Hunt.)


Chris Hunt, Trout Unlimited’s digital media director, has penned another post about the recently concluded School of Trout, which you can read here: .  Just as the students enjoy interacting with the instructors, so too do the instructors enjoy teaching and getting to know the students.  We never take for granted that folks are giving us a week of their lives, with most traveling a a great distance to attend this school.  I especially like learning about each student’s motivation—what exactly brings them to School of Trout, what goals do they hope to achieve?  Every instructor takes their role very seriously (if not themselves!), and we give everything we have to help every student become a better angler.  If you’re serious about flyfishing, or are thinking of taking it seriously, this is a school to consider.  My fellow instructors are superb teachers and anglers, and it’s a great pleasure for me to watch and teach alongside them. 

School of Trout Concludes

     (photo courtesy of Chris Hunt)

The October session of School of Trout wrapped up yesterday in Last Chance, Idaho, on the banks of the Henry’s Fork.  All told, it was a great week with great folks, and I couldn’t have enjoyed it more.  All the students were highly motivated to improve their skills, and I believe they accomplished just that—especially when it came to their fly casting.  We faced a few weather challenges along the way, but much fun was had by all and everyone learned a lot from our diverse group of expert instructors.

It’s my belief that nothing is as important in this sport as having complete control over your line, leader, and fly.  If you possess that control, you’re going to have a lot of fun fishing and meet with a lot of success. If you can’t control your line and fly, fly fishing can be a real struggle.  School of Trout students learn what proper casting fundamentals look and feel like, they learn the principles that govern the behavior of their fly line and, importantly, we teach them how to self-diagnose their own casting.  That way, if they make a bad cast, they’ll know what went wrong, why it went wrong, and how to fix it.  Very few anglers are taught these methods, even though they’re critical to fully enjoying this sport. 

Weather forced us to cast indoors a couple times this past week, using yarn practice rods from Echo.  My fellow professional instructors were all gracious enough to cast individually in front of the class, subjecting their casting strokes to our intense and withering analysis.  This provided plenty of fodder for thought (and plenty of laughs, too—thanks again, pros, for your good humor) as everyone came to realize that even the pros can benefit from professional help.  Chris Hunt, Trout Unlimited’s digital media director, wrote a blog post about his experience here:

If you want to be a better fly angler, it all starts with your casting stroke.  Make sure it’s fundamentally sound, and then guard it carefully.  Be careful to whom you listen.  There’s a lot of bad casting advice lurking around, especially out there in cyberspace, waiting to pounce on any unsuspecting strokes that wander by.

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School Of Trout—October, 2019

This coming October’s basic trout class at School of Trout has just had a couple spots re-open.  This is a chance to learn flyfishing from some of the finest instructors in the business while simultaneously enjoying a stay at Trouthunter on the banks of the Henry’s Fork river.  The school dates are October 6 – 12.  I’ll be heading up the casting instruction as I did last year, and will be joined again by all of last year’s cast of stellar instructors.  Read all the details here:  If this fits into your schedule, we’d be thrilled to have you join us.