Trout are one of the world’s most renowned game fish and California is home to many of these sought after species. Join Trent Kirschner of Tahoe Wild Trout, a professional fly fishing guide and instructor in learning or advancing your knowledge of how to catch these unique species on a fly. The program will cover trout species, equipment, knots, etiquette, technique and entomology. At the end of the course you will feel comfortable fishing waters on your own and able to walk into any fly fishing shop to discuss one of the world’s most exciting sports.
Trent Kirschner is a veteran Truckee fly fishing guide who at the age of ten picked up his first fly rod. His passion for the sport has continued ever since. He is a graduate of the highly regarded Clearwater Guide School and was brought back to the Clearwater program to guide and instruct before becoming a full time guide in Truckee. Trent also acts as a senior guide and instructor for Matt Heron Fly Fishing, a senior guide for Truckee River Outfitters and the fly fishing instructor for Tahoe Mountain Club. Trent’s knowledge and love for the art of fly fishing is infectious and he enjoys developing the skills of both beginner and experienced anglers. When Trent is not on the river he can be found teaching science at Sierra Continuation High School.
Plan to arrive at the field station by 12 noon on Friday. We will meet in the classroom from 1-2pm for introductions and a quick overview. Then we will head to the water to begin our reading water and technique instruction before dinner. After dinner we will meet in the classroom and discuss technique choice. Day 2 will be packed with more techniques, casting and application. Our final day will end at 2pm.
Valid California Fishing License
3 to 5 weight fly rod with floating line
Wading boots with aqua sole or felt
Nippers with retractor
Hemostats with retractor
Tippet 5X and 6X
Leaders 7.5 feet 5X and 6X
Dry fly dressing
Dry Shake (optional)
Split Shot no. 1 or B size
Strike Indicators Thingamabobber 1 inch
Grasshoppers size 10-12
Elk Hair Caddis size 14-18
Yellow Humpy size 14-18
Adams size 14-20
Ants size 14-18
Birds Nest size 14-20
Bead Head Prince size 14-20
Pheasant tail size 14-20
Copper John size 14-18
Pack, vest or bags for carrying fly and personal gear
Camera with water proof bag recommended
Quick dry shorts or pants for wading
Sleeping bag and pillow
Tupperware to carry lunch (sandwich, fruit, cookies)
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