D&H Fly Fishing Schools

Posted On: May 19, 2015 BY Delamere

As you can tell by the recent blog posts and our facebook page, the fishing season is here!  Whether you are new to the sport or would like to take your skills to the next stage, D&H has the right level of training for you.  Below are all of the details.  If you would like to see photos and current dates, please click here.

Beginner Fly Fishing Schools
The
schools are designed to cover skill levels ranging from the pure novice to the
“I’ve tried it, I liked it, but I do not know what I’m doing!”  Under the watchful eye of our instructors, you will
lay a solid foundation for your life long adventure in fly fishing.
Some
of the topics that will be addressed are:
  Equipment:  How to select appropriate tackle for a given
fishing situation; line weights and rod actions.
    Knots
to get you started.  Selecting the proper
leader to match the fly and the fishing situation.
    Understanding the leader and tippet
relationship.
  Casting:  You will learn the fundamentals and how to
apply them to advanced casting techniques.
  Fishing:  An afternoon of fishing and perfecting
techniques learned earlier in the day. 
All fishing is
    done on a catch and release basis.
The
schools are comprised of two sessions: In-The-Field and Classroom. 
The
In-The-Field portion will be held at a private club in Kentucky; about a
thirty minute drive from Cincinnati.   The day will start with all participants
meeting at the club at 9:00am.  After a
full day of instruction, lunch and fishing, our party will leave the club at
about 3pm.  All equipment for the
In-The-Field portion of the school is provided. 
This includes rod, reel, flies and leaders.  If you have your own equipment, please bring
along for evaluation and usage, if appropriate. 
Lunch and drinks are provided. 
Water will be available all day.
The
Classroom portion of the school will be a two-hour session held at
Delamere & Hopkins from 6-8pm on a week night, Monday-Thursday.  Each student will coordinate the date of
their session with the shop.  Although we
have a list of topics we want to cover during this session, we find that this
is a valuable time for students to ask questions to fully understand an aspect
of the angler’s gear.
Group School
$200
per student, includes lunch and all angling equipment.  There needs to be at least two students for the
school to take place and the maximum number of students for the group schools
is three. 
Private School
$325   $125 to add (1) student.  You and the instructor pick a date; during
the week is fine.
Intermediate On-The-Water School
This school assumes that you
have taken the Beginner School or are competent with your casting skills.  The focus of the school will be to prepare
you for many situations you will encounter when you are on the water.  We will show you how to adapt your cast to
particular situations: picking up line and starting your cast in currents; mending
line for a drag-free float; roll-casting; safe wading practices; how to
properly use a strike indicator and how to rig-up your gear for different
stream depths; how to properly handle fish.
Students will need to have
their own fly fishing gear: rod, reel, waders, boots and all necessary clothing
and fishing license.  Each student will
receive a packet of gear to be used during the day that they may keep: fly box
with twelve flies, two leaders, two tippet spools and strike indicator.
This school will be held at
the Brookville Lake tailwater in Indiana; about a 45-minute drive from
Cincinnati.  Students will meet at the City
Park at 9am (Cincinnati time).  Lunch is
provided.  Click here to see a photo album of the location where this school is held.
Group School
$240
per student, includes lunch.  The maximum
number of students for the group schools is four. 
Private School
$365.  $165 to add (1) student.  You and the instructor pick a date; during
the week is fine.
2-Day Getaway Fly Fishing School
This school is perfect for a family, a group of friends or
corporate entertaining and since this is your group, we can tailor the
instruction and the weekend to meet the needs of your party.  The school is held at a private fishing club
located two hours north of Cincinnati. 
This school includes fly fishing instruction, necessary gear (rod, reel, flies and leaders), accommodations
and meals at the club.  Contact Luke to
start planning your Fly Fishing Getaway!
Minimum of four students are needed for this school.  Click here to see a photo album of this Getaway Adventure.

Private Fly Casting Lesson
Need
to work on a particular problem with your cast? 
Headed on a trip in three days and have never had a fly rod in your
hand?  Let’s get together and take care
of whatever we can in an hour.  The one hour
casting lesson is a great way to fix a problem or just try it out for the first
time.
$45.00
per hour (1 on 1 instruction).  Equipment
provided if needed.
Check
dh.BestGear.com for dates for the 1-Day Schools or e-mail Luke with any
questions or to check available dates for any Private instruction at shop@BestGear.com.
Your Delamere &
Hopkins Fly Fishing Instructors

Brian Barnard has served as the head instructor since Delamere &
Hopkins first introduced fly fishing schools in 1995. Brian has over 35 years
of fly fishing experience and has completed his professional certification
through the Federation of Fly Fishers.
Luke Sedacca has been fly fishing and working at the shop since 2005.  Luke is almost always around the store any
time that he is not guiding, instructing or fishing.  If you have any particular needs for your
group, feel free to contact Luke.  He has
been particularly interested in helping beginner fly fishermen get started.  He strives to make fly fishing as simple and
straightforward as possible for new anglers.

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