Missoula, Montana Fly Fishing
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Fly Casting Lessons – The Foundation of Fly Fishing – Classes In Missoula Montana

Some people have tried to mystify it. Some people have over complicated it. Some people call it an art.


Fly Casting is a hand skill, just like knitting or playing shortstop. The more you do it, the better you get. Like any hand skill, there are definitely good ways to go about it and bad ways to go about. We’ve seen
both. Some of our staff have been teaching fly casting lessons for 30 years, and we’re all experienced in explaining fly casting in simple, easy to understand terms.

Polishing up the Double Haul technique in the parking lot.

Fly casting follows the same rules of physics and kinesiology as any sport does. You need to obey fundamental laws of dynamics while utilizing the bodies range of motion most efficiently. Sounds simple, and with some explanation, it usually is. Our shop staff and guides have been teaching casting for over 30 years and are happy to help you learn the skill of fly fishing or improving your foundation of skills that you have already acquired.

There are two main schools of fly casting, the Joan Wulff/Mel Krieger school and the Lefty Kreh school of casting. Each have their adherents, and those who believe there is only one way to cast. We don’t feel
that way.. We believe fly casting can be taught in many ways, because, as Scotty on Star Trek says’ “Ye kenna change the laws of physics!” So everything we do when teaching is built on that simple notion of making a flexible lever throw a variable flexible weight.

Advanced Technology Group annual conference adds a little fly fishing to their itinerary in Missoula Montana.
When in Rome!

How do we do it? Well, we’re not giving away all our secrets. Let’s just say we de-mystify 10-2 in the age of digital watches in these lessons. We talk about frisbees and skipping stones. Handling a paintbrush and using a hammer. And lots of other metaphors and similes so we’re not talking about second class levers, fulcrum points and the dials on a compass. Which we can do! It’s just not as understandable. We can take someone who’s never had a fishing rod in their hands and show them how to make a fly rod work for a beginner, or we can take an intermediate caster and add 30 feet of distance to their cast by teaching them new techniques like the Double Haul. We can show you how to handle a 12 weight for your saltwater trip, or tone it down so cane and glass are fully functional in your hands.

Have we piqued your interest? Get in touch with the Missoulian Angler 1 (406) 728-7766. Whether you live in Missoula, or just passing through, we can help you start or improve your fly fishing experience. The lessons are set up on an individual basis, with a cost of $50 per hour. The lesson won’t go longer than an hour. Bring your own tackle, or use ours if that’s more convenient. We offer private fly fishing lessons to corporate group classes and everything in between.