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Fly Fishing for Beginners

"There is certainly something in angling that tends to produce a gentleness of spirit and a pure sincerity of mind." -Washington Irving

Fly Fishing for Beginners

Beau Servo, B.S. 

Of the outdoor sports, fly fishing is arguably the most poetic. Over the past century, Montana’s blue ribbon trout streams have lured in explorers from all over the world.  From beginners to active anglers, we invite you to come and increase your skills in this friendly learning environment. Participants will spend the morning learning stream ecology and casting technique. The afternoon will be spent applying your new skills into practice on the wild and scenic banks of the North Fork of the Flathead River.  

Meeting Place:  Big Creek Outdoor Education Center

Meeting Time: 9:00am


9:00  Welcome:  Meet at Big Creek Outdoor Education Center (see campus map).  Brief Orientation. 

9:15  Rods, Reels, Lines, Knots, and Flies:  We will discuss equipment, assembly how-to, break-down, and general maintenance & care. 

10:00  Where are the fish are and what are they eating?:  Exploration of Big Creek will lead to the understanding of basic principles of where the fish hide and what they eat. We will discuss aquatic invertebrates and how they relate to the flies we use. 

11:00  Casting:  Students will learn the correct methods of casting. We will then practice in an open field before adventuring onwards to the river.  

12:30  Lunch

1:00  To the River:   After going over proper safety procedures, students will have the opportunity to independently spread out and use what we learned in the morning to better their craft.   Students will then spend the rest of the afternoon applying lessons learned.

4:00 Dismissal

Gear List:  The Glacier Institute has fly fishing gear available if you do not have your own. You will need to bring shoes you can get wet in.  We will not use rubber hip boots. Old sneakers will work fine. Prepare for all weather. Please also bring at least 1 liter of water and a sack lunch for the day.

Fishing License:  Students will independently practice in the afternoon from the riverbanks of Glacier National Park. While fishing in Glacier, students do not need a fishing license.

*If you have any questions or concerns please contact our office at (406) 755-1211.  We would be glad to answer any queries you may have.*

Accommodations: Lodging can be purchased for $32/person/night at the Glacier Institute Field Camp on a bluff overlooking the Middle Fork of the Flathead River.  Facilities include bunkhouses, a community bathhouse, a classroom, a library and a kitchen.  Please call the registrar at 406-755-1211 to book lodging.

About the Instructor:  A Kalispell, Montana native, Beau Servo served as Program Director for the Glacier Institute’s Big Creek Outdoor Education Program for five years. Big Creek provides outdoor science education for grade school and high school students. Beau has a BS degree in Wildlife Biology-Aquatics from The University of Montana, Missoula.  After nearly a decade of educating both children and adults in Glacier Park, Beau offers a unique perspective on the ecological communities of the park.  Beau is passionate about environmental education and brings a fun twist to all of his outings.  He is currently pursuing a secondary education degree in Biology at the University of Montana.