Once you pay for the trip it is good for a year or until your voucher expires (Feb - May local rivers may be closed). Contact us to set up a custom class, et us know what time works. Want more time on the water and some more personal fishing opportunities try a full day school or guide trip or if you have any questions Contact Mike 425-330 -9506
Half day $269 + tax 1 or 2 angler Book here
We appreciate your business and look forward to meeting you.
Please read the Q and A below.
Is gear provided? If you have a rods/reel set up bring it cause your going to
want us to evaluate it and learn on it if it works for the class. If it doesn't work
you can use/rent one of ours. You will need a freshwater license and waders.
I am new is that a problem? No the first class is for learning, we get beginners
all the time. We prefer you do the 1st class before you take the advanced 4 hr
My skill level is a little advanced any suggestions? We have added a advanced
course on 6/12/11 at 1pm. for people that know how to cast, and have fly fished
locally a fair amount. Or you can apply your $60 towards another trip that we
offer. Most regular full day guide trips are focused on catching fish with a little less instruction.
What do I need? You will need freshwater fishing license and you will need waders - We will rent them for $20 unless part of your deal - Contact us - We need to know your date, foot size, height, ect. (chest waders, Gore-tex material preferred and non slip boot soles preferred).
Where do we meet? We will meet at a designated riverside location and email a itinerary.
Will I catch something? Possibly, we will have you fish a little but this trip is set up to teach people. If you just want to catch something that is what a regular guide trip is for.
What do you go over in the class? Each class is a little different, the skill levels are usually all over the board. We will go over quite a few things but the main points are; characteristics of the river, reading water, fish behavior, the right equipment, casting and presentation. We ask each person in the class before we start what they specifically want to learn and try to answer that in the class too.
How big are the group classes? It will vary but most will 6-10 people with up to 3 guides per class.
What kind of boat will you use? We have some trick rafts and drift boats.
What kind of rod should I bring if I have one? A 5-9 wt. rod is good with a 7 to 8 wt. being perfect.
How long have you guys been doing this? Our guide service was started in 1983.
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Why not just take the fly fishing school from my local fly shop?
Simple answer: Our schools are on the water so you get hands on learning, learn holes and see were to fish.
Fly fishing is like any sport. Learning is in the "doing."
Imagine you are looking to learn to play golf. Instructor says, come spend two nights at our pro shop learning about the gear, and a 1/2 day hitting balls at the driving range.
How close did you come to actually playing Golf at your local golf course?
Most shop schools are 2 nights at the shop (to buy gear) and a 1/2 day out casting on the Duwamish River, (or wherever). Now read our school descriptions.
No wonder over 2000 anglers have taken a school from us over the last 10 years!
Our Fly fishing schools are on the water, comprehensive, full day schools, crammed with information to accomplish one goal, make you a better fly fisher. You should expect a two year apprenticeship in a single day! Read the recommendations and endorsements page for testimonials about our schools and guide trips.
How do I know if I should choose a school or a guide trip?
We get asked this question virtually every day. I answer the question with a question: Are you catching them now? If you are comfortable with your success rate for (steelhead, salmon or trout), then I would recommend the guide trip. Even If you have fished all over the world, but still not catching your target fish (i.e., steelhead), a clinic may be a better choice. An accomplish Bone fisher doesn't make you catch Tarpon. All the trout in the world won't mean much to a steelhead. Different fish, different needs.
1) New to fly fishing: Basic fundamentals in casting & tying knots, playing and landing fish.
2) Advanced to Intermediate level:
Some level of fly fishing: Comfortable with casting single handed rods and basics described in # 1.Qualify for all but advanced steelhead schools. Most popular. Anglers learn to read the water, and make line presentation, more efficiently. For the guy who wasn't sure if he was doing it right or not. Other reasons; are to learn a new river, more techniques, or simply to meet other steelhead anglers. (Your buddy only wants to fish trout)
3) Full Advanced Angling schools:
Has caught enough steelhead. Comfortable with casting with both single and double-handed rods, but open to new ideas on flies, steelhead behavior, and technique.
Fly fishing & Baseball: Many guys think fly fishing steelhead is about casting a really long line and making a big mend. This is what we call the "fast ball down the middle." Ready to learn to throw and slider and a change-up? We don't teach as much as explore new ideas. Where do you think we have come up with our good flies and lines? Sharing water with our accomplished anglers over the past twenty years!
Custom full day (8am - 3:30 pm) Schools
Some guys are more comfortable in a group. Cool - Our standard Fly fishing schools are designed for you. Some guys are looking for more one-on-one. Specific needs, specific goals - Our Custom School is for you - Not included with the Living Social deal.
We now offer custom full day schools from steelhead and salmon to trout, from surface to bottom, for individuals and parties.
Here is how it works.
a) Contact us for a specific time period (unless you have a three party gig, we need 15+ days)
b) Describe your fly fishing trip, angler level, preferred waters, species et.
c) How many in your *party. (We can handle groups to 9 with up to 3 guides)
If you are a single or duo, we promise to only hook you up with angler(s) of similar wants & goals. This clinic is specifically limited to three anglers.
What happens if Dickson's can't come up with second or third angler?
No sweat. You are only responsible for the anglers you book for.
Do you outfit? Yup, we have everything from top instructors to tippet material. Rods & Flies are available upon request.(Chest waders are not)
"Building responsible anglers is what will save our Fly fishing resource"
Dennis and Mike