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The FFI is offering a fabulous lineup of workshops designed to appeal to the broad range of interests and skill levels of the Fly Fair’s attendees, and we couldn’t pull it off without the help of the many volunteers who teach them. Among the workshops being offered there is something for everyone. We will be exploring a variety of fishing venues this year, all within driving distance of Livingston including workshops on DePuy’s spring creek.
This is our first year to introduce the Fly Fishing Learning Center. Look elsewhere in the guide for the roadmap to these workshops.
Back by very popular demand is our intermediate and advanced Fly Fishing school for its fourth year. This is a unique two-day workshop with substantial time on the water with some great instructors including Bob Krumm, and Bud Frasca, and Marv Yoshinaka. The class will provide all students with an opportunity to really fine-tune their fly fishing skills and knowledge.
The Women’s Workshop features great instructors, led by Mary Ann Dozer, co-chaired by Peggy Brenner and support instructors include Molly Semenik among others. This is a great two-day workshop with time on local streams and DePuy’s Spring Creek. The workshop will be tailored to the students’ skill levels.
On-stream classes will be held in a variety of locations covering a diverse set of skills.
We now have Czech Nymphs, Euro Nymphs and Spanish Nymphs to name a few. Bud Frasca, Bob Krumm, Brandt Oswald, and Dan Gigone will be presenting spring creek classes on Depuy’s. Consider also the Steelhead Fishing classes with Mac Huff. The steelheading techniques Mac teaches can be just as effective for trout on the Yellowstone.
Casting leads the show with 44 casting workshops. We can’t imagine anywhere else in the world where you can have access to so many outstanding fly casting instructors for a five-day period. It’s amazing how many of these workshops sell out year after year. What an opportunity to take your casting to the next level. There are so many fine workshops that it would take two pages to do the program justice. Thanks to the Casting Board of Governors for a great set of workshops! Sign up as soon as you can. Many of these workshops fill up quickly.
This year’s tying program is more extensive than it has been in recent years with 16 workshops. Some instructors include Buszek award winners Wayne Luallen with 2 different workshops, Jim Ferguson tying Atlantic salmon flies, and Scott Sanchez with a great “creative workshop”. Finally, there is a workshop to prepare you for the Fly Tying group’s new Bronze Award.
Last but not least, look at the Non-angling workshops, with many fine opportunities that give one the options to explore the area, learn about local issues or explore a craft.
Look through the program listings carefully to make sure you don’t miss any of these wonderful opportunities.
Some workshops have both an indoor and an outdoor component. Most on-stream workshop attendees are requested to meet at the registration desk or on the water. Check your registration packet and onsite schedule signage for additional information.
Click the link above for the workshop schedule. The schedule will be updated periodically and will include any newly added workshops.
Special Workshop Instructions
Most workshops have equipment requirements and considerations, so read the descriptions carefully. All outdoor workshops need to follow the FFI Safety Policy which requires that all instructors and participants wear sunglasses/eye protection and sunscreen. A hat is recommended and you should be prepared for inclement weather, consider carrying a raincoat. Staying hydrated is extremely important so please bring your own bottle of water. In addition, please note the following:
Bring your rod and reel of choice appropriate for the workshop. Most casting workshops are held at least partly or all outdoors, so be prepared. Brief thundershowers are possible in the afternoon, so consider carrying a raincoat. A fishing license is required for any on-stream casting workshop.
Skills required for each workshop are given in the description. Please honor these requirements and, if you have limited tying experience, register for classes with no designated skill requirement. If in doubt, check with the Instructor or Registrar.
Students should bring a vise, thread, scissors, bobbin, bodkin, hackle pliers, bobbin threader and head cement to all tying workshops in addition to any specific items or tools specified in the class description. A materials fee will be collected and used by the instructor to purchase specific materials for the completion of the flies. Most classrooms have excellent overhead lighting; however, many students have found it helpful to bring their own personal tying lamps and an extension cord (>12 ft.). Note there may be a tying workshop that combines tying and on-stream requiring fishing gear as well as tying gear.
Fly selection, reading water, casting, and proper landing and release techniques are among the topics addressed in these workshops. Participants are asked to carpool to fishing sites to minimize parking and traffic issues. A box-lunch is provided for full-day workshops only. Some of the on-stream classes may have a materials charge which is required to be paid when you register for the workshop. All on stream participants will be required to have a valid fishing license and sign a waiver which will be in your registration packet; this must be filled out prior to attending the workshop.
Students must provide waders, appropriate fly rod and reel, and flies and typical stream-side gear.
All persons participating in on-stream workshops where fishing or casting flies to fish is involved are required to obtain the appropriate state license and/or National Park Service permits prior to the workshop. Workshops on DePuy’s spring creek do not require a license.
Herb Kettler has not missed an FFI Fair in 20 years and is in his fourteenth year as Fly Fishing Fair Workshop Chair. He is also FFI National Secretary. Now retired from a thirty-five-year career in International Engineering, he loves fishing in Montana and Wyoming, and builds 18th century American furniture.