Fly Fishing Lessons: New Hampshire Public Television Auction

NH Public TV Auction Winner.  To see FCFF NH Public TV auction items http://www.nhptv.org/auction/thanks_holiday12.asp

At First Cast Fly Fishing, we do things differently.  For example, our business, or lack of, is nothing like most fish guiding services.  Our organization is run as a not for profit, donation only, entity. Sounds crazy…I know; but it works and our clients love it.  I think they love it because much of what we do is rooted in being an affordable, highly educational, resource for our community.  We call this approach, ‘100% Community First.’ That being said, each year, we donate our services to a handful of non-profits that are committed to serving our communities.  We regularly donate to:

If you are interested in supporting these groups and many others that we work with, we donate the following:

E.I. Fly™1X:  Beginner Level (Basic Casting On-Land Only)

This beginner class is designed for those who have a general curiosity about fly-fishing and who say, “I would love to learn how to fly fish, but I don’t have the time or gear to learn.”  To get you started, we review rod set-up/balance, casting theory-instruction, and casting drills & skills.


The E.I. Fly™1X class is easily accessible and can be taught in a variety of locations. For Example: work, home, and local park’s.  Students are given the rare opportunity to cast the ECHO micro practice rod and fast and medium action fly rods. By offering this unique combination of casting instruction and use of top brand equipment, our students’ fly fishing skill and intelligence improves immediately. Note: instruction is on land and we are not actively trying to catch fish.

E.I. Fly™4X: Advance Level (In the Water-River)

E.I. Fly™4X


This is the highest level of instruction and guiding…be prepared to catch fish!

The E.I. Fly™4X course has been designed for students who have completed E.I. Fly™1X, 2X and 3X; or any ‘advance’ fly fisherman desiring 1:1 on-water instruction and/or guiding. Whether you are a student or a sport (advance fly fisherman), you will find yourself on technical water (river) experiencing a variety of fly fishing techniques…. all designed to build your fly fishing confidence and skill. If you are a student, by days end, you will be able to start fishing on your own.

E.I. Fly™5X Fly Tying: Beginner Level

There are thousands of flies to tie and hundreds of equipment options to chose from.
Where do you start?  We believe you should keep it simple and focus on the basic fundamentals of fly tying. Once you master the basic ‘fundamentals’ you’ll be able to tie any fly in the world!  If you sign-up for a series of lessons, you will learn how to tie a set of ‘time tested’ flies that are guaranteed to catch fish.  All equipment and materials are provided. 

FCFF provides all the equipment and supplies

Final Word

We are 100% committed to our community. If you know of an organization that would benefit from our donation/services, please feel free to pass along our contact info…we would love to help raise money for your group.

Many Thanks,

Mark

NH Public TV Auction Winner.  To see FCFF NH Public TV auction items http://www.nhptv.org/auction/thanks_holiday12.asp

At First Cast Fly Fishing, we do things differently.  For example, our business, or lack of, is nothing like most fish guiding services.  Our organization is run as a not for profit, donation only, entity. Sounds crazy...I know; but it works and our clients love it.  I think they love it because much of what we do is rooted in being an affordable, highly educational, resource for our community.  We call this approach, '100% Community First.' That being said, each year, we donate our services to a handful of non-profits that are committed to serving our communities.  We regularly donate to:


If you are interested in supporting these groups and many others that we work with, we donate the following:

E.I. Fly™1X:  Beginner Level (Basic Casting On-Land Only)

This beginner class is designed for those who have a general curiosity about fly-fishing and who say, “I would love to learn how to fly fish, but I don’t have the time or gear to learn."  To get you started, we review rod set-up/balance, casting theory-instruction, and casting drills & skills.


The E.I. Fly™1X class is easily accessible and can be taught in a variety of locations. For Example: work, home, and local park's.  Students are given the rare opportunity to cast the ECHO micro practice rod and fast and medium action fly rods. By offering this unique combination of casting instruction and use of top brand equipment, our students’ fly fishing skill and intelligence improves immediately. Note: instruction is on land and we are not actively trying to catch fish.


E.I. Fly™4X: Advance Level (In the Water-River)


E.I. Fly™4X

This is the highest level of instruction and guiding…be prepared to catch fish!

The E.I. Fly™4X course has been designed for students who have completed E.I. Fly™1X, 2X and 3X; or any 'advance' fly fisherman desiring 1:1 on-water instruction and/or guiding. Whether you are a student or a sport (advance fly fisherman), you will find yourself on technical water (river) experiencing a variety of fly fishing techniques…. all designed to build your fly fishing confidence and skill. If you are a student, by days end, you will be able to start fishing on your own.


E.I. Fly™5X Fly Tying: Beginner Level

There are thousands of flies to tie and hundreds of equipment options to chose from.
Where do you start?  We believe you should keep it simple and focus on the basic fundamentals of fly tying. Once you master the basic 'fundamentals' you'll be able to tie any fly in the world!  If you sign-up for a series of lessons, you will learn how to tie a set of 'time tested' flies that are guaranteed to catch fish.  All equipment and materials are provided. 


FCFF provides all the equipment and supplies

Final Word

We are 100% committed to our community. If you know of an organization that would benefit from our donation/services, please feel free to pass along our contact info...we would love to help raise money for your group.

Many Thanks,

Mark






Chubby Chernobyl?

In case you haven’t noticed, I really like fishing terrestrials. The bigger the better. I just love when trout are coming up for a huge fly, and around here, most of the time, that means terrestrials. Whether it’s imitating a cricket, a beetle, a grass…

In case you haven't noticed, I really like fishing terrestrials. The bigger the better. I just love when trout are coming up for a huge fly, and around here, most of the time, that means terrestrials. Whether it's imitating a cricket, a beetle, a grasshopper, or just looks like food the trout love 'em and so do I. This is what I've always referred to as a "Chubby Chernobyl" but a quick search on the interweb tells me others have a different idea of what that pattern is. Oh well, I guess this is my take on it. Here's the materials you'll need for this tie:
  • uni 6/0 tying thread
  • #10 standard dry fly hook
  • Rainy's Evazote Sheet Foam, 3/16"
  • White bucktail, deer hair, or Antron Yarn 
  • Grizzly Hackle
  • Medium Round Rubber Legs 


Lay down a thread base back just shy of the hook bend.


At the point you stopped your thread base tie in a foam strip about a 1/4" wide


Advance your thread to about a 1/4" shy of the eye of the hook. Make another segmentation in the foam here.


Trim your foam to length and trim the corners while you're at it.


Tie in your white wing in the material of your choice. Like I indicated in the material list, I haven't noticed a difference from one material to another in terms of effectiveness. If you do, let me know. I like to cater to the preferences of the fish.


Then tie in a grizzly hackle and attach your rubber legs to the sides of the fly.


Wrap the hackle in between the legs a few times (I like to be a little liberal with my hackle here). Whip finish and you're done. I like to add a few drops of super glue to the underside to improve durability.


This fly is another easy tie that is really effective on the water. Tie up a few and try it for yourself. I hope you can get out and enjoy the water.

- Kidder

Fun & Games

After a night of unrest I wasn’t surprised that my boy felt too tired for a long ride and long hike to fish. I wasn’t too upset about it figuring another opportunity was just around the corner. So I was surprised about an hour later when the boy came o…

After a night of unrest I wasn't surprised that my boy felt too tired for a long ride and long hike to fish. I wasn't too upset about it figuring another opportunity was just around the corner. So I was surprised about an hour later when the boy came out of his room (hair in all directions, a small amount of panic in his voice) and said, "Is it too late to go fishing?"

I assured him that it wasn't if we stayed a bit closer to home and he asked if we could go fish his favorite bit of stream. Fine by me! So we quickly loaded up and headed out. The stream was somewhat off color, but the flows were decent and I was sure we could find a few trout. Once I got Atley rigged and pointed in the right direction I worked on setting my own rod up. After a few tangles, and a bit of frustration, the boy came through.

I nice way to get the skunk off, with a native
 What followed was a great day for so many reasons. Our local stream is bouncing back brilliantly after the fire of a couple of years ago, it was a great day to be out enjoying the outdoors, and my boy fished well without nearly the assistance that he needed even a year ago. So fun to watch him figure things out for himself.

The joy on his face comes from catching and landing this fish while I had my back turned
And yes, I caught a few today too. Including some more Cutthroat that have been a welcome addition to the stream that was once all Browns.

This fish is going to turn into a real nice one by the end of the season
Plenty of fun without a single video game in sight! It's Summer for the boys here too, and it's looking to be a great one. Hope you can get out and enjoy the water.

- Kidder