Feb 5-9 Cordwainer Shoes with Molly Grant
Apr 20-23 McKenzie Driftboat Experience – with Bert de Klerk
Jun 18-22 Couple’s Retreat (double workshop with fly-fishing/Bert de Klerk)
Jul 9-13 Handbag Retreat with Annie Margarita
Jul 23-27 Couple’s Retreat Drawing floral patterns and leather, with Steve Yezek, Bead looming, with Julie Yezek
Aug 6-10 Oil painting the McKenzie Valley Retreat with Annie Margarita
Aug 21-23 Couple’s Retreat (double workshop with fly-fishing/Bert de Klerk)
Sep 10-14 Couple’s Retreat (double workshop with fly-fishing/Bert de Klerk)
Oct 9-12 Mule Shoes – with Richard Stapleman
Oct 15-19 Handbag – with Molly Grant
Fly fishing is an angling method in which an artificial “fly” is used to catch fish. The fly is cast using a fly rod, reel, and specialized weighted line. Casting a nearly weightless fly or “lure” requires casting techniques significantly different from other forms of casting. Fly fishermen use hand tied flies that resemble natural invertebrates, baitfish, other food organisms, or “lures” to provoke the fish to strike” (wikipedia).
Guided (Fly-) Fishing trips for beginners and advanced fly fishing anglers.
Novice Fly Fishing Courses
This is an introduction to the wonderful art of fly-fishing. We cover the basics to understand the biological process from the aquatic flies to the trout that eats them, introducing materials to casting your first fly. We will supply the equipment, provide fly casting instruction and have you fishing both wading out in the river and from a driftboat.
Day 1 Day 1 Arrival at the McKenzie River Inn
Guests/students are met by McKenzie River Inn staff at the Resort. Guests will be checked in and escorted to their cabins. An evening orientation meeting will be held in the lodge and trip itineraries will be distributed. Welcome dinner served.
Day 2 Fly Fishing Course
The perfect way to enjoy a taste of Fly Fishing. The morning session provides an introduction to the world of fly- fishing with an introduction video presentation, followed by a class about equipment, casting, basic knowledge about conditions, flies and fishing techniques. From knot tying, reading the water to find the fish, we teach you to set up your tackle correctly, cast competently and how to choose equipment and the correct fly. Without being too elaborate, we want you to cast a fly in the river after lunch! Either walk and wade or fishing from a original wooden McKenzie driftboat. In the evening we let ourselves be pampered with one of the exquisite dishes prepared by our French trained Chef De Cuisine.
Day 3 Fly Fishing Course
After breakfast we gear up and take off to one of the many boat launches on the river. Here we have a more in depth introduction to fly fishing. Once on the water we are fishing eddies and practice drift fishing. This day provides all the necessary intuition to get fishing and of course the chance to relax in the beautiful surroundings of the Pacific North West. By mid afternoon our goal is to have guests casting and catching. After a day of fishing from a drift boat, we enjoy a local prepared dinner in our on site Bistro. In the evening we socialize and go over the day events and enjoy the comfort of the resort.
Day 4 Fly Fishing Course
A consecutive day of fly-fishing from a drift boat after breakfast. Our goal here is to prepare you with enough instruction that you will be able fish on your own. Most of the day will be spent fine tuning your casting and recognizing what flies to use. We introduce fishing with dry and wet flies (nymphs) and fish those in tandem. If the conditions allow, we stop for a walk and wade session during our trip down the river while your guide is preparing lunch.
In the evening, we wrap up the whole course and go over your experience while we have the pleasure of another dinner prepared by our Chef De Cuisine.
Day 5 Departure
During breakfast we evaluate the four day course and experience before everyone pack up their belongings from the cabins and goes their way.
Cost per couple:
Cost single person: