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McLennan Fly Fishing Schools

Welcome to the Fly-Fishing section of the website. 

Our 2017 fly fishing schools are completed.  

Please check back for the 2018 schedule.

If you have a group that would like to claim a specific weekend for next year 

please let us know asap before our schedule is finalized. 

Your weekend can be in the Crowsnest Pass as a full package or 

we can arrange a 2-day Intensive.  

We might also add a McLennan concert as well.

Let's talk!

Here you’ll find information on fly-fishing schools, programs and events, 

which take place in a number of different formats and a number of 

different locations in southern Alberta, Canada.

In the old days people who wanted to learn to fly fish had two choices – read a book 

or learn from a friend. While it's still possible to learn from both of these, today there are other choices, including video and DVD, but the best way to earn is from a qualified instructor.          
     

Over the last 30 years literally thousands of Alberta’s (and beyond) fly fishers have learned the sport under the instruction of Jim or Lynda McLennan.  

Both are skilled fly fishers (with more than 75 years' combined experience on the water), 

but more important for you, they understand the distinction between knowing how to fish and knowing how to teach fishing.  Both Jim and Lynda are University-trained teachers (University of Alberta and University of Calgary)and are experienced in both the ways of the 

water and the ways of the classroom. 

 
They have instruction available for people who are completely new to fly fishing and 

for people who have been fly fishing for years. Instruction is available in evening seminars,

one or two-day schools, and multi-day destination events.

Take advantage of their combined 75 years’ experience in teaching fly fishing 

and let Jim and Lynda help you have more fun on the water. 


Immediately below you'll find descriptions of our various schools,

2018 dates are coming soon.

 

Scroll down farther and you'll find the month-by-month schedule. 


Gift Certificates Available for all occasions.



Free Casting Clinic  Apr. 29, 2018  2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Black Diamond, AB


Updated Oct. 18, 2017


2-Day Introductory 

Fly Fishing School    

2018 dates coming soon.

Our most popular and effective school for newcomers.  You'll learn about tackle, knots, casting and trout food. The first day includes classroom and on-the-water time, and the second day is spent on a nearby trout stream.

Includes: access fees, booklet and instruction

Cost:  $360.00 Can. + gst 

Limited to six students per instructor.

1-Day Introductory 

Fly Fishing School 

2018 dates coming soon.

This is the "quick-start" school that allows a newcomer to establish independence on the water. Topics include tackle, knots, casting, and trout food.  There is an on-the-water session on a nearby pond. 

Includes: access fees, booklet and instruction

Cost:  $195.00 Can. + gst 

Limited to six students per instructor.

Note: The perfect follow-up to this school is the On-The Water Tips & Tricks school.

1 - Day Private 

Fly Fishing School

Spend a day with Jim or Lynda on a southern Alberta trout stream.  It can be you alone, or you and a companion. Along with your instructor, you'll decide on the location and the "curriculum" for the day. Date to be chosen in consultation with instructor, and is subject to availability. 

Cost:  $560.00 Can. + gst 

for 1 or 2 students.

2-Day Intensive 

Fly Fishing School for 4

2018 dates coming soon.

Spend one day on the Bow River with Jim, and one day on a small stream.  You'll learn the differences in the way you read, approach and fish these different types of streams.  Topics will be adapted to meet the needs of the students, but will include casting, dry-fly, streamer, and nymph fishing.  Includes: access fees. 

Cost: $385.00 Can. + gst

Limited to four students.

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1-Day Intensive on a Small Stream for 4

2018 dates coming soon.

A school limited to four students, which allows plenty of one-on-one time with the instructor. Done on a small stream southwest of Calgary, you'll learn the finer points of reading water, line management, and fishing with dries, nymphs and streamers.

Cost: $200.00 Can. + gst

On-the-Water 

Tips & Tricks

2018 dates coming soon.

A one-day school for novice-to intermediate-level fly fishers. You'll spend a day on the water, learning to improve your casting, presentation, and understanding of the fish's world. Topics are adapted to meet the needs of the students. A perfect follow-up to a 1-Day Introductory School, for folks returning to fly fishing and for fly fishers (novice to intermediate) who want to take their fishing to the next level.

Cost:  $195.00 Can. + gst

Limited to six students.

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1-Day Intensive on the Bow River for 4

2018 date coming soon.

The Bow River is one of the best, yet one of the most frustrating rivers in the West. Spend a day with Jim, who "wrote the book" on fishing the Bow. Learn where to fish, and where not to fish. We'll talk about fly patterns, reading big water, presentation and methods.

Held at our private location on the Bow downstream of Calgary. Includes: access fees.

Cost:  $200.00 Can. + gst

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Private Group School

Only your imagination can limit the type of school we can put together for you.  

Fun, on the river, casting, friendly competitions. Learning is fun. 

Number of students:  4 - 30.  

Send us an email for further discussion.

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Private Casting Clinic

Casting is the backbone of fly fishing and everyone (everyone) can improve their casting skills.  

Jim and Lynda are casting specialists and these dry-land sessions are very popular with people who just want to improve their overall casting, who want to learn a particular technique, or who are preparing for a trip to an unfamiliar destination.

Cost:  $180.00 Can. + gst 

for 1 or 2 students

Please inquire for small group casting clinics.

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Free Casting Clinic


A thank you from the McLennans.

A dry land clinic for all levels.

Date:  April 29, 2018

Location: Black Diamond 

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.   

To register send us an email

Many thanks to all who came last year and supported the day.  Thank you to our instructors and helpers.

Rick and Thelma Harding

Dave Whitehead

Mark Blessman

Jacquee McKay

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Spring Creek 

Fly Fishing School

Completed for 2017

2018 date coming soon.

Learn to fish a small creek. Short cast, lots of bushes, and some nice brown trout. Find the 'rainbow' photo on our Alberta and Beyond Calendar and that's where you will be.

Intermediate / Advanced School

Private location northwest of 

Calgary in cooperation with

Iron Bow Fly Shop.

Cost:  $225.00 Can.+ gst 

Max. 4 students per instructor

Lunch included.

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Stream Sense

2018 date coming soon.


Check back for more information.   :) 


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Weekend Fly Fishing School

2018 dates coming soon.

Best-Value Fly Fishing School. 

 Our weekend school is held at 

Burmis Bed and Bales in the 

Crowsnest Pass 

from a Friday evening through 

Sunday afternoon. 

 Suitable for both new and 

experienced fly fishers.  

It is an all-inclusive weekend, 

with accommodation, meals and 

all instruction included. 

Cost:  $850.00 Can. + gst, double occupancy

Limited to 10 students with 2 instructors.

Send us an email for more information or 

to reserve your spot.

Corporate / Private Group 

Fly Fishing Schools

We are often asked to provide fly fishing instruction to companies as team building 

or customer appreciation events. 

 These can be held at a number of different locations in or near Calgary.

Similarly, if you have a group of friends, 

or a family group that would like some instruction, we can plan a day to suit your 

needs in consultation with you. 

For information on either a corporate or 

private group fly-fishing school,

send us an email.

Questions?        Send us an email     or    call    403-558-2128


May Fly Fishing Schools

May Fly Fishing Schools



2 - Day Introductory Fly Fishing School

Location:  Day 1, private location south of Okotoks.  

                 Day 2, on the Bow River south of Calgary

Cost:  $360.00 Can. + gst


Oct 10

1 - Day Intensive for 4 Students

Location:   A stream in southwestern Alberta 

Cost:  $200.00 Can. + gst



1 - Day Introdu​ctory Fly Fishing School

Location:  Our private location south of Okotoks

Cost: $195.00 Can. + gst 



2 - Day Introductory Fly Fishing School

Location: Day 1, private location south of Okotoks.

                Day 2, on the Bow River south of Calgary

Cost:  $360.00 Can. + gst



On-the-Water Tips and Tricks

                Day 2, on the Bow River south of Calgary

Cost:  $195.00 Can. + gst        

June Fly Fishing Schools

June Fly Fishing Schools


Oct 10

  1 - Day Introdu​ctory Fly Fishing School​

Location: Our private location south of Okotoks

Cost: $195.00 Can. + gst​ 


Oct 10

2 - Day Introductory Fly Fishing School

Location: Day 1, private location south of Okotoks.

                Day 2, on the Bow River south of Calgary

Cost:  $360.00 Can. + gst


Oct 10

On-the-Water Tips and Tricks  

Location:  on the Bow River south of Calgary, Alberta

Cost:  $195.00 + gst


Oct 10

Special Casting Clinic for Hook and Hackle Club    

Location:  Calgary, Alberta

Many thanks to Susan Simbirski for organizing the casting day.  It was a great turnout and we had fun working with old and new friends.  Many thanks to all the volunteers.  

July Fly Fishing Schools

June Fly Fishing Schools


Oct 10

1 - Day Introductory Fly Fishing School

Location: Our private location south of Okotoks.

Cost: $195.00 Can. + gst


Oct 10

Spring Creek Fly Fishing School

Location: Private property on a small brown trout stream 

northwest of Calgary

Cost:  $225.00 Can. + gst


Oct 10

Weekend Fly Fishing School

Location: Burmis Bed & Bales, Crowsnest Pass, Alberta

Cost:  $850.00 Can. + gst


Oct 10

2 - Day Intensive for 4

Location: One day on the Bow River at a private location south of Calgary

and one day on a smaller stream south of Calgary.

Cost: $385.00 Can. + gst


Oct 10

1-Day Intensive on the Bow River for 4

Location: Our private location on the Bow River south of Calgary

Cost: $200.00 Can. + gst


Oct 10

1-Day Intensive on a Small Stream for 4

Location: A stream in southwestern Alberta

Cost: $200.00 Can. + gst


Oct 10

Weekend Fly Fishing School

Location: Burmis Bed & Bales, Crowsnest Pass, Alberta

Cost: $850.00 Can. + gst

August Fly Fishing Schools

Happenings you shouldn't miss in the weeks ahead.


Oct 10

1-Day Intensive for 4

Location: A stream within driving distance from Calgary to be determined by water conditions.

Cost:  $200.00 Can. + gst 


Oct 10

2 - Day Intensive for 4

Location: One day on the Bow River at a private location southeast of Calgary.

One day on a smaller stream south of Calgary.

Cost:  $385.00 Can. + gst

Thank You!

Thank you for choosing McLennan Fly Fishing.

We appreciate your support in all we pursue.

Questions:  send us an email.

Jim and Lynda

Photo:  Barry White

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