Welcome to our website!

Here you will get a glimpse into our world of fly fishing, writing, 

music and photography.


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Jim and Lynda


McLennan Fly Fishing Schools, Alberta, Calgary

What's Happening!

On this page we will give you a quick glance at events that are coming up soon, 

in all areas of our world.

You will find performance dates, school dates, and changes, last-minute opportunities and other information.

Check back often so you 

don't miss anything.

McLennan Lessons, private schools, fly fishing, casting,

2018 Fly Fishing Schools


McLennan fly fishing schools are held at a number of different locations 

in Southern Alberta, Canada. 

(Unless we are invited to teach at a fishing lodge or 

distant location we dream of going to.  :) )


We can also provide corporate schools, and schools for private groups.

Let us know if we can help in planning your group activity.

Gift certificates are available for a school or a specific amount 

to put towards the school of choice.

What would you like to learn in 2018?


Just Added

Sept. 1     1-Day Introductory Intensive for 4

More information



  Send us a note or call and we can arrange a perfect day for you.

403-558-2128  or [email protected]

Check out the Fly Fishing Schools

McLennan Fly Fishing Schools at a Glance

Updated Aug. 13, 2018


2018 Fly Fishing Schools

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Apr. 28         Free Casting Clinic                                                                   Completed

May 5/6       2-Day Introductory Fly Fishing School                                   Completed

May 5          1-Day Small Stream Intensive for 4                                    Completed

May 10         NEW:   Stream Sense,  An evening with Jim McLennan    Completed

May 12        1-Day Introductory Fly Fishing School                               Completed

May 12        Befriending the Bow for 6                                                    Completed

May 26/27   2-Day Introductory Fly Fishing School                               Completed

June 2/3      2-Day Introductory Fly Fishing School                               Completed

July 7/8        2-Day Introductory Fly Fishing School                              Completed

July 7           Befriending the Bow                                                             Completed

July 8           1-Day Small Stream Intensive for 4                                   Completed

July 12-16    Hosted Trip to Northern Lights Lodge                               Completed

July 27-29    Burmis Weekend Fly Fishing Retreat                                    Completed

Aug. 25/26    2-Day Intensive for 4                                             Full


Sept. 1            Just Added,  1-Day Introductory Intensive for 4   3 spots open


Sept. 23 - Sept. 29    Hosted Trip to Northern Lights Lodge       FULL


Although our scheduled schools are filling, we have a 

few open days for private schools.

Schools for one or two people, for small groups of 4-6 and 

for large groups up to 20.

Send us an email to discuss your private school.


​Jim's latest Magazine Articles


Fly Fusion Magazine: Vol. 15 Issue 4  now available 

Water Marks Column:   Stillwater Confessions

 Feature Article: Stream Sense: Improving Your Chances to Hook-up

Page 16,  Photography by Jim and Lynda McLennan


Looking for the Ultimate 

Still Water Fly Fishing Boat?

Our friend Joe Cunningham has designed the 

best one-man fly-fishing boat for still water.  

The Cunningham Chironomid is a trimaran boat, built around a canoe hull. Because of this It has the light weight and  ease of movement through the water of a canoe, but with stability that allows the angler to stand while fishing. It is propelled by oars, rather than a 

paddle and has the other things lake fly fishers 

need, like a rod rack and double anchors. The boat is easily loaded on a roof-rack by one person. 

If you fish lakes, you need to see this boat. 

Click here to visit the 

Cunningham Boats website.


Music Performances with Jim and Lynda


Music performances are updated on our music page. 

Please check them out we would love to see you there and share our music with you.


This is a great time to book the McLennans for a 

House Concert for the summer or fall.

Enjoy an intimate evening of music with family and friends.

Celebrate a birthday or anniversary with live music.

We send a 'how to' sheet with all the details.  Simple and fun.

Send us an email to find out how!


Learn More about these concerts

Property For Sale - Fly Fishing Karma

If you fly fish you may want to know about these properties. 

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2018 Jean-Guy Cote Award Presentation

Ruth Zinck

The 2018 winner of the Jean-Guy Côté Award is the twelfth member joining a group made up of John Cuco, Paul C. Marriner, Paul Leblanc, Warren Duncan, Art Lingren, 

Brian Chan, Bryant Freeman, Sheldon Seale, Denys Poirier, Jacques Héroux and Phil Rowley.

During their fly tying careers they have demonstrated a continuous contribution to one or more of the following as related to fly tying; teaching, very high quality fly tying, writing, creating significant new patterns and broad-spectrum public promotion. This is what the Jean-Guy Côté Award is all about!

Ruth began tying flies in 1970, the only female in the class. Her instructor was Ian Martin, 15 years of age at the time. Since then she has won fly tying awards and has been among the demonstration tiers at many of the Federation of Fly Fishers’ International Fly Fishing Shows. Ruth served as an International Director of FFF for six years including Senior Vice President for Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Western Rocky Mountain Council of the FFF. Ruth has written for various for FFF journals and books as well as for other publications.

Together with Joan Kirkham, Ruth founded the KW Fishers Club in Kitchener Waterloo. When she relocated to Calgary in 1981, Ruth became the first woman to join the Hook and Hackle Club and is now a life member. In 2011 Ruth was one of the original members of the Calgary Women Fly Fishers Club.

She has created many patterns, six of which formed

 «The Royal Lady Series» tied specially for the 

Casting For Life Association in Calgary.

Over the years Ruth has volunteered at schools, clubs, and community events, and fly tying expos to teach fly tying. 

 She has been recognized for her contributions to 

the world of fly tying; 

1984 «Tier of the Year-Senior Fly Tying» Hook and Hackle Club; 

1998 «Fly Tier of the Year» Western Rocky Mountain Council; 2003 «Woman of the Year» FFF and 

2012 «Ron Pike Award» Hook and Hackle Club.

What a contribution!


Jean-Guy Côté was the founding president of UNI Products sold throughout the world to amateur and professional fly tiers. Since his untimely death in 2006, the Canadian Fly Fishing Museum honors Canadians for their important life contribution to fly tying. The first Canadian to receive this honor was John Cuco from Montreal in 2007.

The Canada wide Jean-Guy Côté Award selection committee has chosen to present the 2018 Award to Madame Ruth Zinck of Calgary.The 2018 winner of the Jean-Guy Côté Award is the twelfth member joining a group made up of John Cuco, Paul C. Marriner, Paul Leblanc, Warren Duncan, Art Lingren, Brian Chan, Bryant Freeman, Sheldon Seale, Denys Poirier, 

Jacques Héroux and Phil Rowley.          

Congratulations Ruth!



Articles and Stories by Jim McLennan

Jim has been writing for magazines, TV shows, books and much more for many years. 

We would like to share some of those thoughts and the knowledge he has learned along the way.  


Current Story

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Fly Fusion TV

Jim is co-host of the popular TV series, Fly Fusion TV, broadcast on the 

World Fishing Network. He and co-host Derek Bird fish some beautiful destinations throughout the northwest, but with Jim and Derek, there's 

always more to the story than just the fishing. 

Stunningly shot in 4K, the series is a visual feast. 

Tune in and find out why people 

think this is one of the best fly-fishing shows on TV. 

Visit worldfishingnetwork.com for a broadcast schedule, or to subscribe. 

To find out more about the series, visit flyfusionmag.com