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Fly Fishing Schools created for you!

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.

McLennan Fly Fishing Schools at a Glance


2023  Schools, Weekend and Hosted Trips

Thank you for your support.  

Return often to find out what we will be doing for 2023! 
Come and join us!
       

Thank you for choosing McLennan Fly Fishing

Updated Dec. 9, 2022

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A Taste of Fly Fishing

1-Day Introductory Fly Fishing School

2023
Date:    May 27  

               June 25

An Introduction to the Foundation and Principles of Fly Fishing

Spend a day getting the lowdown on taking up this great sport.

What tackle do I need? We'll tell you. 

How do I cast?  We'll show you. 

Equipment provided for the day.

Topics include: Understanding and selecting tackle - must-have, and nice-to-have. Three simple knots; Trout Food; Fly Casting; Basic dry and nymphing methods.

All inclusive: Information, sample flies, use of tackle for the day and access fees.

Classroom and dry-land sessions.

Number of students: 
4 per instructor

Cost: $195.00 + gst

More Information.


2-Day Introductory 

Fly Fishing
School  
  

2023

Schools  

July 15, 16

Aug. 12, 13    

   

Our most popular and effective school for newcomers and those who have not taken any fly fishing lessons. 

You'll learn about tackle, knots, trout food, reading water and much more. 

Day one includes classroom and two dry-land casting sessions. 

Day two we have a bonus casting session before heading out to a nearby trout stream.

Includes: access fees, booklet and instruction. Equipment (rod, reel, line, leader) can be supplied for the school.

Cost: 
$420.00.00 Can. + gst
 

Limited to 4 students per instructor.

More information.

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York Creek Weekend
Fly Fishing  School & Retreat

2023

July  21 - 23, 2023

Aug. 18 - 20, 2023  4 spots open

            

Fly-fishing instruction with a difference.

Great for beginner to intermediate fly fishers to attend together.

More Information

Location:

York Creek B&B in Coleman, Alberta


Cost:
 

$895.00 Can. + gst. 

Double Occupancy

Accommodation / Meals included

Maximum of 8 students   2 Instructors 



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NEW for 2022

Headwaters Small Creek School

2023

Dates: TBD

 

For novice - intermediate students.

Headwaters streams are often more numerous, less crowded, and more accessible than our larger, more famous rivers. Catching the colourful and sometimes plentiful trout from a small foothills stream is an experience that few forget. Cutthroat, rainbow, brook and bull trout may find their way into our photographs on these trips.

In Headwaters, we will look at finding these streams, reading often-overlooked water, backcountry gear ideas, fun and effective flies and casts that keep your line out of the trees!

Come and enjoy a different experience. 

 

Cost:  $225.00 Can. + gst
Limited to 4 students.  

Instructor:  Robert Boyce

Send us an email to register or if you have any questions.

1-Day Small Stream with Jim

2023

Date: July 8  Sat.

            Aug. 6  Sun.

For novice - intermediate students.

You have your equipment and you understand a little about trout food and can tie your flies on but you would like instruction on the different fly-fishing techniques.

One day on-the-water school for four students. Emphasis will be placed on casting, reading water and both dry and sub-surface techniques, but the final curriculum will be developed in consultation with your instructor.

Includes: access fees,

Equipment (rod, reel, line and leader) can be supplied for the day.

Cost:  $225.00
Can. + gst
 

Limited to 4 students. 

 

Send us an email to register or if you have any questions.

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Hosted trips to Northern Lights Lodge

2023

Dates: 

TBD


A trip like no other. Fly fishing for resident rainbows and bull trout, as well as fish following spawning sockeye salmon.


All inclusive. 

For more information.

1 - Day Private 

Fly Fishing School

Spend a day 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:  

$590.00 Can. + gst 

     for 1 or 2 students.

For beginners and experienced fly fishers.

Send us an email to register or if you have any questions.

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Private Casting 
Clinics

Dates:   TBD between student and instructor

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

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

They also specialize in folks with shoulder/arm limitations to help make casting easier.


 Dry-land session

For folks who are beginning their journey to fly fishers or those who would like to work on specific issues.

Cost:  
$189.00 Can. + gst 

For 1 or 2 students


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Bow River Drift and Learn

2023

A float trip with a difference!

You’ll drift and discuss where the fish are, methods of approac​hing different types of water at diffe​rent times of year and under differing conditions. You’ll stop frequently to walk and wade the river, experiencing dry-fly, nymph and streamer fishing. This is suitable for people wishing to develop their “Bow River skills” both from the boat and on foot. 


It can also be a day of learning the boat-skills and boat-fishing skills required to row your own drift boat down the Bow.


Instructor:  Glenn Smith


Cost: 
695.00 Can. + gst

1 or 2 people

For more information

Send us an email for further discussion.

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Private Group School

2023

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:   6 - 30

Minimum 6 students.



Send us an email for further discussion.

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Equipment Consultation and Casting Instruction 

New for 2023


Equipment Consultation and 

Casting Instruction


For 1 or 2 students.

Cost:

$295.00 + gst


For along time I've watched students come to fly fishing lessons with equipment that does not work for them.  I would like to offer this service where we have a casting lesson, try out some different fly rods, then go to a local fly shop and help you choose the perfect outfit. 
Fly rod, reel and line. Or upgrade any part of your outfit.

I have helped several students in the past couple of years and look forward to making your life easier with the many choices out there.

Send me a note and we can discuss your options.  

Bow River Drift and Learn


We’re happy to announce a new type of fly-fishing learning experience. We’ve teamed up with Glenn Smith, one of the most experienced Bow River guides, to offer 

Bow River Drift and Learn.

This is a float trip, but with a difference. The focus is on instruction rather than

 “just catching fish.” A good guide can get people to catch fish, but often they
don’t know why they caught the fish.

But often (because the expectations are to "catch fish") there is no time to explain 

and teach the how and why of catching those fish.

You’ll drift and discuss where the fish are, methods of approaching different types of water at different times of year and under differing conditions. You’ll stop frequently to walk and wade the river, experiencing dry-fly, nymph and streamer fishing. This is suitable for people wishing to develop their “Bow River skills” both from the boat and on foot. It can also be a day of learning the boat-skills and boat-fishing skills required to row your own drift boat down the Bow.

Suitable for fly fishers:

- with some previous experience.

- who want to learn how to fly-fish the Bow River by boat and walk & wade throughout the day.

- who have limited mobility issues and are looking for an amazing fly-fishing experience.

Lunch, shuttle and instruction included.

Price $695.00 Can.plus GST       Same price for one or two anglers.

Send us an email to book your day.

McLennan Fly Fishing - Jim and Lynda McLennan

Thank you for choosing McLennan Fly Fishing

Don't hesitate to send us a note  

if you have any questions.

We are here to walk with you in your journey.

© Lynda and Jim McLennan