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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


2022  Schools, Weekend and Hosted Trips

We had a very good season in 2021.

Thank you for your support.  

Return often to find out what we will be doing for 2022! 
Come and join us!

Dates now scheduled for 2022   

York Creek Weekend and Retreat

July 15 - 17, 2022

Aug. 19 - 21, 2022

       

Thank you for choosing McLennan Fly Fishing

Updated  Nov. 28, 2021

2-Day Introductory 

Fly Fishing School    

2022

Session 1  
June 25/26

Session II  

July 9/10   


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:  $399.00 Can. + gst 

Limited to 4 students per instructor.

More information.

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A Taste of Fly Fishing

1-Day Introductory Fly Fishing School

2022

Date:   May 28

Purpose of this course:   

Is this an activity I want to pursue?


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. 

Both classroom and on-the-water demonstrations. 

Equipment provided for the day.

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

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

Number of students: 
4 per instructor

Cost:  $195.00 plus gst

More Information.


 2-Day 

The Seasoned Angler

2022

Dates:
Aug. 13/14

You'll learn the differences in the way you read, approach and fish these different types of streams. One day is on the Bow River, the other day on a smaller stream.
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 for both days

$425.00 Can. + gst

Limited to 4 students.


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

1-Day Small Stream Techniques

2022

Dates;  TBD

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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York Creek Weekend
Fly Fishing  School & Retreat

2022

July 15 - 17, 2022

Aug. 19 - 21, 2022  Fly-fishing instruction with a difference.

Great for beginner to intermediate fly fishers to attend together.

Location: York Creek B&B in Coleman, Alberta


Cost:  $880.00 Can. + gst

Maximum of 10 students       FULL

For more information.


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Hosted trips to Northern Lights Lodge

2022

Dates: 
Aug. 29 - Sept. 3

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

Possible Rivers to fish: Mitchell, Horsefly, Upper and Lower Quesnel, and Cariboo Rivers.

River conditions will determine which rivers we fish.

All inclusive. 

For more information.

1 - Day Private 

Fly Fishing School

Spend a day with Jim, Allard 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:  $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 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 - 15.  
Next year we can hopefully have larger numbers.  Thanks for understanding.

Send us an email for further discussion.

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Private Casting Clinics

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:  $185.00 Can. + gst 

For 1 or 2 students

Please inquire for small group casting clinics.

NEW ! 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