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McLennan Fly-Fishing Instruction

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


2020 Schools, Weekends and Hosted Trips

Thanks for your support.  Come and join us!


Our 2019 Fly Fishing School are completed for the year.

Please check back for our 2020 schedule.

       

Thank you for choosing McLennan Fly Fishing

Updated Nov. 18, 2019

2-Day Introductory 

Fly Fishing School    

2020

May 2/3

June 27/28

Our most popular and effective school for newcomers.  You'll learn about tackle, knots, trout food, reading water and much more. The first day includes classroom and two dry-land casting sessions. The second day 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:  $375.00 Can. + gst 

Limited to 6 students per instructor

More information.

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The Emergent Fly Fisher

2020

May 16

Sept. 5

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 time included.  

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, nymph and streamer methods.

Number of students:  6 per instructor

Price:  $195.00 plus gst

Instructor:  Allard van Everdingen

More Information.

1-Day River Techniques

2020

May 23   On the Bow River

The focus will be for intermediate students.

Aug. 16   On a Small Stream
The focus will be 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-water school for six 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:  $195.00 Can. + gst 

Limited to 6 student.

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

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Bow River

Intensive for 4

2020

July 18

The Bow River is one of the best,
yet one of the most frustrating rivers in the West. Spend some time with Jim, who "wrote the book" on fishing the Bow (Blue Ribbon 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:  $225.00 Can. + gst

Maximum of 4 students

Instructor:  Jim McLennan

To register send us an email.

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Down and Dirty

2020

July 25

Aug. 23

A Day on a southern Alberta trout stream, focusing on the details of fishing beneath the surface.

Learn about fishing small nymphs, big nymphs, and streamers in water of all depths.

Topics include:

Tackle for sub-surface fly fishing

Nymphing methods, including Euro-nymphing

Casting weighted nymphs

Strike indicator choices

Attaining maximum depth

Mending

Reading water

Streamer methods

Streamside entomology

Cost:  $225.00 Can. + gst

Limited to 4 students

Package Deal: take July 25 & 26 or Aug. 23 & 23 for $395.00 + gst.

Instructor: Allard van Everdingen

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

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Clean and Dry

2020

July 26

Aug. 22

A day on stream perfecting the delicious delicacy of dry-fly fishing, with a big emphasis on casting, which is the foundation of dry-fly fishing. Learn about big dries, small dries, prospecting, rising fish.

Topics include:

Casting - overhead casting, casting trajectory, accuracy, reach cast, slack cast

Leaders

Fly selection

Fishing upstream, across and downstream

Fishing to rising fish

Fishing the Water

Streamside entomology

Cost: $225.00 Can + gst

Limited to 4 students

Package Deal: take July 25 & 26 or Aug. 22 & 23 for $395.00+ gst.

Instructor:  Allard van Everdingen

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


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York Creek Weekend Fly Fishing  School & Retreat

2020
July 24 - 26, 2020

August 21 - 23, 2020

Fly-fishing instruction with a difference.

Great for beginner to advanced fly fishers to attend together.

Location: York Creek B&B in Coleman, Alberta

Cost:  $855.00 Can. + gst

Maximum of 10 students

For more information.

 2-Day Intensive 

Fly-Fishing School for 4

2020

August 15/16, 2020

Spend one day on a small stream and one day on the Bow River.  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: $395.00 Can. + gst

Limited to 4 students.

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

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Hosted trip to Northern Lights Lodge

2020

Sept. 1 - 6, 2020

A trip like no other. Fly fishing for large rainbows that are following the salmon as they come up the rivers to spawn.

Not to leave out the large bull trout.

You will be fishing the Mitchell and Horsefly Rivers.

Hmmm..... Can't wait to go again.

All inclusive.

Maximum 8 

  

For more information.

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.

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

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Private Casting Clinics

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

Jim and Lynda are casting specialists and these two-hour, 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.

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

Cost:  $180.00 Can. + gst 

for 1 or 2 students

Please inquire for small group casting clinics.

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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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Free Casting Clinic

Thanks for a great afternoon!

Many thanks to our instructors and helpers. We could not do it without you.

Rick Harding

Thelma Harding

Ken Javorsky

Walter Simbirski

Jason Stephens

Cathie Whitehead

Dave Whitehead

Allard vanEverdingen

A dry land clinic for all levels.

Date:  April 26, 2020
Sunday
   2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Location:    Black Diamond, AB

Equipment supplied if needed.

More information and to register.