Beginner Fly-Fishing Clinic (Wade/Walk) | Half Day | Arkansas River, CO
HALF DAY WADE/WALK BEGINNER FLY-FISHING CLINIC
If you’re just getting started or need to work out some casting bugs, then the Beginner Wade Fishing Clinic is for you. Beginning fly fishers learn how to rig and cast their fly rod and intermediate fly fishers fine-tune their technique.
Students learn the basic cast, roll cast, the haul, and the double haul. How to load the rod, handle the line and manage the fish. They will learn under what conditions to use each cast and will have lots of time to practice with their rod and also try out some other rods.
This is an introductory course in the basics of fly fishing.
- In this 3.5 hours we will work on presentations on the selection and rigging of equipment, aquatic insects (flies) and their imitations, and trout behavior.
- Following a basic casting clinic on dry land to get the feel of the rod motion.
- The class will adjourn to the river or lake for demonstrations on reading the water, line management, and fly presentation. No guarantee to catch fish but you will learn how to cast and present for success in the future experiences.
- YOU MUST HAVE A COLORADO FISHING LICENSE PURCHASED PRIOR TO CHECK IN.
Full day options may also be available. Please contact us if you are interested in a full-day beginner fly-fishing clinic.
DURATION: 3.5 Hours
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
SKILL LEVEL: Beginner to Intermediate
SEASON: May – Sept
INSTRUCTOR RATIO: 1:2 or 1:1 private lessons
TIME: 3.5 hours
DATES: Spring through Fall
PRICING: $279 One Person or $360 for (2 person minimum)
Included: Fishing gear, rod, reel, waders if needed. We’ll have different rods to try out, flies, or training items. (Bring Personal water bottle & snacks (No lunch provided).
What you can bring: You can bring your own fishing equipment to use and our guide will advise on what works best for Trout Fishing in Colorado.
The Arkansas River has arguably some of the best Gold Medal Trout fishing in Colorado. Our multi-day fishing trips on the Gunnison River Gorge are available on selected dates during the entire summer season. Our trips take you in comfort down the river to otherwise inaccessible fishing rivers. Catch and release practiced on all our rivers. Artificial flies and lures only. You must have a valid Colorado fishing license.
Our clinics do not include lunch unless otherwise arranged.
On overnight trips all on-river meals are provided, beginning with lunch the first day and ending with lunch the last day. The food is fresh and hearty and the guides will prepare it for you. A typical dinner menu will include as a main course BBQ Steak, Baked Fish, Teriyaki Chicken, or combination entrees, fresh vegetables and salads, Dutch-oven desserts or bread, hors d’oeuvres, fresh fruits, fruit juices, coffee, tea and a complimentary glass of wine with dinner.
All lunches are buffet style with a wide variety of salads, sandwiches, fruit, cheeses, sliced meats, nuts and juices or sodas. Breakfast includes fresh fruit juice, eggs in all styles, special pancakes, French toast, melons, fruit, cereals with milk, sausage, bacon, coffee, tea, hot chocolate. We can accommodate special diets with advance notice and almost always the menu suits the vegetarian. Though we carry ample supplies of juices, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate we encourage you to bring extra soda or beer. You can arrange for us to pick up specific beverages for you prior to the trip or you can stock up in Salida before you meet us at the base. Any liquids you bring must be in unbreakable containers.
We request that you do not drink alcohol on the day trips on the river. You’re welcome to bring alcohol in unbreakable containers on overnight trips for drinks at camp.
Additional cash requirements: You will need to arrange all pre and post lodging and meals before and after your trip. Gratuities are not included in the trip cost. You will not require any monies during your trip. Valuables should be stored in the safe at your lodging or you can keep valuables in the waterproof bag provided by Dvoraks. A small amount of money may be needed during the shuttle for snacks at the end of the trip.
Our guides are experienced men and women skilled at handling their craft. They all have current first aid and CPR training and have fulfilled guide qualification requirements in the states of Colorado & Wyoming. Trip Leaders have thousands of river miles of experience on all classes of rivers including all those Dvorak Expeditions run.
Contact our office to discuss any items you may need to rent, i.e. DVK rental (rod, reel, line, and leader). ($ per day) and/or camping gear for overnight trips.
Major airports are Denver International or Colorado Springs; rental car or van from there to the Arkansas Valley. Car rentals are available in Denver or Colorado Springs. There are "limited" jeep and domestic rental vehicles available in the Arkansas valley by prior arrangement. Salida and Buena Vista, Colorado have small aircraft facilities and charter flights only are available with adequate numbers for charter. Arrive in Salida or Buena Vista, Colorado the day prior to the tripBY CAR
To reach our Browns Canyon/Nathrop Base, 17921 US Hwy 285, Nathrop, CO 81236.
FROM DENVER: You will follow Hwy 285 out of Denver all the way to the Base located 5 miles south of Nathrop. It is approximately 160 miles from Denver Airport to the Nathrop Base (4 hours). Mtn road driving is slower but, a beautiful part of the Rocky Mountains and you should allow extra driving time to sight-see. FROM COLO.SPRINGS: use Hwy 24 west connecting with US Hwy 285 north & south towards Buena Vista. Turn south on Hwy 285-11 miles, you will see on the west side our sign just north of the Gas station and Prospector Rock Shop on Hwy 285. Royal Gorge and BigHorn Sheep Canyon has an optional meeting location for groups: FROM COLO. SPRINGS: take Hwy 115 and Hwy 50 west through Canon City. Meeting @ Parkdale Launch site is about 10 miles west of Canon City on Hwy 50.
FROM JOHNSON'S VILLAGE: take Hwy 285 through Nathrop which joins with Hwy 50 east, via Hwy 291 through Salida. Travel @ 60 miles to the Parkdale launch site (Arkansas Headwaters Rec. Area).
Arrive at the appropriate arranged meeting location @ confirmed time (depending on trip) on the first day. You will meet your guides at either DVK Nathrop base or Parkdale launch site. The travel time to the river by bus/van varies with each canyon and start point. Confirm prior to start date. There is a secure private parking area at the Nathrop base for you to leave your vehicle and belongings. AHRA ‘Parkdale’ launch site will require a state park parking pass in your vehicle $7-10.TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS AT TRIPS END
At the end of your day or the final day of your trip, Dvorak's van or bus will either deliver you to the place where you left your car or return you to your lodging or arranged drop off point. "River Time is unpredictable." Please keep this in mind when you make final day commitments.ACCOMMODATIONS
Check our helpful links page for recommended lodgings pre- and post-trip.