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$269 tuition includes:

  • Classroom instruction
  • On-water casting lesson
  • lunch on the first day
  • free loan of all equipment
  • 1/2-day on-stream fishing lesson

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Northeast Fly Fishing School®


Beginner Fly Fishing Class Curriculum

The Basics

We start off by discussing fly fishing basics, including a thorough description of fly fishing gear and how to select the right equipment for your needs. You will learn about rods, reels, lines, their construction, function, care and use.

Then we will practice tying the most commonly used fishing knots. You will learn how to add tippet to extend a leader, how to tie a fly to the tippet and how to create loop-to-loop connections.


We take you to a local pond to learn to cast—both the overhead straight cast and the roll cast.

Safety, conservation and etiquette are important topics that will be covered after the hearty lunch provided by the Northeast Fly Fishing School

What fish eat and how to fool them

One of the skills of fly fishing you will learn is how to identify fish species; where they live and what they eat. Equally important is how to select the flies that can match the food the fish are eating and how to present that fly in a life-like manner. You will see the actual aquatic insects that fish eat and the flies that match them. We will also discuss where fish live in a stream, and what strategies and techniques to use.

Putting it all together on the water

The second part of the Northeast Fly Fishing School is a half-day on-the-stream lesson with your instructors practicing what you learned.   The school sessions in Greater Boston (Hollis, NH) will have their on-stream class on either the Nissitissit or Squannacook Rivers or other local rivers in Massachusetts or the Souhegan River in New Hampshire.  The Hillsborough/Henniker and Hancock Inn sessions will have on-stream lessons on the Contoocook River.  For the White Mountains class in Lincoln, NH we will practice fly fishing techniques on the beautiful Pemigewasset River. You will practice casting and presentation of dry flies, nymphs and streamers. You will learn safe wading practices and how to land and release a fish.

By the end of the class you will have had all your questions answered about fly fishing in our local waters, and know some places to practice your new-found skill.

The instructors of the Northeast Fly Fishing School are professional fly fishers with decades of experience. Their goal is to transfer not only their knowledge, but their passion for the sport of fly fishing and their love for the environment where trout live. Remember - class size is limited, so sign up early to reserve your spot! Read what our students say about the class.

You will learn more than you thought possible & have a great time doing it!

Contact us for information about the classes or to register <Click here>

Note: Self-taught? Want to get better? We also offer an Intermediate Class!

Class dates 2017 - Beginners   $299

April 22-23          Hollis, NH  Greater Boston

April 29-30          Hollis, NH  Greater Boston

May 6-7              Hillsborough/Henniker, NH

May 20-21          Hancock, NH

June 3-4            Hillsborough/Henniker, NH

June 10-11         Hancock, NH

July 8-9              Lincoln, NH White Mountains

July 22-23           Lincoln, NH White Mountains

August 12-13      Lincoln, NH White Mountains

Sep 16-17          Hancock, NH

Oct 7-8               Hollis, NH  Greater Boston

Private lessons arranged at a mutually convenient date.

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