Fly-fishing promotes gracefulness and creativity, offers the excitement of playing strong fish on light
tackle and introduces the art of fly-tying, which you’ll use to land your own catches. The right instructor can teach you these techniques and get you casting accurately in a long weekend.
Individual or family lessons are available, or join a larger class, where you’ll build confidence and camaraderie among fellow anglers. An added bonus: The “course work” ends with fishing adventures.
Here are some top schools near some of the state’s most productive waters.
Islamorada-based Florida Keys Outfitters has been offering fly-fishing schools for 22 years. Sessions include two days of classes and individual casting sessions. floridakeysoutfitters.com
Angler/author Jon B. Cave is a fly-casting legend. Based in Oviedo, near Orlando, Jon B. Cave’s Complete Fly-Fishing School offers lessons specific to freshwater or saltwater for corporate groups, families and individuals. jonbcaveflyfishing.com
Jacksonville’s Black Fly Outfitters is owned and operated by angler/artist Capt. Vaughn Cochran, a fly-fishing legend. The shop offers casting lessons, seminars on fly-fishing northeast Florida waters and fly-tying lessons. blackflyoutfitter.com
Pine Island-based Florida Fly Fishing Schools offers fly-casting and fly-fishing classes, plus a school dedicated to saltwater fly-fishing. Courses run from one to three days. floridaflyfishingschools.com
Stuart-based Capt. Mike Conner’s method blends fly-fishing techniques into one effective approach. Anglers of all skill levels will catch fish on the Indian River Lagoon with flies they’ve tied themselves after learning the loops from him. captmikeconnerfishing.com