Raye has fly fished from Alaska to New Zealand and is a FFF Certified Fly fishing Instructor with more than twenty years teaching experience. Raye's hands-on fly casting sessions are interspersed with discussion about fish (their habitat and behavior), flies, equipment, reading water, knot tying, leader and tippet info, fly presentation, river ethics, personal gear, river entomology, and more. The following classes are designed both to help the beginning fly fisher get started and to equip the more experienced fly fisher with the fly casting tools he/she needs to make the most of any fly fishing destination.
I: INTRODUCTION TO FLYFISHING
Three Hours. All equipment provided. Students should bring a hat and sunglasses (good polaroids preferred). $200/one, $125 ea./two, Group (three or more persons) $95/person. Whenever possible Raye will combine students to take advantage of group rates.
II. PERSONALIZED FLY CASTING SESSIONS
For the intermediate or advanced fly caster. The time to learn to cast is NOT on that dream fishing trip. Get the casting down ahead of time so that when you wade into that exotic river in New Zealand or Alaska or Argentina or face the wind on saltwater flats you are not concerned about your ability to make the cast. You want to be able to concentrate on hooking and landing the fish of a lifetime. Too often, fly fishers get started with lots of enthusiasm and good intentions about practice. Then, we get busy and suddenly we have a fly fishing trip planned and realize we are not at all confident about our ability to make the cast.
Every good guide prays that his/her client can make a decent cast. The guide has already done his homework. He can find the fish, but it's up to you to deliver the fly.
These personalized casting sessions are designed to get the kinks out. To target the problem areas. Whether you need to increase distance or accuracy, learn to double-haul or just deliver a heavy fly in windy conditions, Raye will guide you to new levels of proficiency. Tailored to your needs, sessions might concentrate on several aspects of casting, i.e. accuracy and/or distance; improved double haul technique; the addition of new casts to your repertoire (the Belgian cast, off shoulder cast, reach cast, sidearm casts, wiggle cast, etc.); or improved line mending and management techniques. Sessions are priced per hour for a maximum of two persons. Equipment is provided or you are welcome to bring your own.
Per hour: $100/one person, $75 ea./two persons
III. ON-THE-RIVER FLYFISHING SESSIONS
This 2+ hour session takes place in the river and is designed for either beginning fly fishers or for the more experienced fly fisher who has not had an opportunity to fly fish for bass. Students should be able to execute a roll cast and cast a reasonably tight loop about 40 ft. On-the-water instruction will cover safe wading; reading the water; leader selection; tippet and fly selection; adding tippet; dry fly, popper and streamer fishing techniques; hooking and landing a fish; and proper catch and release technique.
Sessions are limited to two persons per instructor. Students may bring their own equipment and should bring a pair of sunglasses and a hat. Please bring a current fishing license.
Per session: $275
Raye Carrington on the Llano River practices and recommends CATCH AND RELEASE.