The festival is pleased to announce our preliminary schedule for this year’s FREE classes & on-the-water clinics; additional details to be available soon!
**ALL CLASSES ARE FREE TO THE PUBLIC!**
KIDS CASTING CLINICS& PROVO RIVER KIDS FLY FISHING DERBY PREP WITH UTAH’S OWN TWIN TERRITORY- Friday 2:00pm to 6:00 pm & Saturday 11:00am to 5:00pm
Utah’s own Twin Territory will be on hand giving free kids fly fishing clinics & helping “newbies” who are interested in participating in our Provo River Fly Fishing Derby but are new to fly fishing; classes will start at 2 p.m. on Saturday the 12th and run until about 6 p.m. For those who may not know, “Twin Territory” consists of teen twins AJ, and Jace Garcia and their younger brother Cameron; they are incredibly gifted kids who are naturals when it comes to teaching other kids how to fly fish. The boys are known for encouraging Utah youth to “get off the couch” and out on the water via the video game trade-ins that they do; they are passionate about sharing their knowledge and ability with everyone who turns out to participate in the festival and derby! The Friday clinics will begin with introductory topics as basic knot tying and rigging a fly rod, then they will progress to an extensive casting practice and some one-on-one coaching with the boys until the end of the day.
*Weather and time permitting, Twin Territory may be doing If time and weather permits, the boys may be doing some beginners training on how to read the river and the bugs most often seen on the Middle Provo River. Kids hoping to participate will want to have waders or boots at the ready for the on-the-water segment of the day.
On Saturday, the boys from Twin Territory will return around 11am to work with kids ages 15 & under who want to participate in the Provo River Kids Fly Fishing Derby and are new to the sport. For additional details, see the “derby prep” course listed below. At 4pm, the boys will be assisting in the selection of the top finishers for the kids fly fishing derby and then may have additional time to help coach kids depending upon the time it takes to award the derby prizes that afternoon.
**We recommend that you bring gear along for your kids if it is available as there will only be a limited amount of loaner gear on hand. A parent or guardian will need to be present with kids at all times.
PROVO RIVER KIDS FLY FISHING DERBY PREP-courtesy of the Stonefly Society & Twin Territory Saturday 10am to 2:00pm
Class is for kids who want to participate in the Kids fly fishing derby & are new to the sport of fly fishing. Volunteers from the Stonefly Society, as well as the boys from Twin Territory & others will be on hand to give some one-on-one instruction during derby hours with the goal of helping prep the new kidlets for getting out on the water. Kids will learn the basics of gearing up, rigging up their fly rod & then learning how to cast their fly rods before they head to the river. Derby prep will begin at 10am on Saturday & run to 1pm.
Individual sessions will begin approximately once an hour; please be prepared for the possibility of having to wait to be connected with a volunteer to help coach your kids! Please remember that your presence will be required for the process & also anytime your children are on the water. We will have a LIMITED number of loaner fly rods on hand for the kids’ derby & they will be loaned out for use on a first come, first served basis; we will do our very best to provide each new child who wants to try the kids fly fishing derby quality, hands on instruction to get them ready for the water.
PLEASE NOTE: the volunteers will not be taking your children to the river to guide them during the derby as the Provo River Kids Fly Fishing derby is a self-guided, catch and release only event. A parent or guardian will be required at all times both on and off the water. We recommended that you bring gear for your child if it is available as there may be a wait for loaner gear.
KIDS ENTOMOLOGY CLINICS-- Mark Borovatz of the Stonefly Society Friday 10:30-noon 1pm to 2:30pm 3:30 to 5:00pm Saturday 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Class will be both off and on-the-water as the kids will have the opportunity to see a collection of many of the bugs they would normally see on the river; Mark has a collection of bugs in glass jars for the kids to see & learn about. Once the kids have had the opportunity to become familiar with the bugs, the class will take a field trip down to the Middle Provo River and spend about another hour working with bug nets & collecting bugs themselves in glass jars. Then, they will return to the park to discuss the various bugs they have gathered on the river. Very fun, hands-on class for kids to obtain a basic working knowledge of entomology!
*Class is limited to 12 children per session & they will run approximately two hours in length. A parent or legal guardian will need to be present with each child for the trip to the river.
KIDS FLY TYING CLASSES –courtesy of the High Country Fly Fishers & Stonefly Society - Friday & Saturday
Kids will learn the basics of fly tying with the goal of becoming familiar with the various tying tools required for tying bugs. Class is hands-on instruction with some of the best tyers in Utah; it will cover the various types of bugs so that kids learn the differences between nymphs, drys, & streamers.
*Class will be limited to six kids per each of the one hour sessions so that the kids will receive the attention they deserve & have access to their own vice & tooling.
“LADIES’ ONLY” FLY FISHING CLINICS— 11:00am to 6:00 pm FRIDAY & SATURDAY WITH Rebecca Granillo, Winter Inglefield and a variety of other special guests from Wasatch Women’s Fly Fishers group.
Rebeca Granillo of the Wasatch Women’s Fly Fishers Club & Winter Inglefield, pro-staff for Fear Fishing & lifelong angler, will be coordinating the “Ladies-only “fly fishing courses for us this year. Classes will include both introductory-level courses and those geared for intermediate-level fly fishers. The ladies only program has been designed in segments which can be taken individually, or as a full-day of hands-on beginners training. You may contact
Training schedule will be as follows:
11am to 11am- Fly Fishing 101 class covering terminal tackle, basic knots, etc
12:00 am to 2:00pm casting tips for beginners, including instruction on rigging up your fly rod (Space limited to 10 participants)
3pm to 4 pm- Bugs 101 training to share info on bugs of Provo River & beginning level instruction on reading the water
4pm to 6 pm- Beginners fly fishing on the Middle Provo River (this on-the-water clinic is currently being limited to 10 participants to ensure each participant receives the maximum amount of hands on training as possible.
**We recommend that you sign-up for the segments which have a limit on participation to ensure you have a spot. Also, please bring your own gear if you have it as there will only be a limited amount of loaner gear on hand. Please check-in at the festival’s information booth at least 15 minutes ahead of time.
EUROPEAN NYMPHING CLINIC WITH WORLD CHAMPION LANCE EGAN: Class scheduled from 11am to 12pm both Friday and Saturday
World champion fly fisher Lance Egan of Cabelas in Lehi will be teaching a European nymphing clinic which will cover an advanced nymphing technique that maximizes strike detection, allows anglers to nymph fish more water types (shallow and deep) and produces the most dead drift possible by eliminating the handicaps of a floating strike indicator.
This is an once-in-a-lifetime chance to learn from one of the world’s best fly fishermen absolutely FREE!! The class is expected to take about an hour, will be taught on the water so attendees are encouraged to have waders and boots on to participate and it will be offered both Friday and Saturday at 11:00am. Please check-in at festival information booth.
*We recommend pre-registering for this class as space will be limited to the first 25 people to ensure that those participating receive the optimal level of quality possible
ADVANCED DRY FLY TECHNIQUES WITH WORLD CHAMPION LANCE EGAN OF CABELAS OF LEHI 5pm to 6pm both Friday and Saturday
A second opportunity to spend an hour with one of the world’s best fly fishermen and learn from him advanced dry fly techniques such as how to aerial mend, on the water mending, long leader usage and dry dropper fishing with a twist.
This class is intended for intermediate to advanced fly fishers & will run Friday and Saturday from 5pm to 6pm on the water; attendees are encouraged to have waders and boots on to participate. Please check-in at festival information booth.
*We recommend pre-registering for this class as space will be limited to the first 25 people to ensure that those participating receive the optimal level of quality possible
READING THE WATER—Tips & techniques from Championship Fly Fisher Lance Egan of the Lehi Cabela’s store; will be available both Friday & Saturday. 12:30-1:30pm each day
Learn all you need to know about reading the water from one of the best fly fishermen in the world! Lance Egan has both represented the United States & medaled as a representative of the US in International Fly Fishing competitions. Spend an hour learning with a world class fisher for FREE!
This class is intended for intermediate to advanced fly fishers & will run Friday and Saturday from noon to 1pm on the water; attendees are encouraged to have waders and boots on to participate. Please check-in at festival information booth.
WORLD ACCORDING TO SPEY LEGEND DEC HOGAN—available Saturday only 2:00pm
Yet another world-class fly fisher has agreed to share their knowledge with Heber Valley Fly Fishing Festival attendees for NO COST! Dec Hogan is the best-selling author of “A Passion for Steelhead” & has earned his place as a true legend in the world of spey & fly fishing for steelhead.
This demonstration with Dec is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of opportunity to spend an hour or so learning all-things possible with two-handed casting and then being shown how the same techniques & principles can be applied to single-hand casting as you fish for trout. Presentation and gear giveaways will be Saturday the 13th at 2:00 pm & is expected to run 60-90 minutes. Please check in with the festival information booth at least 15 minutes ahead of the scheduled time.
MASTERING THE PROVO RIVER BOUNCE RIG WITH NORTHERN UTAH ANGLERS- Friday & Saturday at 10am and 3pm
On-the-water clinic presented by Allan Aguirre, owner of Northern Utah Anglers, which will begin with instruction into building the Provo River bounce-rig and will then teach you how to put your new bounce rig into play on the Middle Provo River. If you have experienced difficulty while fishing the Provo River when you don’t normally have issues on other waters, odds are you haven’t learned the “secret” of the bounce rig!!
It is recommended that you bring your own gear to participate in this on-the-water clinic; each class is expected to run between 1 ½-2 hours dependent upon the number of anglers participating. Please check in for your class at the festival information booth at least 15 minutes ahead of scheduled time.
“APPLIED STREAM ENTOMOLOGY “; ON-THE-WATER CLINIC WITH EXPERT GUIDES STEVE CALDWELL & DAVE TALL ~~ Friday 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Knowing basic stream entomology can really help you catch more trout! Steve Caldwell and Dave Tall, local fly fishing guides and members of the High Country Fly Fishers, will be presenting this on-the-water clinic which will teach you how to capture and identify a variety of the trout food on the Provo River. They will cover a number of other topics which are helpful for beginners such as how you can tell whether the fish might feed selectively on the insects. Bring your waders so that you may get hands-on experience screening the river; class is expected to last about an hour and additional scheduling details will be available soon. Check-in will be at the information booth.
SOFT HACKLE ON-THE-WATER CLINIC WITH EXPERT GUIDE STEVE CALDWELL ~ Friday 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Soft hackles are a time honored (maybe 2,000 years!) way to catch trout on a fly. On the Provo River they work year round and can provide fast action. This workshop covers some basic techniques for fishing soft hackles as well as tips and tricks to catch more fish. Class is expected to run about an hour and will directly follow the “Applied stream Entomology “class being taught at Legacy Bridge Access
ENTOMOLOGY DEEP-DIVE CLINIC FOR ADULTS -- Mark Borovatz of the Stonefly Society Saturday 2pm to 3:30pm
Class will be both off and on-the-water to give the participants an opportunity to see a collection of many of the bugs they would normally see on the river; Mark has a collection of bugs in glass jars for visuals so attendees my see & learn about them prior to being on the river. Once familiar with them, the class will head down to the Middle Provo River and spend about another hour working with bug nets & collecting bugs themselves in glass jars. This is a fun, hands-on class where participants will obtain a basic working knowledge of entomology!
*Class is limited to 12 attendees per session & they will run approximately 90-120 minutes in length. We recommend that you pre-register if possible due to spacing limitations; otherwise, please check in at the festival information booth at least 15 minutes ahead of scheduled time with your waders or boots.
ON-THE-WATER STREAMER INSTRUCTION WITH DERICK ROSKELLEY – Friday & Saturday at 1:00pm
Derick Roskelley of 801 Fly Fishing will be on hand to instruct both beginners and intermediate level fly fishers on the finer points of fishing with streamers. Derick’s streamer clinics at last year’s event were highly-rated by those who attended them so you won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn from one of Utah’s finest! The first hands-on clinic on-the-water is geared towards the beginner fly fisher and it is expected to run a minimum of 60 minutes on Friday the 12th at 1:00 p.m. Derick will offer an intermediate-level streamer course the following afternoon (also at 1:00 p.m.) for anglers interested in expanding their streamer skills beyond the basics; it will be a great follow-up course for those who participate in the Friday training or just as a standalone opportunity to take your streamer fishing ability to the next level.
Anglers will want to bring their own rods and wading gear for this hand-on clinic and they will need to check-in for the class a minimum 15 minutes ahead of its scheduled time at the festival’s information booth.
UTAH SLAM SUCCESS- with Spencer Durrant, author of “Learning to Fly” and the “Trout Bum” column for the Standard-Examiner:
Spencer Durrant has built a solid reputation as a writer in the fly fishing industry after a lifetime of fly fishing in the Rocky Mountain region. This presentation to cover the “Cutthroat Slam” Utah is offering; where to catch them, how to identify the different strains of cutthroat trout in Utah and why they're so important to Western ecology. This class is intended for anyone interested in achieving success in the Utah “Cutthroat Slam” and it is expected to run 60 minutes & will be available Saturday the 13th at 11:00 a.m. only. Please check-in at festival information booth. *We recommend pre-registering for this class as it will open to the first 25 due to spacing limitation.
HOW TO FLY FISH POCKET WATER-Spencer Durrant with Spencer Durrant, author of “Learning to Fly” and the “Trout Bum” column for the Standard-Examiner:
Spencer Durrant will also be on hand to teach a second class for us on the ideal methods for fishing pocket water; the course will be a somewhat intimate and exclusive on-the-water clinic on the Middle Provo River with a maximum of five anglers so as to ensure the highest quality learning experience possible. The course is geared towards the intermediate-level fly fisher who is looking to make a step forward in their fly fishing ability; it is being held on Friday the 12th at 5:30 p.m. and expected to be about 60 minutes in duration. Please check-in at the festival information booth at least 15 minutes ahead of the scheduled start time.
*We recommend that you have your own waders or boots with you to participate in this hands-on clinic. Attendees are encouraged to pre-register for this opportunity to learn from one of the most respected voices in Utah’s fly fishing industry.
FFF CERTIFIED CASTING INSTRUCTOR TESTING PREP COURSE Instructor: Nick Teynor; Guide, Class Instructor, and FFF CI from Western Rivers Flyfisher
When: Friday 11 am to 1pm: The purpose of this course is to educate people interested in becoming a Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructor. It will cover what it takes to pass the certification process, what is expected of you as a CI, why it is worthwhile, and how to find examiners who are able to test you. Learn more about where to begin the process, and what you will need to know in order to pass the test! Nick Teynor of Western Rivers Flyfisher is a FFF CI, and has been teaching fly-casting lessons for over ten years. He has also mentored other fly-casting instructors, and loves to help out anyone looking to become a FFF CI. Class is expected to last 60-120 minutes (dependent upon the number of attendees). You may pre-register for the course if you like, or just check in at the festival information desk 5-10 minutes ahead of the scheduled time. Class is expected to last 60-120 minutes dependent upon the number of attendees. You may pre-register for the course if you like, or just check in at the festival information desk at least 15 minutes ahead of the scheduled time.
WINDY DAYS AND BIG FLIES: Fly-Casting in Tough Conditions, Nick Teynor: Class Instructor, Guide, and CI for Western Rivers Flyfisher Saturday the 13th only 2:00-3:30pm
It is a given fact that we, as anglers, have no control over the weather conditions we face out on the water. We do, however, have control over our casting abilities. This presentation is focused on showing fly-casters how counter tough casting/fishing conditions with simple solutions, and how to efficiently and effectively cast bigger/heavier flies that give anglers of all abilities problems. With the proper casting technique, and practice, you will find that you can fish in virtually any weather condition, and be able to present bigger/heavier flies without worrying (as much) about burying a large, sharp hook in the back of your head! Let Nick Teynor, Federation of Fly-Fishers certified fly casting instructor and two-time Best of the West fly-casting champ, show you how to take your casting to a higher level.
“THE BASICS REQUIRED FOR FLY FISHING” –Steve Sapanas of Fish Head’s Fly Shop 10am Friday andSaturday
Join lifelong angler and avid outdoorsmen Steve Sapanas of Fish Head’s Fly Shop as he covers the basics in regards to the gear & terminal tackle necessary to start out in fly fishing, while not breaking the bank to do it! Steve will cover a whole host of items for beginner fly fishers & provide a list of them in the order of their priority to help new anglers get started in the sport. He will also be providing a list prioritized in the same manner for folks looking to gear up a family who is new to the sport. Class is expected to last approximately 30 minutes both Friday and Saturday at 10:00am. You may check-in at the festival information booth for this.
HOW WATER TEMPERATURES AFFECT FLY FISHING FOR TROUT-with Kigen Curtice of Western Rivers Fly Fishing 10:00am-10:45am Friday and Saturday both
Water temperature strongly influences trout behavior and feeding patterns. Also, water temperature can have significant influence on hatch timing each season. This clinic will discuss the effects that water temperature has on both trout and aquatic insects. We will discuss how water temperature influences trout activity level, what the optimal temperature is for a variety of our local hatches, how tailwaters and freestone stream temperatures differ throughout the year, the optimal temperature range for different trout species, and the importance of taking water temperatures for catch and release fishing during summer months. Having a better grasp of water temperatures will help you prepare to fish during the best times, better predict hatch timing, and to know when to give the trout a rest to ensure long-term fishery health.
ON THE WATER TENKARA CASTING INSTRUCTION- With Brent Auger of Dragontail Tenkara -12:00pm to 12:45 Friday and Saturday
Learn the basics of Tenkara via this class on-the-water; course will include setup and casting. Attendees are encouraged to have waders or boots with them to participate fully in this clinic on the river. Please check-in at the festival information booth at least 15 minutes ahead of scheduled time.
***IMPORTANT NOTICES FOR ALL CLASSES AND CLINICS!!
**The sign-in desk for classes and presentations will be at the festival’s information booth located near the main Restrooms. Please bring gear as appropriate and arrive 15-30 minutes ahead of the time listed for class to begin so that we may get you checked in for it!
**ALL CLASSES ARE FREE TO THE PUBLIC!
The Heber Valley Fly Fishing Festival’s Proceeds to benefit the SLC Chapter of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing this year and we will gladly accept donations for PHWFF via donation jars at our the sign-in desk for classes.
Donations are appreciated but not mandatory to participate in the free classes/clinics, we promise!!