There is something very special in sharing what you have learned and watching the novice learn and grow into what you have shared with them. I so enjoy that. That is why I started teaching fly-fishing back in the late 1980’s.
To tell the truth I was more than a little nervous and hesitant to try to teach fly-fishing. All kinds of doubts and fears cropped up as I prepped the course over the months. I’d never really taught a lot back then. I had some instructional techniques training and that was about it. And I am very social and love to share with people. So I thought I’d give it a shot… what could I lose except to look like a fool and let everyone down.
My first course went ok. I was not really surprised, but at the end the students did up an assessment form and the college summarised it all for me. I was so surprised to hear everyone so pleased with how I had done. This really encouraged me and I taught it more and got better and more relaxed at doing it.
An old saying states that those who cannot do, teach. Well, you cannot teach fly-fishing of you cannot fly-fish. I may not be a world class fly-fisher but what I do know I share. I love to do it.
This November I will be teaching the course again after a long (too long) hiatus. Those who attend will be treated to a plethora of material. Most students think of fly-fishing courses as fly-casting courses. My course is so much more. Students will learn everything from basic gear and clothing to fish species identification, food, habitat, how to read water and, of course, casting.
If you want to learn to fly-fish, not just cast, then come take the course. I promise you will have a great time and you will learn more than you ever thought it involved.
I teach the course so others can learn to enjoy the sport I have loved most of my adult life, but I really think I get more out of teaching it than the students do taking it.
Course Title: Introduction to Fly-fishing
Place: Cowichan Community Centre
Dates and Times: Thursdays, November 7 – December 12, 6:30 – 9 PM
Registration is through the Cowichan Community Centre in Duncan.
The course covers:
Fish & Their Environment
Food & Its Presentation
Flies & Fishing Techniques
Conservation & Etiquette
Where to Shop
Note: Practical Casting lesson will be the Sunday afternoon after the Casting lesson (weather permitting).