Like a talented puppeteer, fly fisherman can catch a drowning marionette by manipulating one string. Hook a big one with today's Groupon: for $37, you get a two-hour fly-casting lesson from All Rivers & Saltwater Charters in Issaquah (a $100 value).
Licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard, the staff at All Rivers and Saltwater Charters helps guide bait to fish's mouths during two-hour beginner and intermediate classes. Classes convene at local area parks, where students can build their skills as they wade through the thigh-deep waters of nearby lagoons, casting lines through the air and reeling fish past frictional ripples. The skilled crew supplies the necessary fly-casting equipment, including reels, boots, and bait, though students are welcome to bring equipment from home, such as lucky fisherman caps with worms sewn into the brim.
All Rivers & Saltwater Charters
To say Mark Coleman knows how to fish is an understatement. Coleman, the owner of All Rivers & Saltwater Charters, has mastered the art of side drifting, float fishing, hover fishing, back bouncing, and jigging during his more than 10 years exploring the Pacific Northwest’s waterways. In the process, he earned captain certification from the US Coast Guard, a distinction also earned by each member of his team.
Aboard vessels that range from the 29-foot Reel Tight to a 16-foot, nonmotorized drift boat, Coleman and his staff lead chartered fishing trips through fresh- and saltwaters. All Rivers & Saltwater Charters have caught fish on the Columbia and Olympic Peninsula rivers, traveled the waters outside Anacortes and the San Juan Islands, and explored Puget Sound. Voyages pursue salmon, steelhead, lingcod, sturgeon, and other types of fish. The team can also lead fishing lessons for newbies, teaching essential fly-casting techniques, including the correct grip, the different casting styles, and how to use homemade tiramisu as bait.