Fly Stiles

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Led by a certified instructor, each casting lesson is tailored to the student's experience level and includes all equipment

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Promotional value expires Jun 5, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 3 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. 24hr cancellation notice required. Subject to weather conditions. All lessons must be used by the same person. Must be 13 or older. Not valid on holidays. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Fish are elusive prey, fleeing into brush to evade anglers and spontaneously sprouting legs to run away from Charles Darwin. Track down slippery targets with this Groupon.

Choose from Four Options

  • $42 for one 60-minute personalized fly-casting lesson (an $85 value)
  • $84 for two 60-minute personalized fly-casting lessons (a $170 value)
  • $60 for a two-hour group fly-casting lesson for up to 5 people (a $120 value)
  • $120 for a two-hour group fly-casting lesson for up to 10 people (a $240 value)

Certified fly-casting instructor Andrew Stiles refines students’ mechanics, tailoring his instruction for beginning through advanced anglers. A specialist in the double-haul method, Andrew teaches his signature technique along with others, including maintaining a tight loop during the cast. He also covers topics such as rigging, knot tying, and fly selection based on fish species. Lessons are held Monday–Friday by appointment, usually at Deep Run Park. Sunglasses are recommended.

Andrew Stiles Flyfishing Adventures

From the outside, fly-fishing looks like an art form, with anglers harnessing the flowing, lasso-like cast framed by tree-lined mountainsides and a rock-strewn stream. But for Andrew Stiles, a fly-fisherman with more than 40 years of experience on waters around the world, a wealth of technical details supersedes this romanticized image—the physics of casting line that weighs more than the lure, the entomology of matching flies with the season's insects, the leverage required to land a 150-pound tarpon on 12-pound tackle.

This passion for both teaching and fly-fishing drives Andrew to impart his knowledge by instructing anglers all over the world. Locally, he teaches classes at John Tyler Community College and Randolph-Macon College with a curriculum modeled on the teachings of George Harvey, who developed the first accredited college fly-fishing course at Penn State in 1947. Andrew's international teaching experience includes instructing at the Euroclave Federation of Fly Fishing / Danish Fly Fishing Festival in Denmark, as well as virtually coaching clients as far away as Australia through Skype. He also develops tailored video lessons and posts a YouTube series for beginners. Throughout all of this, Andrew upholds the high standards of a fly-casting instructor certified through outdoor organizations such as the Federation of Fly Fishers.

When not teaching, Andrew travels the world, applying his tactics—such as his specialty in the double-haul method—to waters that range from the mangrove flats of Florida to the trout streams in England. “If you’re fishing for trout, you’re going to be in some of the most pristine waters in the world,” he says. An expert in fly tackle, he can also appraise antique fly outfits unearthed from attics, basements, and the forgotten prop storage units of A River Runs Through It.

Customer Reviews

Great instruction. Eager for student to be successful.
John M. · March 17, 2013
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