Learning fishing lingo is imperative to becoming a master angler, from “mending,” which means moving the line to counteract currents, to “rigging,” which means paying scuba divers to discreetly sneak 60-pound trout onto your hook. Get a scaly primer with today’s Groupon: for $99, you get a two-day fly-fishing school at Colorado Skies Outfitters in Parker (a $295 value).
Colorado Skies Outfitters’ weekend workshops cover the gamut of fishing skills and expertise, combining classroom instruction and on-the-water practice to get greenhorns into catching shape and dust off the skills of experienced anglers. Novices can avail themselves of loaner rods, reels, waders, and boots, so they may experience the thrill of fishing without carving their own pole from solid obsidian. The Saturday session begins at 8 a.m. with six hours in the classroom, where an extensive lesson will teach students will learn how to choose the best equipment and tie essential knots as well as entemology, ideal fishing locations, casting basics, and more. The group then heads out to the water for three hours of casting instruction, concluding at 5 p.m. Six hours of fishing on the South Platte River encompasses the Sunday lesson, in which students will get on-location experience in mending, choosing flies and presentation, and river etiquette, such as when to use the salad rod versus the dinner rod. View the compendium of video tutorials for advance instruction in trout technique, or peruse Colorado Skies Outfitters’ stock of fishing equipment.
Colorado Skies Outfitters
Head guide Erin Hale has been fly fishing since he was 14-years old. Erin's passion and enthusiasm for the sport has led him to guide anglers of all levels for the past nine years in fly-fishing expeditions and fish in a myriad of locations from Alaska to Belize. Together, he and a team of professional guides lead all-inclusive guided float and wade trips, teaching their clients how to catch more fish along the way. They also lead fly-tying classes and fly-fishing schools, and welcome all students and clients to return and use their store and website as a resource for learning and staying current on new techniques.