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 $35, you get a two-day fly-tying class at Colorado Skies Outfitters in Parker (a $125 value). Classes take place every Saturday and Sunday evening from 4 to 6 p.m., October 1 through April 1, 2012.
Colorado Skies Outfitters’ fly-tying classes cover the gamut of techniques and patterns for tethering an artificial insect, a skill the company is known for thanks to its library of online how-tos. Novices can avail themselves of loaner rods, string, and fly-making materials, so they may master the handiwork without the hassle of trapping a feral down comforter for its feathers. The Saturday sessions commence with two hours in the classroom, where a knowledgeable instructor will teach students how to tie essential knots. Two more hours of practice encompass the Sunday lesson, in which students attempt more complicated patterns and, if confident enough, challenge nearby Boy Scout troops to a knot-off.
Students unable to attend both sessions on two consecutive evenings can schedule for two separate weekends, but the Saturday class must be taken first. After each class, students will take home self-hewn flies as well as a confused conga line of hungry frogs.
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.