Like fishing for compliments, fishing for fish requires the right bait, the right line, and a friend who is willing to exaggerate. Reel it in with today's Groupon: for $55, you get an entry-level fly-casting class at Gray Wolf Fly Shop (a $125 value).
Gray Wolf Fly Shop's professional anglers teach students the fine art of outsmarting fish through hands-on tying and casting classes. Led by Howard Malpass, the vice president of development for the Southern Council Federation of Fly Fishers, the three-hour class instills anglers with essential knot-tying skills and casting techniques. Each class begins with a 90-minute classroom session at the independent fly shop. By limiting class sizes to four students, the instructor ensures individual attention for fishers as they learn how to assemble fly rods and strut along watery catwalks in fashionable waders. Afterward, students take to the field with newfound abilities for 90 minutes of casting instruction. Gray Wolf invites anglers to call during business hours and mention their Groupons to book a class. Students can bring their own monogrammed rods and reels or use equipment provided by the shop.
Gray Wolf Fly Shop
Howard Malpass enjoys sharing the sport of fly fishing with others, whether teaching a course on the subject at Bossier Parish Community College or showing a child how to tie their first fly. At his shop, Gray Wolf Fly Shop, he draws on this passion for teaching during three-hour introductory courses that include hands-on casting practice and basic tips on how to use flies to attract fish rather than attempt to prove spontaneous generation. His expertise also helps him match patrons with Wapsi fly-tying products, sturdy casting rods, and all-terrain gear, such as durable Korkers fishing boots.
Caddo Heights, South Highlands
5825 Southern Ave.
Shreveport, Louisiana 71106