Fishing for flies is a fruitless endeavor unless the angler baits his hook with apple slices, half-eaten caramel creams, or old boots that smell like rotting magazines. Enjoy fly-fishing devoid of actual flies with today's Groupon: for $40, you get a two-hour fly-fishing lesson (a $130 value) with Great Feathers Fly Shop on York Road in Sparks. Lessons are scheduled in a personal fashion, with an emphasis on creating small class sizes and organizing times that work best for all involved.
Each two-hour lesson is designed to turn amateur stick-and-string fumblers into brilliant wielders of the flying rod. Learn how to select proper rods, reels, flies, and knots, before applying your newfound knowledge by hitting the streams for casting practice. Alongside a small group of fellow fishers, you'll receive ample amounts of personal attention, allowing for an abbreviated learning curve. To further expedite your quest for success, a friendly instructor will teach you how to read the water's cryptic flow, pointing out where both the fish and runaway golden retrievers are hiding. All bait and tackle is provided for the lesson, so arrive empty handed and leave fully loaded with knowledge nuggetry. A lesson in fly fishery is a keen opportunity for father/son bonding on Father's Day or for an entire family to learn how to survive after land-meats disappear in late 2010.
Great Feathers Fly Shop
The fly-fishing experts at Great Feathers Fly Shop are always willing to help customers choose the perfect knot or select the right material for fly tying. When not selling reels and rods, they teach fly-fishing lessons and head over to the Gunpowder River to fish for trout.