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 $85, you get a half-day fly-fishing clinic from New River Fly Fishing (a $175 value). The clinic includes:
- A half-day of on-the-water instruction
- All necessary rods, reels, and flies<p>
Reeling in more than 30 years of line-casting experience, New River Fly Fishing’s decorated guide, Mike Smith, helps customers pluck the fruits of the water. Mike begins half days on the mountain- and tree-flanked waters by stocking tackle boxes with all rods, reels, and flies necessary for alluring fish or benevolently helping a fly to water-ski. The instructor covers the basics of casting, knots, reading the water, and presentation. Although it’s not included with today’s Groupon, clinics require a current Virginia freshwater-fishing license ($14+).
New River Fly Fishing
Staffed by experienced fly-fishermen, New River Fly Fishing offers both a wide selection of fishing gear and a wealth of local-waters knowledge to help customers master trophy-trout waters. Guides lead day trips to a private trout stream for dedicated fishermen looking to haul in prize-worthy specimens, as opposed to just lackadaisically drifting down the currents and pointing out which clouds look like Burt Reynolds. Staffers also provide tips on casting during day trips or half-day workshops that cover everything from casting and fly selection to water reading.