Like raising children, fly-fishing requires patience, a box full of special equipment, and waterproof pants. Cultivate aquatic skills with today's Groupon: for $65, you get a three-hour fly-fishing lesson from Stillwater Guide Service in Hidden Valley Regional Park (a $130 value).
With more than 35 years of experience under his wading belt, owner and guide Chris Wharton imparts piscatorial prowess to aspiring anglers of all skill levels. The introductory class takes place on the dry ground of Hidden Valley Regional Park, where participants will be treated to an informative session covering the basics of fly-fishing—ranging from beginning casting techniques to the advanced knot techniques necessary for catching the elusive freshwater hippocampus. Each three-hour class is capped at six students, ensuring that all amateur rod-wranglers get personalized attention and have a chance to ask any pressing questions regarding proper form or technique. Classes outfit students with all the proper equipment needed to have a fun-filled, fish-focused afternoon.
Stillwater Guide Service
Fishing guru Chris Wharton has fly-fished on America's glassy lakes for more than 35 years, part of which he has spent passing on his extensive knowledge of the sport as the guide and instructor at Stillwater Guide Service. He regularly takes groups out to fly-fish on the calm, trout-filled waters of nearby Lake Davis and Frenchman Lake, among others.
Chris knows that fly-fishing is infinitely more rewarding once one has attained the proper skill set. That's why his lessons focus on precision casting and hook-setting techniques that help students reliably net trout of up to 7 pounds. He also teaches groups how to read the waters for clues that help determine where trout are most likely to hunt for food, shelter, and the sharks that ate their wives. When he isn't leading three-hour lessons, Chris organizes full-day trips and overnight adventures to numerous aquatic destinations.