Sunday, January 26, 2020

Fort Collins Fly Fishing Lessons: Winter Casting Class?

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Photo taken January 25, 2020. 

I love Colorado because I can teach fly fishing/casting in the middle of winter! 


With 100% sun, little wind, and 50 degree temperature, we comfortably completed a three hour on-land and water casting class. 


All classes are designed to be the best educational experience possible.  From start to finish, you will benefit from the following:      

➤ Professional counselor, coach, instructor, and fishing wizard, with...
➤ +30 years fishing experience
➤ +15  years teaching experience
➤ Learn via innovative mind and body techniques
➤ Learn more in less time!

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Guided DIY Fly Fishing Patagonia Argentina and Chile: We Do Fishing!

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In 1999, for 12 months, I DIY hiked and fished from Tierra del Fuego to Columbia, and from the Galapagos Islands to Brazil.  Since then, I have returned many times, managed a lodge, and now offer Argentina and Chile fishing programs.

As far as I know, I was the first to start a Patagonia guided DIY fishing business.  When I started, I purposely chose not to repeat or copy any existing Patagonia business models, books, films, or other.  Instead, I chose to create a team of real, DIY hearted people/guides.  Like me, no one on my team is a paid model, filmmaker, or pro-team member.  We have no desire to be social media fishing celebrities, or big dog booking agents.  You won't see us at shows, in films or magazines, pimping a lifestyle.  We simply take people fishing, and clients love what we do!

"Our services and pricing are in the middle -- between lodge and pure DIY anglers (i.e., dirt sleepers, who never hire guides).  We offer value for independent travelers/anglers, who prefer limited assistance, yet desire the very best fishing experiences via pro-guiding."  

Our clients...

- Fish with DIY expert, real people/pro-guides

- Save up to 50% vs. lodge services
- Fish between 8-12 hours per day
- Fish best waters at best times (maximum flexibility)
- Combine walk-wade, float, and camping
- Prefer no wine-dine services (no 1-2 hour shore lunch)
- Opt to bring their own food/beverage (we have iced coolers)
- Freedom to explore town activities, restaurants, bars, etc

How...  

We greet you at the airport; You stay anywhere in town; We offer a brief tour of the town (e.g., fishing license, grocery store, bank, ATM, bars/restaurants, etc).  Then we FISH -- it's that simple.

We offer In-Season and Off-Season Pricing
for 

2019/2020 Argentina and Chile Fly Fishing Season
November 1st to May 31st

Guided DIY Locations-Species


Junin de los Andes, Argentina.  Brown, Rainbow, Brook Trout
Rio Gallegos Argentina: Sea Run Brown Trout
Northern Argentina/Uruguay/Paraguay: Golden Dorado



















Torres del Paine National Park, Chile.  King Salmon



















Rio Santa Cruz, Argentina. Steelhead


Read Client Testimonials

Feel free to request pricing via email, and we are happy to answer questions via video or cell phone calls.

Email Mark

USA: +1-603-315-8800 (Colorado, MDT)

Monday, November 11, 2019

Guided DIY Fly Fishing Patagonia Argentina and Chile: Save up to 50%

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Eight years ago, I decided not to purchase or build a Patagonia fly fishing lodge.  Instead, I started a fly fishing business-service called Guided DIY Fly Fishing.  My soon to be partner thought I was crazy, and he asked, "How will we compete against lodges, booking agents, fly shop group travel, and what the heck is guided DIY fly fishing?"  My reply:


"Our services and pricing will be in the middle -- between lodge and pure DIY anglers (i.e., dirt sleepers, who never hire guides).  We offer value for independent travelers/anglers, who prefer limited assistance, yet desire the very best fishing experiences via pro-guiding."  

Our clients...

- Save up to 50% vs. lodge services
- Fish up to 12 hours per day
- Fish best waters at best times (maximum flexibility)
- Combine walk-wade, float, and camping
- Prefer no wine-dine services (no 1-2 hour shore lunch)
- Opt to bring their own food/beverage (we have iced coolers)
- Freedom to explore town activities, restaurants, bars, etc

How...  

We greet you at the airport; You stay anywhere in town; We offer a brief tour of the town (e.g., fishing license, grocery store, bank, ATM, bars/restaurants, etc).  Then we FISH -- it's that simple.

We offer In-Season and Off-Season Pricing
for 

2019/2020 Argentina and Chile Fly Fishing Season
November 1st to May 31st

Guided DIY Locations-Species


Junin de los Andes, Argentina.  Brown, Rainbow, Brook Trout
Rio Gallegos Argentina: Sea Run Brown Trout
Northern Argentina/Uruguay/Paraguay: Golden Dorado



















Torres del Paine National Park, Chile.  King Salmon



















Rio Santa Cruz, Argentina. Steelhead


Read Client Testimonials

Feel free to request pricing via email, and we are happy to answer questions via video or cell phone calls.

Email Mark

USA: +1-603-315-8800 (Colorado, MDT)

Monday, November 4, 2019

Guided DIY Fly Fishing Patagonia Argentina and Chile

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2019/2020 Argentina and Chile Fly Fishing Season
November 1st to May 31st

We offer In-Season and Off-Season Pricing
for 
Guided DIY Fly Fishing Programs


What is Guided DIY Fishing?  It's a travel/fish service 100% focused on fishing.

We are in the middle -- our services and pricing were designed to give anglers an option between 1) low budget DIY travel-fish, and 2) expensive full service lodges. 

Who Guided DIY Fishing?

1. Independent-experiened traveler/angler, who desires pro guiding
2. Excellent option for individuals, groups, couples, families
3. Create your own travel-fishing itinerary, with single or multiple fishing days
4. Combine walk-wade and float guiding, and camping 
5. No interest in wine-dine-fish routine, that often requires you to fish with, and share lodging with many groups, and/or up to 25 guests


Guided DIY Locations-Species


Junin de los Andes, Argentina.  Brown, Rainbow, Brook Trout
Rio Gallegos Argentina: Sea Run Brown Trout
Northern Argentina/Uruguay/Paraguay: Golden Dorado



















Torres del Paine National Park, Chile.  King Salmon



















Rio Santa Cruz, Argentina. Steelhead


Feel free to request pricing via email, and we are happy to answer questions via video or cell phone calls.

Email Mark

USA: +1-603-315-8800 (Colorado, MDT)

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

DIY Fly Fishing Patagonia Argentina

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Welcome to the 2019/2020 Argentina Fly Fishing Season
November 1st to May 31st

We offer the very best Guided DIY Fishing Programs

What is Guided DIY Fishing?  It's a travel/fish service 100% focused on fishing.

We are in the middle -- our services and pricing were designed to give anglers an option between 1) low budget DIY travel-fish, and 2) expensive full service lodges. 

Who Guided DIY Fishing?

1. Independent-experiened traveler/angler, who desires pro guiding
2. Excellent option for individuals, groups, couples, families
3. Create your own travel-fishing itinerary, with single or multiple fishing days
4. Combine walk-wade and float guiding, and camping 
5. No interest in wine-dine-fish routine, that often requires you to fish with, and share lodging with many groups, and/or up to 25 guests


Guided DIY Locations-Species


Junin de los Andes, Argentina.  Brown, Rainbow, Brook Trout
Rio Gallegos Argentina: Sea Run Brown Trout
Northern Argentina/Uruguay/Paraguay: Golden Dorado



















Torres del Paine National Park, Chile.  King Salmon



















Rio Santa Cruz, Argentina. Steelhead


Request pricing, answer questions, etc -- call, video, or email anytime.

Email Mark

USA: 603-315-8800 (Colorado, MDT)



Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Fort Collins Fly Fishing Lessons: Hire a Guide or Instructor?

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Many people need a fly fishing instructor/teacher, not a guide.  Read why. 

Client Testimonial 

I recently spent a day fishing, and most importantly, learning, with Mark Foley.  Full disclosure, I’m a beginner, sometimes frustrated, fly fisher.  I had been out once before with a guide who was great at tying on a fly, pointing me to fish, and saying “put the fly there."  When I couldn’t place the fly “there", because I couldn’t cast that accurately, he just picked another spot or moved us.  We caught fish and it was fun, but I knew this time I wanted something different.  I wanted to learn the WHY and HOW of fly fishing techniques.  And that’s what I got with Mark.  He patiently answered my questions about equipment and fly choice, then coached me on rigging up and tying knots efficiently.  He helped me understand how to read the water and find fish.  He coached my casting technique, presentation, and drift. 


When I did catch fish, he showed me ways to safely land and release them.  He patiently untied wind and bad cast knots, all with an easy going disposition and sense of humor. I learned more in one day with Mark than I have after several seasons muddling my way through videos, books, and advice from friends.  As a retired teacher, I definitely know there’s a difference between knowing how to do something and how to TEACH something.  Mark is a teacher!  Best of all, he’s just an all around good guy, and I look forward to working with him again in the future. 

K. Bunning.  Granby, CO

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Fort Collins Fly Fishing: Travel and Fish Argentina Patagonia Presentation

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Traveling and Fishing Argentina/Patagonia

All Welcome to Attend -- Slide Show Presentation
September 18, 2019
6:30p -- 7:30p
Kid and family friendly

Ever dream of traveling and fishing Patagonia?


Mark Foley of First Cast Fly Fishing will present a slide show about traveling and fly fishing in Argentina.

In 1999, Mark spent one year hiking and fishing the Andes mountain range, and he is a former Argentina Orvis endorsed fly fishing lodge manager.

During his presentation, he will take us on a journey from Tierra del Fuego to the border of the Bolivian rainforest. We will see spectacular pictures of the Andes, wild trout, Golden Dorado, and other wildlife. Lastly, he will share many travel and fishing tips, giving you many DIY options.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Fort Collins Fly Fishing Lessons: Casting Rehabilitation

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He started fly fishing at age twenty.  Thirty-two years later, we meet.  Before class begins, I ask him to hit targets at 40, 50, and 60 feet.  I watch carefully, not saying a singe word.  Just before target distance his line does what I call a knuckle ball -- a wonky/snake gyration, and does not hit the target. I ask him why, and he replies, "I don't know, that's why I am here."  

The lesson begins. Three hours later, problems fixed.    






Why work with FCFF?

- Expert at analyzing and correcting technique
- Teach mind-body casting mechanics 
- Beginner to advance classes 
- Class size -- 4 people maximum
- On land, casting pond, or river
- Custom events (birthdays, anniversaries, dates, etc). 

Thanks, and looking forward to casting with you!

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Fort Collins Fly Fishing Lessons: Casting Pond

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Casting class challenge:

50 ft cast, from land to water.  No false casting.  Trees and shrubs to the left and right, with extremely narrow backcast alley.

Cast options: Vertical or roll cast.  She opted for vertical, and did it with ease and good form, but it was ugly.  

Instructor feedback: Slow it down. 

Results: Desired distance, accuracy, and beauty/grace.  She smiled and laughed, stating, "I can't believe I can cast so effortlessly and get the desired results."      

Why work with FCFF?

- I teach mind-body casting mechanics 
- Beginner to advance classes 
- Class size -- 4 people maximum.
- On land, casting pond, or river
- Custom events (birthdays, anniversaries, dates, etc). 

Thanks, and looking forward to casting with you!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Fort Collins Fly Fishing Lessons, at City Park

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Client Testimonial: 

What an amazing lesson!  If you want to learn great technique, practical and simple strategies for any skill level, Mark is the teacher for you!  We cannot wait to get out on the river and try out our new skills!  We wish we took his class sooner!

Michelle and Seth Morton.
Fort Collins, CO.



Why work with FCFF?

We offer multiple classes, and will customize for special events (e.g., birthdays, anniversaries, dates, etc).  

Thanks, and looking forward to casting with you!