USA Lessons



Page Contents

1. New USA Location
2. Why E.I. Fly Fishing System™ 
3. Community First
4. Casting, Fly Tying, and More
5. FFI Instructor Training and Mentoring

1. New USA Location -- Fort Collins, Colorado

In June of 2019, we moved from Denver to Fort Collins.  We service the greater Fort Collins area, offering on-land lessons in a local city parks, ponds, and lakes.

In-water lessons will be held on: Cache la Poudre, Big Thompson, Upper North Platte and Rocky Mountain National Park.



2. Why E.I. Fly Fishing System™

FCFF Teaching Model:

➤ We have developed a series of instructional fly fishing/casting programs based on the principles of neuroscience and EQ -- Emotional Intelligence. We call it the E.I. Fly Fishing System™
➤ Steady progressive learning is achieved by offering sequential classes, ranging from beginner to advance (e.g., 1X, 2X, 3X, etc).
➤ Comprehension is achieved by offering the lowest student to instructor ratio -- we never teach more than four students per class.  Lastly, we utilize innovative instructional techniques that target brain-body cognition and bio-mechanics.

3. Community First -- Donation Only

Basic Fly Fishing Lessons for Kids and Families


We believe in giving back to our community.  Our way of giving -- we offer a class for families, designed for children between the ages of 6 -12 years old. 

Your instructor has been teaching families since 2004.  He's a FFI certified fly fishing instructor and Colorado Registered Psychotherapist (he's a highly  qualified educator for all ages and gender).  

This is an excellent opportunity for birthdays, family reunions, seasonal traditions, neighborhood event, and keeping kids busy (without spending a fortune).

- Suggested minimum donation: $10 per child
- All kids and families welcomed
- Maximum class capacity (6) kids
- Offered in Fort Collins only, Monday -- Sunday
- Choose your favorite Fort Collins park (we like City Park)
- Equipment provided
- By appointment only: Create your own event with mom/dad, grandparents, friends, classmates, teammates, etc

Note: Class is 1-1.5 hours.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.  Adults can participate/help, but the event is 100% designed for kids only. Last, as a counselor/therapist, your instructor has passed all state and national background checks.

4. Casting, Fly-Tying and Customized Lessons


E.I. Fly™1X:  Beginner Level - Single Hand (On-Land Only)


This class is designed for true beginners, and/or a refresher for more experienced anglers. We focus on vertical and horizontal plane casting, and body-brain bio-mechanics. To get you started, we review rod set-up/balance, casting theory-instruction, and casting drills & skills. If you are an intermediate or advanced angler looking to fix bad casting habits, this is a great class for you.

(1) Angler: $50 per hour (x) 3 hours = $150

(2) Anglers: $70 per hour (x) 3 hours = $210
(3) Anglers: $90 per hour (x) 3 hours = $270
(4) Anglers: $110 per hour (x) 3 hours = $330 

Note: Minimum course time is three hours.  Family Experience: Children 12-years old and under are FREE, and must be accompanied by an adult.  Service Hours: Seven Days Per Week.  Equipment: We have equipment, but if you have your own, please bring it.  Home Base: Fort Collins. Within 60 minutes, we can teach in your hometown (e.g., Denver, Boulder, Longmont, Loveland). 
 
E.I. Fly™2X: Intermediate Level (Cast onto Water)


We stand on land, casting onto water with single hand or two hand (switch) rods.

Progressive learning, and/or transitioning from on-land to on-water instruction is critical for your development. Taught to students who have completed the E.I. Fly™1X class, or students with skill levels ranging from advanced beginner to expert.  Line presentation and other casting fundamentals will be stressed, plus we will begin to explore advance casting techniques such as the static and dynamic roll casts.

(1) Angler: $50 per hour (x) 3 hours = $150
(2) Anglers: $70 per hour (x) 3 hours = $210
(3) Anglers: $90 per hour (x) 3 hours = $270
(4) Anglers: $110 per hour (x) 3 hours = $330

Note: Minimum course time is three hours.  Family Experience: Children 12 years old and under are FREE, and must be accompanied by an adult.  Service Hours: Seven Days Per Week.  Equipment: We have equipment, but if you have your own, please bring it.  Home Base: Fort Collins and Cache la Poudre. Within 60 minutes, we can teach on other waters, such as the Big Thompson.


E.I. Fly™3X: River Fly Casting (100% In-Water Casting)


Taught in a river/waters of your choice, this program is 100% customized to meet your developmental needs.  Also, it has been designed for students who have completed one or more of our classes, and/or any advanced angler desiring 1:1 instruction.

(1) Angler: $65 per (x) 4 hours = $260
(2) Anglers: $85 per hour (x) 5 hours = $425

Depending on your specific needs, we'll spend time in a river working on the following:

Single Hand Cast: PULD, Vertical and Horizontal Plane, Static Roll and Dynamic Roll, Roll-Pick-up, Tension and Water Haul, Reach Mend, Wiggle, Pile and more.

Two-Hand Cast:  Airborne and Waterborne Anchors.  Switch, Snap T,  Snap C, Single and Double Spey, Overhead, Basic Roll, Snake Roll and more.

Typical Day: We will meet at a river, e.g. Cache la Poudre.  After your paid casting instruction time is over, we break for lunch.  Since we are on a river, if you want to fish after lunch (i.e., catch fish), we can do so together as fishing buddies -- I will not actively guide you, nor charge you, but I will share some tips as we fish together.  

Note: Minimum course time four and five hours.  Service Hours: Seven days per weekWe have equipment, but if you have your own, please bring it.


Location:
  • Home River: Cache la Poudre -- excellent teaching river!
  • All rivers, pond, and lakes located within 1- 4 hours of Fort Collins
  • Overnight excursions are possible 
  • 100% customized -- please request more details

E.I. Fly™4X: Video Analysis (On-Land Only)


This program has been designed for students who have completed the E.I. Fly™1X and 2X classes; or any advance angler desiring private 1:1 casting and/or small group instruction. Each class is custom designed by you and your instructor. 

(1) Angler: $80 per hour (x) 3 hours = $240
(2) Anglers: $100 per hour (x) 3 hours = $300

Note: Minimum course time is three hours.  Family Experience: Children 12 years old and under are FREE, and must be accompanied by an adult. Hours: Seven days per week.  Equipment: We have equipment, but if you have your own, please bring it.  Home Base: Fort Collins. Within 60 minutes, we can teach in your hometown (e.g., Denver, Boulder, Loveland, Longmont).


E.I. Fly™5X: Casting and Fishing (Create Your Own Class)


What would you like to learn?

A customized class provides a unique opportunity to combine technical casting and fishing instruction.  It's an excellent opportunity to fix errors and take your fishing skills to the next level.  100% of our time will be spent in the water, typically learning how to do one or more of the following:

- Euro or tightline nymph fishing and casting
- Tenkara rigging, casting, and fishing
- Indicator nymphing, dry fly/wet fly/streamer casting and fishing
- Read water, find fish, learn bugs/hatches, and other

Rates for in-town Fort Collins or Gateway Natural Area only: 

(1) Angler: $65 per hour (x) 3 hours = $195
(2) Anglers: $85 per hour (x) 3 hours = $255

Available in other areas, but rates subject to change. 

Typical Day: We'll begin on land and move to water ASAP.  You will learn by doing, combining advance casting and fishing techniques (in the water).      

Note: Minimum course time is 3 hours.  Service Hours: Seven Days Per Week.  Equipment: We have equipment, but if you have your own, please bring.

E.I. Fly™6X: Fly Tying (Beginner Level)


To complete the cycle of the E.I. Fly Fishing System™ we offer the angler the opportunity to learn how to tie his/her own flies.  Why  Catching a fish on a fly that you personally tied is an experience that offers an amazing sense of personal pride and accomplishment. 

There are thousands of flies to tie and hundreds of equipment options to chose from.  
Where do you start?  We believe you should keep it simple and focus on the basic fundamentals of fly tying. Once you master the basic 'fundamentals' you'll be able to tie any fly in the world! All equipment and materials are provided.


(1) Angler: $20 per hour (x) 2 hours = $40
(2) Anglers: $30 per hour (x) 2 hours = $60 ($30 each)

Note: Minimum course time is two hours.  Family Experience: Children 12 years old and under are FREE, and must be accompanied by an adult. Service Hours: Seven days per week. Home Base: Fort Collins. Within 60 minutes, we can teach in your hometown (e.g., Denver, Boulder, Longmont).

5. FFI Instructor Training and Mentoring


The FFI exam is challenging.  Well over 50% fail on their first attempt, including many top guides.  Preparation is important.  Working with a qualified mentor is highly recommended. 

It would be an honor to mentor you.  We will focus on the following:

- Casting and oral teaching skills
- Review entire exam (written and physical)
- Practice teaching on land and in water
- Master left and right hand casting techniques
- Meet weekly, monthly, or other
- Internship: Practice teaching with me at above classes
- Fees: We will discuss in person

Read Instructor training and certification for kids only