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Fly Fishing the North Country in Prime Time

Course Overview

This course is designed to provide both unique fly fishing adventures and in-depth training sessions for people wanting to learn the art of fly fishing. Classroom sessions will examine such topics as equipment selection, how fish see, what they eat, where to find fish and when, how to decide what fly to choose, and how to present the fly in a natural way that entices a fish to strike. Students will tie important knots and tie some flies that they will actually catch fish with during the course. In the field, students will learn to perfect the basic cast, as well as six other casts to increase distance and improve presentation. The beautiful shores of Lake Superior and its tributaries will be the field classroom to learn the casting skills.  As part of the course, students will be taken on five evening or morning fly fishing adventures (weather permitting) where the skills that have been learned will be put into practice on Minnesota Designated Stream Trout Lakes within the Superior National Forest. There they will enjoy the unique experience of fly fishing out of individual float tubes. The two instructors will serve as the students’ on-the-water personal fly fishing guides to help them choose flies, locate fish and perfect their casting and presentation techniques. For those new to fly fishing the class will provide a solid foundation that will enable students to become competent and confident fly fishers. For more experienced fly fishers the course will expand their knowledge, expose them to new ideas and advanced stillwater tactics, and possibly cure some bad casting habits.

Course materials will include a kit containing leaders, tippet, flies, and other small items you need to enjoy this experience. Students will need waders, a fly rod, fins, and a float tube as well as other small personal items.

Students who do not own a float tube, fly rod/reel, waders or fins should contact one of the instructors to discuss using the limited amount of equipment available through North House. Note, evenings will be spent fishing lakes in remote areas of the Superior National Forest without cell phone reception and a long distance from emergency services. People with medical issues or other concerns about performing moderate exercise in remote areas should contact the instructors to discuss.


  • Minnesota fishing license with trout stamp
  • Fly rod and reel with matching floating line. (5-7 weight is recommended). Sink tip, intermediate sink and full sink lines are also recommended but not required.
  • Stocking foot chest waders. If you have only waders with boots attached you will need to bring fins that fit over your boots.
  • Float tube
  • Pair if fins for the float tube
  • Personal flotation device
  • Fly tying equipment. (if you do not have fly tying equipment then tying equipment will be provided free of charge.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Sunblock
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Hat

Optional Tools

  • Wading staff

Currently Scheduled Sessions

Wed, Jun 28th, 2023  –  Mon, Jul 3rd, 2023
Day 1: 9am-5pm, Days 2-6: 10am-9pm
Instructors: Mike Hero, Jan Shepherd