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Have you ever wanted to learn to fly fish? Now is your chance! Come learn in a supportive community of women. This introductory class will cover what you need to get started: equipment and jargon, casting instruction and practice, knot tying, fish and insect identification, fishing etiquette and safety.



Women and Fly Fishing

When: Saturday, June 8, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Where: WEI’s Amador Hill Farm and Orchard, 15715 River Road, North Branch MN

Instructor:  Monta Hayner from Fly Fishing Women of Minnesota

A full day class of fly fishing instruction for women taught by women. You will be taught fly casting, fishing knots, fish and insect identification. I will cover cold water conservation, insect hatches, some artificial flies that are successful in Minnesota. You will be exposed to the terms used in fly fishing.  We will discuss how to find public places to fish, stream etiquette and safety.


Dress for the weather. We will be fishing on the St. Croix River. Waders are not required but if you have some or can borrow them please bring them.  Otherwise be prepared to wet wade with closed toe shoes and quick dry pants. To fish a Minnesota Fishing License is required and must be purchased prior to the class.  Equipment is available for use during the class.   We can discuss minimum equipment needed, ancillary equipment and where to purchase equipment if there is interest.
Course Objectives:

1) Equipment needed for fly fishing

2) Fly Casting lessons off and on the water

3) Etiquette and Safety

4) Fishing on St. Croix River with mentors

What to bring:  Current Minnesota Fishing Licence. Lunch, Sun glasses, sun screen, insect repellent and hat with brim. Waders if you have them or can borrow or Clothing you can wet wade with: water shoes long pants that do not absorb a lot of water. Fly rod and reel if you have one (we will bring equipment to use). Bring your own lunch.

Instructor Bio:

Monta Hayner is a teacher and the Past Chair of Fly Fishing Women of Minnesota.  She grew up trout fishing with her family in Michigan and Oregon.  She took up fly fishing 20 years ago after discovering the trout streams of the Minnesota Driftless area.  She has since spent many spring breaks with her brother, Melvin Hayner, fishing the streams of SE Minnesota. Since joining Fly Fishing Women of Minnesota six years ago she has taught beginning fly fishing classes, become a mentor to club members and a mentor with the DNR MinnAqua fly fishing program. She has co-taught the Youth Introductory Class at the Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo for the last four years. The Last two years she co taught the Orvis Women’s Weekend in Preston through The Driftless Fly Fishing Company.