​Our fly fishing lessons and classes are tailor-made to accommodate someone wanting to learn the basics on the water. These lessons assure you more one-on-one time with your instructor which will allow you to learn set-up, casting, and techniques much quicker. 

  • We'll review set-up, knots, casting, flies and fly selection as well as some consideration for equipment purchase.

  • We try to arrange a location on the water (streams, ponds) work well so we are able to cast on water, as well as well as some fishing if time permits (in this case, a license is needed)

Lessons will be held in Charles City, Iowa or, at a mutually agreed upon location between the guide and client. Out of town rates incur a travel fee for the guide.


​​  1.5 hour -Casting and Fly Fishing Basics                $70

(Lunch not included) +$15 for out of town classes


During the summer of 2020, we will not be offering lessons.

Guided trips are a great alternative to lessons, offering time on the water with a guide that will put your new skills and knowledge into action in real time.

See below to book your trip today!

Guided Trips

Let us put together a customized fly fishing experience tailored to your needs, wants, and ability levels. Whether you are interested in warmwater or coldwater- we can put together a memorable day for you or your small group.


Guided trips work well for those who want the full fishing experience. During your trip, we cover everything included in the lesson (for the beginner) with the ability to apply your new skills. For intermediate and advanced fly anglers, we can find a stream that will challenge your skills!

​Half Day Guided Trip (4 hours)

1-2 Person                                  $200

+ Additional Person                   $45

** Please contact us for pricing on groups larger than 3

Full Day Guided Trip (8 hours)

1-2 Person                                   $300

+ Additional Person                   $75

** Please contact us for pricing on groups larger than 3

All guide trips include- flies, leader, tippet. Full day trips include lunch.

Our peak season is June- August. Guided trips begin in Decorah, Iowa, but can be arranged elsewhere with the guide at the guide's discretion. We will communicate with you about where you might be staying or what may work the best for your trip.

A valid Iowa fishing license (and trout stamp) is required (not provided) for the trip. Buy yours here.


Three days (72 hours) advance is required for booking.

We strive to make your experience a positive and enjoyable.  We guide in various weather conditions depending on your preference. On occasion, however, the trip may need to be altered, postponed or canceled due to weather or water conditions. The guide has discretion on this call due to safety or deemed value to your experience due to weather/water conditions.  We will be in contact with you prior to your trip. In the case of a canceled trip by the guide, no charge is made to the client OR a refund issued based on payment arrangement.

​**Our Trip rates do not include guide gratuity. Guides greatly appreciate gratuity and will work to ensure client satisfaction. If you have any questions regarding gratuity feel free to ask



We offer "Western Style" float trips on our local rivers in the pursuit of various species.

Contact us for availability.


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