Yellowstone School of Fly Fishing
104 Chicory Fishing Access
Road Pray, Montana
59065 (406) 333-4848
Amy (R) and a friend on a nearby
cutthroat creek in the Gallatin National Forest
I just wanted to thank you for helping
my family get started in fly fishing. Your expertise went well beyond
my expectations and the fishing was fantastic. We particularly enjoyed
your personal insights on what to see and do as well as where to
eat while in Yellowstone Country. Our family has found a pastime we can
share and enjoy together.... Fondly, JEJ, Georgia
We are glad
that you took the time to visit our school's web site.
Since we began raising genetic hackle
birds and producing numerous product lines of fishing products many of
the people who have visited our fly shop have asked if we could advise
them on proper fishing procedures and casting. Being fishing people we
naturally helped them get started. However, we found that what was
learned in a session on our casting pond, sometimes needed to be
expanded and evening sessions on Fishing Logic and Stream Side
Techniques became frequent after dinner meetings held in the shop.
Now Doc and Amy Knoll would like to
offer the novice angler, whether you be single, a couple or a family
the opportunity to learn fly fishing from the basic first cast to a
point where any stream situation will not frustrate or defeat any of
our graduates. All of our class sessions are one day events
during the summer fishing season. By doing this convenient class
you can utilize what you have learned while you vacation in Yellowstone
Classes can be adapted for groups and
your particular needs.
All instruction is provided to keep
the "class" together as a group.
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The school's program provides:
A supervised casting lesson on our casting pond.
A session on fishing gear (held in our classroom
and is focused on what to look for in tackle and other fishing
A lunch is provided for all of our guests.
A session on Flies and their characteristics (for
various fishing situations.)
A session on Fishing Logic (or why a fish will
eat your fly.)
A session on Stream Techniques (or what you
should be seeing in a trout stream.)
An evening Q&A session (held after you have
applied yourself to a local creek or river.)
School Rates and
All classes are kept under six (6)
Adults and teens $150 per day
Children under twelve $85 per day (child
must be accompanied by an adult or teen student.)
A private day of school with Doc Knoll
$350 (individual) or $450 for a couple.
We carry and sell complete gear packages for the beginner
including fly rod, reel, vest and waders.
1. Gear rental packages (if needed) for the
length of your stay.
2. Guide recommendations can be provided if
However it is our
intention that this course will make you capable enough so
a guide is not needed.
3. An evening class on Fly Tying.
4. Bass Fly Fishing techniques with a fly
rod and bass flies (poppers, divers, underwater flies and methods.)
To schedule a class:
Simply call (406) 333-4848 for a live voice.
will also get you in contact with us. We will answer all inquires
All reservations will
forfeit a non refundable deposit if not canceled prior to 21 days of
can be provided at nearby B&B's or cabins (for family situations)
We recommend using YNP-LODGING.COM to find
specific lodging in our valley.
A Note from Doc Knoll:
"Paradise Valley is the center of fly
fishing in the USA.
Located next to the northern reaches
of Yellowstone Park a vacation spent in our valley will fill your
dreams and scrapbooks with all that you imagined all the West and the
Rocky Mountains could be.
Here, at our school of fly fishing,
which is held right on our farm and away from the distractions of urban
settings, you can spend the beginning of a vacation learning all of
what is needed to be known about fishing with a fly rod. After a full
day spent learning the basics of the sport our student anglers wade
into nearby creeks to apply their newly acquired knowledge while
fishing for cutthroat and rainbow trout. Then, after student
trials, an evening session will polish the student for more adventure
in our valley as well as venturing into Yellowstone National Park
and the numerous creeks and rivers which lie inside its borders.
It has always been our intention that
an angler should be able to fish in any situation with confidence and
understanding. We pride ourselves on being able to produce fly fishers
who can relieve themselves from the dependency of a guide or better
yet; a fishing merchandiser who does not really care about your
concerns. And, unfortunately there are a few of those out there.
Our shop proudly maintains the
reputation of being "angler friendly" and not necessarily "politically
correct for fly fishing." Ask anyone who has been here and they will
instantly agree that we do tell it the way it truly is. Our annual
repeat business and customer referrals add testament to this fact. In
short we want you to be successful, enjoy yourself in the surrounding
area and come back to see us again and again at our shop.
This sport isn't like golf.... You
won't be needing more lessons.... we'll spend the time to teach you
what you need to know. The rest will take just your dedicated
time and access to a good trout stream. So I guess I'll see you
when you get here..." Doc Knoll
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