Our Weekend Fly Fishing clinics are designed for all levels of experience. This includes anyone who has never thrown a fly-line before, or those who have just started waving the long wand and need a little more guidance, right through to the experienced fly fishing lover.
The schools teach the introductory aspects of overhead fly-casting and roll-casting, enough to give the beginner a realistic shot of landing their first trout on fly. Casting practice takes place on grassed areas and on a stocked dam, before moving on to fishing several local streams.
Stream-craft is also covered and the guides agree that most beginners cruel their chances of landing a trout well before they start to cast, simply because they fail to understand the basics of stream-craft. Many people start with a perception that they are on land and the trout is in water, so the fish can’t see them and they can bowl up and start casting. Nothing could be further from the truth. One of the first tasks is to shatter the ‘blind fish’ myth and impart some stealth.
Other topics covered over the two day weekend course include fly selection, basic tackle set-up, playing a hooked fish, catch-and-release methods and fly-tying demonstrations. The schools are inclusive of all meals including scrumptious three course dinners, complimentary drinks from the bar and lodge style accommodation at the award winning Yaraandoo Eco Conference and Function Centre at Point Lookout off the Waterfall Way, 75kms east of Armidale.
It’s a chance to get away from the daily grind and make some new mates. Picture yourself having a drink around the campfire and sharing stories, after a day of fishing or bushwalking. You’ll learn ways to be more resilient and get to know yourself a little bit better. Yaraandoo is the perfect place to enjoy outdoor activities, workshops, make new friends, go trout fishing, bushwalking or just hang around the camp fire. Great bonding for fathers and sons.
Our eco retreat is located adjacent to the World Heritage-listed New England National Park and Cathedral Rocks National Park. Our award-winning eco-lodge is situated on 70 hectares of lush Australian forest. Here you’ll find abundant wildlife, a variety of bushwalks, cascading swimming holes and trout fishing opportunities in the crystal-clear Serpentine River.