The fly fishing season really never ends. What does that mean? Well, it means you can get the same wonderful classes that I offer during the summer months year round. For example, if you want to learn how best to cast a "classic" Spey Rod, click here.
If you've got your eyes on learning how to fly fish this year, check out my class schedule or call. I am offering basic fly casting
and spey casting classes during the spring and summer of 2010.
Individual instruction is still available for those who wish to learn fly fishing the right way or who want a casting critique. The fee for instruction is similar to guiding fees.
If you would like me to teach a group class in your area, however, call your local parks and recreation department and encourage its administrators to give me a call. Or if you have a corporate group or fly fishing club, get your officers or executives to invite me to teach. I offer classes for saltwater fly fishing, fly tying, river fishing, lake fishing and all forms of the longer rods including spey casting. No matter who you are, there is a class for you. I hold women only classes, classes for the disabled and classes for beginning to advanced fly fishers. Remember, fishing belongs to everyone.
CASTING FOR RECOVERY
For the past few years, Philip and several other guides including Phil Gay of Trout and About and Susan Eggert have assisted women recovering from cancer at fly fishing schools and days of fishing on the Smith Creek in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
Casting For Recovery, founded in 1996, offers more than a dozen women a chance every year to enjoy the outdoors. Last year, the Chesapeake Women Anglers (CWA) fly-fishing club helped CFR pull off this extraordinary event that is a joy to participate in. One of the participants appears on this page. Katrina (above, right) shows her beautiful rainbow trout.
Philip Krista, an internationally recognized spey casting instructor, offers several levels of classes for those interested in “classic” spey casting. Classes range from a six-hour beginners class to individually tailored tutoring for the enthusiast who wants to become an expert. How easy is it? Just click here to find out from a student.
10-Hours with lunch provided
$1,000 for from one to two students and $500 for the third student
Learn the components of long rod fishing whether for the fast action two-handed rod, traditonal two-handed spey rod or classic two handed sey rod. You'll learn how to carry and hold a rod; basic movements for casting; important knots for fishing, and the historical overview of the art of casting. You'll perform actual casting in a field with a special device called a “grass catcher” as well as witness the professional demonstration of single handed, double handed and other basic but important casts with a rod.
10-Hours on a river with lunch provided
Price is same as Beginner Class
Review everything in the beginners class, then learn: additional knots for fishing; how to assemble the long rod fishing system including backing, line, leader, marking line; how to care for your rod, and proper execution of the important casts by mastering line control, timing, economy of energy and proper size of casting loops. This class takes place not in a field, but on a river.
10-Hours on a large river with lunch provided
$1,000 per student, maximum of three
PREREQUISITES: Each student must be excellent with a one-handed fly rod and experienced with a two handed fly rod. Students must have their own “classic” two-handed spey rod.
Learn each of the casts and the individual components of each cast with emphasis on continuous control of every facet of execution. When you have completed this class, nothing will be left to chance in your long rod casting adventures. Those who achieve this level are one step away from the sublime, which is achieved at the next level of instruction.
INDIVIDUALLY TAILORED TUTORING
$1,500 per day
May be part of a destination trip
The “Mother of All Long Rod Casting Classes,” private tutoring, allows you to tweak your casting and fishing skills so that you can fish with the kings of the sport. You'll have the privilege of handling classic spey rods up to 200 years old — possibly a Greenhart, a Hardy, a Leonard or a Krista. You'll learn the secret of the 15'-3” length and real silk lines. When you have completed this level of instruction, you will be a classic long rod fly fisher and privy to the greatest insights in this fine art.
“The reason for pursuing virtuosity in spey fishing is that you will catch more fish in a more enjoyable fashion all the time.”