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 2022 Specialty Classes




 Looking to dial in specific techniques this season? Be sure to check out our upcoming specialty classes to be held this summer. (2022) Classes have limited space so please call ahead to book your spot today!

Each specialty class will cover everything from technique, rod/reel set ups to leader formulas to actual fishing.  The first half of this class to be conducted at the shop in a classroom setting, in the second half of the session the river will become the classroom.  These classes will run from 9am-3pm with a lunch break from 12-12:45. Due to COVID we are unable to provide lunch. 

Cost: $169.00 per person (8 Person Max per Class)

Call to book your spot now!!

All Classes run from 9am-3pm

For a more detailed outline of each of the classes please scroll to the bottom  

What to bring: 

  -A Valid Vermont Fishing License  

 -Waders/Boots- if you want to borrow a pair now worries! Just please let us know ahead of time  


 -Rods are optional, feel free to bring yours, rods configurations will vary a little for each class and we will have enough for everyone to use our gear 


 Class Dates: 

 Streamer Class- June 4th

 Nymphing Class-June 11th

 Dry Fly Class-June 18th

 Spey Class-June 25th

Women’s Fly Fishing School- July 9th

Streamer Fishing Class-June 4th

There’s a lot more to streamer fishing than tying on a wooly bugger and swinging it through the deeper pools on a river. Let us take you through all of the steps, from leader building to different fly lines to casting, fly selection and so much more. Plan on spending a few hours here at the shop focusing more on the gear end of things before heading down to the river to put everything into action.

Specifics that will be covered:

-Rigging and tying various leaders to be used on full sink, sink tip and floating lines along with use of sink tip leaders

-Casting Techniques


-Fly Selection-matching the “hatch” and choosing the right weight flies

-Reading the water-where will fish be holding depending on the time of the year and how to present a streamer to those holding zones

-Varying your fly retrieval to control depth and determine the kind of movement the fish are keyed in on

Nymphing-June 11th

Nymphing is likely the most intimidating form of fly fishing. From choosing what kind of indicator to use, to depth, leader length and how many split shot to add there’s a lot involved. On the other hand, it’s also the most effective method to catch fish all year long. 

Specifics that will be covered:

-Rigging and tying various types of leaders

-Casting Techniques


-Use of Various kinds of Indicators and use of split shot and shot configurations

-Non Indicator Fishing (Tightline Nymphing)

-Reading Water

-Fly Selection

Dry Fly Fishing- June 18th

When the bugs start hatching make sure you’ve got the flies, the presentation and the drift! The most enjoyable method of fly fishing for most; using dry flies often has more to it than meets the eye. From matching the hatch, to leader and tippet selection this class will dive head first into way more than you’d expect from a dry fly class.

Specifics that will be covered:

-Casting Techniques

-Mending Techniques

-Fly Selection

-Dead drifting vs skating

-Leader/Tippet Selection-Knot tying

-Upstream, across stream and downstream presentations

-Use of floatants, gels, liquids pastes…

Switch/Spey Fishing-June 25th

Although fishing with a 2 handed fly rod is not the traditional approach to fly fishing it definitely has its spots. Plus, not that far to our north are there incredible Atlantic Salmon rivers that demand well executed two handed casts. From leader building to choosing the right line/head for the task at hand this class will cover everything you need to know and leave you with confidence in casting, presenting flies and selecting the right line and leader.

Specifics that will be covered:

-Single Hand and Two Hand Spey Casts

-Difference between switch and spey and scandi and skagit

-Building Leaders

-Presenting and fishing flies for Atlantic Salmon and Steelhead

-“Mastering the Swing”

Women’s Fly Fishing School- July 9th

A fun way to get introduced to fly fishing. Start with basic casting strokes, knots, fly selection and just about everything else! After spending some time here at the shop head down to the river and go fish!!




Call for rates 802-253-7346 


Call for rates 802-253-7346


  • Comfortable clothing
  • Sunglasses
  • Water and snacks
  • Rain gear(if applicable)
  • Camera
  • Insect repellant
  • Hat


Guiding is hard work. It’s our goal is to give you a safe, fun and educational experience that will leave you wanting more. If you’ve enjoyed your trip, tipping 15% -20% (or whatever you deem acceptable) is encouraged. Let them know how much fun you had!


At a minimum, all of our guides are basic first aid and CPR certified by the Red Cross. The guides are there to make necessary decisions to ensure everyone’s safety, and to help if an emergency situation should arise.


  • Transportation to Waterbury Reservoir is provided by The Fly Rod Shop.
  • Advance registration required. Space is limited so book early.
  • An adult must accompany children under the age of 14.


The Fly Rod Shop reserves the right to cancel any trip and/or make changes to itineraries as deemed necessary. You can contact us any time to cancel your reservation, however your deposit is not refundable if within 7 days of trip. These trips go out rain or shine. Occasionally, due to an unforeseen situation and/or safety concerns, we may cancel a trip. If this happens (and it’s rare it does) we will attempt to re-book with you on a date that is agreeable to both parties or refund your deposit.


  • We are not liable for any loss, damage or injury sustained to participants or personal property.
  • Due to fluctuating fuel costs and other factors, The Fly Rod Shop reserves the right to change guiding rates at any time.