STALKING TROPHY TROUT
Outwitting big Trout with skilled Presentations and making the hook-up, is
no doubt one of the biggest "adrenaline rushes" in Fly Fishing. Many
big fish have seen it all—so they think. Ideally, this Clinic should be
experienced on both Tail-water / Spring Creeks and on Freestone Rivers.
Both require different techniques that task the best of all fly fishing
skills. Amazingly, far more Trophy Bull Elk are taken by Archery
Hunters annually, than Trophy-Class Trout are released by Fly Fishers.
By PFF standards, this is truly one the most exhilarating of "Big Game"
"I became a believer, when I saw my PFF Examiner
target a 22 inch Rainbow and get the take on the first presentation … in
the same water where I had just made numerous casts with the identical
Dustin Wyrum – Professional FF Guide
Many Fly Fishers offer
Dry-Flies to Trout for most of their fly fishing lifetimes, without being
sufficiently aware of the incredible dimension of it all. This extremely
comprehensive PFF Clinic examines approximately 350 different elements
required to make highly effective Presentations as a Dry Fly Fisher. Learn
techniques that can fool any Trout on any water—anywhere! Even learn
to dupe the smartest grad-school Trout that are sipping bugs off
mirror-slick-surfaces … sending most Fly Fishers home with "their tail
between their legs". PFF has consolidated numerous methods and
considerations as authored and taught by many of the world's most widely
published and respected Fly Fishers … plus, we have developed an extensive
repertoire of our own Dry-Fly strategies.
"Fish were rising everywhere … but I had not had
a hook-up for way too long! My fishing partner was with a PFF Master
Instructor, who noticed my frustration and offered his assistance. In a
few minutes … he taught me how to make an off-to-the-side Loop Cast, why
it would facilitate an easy but precisely accurate Presentation, and set
up a near fool-proof drift for that particular situation.
I caught more Trout during the next hour than I
had in two days."
Devin Brockman – an even more Experienced Fly
Practically every year,
the World Fly Fishing Championships are won by non-Americans. The Polish
Team … using their own Nymphing Method, seem to consistently take more
than their share of titles. For some reason, most American Fly Fishers
seem to be programmed in our "one-gig-fits-all" approach to rigging and
presenting Nymphs. PFF has spent many years examining, developing, and
testing various wet-rig solutions that resolve technical challenges when
the traditional offerings don't work. Innumerable variables of
hydraulics, entomology, Trout behavior, presentation difficulties,
rigging alternatives … logically suggest that the Techniques should fit
"I witnessed a demonstration, where my PFF
Master Instructor connected with a Salmon on pretty much every-other cast.
Once he explained the reasoning behind the rigging system, where to make
the presentation, how to execute the PFF "Castle Crusher" Fly Cast, and
how to properly control the Drift … my next few hours turned into one of
my most exceptional Fly Fishing experiences. The spectacular photos in my
office are absolute proof that PFF techniques can be the critical
Dustin Wyrum – Owner - Rise n Fly Guide Service
Advanced Fly Cast is designed to provide a unique solution to a specific
problem—which presents different or complex Fly Presentation challenges!
of Instructors, make traditional Overhead and False Cast Presentations …
unless they are doing the "Drift and Lob" with a Nymph rig. They catch a
lot of fish and they teach this Cast to the vast majority of their Fly
Fisher / Fly Caster students. However, Fly Fishers often catch small to
middle size fish by making repetitive Overhead Casts … but only when a
cast gets lucky, and just happens to result in a believable offering to
fish that haven't already been "put-down".
Perhaps, far too many Fly Fishers assume that
Fly Fishing is merely a "chance-sport" with a significant "luck" factor.
Consequently, most smarter Trout essentially have almost "no worries".
A prominent Fly Fishing Media Personality
once stated … "I can catch almost any feeding Trout in 3 Casts!" We at
PFF also tell Fly Fishers that we should be able to hook-up practically
any sight-fished Trout that will make a mistake by eating something. For
many highly committed Fly Fishers, it is completely about catching fish on
purpose … rather than by accident.
The Fly must be delivered to a precise
location, in a strategic method that does not alert the fish, and with a
line-leader-fly configuration that eliminates our biggest obstacle—drag
and multidirectional micro-drag. Clearly, the type and execution of the
Fly Cast is critical !
Except for Saltwater, Stillwater, or Streamer
Presentations … the basic Overhead and False Cast is often completely
ineffective. In our PFF Programs, we identify numerous problems
associated with using this Fly Cast for most Dry-Fly or Nymph
Presentations on moving water. When we discuss the various Advanced Casts
and their utility … they sound difficult … maybe in part because we call
them "Advanced", but most likely since they are simply different.
With a good understanding of basic Fly Casting
Physics—most of the following Fly Casts and Line Manipulations are
relatively easy to learn: Pick-up and Lay Down – Overhead & False
Casting – Accuracy Casts – Shooting Line – Horizontal Casts – Right, Left,
& Overhead Loop Casts – Distance & Tournament Casting – Water Loaded Casts
– various Curve & Compound Curve Casts – Water & Aerial Mending – Wind
Casting – Basic Roll – Stack Roll – Dynamic Roll – Wiggle – Puddle aka
Pile – Parachute – Perpendicular – Tuck – Reverse – Single & Double Spey
& Modified Spey applications – Snap-T / Turbo aka Tongariro / Snake Roll /
Switch / Roll Cast line pick-up and other Anchoring & Repositioning
techniques – Bow & Arrow – Bounce – Belgian – Galway – Ricochet –Pendulum
– Loop Control to include Horizontal and Inverted Line turn-over – and
Single / Double / Triple Hauling.
*** Note – PFF Teaches a condensed version of
Advanced Casting called … "Ten
Essential Fly Casts" …designed for
those who want to start with the critical-basics. This is an excellent
strategy for many Fly Casters, because these easier-to-learn casts can be
applied immediately to actual Fishing Presentations. Fly Fishers can then
graduate both in skill and awareness per their needs & interest levels.
Introduction to Advanced Fly Casting … specifically the value of Curve
Casts, happened purely by being in the right place in the right time. A
PFF Instructor was watching me attempt to make presentations across a fast
run to numerous Trout holding in slower water and reverse eddies. They
seemed completely immune to the Straight-Line Casts and Mends of most
local Fly Fishers. I was shown how to do an easy-to-learn "wrist
rotation" during the "power stroke". It threw a large upstream curve into
the line which provided just enough natural drift to get the take. Since
then, I can catch Trout in that same location … almost as a "matter of
Jeremy Nolan – Professional Fly Fishing Guide &
TACK MANAGEMENT … total
"STRATEGY & PHYSICS"
Developed and Taught Exclusively by
Guaranteed to be one of the most
“enlightening” Clinics that any Fly Fisher could ever experience! The
development of this PFF Exclusive took years of “pushing the envelope” in
State-of-the-Art Fly Fishing Technique & Technology. When we offer this
“tried and proven” Fish Fighting Expertise … the majority of Amateurs and
Professionals are extremely skeptical (or worse) of our supposedly
outrageous claims. As you know, countless quality Trout are either broken
off or played to exhaustion because most Fly Fishers have never had access
to this elusive technicality. Tack Management teaches everything that
“needs to happen before & after hook-up” … to efficiently Net the average
Trophy Trout in under 60 seconds … or even most Steelhead and Salmon in a
manner of minutes!
"When I first
saw Mike Paterniti put the PFF Tack Management principles to work on
up-river Steelhead, fresh out of Lake Erie—it was completely amazing.
Mike even brings strong double-digit fish to the net in one to two minutes
on a 4–weight Trout Rod. PFF has created sophisticated Fish Fighting
Strategies and Equipment Management Methods that make the conventional
approaches seem almost primitive"!
Charles Bay – Avid Steelhead & Trout Fly Fisher
ULTRA-LITE … THE "ULTIMATE
Developed and Taught Exclusively by
Presenting tiny flies to Trophy Trout on
delicate tippets and Light-weight Rods was labeled as the “Ultimate Fly
Fishing Experience” by John Randolph – Publisher of Fly Fisherman. The
late Lee Wulff was famous for his many Fly Fishing exploits and
contributions, one of which was taking Atlantic Salmon on fragile 6 foot
Bamboo Rods. PFF has taken the Ultra-Lite phenomenon into an even
greater dimension than most have thought was possible. Spend a day
connecting with 15 to 20 inch Trout on 0, 1, & 2 Weight Fly Rods or
Steelhead on lighter Trout Rods – and you’ll be changed forever! This
Full Day Clinic is only available to Fly Fishers who have completed the
Tack Management prerequisite. Numerous Fly Fishing Myths will be
Shattered! And, you’ll discover that the perceptions of the majority are
180 degrees different from reality. For an in-depth examination of Ultra-Lite
Fly Fishing, please "click on" this Link to (
). If your level of dedication is to
achieve an “ultimate Fly Fishing experience” … this truly is the most
"Since you (Dave Grooms – PFF) introduced me to
Ultra-Lite Fly Rods (2002) … it has completely changed my Fly Fishing
World!!! Yesterday (Feb. 2005), I had one of my best days on the San
Juan. I released at least a dozen fish in the 20 inch range on my 1 Wt.
SPL 8'-1" Sage Rod, while my fishing partner only managed to get one 20
inch Rainbow to the net on his 5 Wt.
It seems like I almost can't break-off a big
fish or do anything wrong anymore."
(Note: Jim's biggest Trout in the last 2 ½
years on this 1 Wt. Rod, was a 28 inch Animas Rainbow.)
Jim VanBelle – Business Professional & Extremely
Committed Fly Fisher
Ultra-Lite Fly Fishing and Tack
Management are highly focused Full Day On-the-Water Workshops—taught
exclusively by proFlyFishers
Master Instructors Mike Paterniti or Dave Grooms.
also conducts Clinics on such topics as: Holding Lies / Locating
Trout & Trout Behavior, Fly
Selection & basic Entomology, and Advanced
Pocket Water Presentations.
Clinics are a 4 Hour minimum, with a Full Day recommended. Rates are $260
for Half Day and $480 for Full Day. Rates adjusted for 2 or 3 Persons,
with 3 maximum per Instructor. Wet or Dry Workshops can be conducted for
Clubs and other Organizations at Group Rates.