*Abbreviations under the "Available" column: A = Available // NA = Not Available // R = Previously Registered // WL = Currently on the Wait List

For the Love of Fly-Fishing


It's fun and easy to learn to fly-fish. In this course you will learn everything you need to know to get started with this great sport. We'll start with how to select the appropriate equipment including fly-rod, fly reel, fly-line, waders, boots, etc. We’ll learn the techniques of fly-casting as well as the important casts and when to use them. In addition we’ll learn about aquatic insects; their life cycle and the fly patterns that imitate them throughout their life cycle. We’ll discuss fly-pattern selection including imitative and attractor patterns for both the nymph and the adult insect. We’ll learn how to read trout water and discuss trout lies in rivers and streams. In addition, we’ll learn fly-fishing tactics for fishing the dry-fly, nymph and emerger as well as fishing with streamers. Finally, we’ll learn the basic set-up and tactics for fly-fishing for salmon and conclude with an overview of the many fly-fishing opportunities here in Virginia. This course is a classroom-based, introductory class, and no purchase of equipment is needed to attend the course.
Note: This course does not meet on Monday, November 20.

Instructor Bio:

Dr. Barnhill is a geologist by education, having earned an MA from Tulsa University and a PhD from the University of Cincinnati. He has worked for many years as an exploration geophysicist and geologist for large and medium-size energy corporations, and as a research scientist for Indiana University on behalf of the Department of the Navy. In addition, Dr. Barnhill has written numerous publications on sedimentary geology, coal geology, and hydrology. He has also been an avid fly fisherman for the past 25 years, and is eager to share both his knowledge and enthusiasm for this sport–and science–with others.

Recommended Reading:

Rosenbauer, Tom. The Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide, 1984.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
B01 Mark Barnhill Oct 30, Nov 6, 13, 27, Dec 4, 11 Mo 9:30-11:00 a.m. Unity of Charlottesville WL

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