Riveredge Nature Center’s 2019

Fly-Fishing & Fly-Tying Classes

Presented by Jerry Kiesow & Riveredge Nature Center


A series of classes designed to show you, male or female, junior or senior, or anyone in between, that the sport of fly fishing need not be difficult to learn and enjoy.  Learn the basics of both casting and tying in our classes! The following classes may be taken individually, or as a series.

Fly Fishing Brochure 2019

Fly-Tying or Fly-Fishing Customized Class

If you are interested in any of these classes, but our schedule does not meet with yours, you can create your own class. Here’s how: Put together at least 6 individuals for the beginners fly-fishing class, two people for the fly-tying class, or two people for the intermediate classes and call Riveredge Nature Center at 262-375-2715. We will do what we can to put together a class for you. No guarantees, but we will try.

Because we do fish in our classes, the state of Wisconsin requires you to have a valid fishing license. (Not necessary for fly tying class.)

Due to class size limits, pre-registration with pre-payment is required for all classes.

2019 Schedule:

  • Sunday, February 3 and 10 (two 3-hour sessions, 12:30-3:30): Fly-Tying for Beginners
  • Sunday, March 3 and 10 (two 3-hour sessions, 12:30-3:30): Fly-Tying for Intermediates
  • Sunday, May 12 FULL or Sunday, May 19 FULL or Sunday, June 2 (same class, 3 date options): Fly-Fishing for Beginners
  • Sunday, June 16 FULL or Sunday, July 14 or Sunday August 11: Fly-Fishing for Intermediate

 Register Here!

Class Descriptions:

We begin the season with fly-tying because the weather is too cold and the water is too stiff for good fly-fishing. Who should be taking these tying classes? Well, it could be you. You may have been fly-fishing and buying your flies, but always wondered what it would be like to catch a fish on flies you tied yourself. I can tell you it is a fantastic feeling when a fish gulps a fly you have tied – the ultimate fly-fishing experience. Or maybe you are planning on taking the beginner fly-fishing class. Many who do, take the tying classes to help understand which flies represent what to which fish. In other words, if you are thinking fly-fishing you should be thinking fly-tying as well. Get a jump on the ultimate experience.

Fly Tying for Beginners Series

Sunday, February 3rd and 10th, 12:30-3:30pm

This fly-tying class is for those of you who have never tied before and want to learn the basics – the tools and how to use them. Then tie several simple flies that will catch fish.  This class will consist of two Sunday classes, from 12:30 to 3:30 each day.

Fee: $45 for Riveredge members, $50 for non-members.

Class size is limited. Pre-registration required.

 Register Here!

Fly Tying for Intermediates Series

Sunday, March 3rd and 10th, 12:30-3:30pm

This class is designed for those of you who have tied some but want to go farther – like those who have taken the Beginners class. Here we will tie poppers, terrestrials, nymphs, and dry flies.  These classes will also be held on two Sundays – March 3 and 10 from 12:30 to 3:30.

Fee: $45 for Riveredge members, $50 for non-members.

Class size is limited. Pre-registration required.

 Register Here!

Fly-Fishing for Beginners 

Sunday, May 12th, 12:30-3:30pm FULL

Sunday, May 19th, 12:30-3:30pm FULL

Sunday, June 2nd, 12:30-3:30pm

Join us for another fun filled day of our Fly-fishing for Beginners classes.  Class size is small, so you will be receiving almost one-on-one instruction.

We will begin the class indoors.  You will learn about the history of this sport and the difference between fly-fishing and other types of angling.

Then you will head outside to learn how to do two casts.  After which you will go to the ponds and, hopefully, you will all catch a fish or two.

There will be three classes this year: May 12, May 19, and June 2, from 12:30 to 3:30.

You do not have to bring anything but your time to be here.  We will supply everything.

Fee: $30 for Riveredge members, $35 for non-members.

Class size is limited. Pre-registration required.

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Fly-Fishing for Intermediates

Sunday, June 16, 12:30-3:30pm FULL

Sunday, July 14, 12:30-3:30pm

Sunday, August 11, 12:30-3:30pm

We will be offering three Intermediate Fly-fishing classes this year because they have been soooo popular.

These classes are designed for students who have done some fly-fishing but still have questions.  We will try to answer those questions.  Then, weather permitting, go into the river and learn about mending and how to fish in and with the current.  (Sometimes we even catch a fish or two.)

Basically these classes are “What do you want to know?” classes.  They will be held on June 16, July 14, and August 11 from 12:30 to 3:30.

Each class is limited to two students only.  You need to bring your own equipment.  If you do not have waders, we can supply hip boots as long as you tell us that you need them and what size you need at the time you register.

Fee: $35 for Riveredge members, $40 for non-members.

Class size is limited to two. Pre-registration required. 

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Also, know that the State of Wisconsin, because we do fish in some of our classes, requires you to have a fishing license. RNC presumes you know this and have obtained your license prior to the start of class.

Due to class size limits, pre-registration with pre-payment for all classes is required

For details and to register contact:

Riveredge Nature Center, Newburg, Wisconsin

262-375-2715 or 800-287-8098

e-mail: riveredge@riveredge.us