Signup is now open for the Illinois River Fly Fishing School, which has become one of the most popular fishing education workshops held each year in Oklahoma. The 2015 session will be Feb. 20-21 at Tenkiller State Park and on the banks of the Illinois River.
Traditional fly fishing is the preferred method of angling for trout stream fishing. This basic course will feature sessions on tackle and gear, knots, flies, fly selection and casting techniques. On Saturday afternoon, participants receive on-stream instruction. Fly rods will be available for loan on Saturday. A state fishing license is not required for students during course instruction.
Instructors will be Mark Patton and Tom Adams. Patton Fly Fishing has been offering this course for 27 years, and early registration is suggested to ensure a spot.
Participants should bring a hat, sunglasses, rain gear, flashlight, alarm clock and appropriate clothing for Saturday’s outdoor session. If available, participants are urged to also bring their own equipment including rod and reel, flies, 3X leader and waders.
A welcome session and orientation will begin at 8 p.m. Friday, with indoor sessions from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, followed by actual fishing instruction on the Illinois River. A fly selection and discussion session will begin at 7 p.m. after dinner break.
Course fee is $150. An additional $35 provides three meals, drinks and snacks. Lodging is available separately through Tenkiller State Park at (918) 489-5643. For more information or to enroll, call (405) 340-1992.
The mission of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is the management of Oklahoma’s wildlife resources and habitat to provide scientific, educational, aesthetic, economic and recreational benefits for present and future generations of hunters, anglers and others who appreciate wildlife.