(For insurance purposes, these activities are for members only. If you have questions, please ask.)

Upcoming Workshops 2020

Learn to Tie Flies or Improve Your Skills!

Castaways is again offering Beginner and Intermediate Fly-Tying programs. This year’s flies will be different from previous years, but will provide equivalent skill levels to encourage past students to participate again if they so wish.

The courses take place on Sunday afternoons in January and February at the QB Community Hall. Class sizes is limited up to 10 students, so enrollment is encouraged early. Course applications are available only at the Coast Sportfish , 891 Island Hwy W., Parksville, BC.

For further information, click here:  Fly-Tying Beginner and Intermediate Courses

Past Courses and Workshops 2019


Introduction to Fly Fishing for Beginners on Vancouver Island

The “Introduction to Fly Fishing for Beginners” course is specifically designed to give new fly fishers the basic knowledge, casting skills and fly-fishing strategies to effectively fish our local BC waters. This is a beginner’s course that will cover:   fly fishing equipment, fly casting, safety, fish food, stream ecology, flies and knots.

At the end of the course you will: 

  • Be familiar with the fundamentals of fly fishing.
  • Have practiced basic fly casting and knot tying skills.
  • Have a general knowledge of Vancouver Island fish, where to find them, and how to fish for them, safely and ethically.
  • You will be ready for your first fly fishing trip on the Elk River.

Equipment:  Each student will be provided a club rod for the duration of the course.

Participants must be a member of the club.  

Course Manual:  A manual is available on-line to Club members. Alternatively, you may purchase a printed Cerlox bound copy.

Enrolment:  Limited to 20 students! First come first serve.  

Intro to Fly Fishing – Class of 2019



Photos of past beginners fly fishing courses and fly tying courses 

Devina demonstrating Fly Tying
Class Fly Tying
Ted leading the Intermediate Fly Tying







Instructors: Members of the Education Committee

For more information in other courses are urged to contact Cormack Gates, Mid-Island Castaways Education Chair, or call 250-752-1129.