COURSES AND WORKSHOPS

Mid-Island Castaways Fly Fishing Club

Education Committee – New Courses for 2017

The Education Committee is preparing a series of learning opportunities that will appeal to people who have not experienced the fun associated with fly fishing and to experienced fishers who are seeking opportunities to hone skills and to learn about the new innovations associated with the sport.

The best part of fishing is catching a fish regardless of how elegant or ugly you throw a line.  Most fishers benefit from casting practice.  Being able to cast a fly where you want it to land adds to the enjoyment of the sport.   A series of casting clinics and practices are already scheduled.  Tying flies for personal use is enjoyable and self gratifying (and possibly more productive compared to completing a crossword).  Fly tying classes are planned throughout the year.  Casting clinics and fly tying workshops are scheduled for 2017.

The Education Committee is committed to providing courses that meet the needs of members and is open to suggestions for potential learning opportunities.  Please email Bruce Morrison with suggestions for new courses.

Review this site regularly for updates.

 


 May 12 to June 30, 2017

Friday Night Casting Practice

The Education Committee will be on hand to help you put your loop in a group.  Bring your rod & reel with a small piece of wool tied to the end of the line.  No fees or registration required.

Level:  Beginner to Experienced

Special Equipment:  Protective eye wear.  Club-rods will be available for practice sessions.

Time:  6:30 pm -8:00 pm

Location: The lower sports field on First Avenue, Qualicum Beach between Jones St. & Park Rd.

If you require more information, contact Bruce Morrison or 250-248-5914.


June 16 & June 17,2017

What Fish Eat

Fly Fishers depend upon their powers of observation in order to trick an unsuspecting fish into taking the bait.  This course provides an opportunity to learn what fish feed on in streams, lakes and the ocean.  Understanding what fish eat is instrumental to selecting a fly the might fool a fish into becoming the subject of the best fishing story you ever told.  The course is divided into two sections.  Friday evening is a classroom session and Saturday morning is a session on the river catching and identifying aquatic insects, bait-fish and other types of fish-food.

Level:  All levels

When & Where:  June 16 – 6:30 pm- 8:00 pm  Qualicum Beach Civic Centre (Booth Room)

                                    June 17, 2017 – 09:00 am – 11:00 am  Little Qualicum River

Instructors:  Robin Catherall and Cormack Gates

Special Equipment:  A pen and paper on Friday evening.  On Saturday, waders if you have them, rubber boots recommended as a minimum.  (you will be wading into the river).  If the sun is shining, bring sunscreen and water to drink.  If it is raining, we are going regardless.  A camera is optional.  You will see your fellow fishers splashing around having fun and maybe, you can capture that once in a lifetime shot to enter in the Castaways’ photo contest.

Fee:  $15.00

Application:  Download an application form or fill out an application at Coast Sportfish or Nile Creek Fly Shop.  You can pay at either location or mail your application and fee to P.O. Box 554, Parksville, BC V9P-2G6.

To R.S.V.P. or to get more information contact Bruce Morrison [email protected] or 250-248-5914.


July 9, 2017

Tying Flies to Catch Coho Salmon

Level:  Intermediate

Time:  2:00 pm-4:00 pm

Location:  Qualicum Beach Civic Centre – Booth Room  

Instructors:  Ted and Devina Brookmnan

Special Equipment:  Bring your own vise and tools.  Materials are provided.

Fee:  $20.00

Application:  Download an application form or fill out an application at Coast Sportfish or Nile Creek Fly Shop.  You can pay at either location or mail your application and fee to P.O. Box 554, Parksville, BC V9P-2G6.

To R.S.V.P. or to get more information contact Bruce Morrison [email protected] or 250-248-5914.


 The Fundamentals of Fly Fishing

The Education Committee will be presenting the Mid-island Castaways’ almost famous fly fishing course.  This program is designed for novice fly fishers and for people who have never fished before.  Rods and reels will be available for loan.  The only things a student needs to bring is an interest in the outdoors and a smile.

The course is postponed.  The Education Committee is re-building the program and the future date for delivery is not known at this time.

The good news is that new and novice fishers can attend the Friday Night Casting Practice to receive expert instruction on how to place a fly in the right direction.  (you can’t catch a fish if you don’t have a hook in the water)

Level:  Beginner and Novice

Time:  TBA

Location:  TBA