The art of fly fishing can be broken down into three components. 1. Casting Learning to cast Presenting the fly 2. Understanding Fly Tackle & Equipment Fly equipment (rods, reels, line, etc.) Tying appropriate knots 3. Fishing Strategies & Techniques Identifying the use of appropriate flies Stream craft - reading the waterways
Casting New fly fishers are encouraged to first learn the art of casting and the club gives you access to our casting pool situated in Fairlea Road close to our club house in Yarra Bend Park Fairfield. We provide free expert fly casting tuition to new members and have equipment available while being tutored at the casting pool. In a couple of hours and with a little practice we’ll have you casting confidently. Fly Equipment and Other Resources Often new fly fishers are unsure of the type of fly equipment to purchase. The club can provide a list of appropriate inexpensive and quality fly tackle and has a number of suppliers who provide discounts to our members. The club also has an extensive library of books and DVD’s and these are excellent to build up knowledge and learn new skills such as knot tying. The club also has regular fly tying nights with instructors to guide you through the art of fly tying.
Fishing trips and club meetings The best way to learn stream craft and fishing strategies is through actually fishing. Red Tag hosts a number of fly fishing trips throughout the year. Experienced members of the club are always on hand to pass on knowledge of stream-craft and spend time with you on the water. Some members also plan adhoc trips from time to time and this is an additional opportunity to get on the water and learn the art of fly fishing. Our regular club meetings provide the opportunity to discuss fishing reports and latest tactics of catching fish with a fly.
Red Tag Development Program for New Fly Fishers (scheduled July each year) Each year the club has increases membership from new fly fishers. To assist these new fly fishers the club has introduced a DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM specifically designed for new fly fishers. The program will fast track those wanting to learn about fly fishing and the program will cover the following: - Casting - on a one to one basis - Fishing for trout - lesson firstly at a trout farm and then on a river - one on one basis - Fly tying lessons and learn something about entomology - Lake fishing - one on one basis - Learning about trout behaviour by reading, internet, guided experience and attending Club trips - Evaluation of progress by both Club and new member