2024 Rowing and Fly Fishing School

“Developing Exceptional Skills and Strategies for both Rowing and Fishing from River Boats.”

“Developing Exceptional Skills and Strategies for both Rowing and Fishing from River Boats.”

The details



Spring: April 26th-April 28th, 2024

Summer: August 16th-18th, 2024


3 days - $1495

3 days with lodging - $2295


Blackfoot River Outfitters Three Day RFF School Itinerary

Day 1 - Introductions, school format description, boat rigging, river safety discussion, river float, fishing and rowing training.

Day 2 - Float fishing and rowing training, boat angling and positioning required for varying techniques for dry flies, nymphs, streamers. 

Day 3 - Further nuanced float angling and rowing strategies on the water.  Evening barbeque and hand out evaluations for each participant detailing rowing and angling proficiency, safety skill level assessment and suggested river stretches on which to continue their learning.

Proficiencies covered

Boat rigging and rowing expertise:

*Trailering boats, backing trailers, loading/unloading boats, and access etiquette.

*Know your accessories and proper rigging, oar/blade position, anchors, seats, leg locks, throw bags.

*Safety on the water and river rescue techniques.

*Rowing strokes including push, pull, right/left turn, double oar turn, crab crawl, feathering.

*Rowing techniques for fishing two anglers as well as singles.

*Rowing techniques for Class II whitewater (This isn’t a whitewater school.).

*How to fish the flies from the rowers seat.

Fly fishing from boats aptitude:

*Rigging rods, fly lines, leaders, tippet and flies specifically for boat angling.

*Angling gear organization in the boat for efficiency. 

*Fly selection - the where and why of selecting one fly over another.

*Casting from boats - overhead, “James Dean”,  roll, backhand and the open loop. 

*Line manipulation - mending, reach-mend, swinging, stripping, and “fishing with the boat”. 

*Landing/handling fish from boats including touchless techniques with hook releaser and with net, minimal impact technique for fish pics. 

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