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Education Update ~ Fall 2009

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Leuchten, Owner ~ Rob Kolanda, Area Manager ~ Jon Spiegel, Area Manager
~ Jay Zimmerman, Area Manager ~ Russ Miller, Webmaster ~ Paul Prentiss,
Customer Communications,

Larry Jurgens, Instruction Services ~ Patrick Knackendoffel Guide/Staff

Front Range Anglers is offering TWO beginner classes in November.


COST: $79
DATE: November 8th from 8am-12pm

Instructor: FRA Guide, Anne Reid

This women’s-only class is a beginner’s introduction to the world of fly fishing. This 4 hour class begins with 2.5 hours of classroom instruction covering knots, basic rigging and the basics of dry fly fishing and nymphing. The second part of the class is conducted at a nearby lake and students are taught the fundamentals of casting. Equipment is provided if needed and the introductory book Curtis Creek Manifesto is provided and included in the cost of the class.

For more information or to register online, click here


COST: $150
Instructor: Rob Kolanda
Class Dates: Thursday Evenings: November 5, 12, 19, Dec 3rd, 6:30-8:30pm

This 4 week introductory course provides beginning fly tyers with basic techniques required to tie the majority of fly patterns. The course is unique in that it will promote use and technique of tools and materials through patterns relevant to local Colorado waters. Basic Nymphs including Zebra midges, RSII’s, Pheasant Tails, and dry flies including Parachute Adams and Elk Hair Caddis will all be covered. Classes typically run 2 to 2 1/2 hours and will be 1 night a week for 4 weeks.

Equipment is provided during class. Students will receive a 10% discount on all tying tools and materials purchased while attending class. There are two recommended texts: “Successful Fly Tying” by Brad Befus, and “Fly Tying Made Clear and Simple” by Skip Morris. Both are available at the shop

For more information or to register for the class online, click here.

Front Range Anglers FREE Fly Tying Clinics
11/14/2009 Jay Zimmerman Genetically Altered Creations
Our in-house mad scientist doing his thing. Oh yeah- he has a couple of new hot flies out from Umpqua. Just wait and see what this guy can do with a few odds and ends, hook and thread.
11/21/2009 Mark McMillen Carp and Bad ass Bass Flies
Local guide and resident enthusiast shows his favorite Carp and bass flies and talks techniques for tackling local warmwater predators.
11/28/2009 Thomas Zigler Proven Patterns for tough Smallies
Thomas has managed and guided in shops in Missouri, neck deep in bass country. His tying and fishing insight for Smallies, Largemouths and Spinning Deer poppers is unparalleled.
12/5/2009 Mike Kruise Front Range Guide Patterns
Owner and guide for Laughing Grizzly Fly shop in Longmont ties Guide patterns for local streams. If your looking for new ju ju for the Park or Big Thompson this is a must see.
12/12/2009 Chris Shrantz Big water Patterns
Boulder Boat works manager and designer for Umpqua Feather merchants shares tying and fishing techniques drummed up from his 20 plus years of industry and guiding experience in Colorado and Wyoming. Chris is an exceptional tyer, angler, and presenter, and his shows are always well attended. Come early!
12/19/2009 Larry Jurgens Small Flies for Big Fish
Local tying expert and personality shares his latest and greatest patterns for Baetis, Caddis, and Midges for Colorado rivers and lakes. He also enjoys left wing political conversations.
12/26/2009 Jay Zimmerman Christmas Vacation
Come hang with the Grinch and speak freely about the holiday season.
1/2/2010 JD Miller Best flies for Montana
Ex-boulder flyfishing professional gone Idaho guide comes down to share his favorite imitations for the Henry’s Fork, Madison and others. Planning a trip to Montana or Idaho next year? JD will help point you in the right direction.
1/9/2010 Paul Prentiss Our Man
Paul will be tying up some of his time tested patterns that continue to produce on the front range and beyond.
1/16/2009 Charlie Craven Proven CO Patterns & Book Signing
Owner of Charlie’s Fly Box, esteemed fly designer, author and all-around good guy comes back to Boulder to show off his new creations and sign copies of his book.
1/23/2010 Al Ritt Tools for the serious Tyer
Peak Vice Representative and signature fly designer for Montana Fly Company shows his newest creations for local waters and shows off his favorite tools to make every tyer’s efforts easier.
1/30/2010 Pat Dorsey South Platte Tailwaters
South Platte Guru does his Flyfishing Tailwaters Presentation to compliment his new book “Flyfishing Tailwaters”. Bring your book in for signing or get one here and learn to tackle your favorite tailwater with the master.
2/6/2010 Greg Garcia “Rojo Midge”
Greg Garcia will be in to show off his newest patterns available from Umpqua Feather Merchants, as well as show his Colorado staples. A fantastic demonstrator and instructor!
2/13/2010 Wallace Westfieldt Bug ID and Local Water Flies
A guide’s view of entomology presentation simplifies bug ID and fly selection for local water. Wallace has been a local guide for several Colorado outfitters over the past decade and his insight is invaluable.
2/27/2010 Patrick Knockendoffell

Fun Behind the Vise
Guide extraordinaire and fly tying madman always brings new ideas to the vise. Trout and Warmwater enthusiasts will walk away with new tricks and inspiration.