Fly Fishing Schools/Fly Tying Classes

River Run offers a variety of classes geared at teaching you the “fine art” of fly fishing. From tying flies to actually getting them wet, there’s something to learn here for everyone.  Two-day fly fishing schools are being scheduled as requested. Call and check on our two-people special rate. Classes include 1/2 day classroom learning about equipment, knots, aquatic entomology, water reading, stream etiquette, plus tips on continuing your learning process. The afternoon is at the water learning basic casts. Second day is on the water refining your casting, learning various presentation techniques and catching fish. All equipment is furnished. We have an excellent selection at our store if you prefer to purchase your equipment. Classes run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. Contact us for cost and lodging recommendations.  If this program does not meet your needs, we can tailor a program which will.  Just ask.

Fly Fishing Clinics 

  • September 29, 2018 – Open Fly Fishing Clinic (men & women) – Knots, bugs, know your equipment, casting, and presentation ($100.00/person)
  • October 27, 2018 – Women Fly Fishing Clinic – Same program as above ($100.00/person)

Open Fly Fishing Clinics start at 8:30 a.m. and runs to 5:00 p.m. Basic clinics will include classroom time learning about equipment, understanding of leaders, tippet, fly lines, knots, a little about bugs and their importance in fly fishing.  Stream side work on basic casting, presentation and line management.  Lunch is included as well as equipment, if needed. Fee for the clinic is $100.00. Call and reserve your space now as clinic size is limited.  417-332-0460.

Basic and “Taneycomo/White River fly” fly tying clinics will be offered again this year starting in December.   The basic clinics will introduce you to equipment, materials, working with dubbing, hackles, and tying 1-2 basic patterns.  The “Taneycomo/White River fly” clinics cover how to tie as well as discussions on how to fish flies such as: Sculpins, Soft Hackles, Crackle Backs and Midges. All fly tying and casting sessions will begin at 9:00 a.m. and run until 1:00 p.m. All materials and equipment are furnished and all fly tying clinics are free.  Classes sizes are limited. Sign up basis – first come, first served – 417-332-0460  Following are the schedule dates.  Patterns may change as we refine the list.

December 9, 2017 – Basic Fly Tying – Learn the basics of dubbing, working with hackle, starting and finishing, terminology

Dec. 16 – Midges

Dec 30 – To be determined based on interest

January 6, 2018 – Basic Fly Tying

Jan, 13 – Soft Hackle & Crackleback

Jan. 20 –  Nymphs, Hare’s Ear and Pheasant Tail

Jan 27 – Let’s talk Bluegill flies and fishing them

Feb 3 JQ Streamer, Tiger Tail & Pine Squirrel Sculpin

Feb. 10 – Egg Patterns, sowbugs and flashback scuds – Expand the techniques you learned in the basic fly tying plus these are must have patterns for Taneycomo

Feb. 17 – Streamers – Advanced techniques (articulated, etc.)

Feb 24- Big Ugly and 56er

March 3 – Dealer’s choice

March 12 – Terrestrials – Hoppers, ants & beetles


Have a great summer!