What is the Women's Streamside clinic?
What will you learn?
What will you need to bring?
What will MS provide?
Who can attend?
What does this cost?
Our volunteer staff is donating their time and talents to teach and guide during this wonderful clinic.
All donations received for our events and clinics go right back to help fund future educational programs, community events and habitat projects, and further our conservation mission. This clinic continues on because of your generocity.
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Please note this is limited to only 12 anglers and registration fills up fast. get your spot reserved today!
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Please note this is limited to only 12 anglers and registration fills up fast. Please only register if you are 100% commited to attend. If you register after the limit has been met, you will be placed on the waiting list.
Some other suggestions: Wading staff, net, forceps (hook removal), sunscreen, rain gear, warm base-layer clothing, and a camera.
6 - 8 weight Fly Rod: 8 weight is a great spring rod, 6 weight is good for summer and fall. 7 weight is a good all around. If you plan too focus mainly on Steelhead, an 8 weight is our suggested rod.
6 - 8 Fly real with backing: This can be spooled with floating fly line, or running line (specific for drift fishing).
Running line can be either floating fly running line or 14 - 17lb. bright colored monofilament. This method does not follow the traditional fly casting technique, but rather more of what is called, chuck & duck. Weight is added to the line to help deliver your fly rather than relying on the fly line to deliver. We discuss in the presentation the value and effectiveness of each.
Waders: Hip boots will work, but we find waders a better option. Notice in the pictures on this page, anglers are kneeling or sitting in the water to release fish and for photos. There most angers rarely go above the waist, the added coverage is good security
Wader belt: Safety, Safety, Safety. Most waders come with a belt. Nothing fancy is needed, heck a rope will likely do. We prefer a belt made of a durable quick-drying material and a quick release buckle
Wading boots: If using stocking foot waders (our favorite) we recommend good boots with either felt or the new alternative to felt design. cleats in the boots never hurt. As with all of our recommendations we review the value and use of all items.
Flies: We will have some for use, but it is fun to have your own personal selection. We use a lot of egg patterns in pinks, orange, chartreuse, red most of the shades in between, sized in 6 - 10. Wooly buggers (sized 6 - 12), wooly worms (6 - 12), pheasant tail type nymphs (sized 8 - 14) work well as the water warm. Bright streamer patterns, and variations on nymphs that have some flash.
Hat: Great for cutting down glare and protect from the sun
Sunglasses - POLARIZED: A must have. They cut the glare allow great visibility in the water and cut down on fatigue from the sun.
Detailed North Shore fly fishing equipment list:
2021 update. Currently all in person clinics are postponed due to pandemic reated issues. We are exploring other options to provide educational services. Thank you for sticking with us. We look forward to connecting in person with you again soon.