December 20, 2023 2 min read

Interested in learning to tie your own flies? Join The River's Edge and River's Edge West in 2024 for three-week Beginner Fly-Tying Classes. We’ll cover basic tools and techniques along with a handful of simple, reliable patterns to get you started on your own fly-tying journey.

Each River's Edge location will feature the same curriculum, so you'll only need to sign up for classes at one location.

No experience is required and all tools and materials will be provided. If you’ve always wanted to give fly tying a try but don’t know where to begin, this class is a great way to get started!


The River's Edge - 612 E. Main St.

Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024 – 6:00-7:30pm
Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024 – 6:00-7:30pm
Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024 – 6:00-7:30pm

River's Edge West - 59 North Star Ln.

Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024 – 6:00-7:30pm
Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2024 – 6:00-7:30pm
Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024 – 6:00-7:30pm

Cost: $100 per person (this covers all three classes, not $100 for each class!)

Class Size: Limit of 4 students, ages 16 and up. Pre-registration required
Experience Level: Beginner (This class covers the absolute basics, so if you already have some tying experience, keep an eye out for some more advanced classes later this fall/winter)

Each class will build off the skills and techniques learned in the previous session, so attending all three classes is essential.

Note: You will only need to sign up for one location. 

To reserve your spot in this class, please call The River’s Edge downtown store at 406-586-5373!

Private Fly Tying Lessons

Looking for some assistance with other fly tying techniques? We can help! Give us a call to let us know what you might be interested in learning, and we can set up a private session specifically for you.

Aaron Freed, our store manager and lead fly tying instructor, is an Umpqua signature tier with years of experience. He will happily work with you to hone your techniques and hopefully teach you some new ones. 

Cost: $75 for 1 student; $100 for 2 students

Dates and times will be set up at the time of your booking; we will try to be as flexible as possible to fit it into your schedule. Contact Aaron Freed at The River's Edge Main St. (406) 586-5373 to schedule your lessons today!


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