Vermont Fish & Wildlife Offers Fly Tying Courses

CASTLETON and MONTPELIER, Vt. – The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is offering a series of introductory courses for fly fishing anglers interesting in learning how to tie their own flies. The courses are offered by the department’s Let’s Go Fishing program in partnership with the Mad Dog Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the Green Mountain Fly Tiers.

These introductory courses will focus on material, hook, and thread terminology. Techniques such as thread control, proportion, tying on materials, dubbing, and wings and tails will be covered while tying a variety of flies.

“For many anglers, there’s nothing more satisfying than catching a fish on a Vermont stream using a home-tied fly,” said Corey Hart of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. “These courses will give anglers the basic skills they need to start tying their own flies, as well as the opportunity to meet other local anglers interested in fly fishing.”

People can register for either course by calling 802-265-2279 or emailing The deadline to register is one week before the start of the course. There is a $20 fee to cover the cost of materials, which will be paid directly to the club conducting the course. A limited number of vices and equipment can be made available for those that need it.

The two courses will take place as follows: (must attend all four sessions)

Castleton: Monday Evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., February 26, March 5, 12, and 19. Kehoe Conservation Camp, 636 Point of Pines Rd., Castleton, VT 05735. Taught by the Green Mountain Fly Tiers.

Montpelier: Wednesday Evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., March 7, 14, 21, and 28. Annex Building, 190 Junction Road, Berlin, VT 05620. Taught by the Mad Dog Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities are available upon request. Please include a description of the accommodation you will need. Individuals making such requests must include their contact information. Please send an e-mail to or call 802-828-1000 (direct voice) or 1-800-253-0191 (TTY).