Our Guides will LEAD you …
Our Guides will CHALLENGE you …
In one of the best Brown Trout Fly Fishing destinations in the Ontario !!

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Learn to – Fly Fishing Lessons and Instruction:

 

Amy and Vimal Lesson on the Upper Grand River 2nd Line

Amy and Vimal Fly Fishing Lessons and Instructions on the Upper Grand River 2nd Line.

LTFF ( Learn to Fly Fish Lessons ) are available through our shop in Guelph Ontario. Our lessons occur nearby on the Grand River, Ontario’s finest Brown Trout Fishery.

We are the leader in Guiding, Fly Fishing Lessons and Instruction in the immediate and surrounding area. Our instructors and guides will deliver a structured program that will get you fly fishing quickly and you will have every chance of catching a brown trout even on your first time!

“Many people have been intimidated by fly-fishing or rather by fly fishermen. The First Cast’s vision is to guide and teach people how to Fly Fish without the arrogance too often associated with our sport. Your day is about you and nature not about us.” 

Perhaps you have been fly fishing for a while and not catching those trophy Brown Trout consistently. You will gain much from the INTERMEDIATE or ADVANCED COURSE, where our instructor will discuss and observe your skills and make adjustments or recomendations as necessary.

Father and Son, Bruno and Paul on the Grand River

Father and Son, Bruno and Paul Fly Fishing Lesson on the Grand River.

Whether  you want to learn to master the nymph, dry fly or streamer, or concentrate on mending, our instructors will guide you through the process in a way that you will participate and understand those principles while you practice them.

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Spey Casting Lesson-on the Speed River.

Our Customer Gallery will speak for itself. We have clients from all over Canada as well as the United States who use our services on a regular basis. Click here to see our gallery.

Aside from The Upper Grand River and The Upper Credit River, the other Ontario Rivers that we frequent include: The Conestogo RiverThe Lower Grand River, The Bighead River, The Saugeen River, The Nottawasaga River, The Maitland River, The Lower Credit River, The Niagara River and a few other less known lakes and streams.

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Female Learn To Fly Fish Lessons on the Grand River Near Fergus.

Read some testimonials from our customers and clients: Testimonials.

Click here to see the specialty classes that are also available.

The greatest compliment anyone could give us is the referral of a friend, family, or business associate.  We sincerely appreciate your referrals. We help you to create memories that will last for life!

Our Fly Fishing Lessons

The First Cast Fly Shop is proud to announce that although we are still offering individual or partnered lessons, on selected Saturday’s we also provide a  5-6 hour compressive  session:

Rick Whorwood Knot tying portion of Fly Fishing Lesson

Knot tying portion of Fly Fishing Lesson.

Our Program Outline will include: 

A 1 & 1/2 hour “in-store session”, combined with 4 full hours of “on-stream instruction”!

During the lesson, we will discuss and educate with regards to:

  • Tackle selection and care – Fly Rods, Fly Reels, Fly Lines , Tapered Leaders and Tippets;
  • Essential fly fishing knots;
  • Family Learn to Fly Fish Lesson Wet Wading TTEntomology and fly selection – Insect identification and behaviour, understanding rise forms, and fly selection including dry flies, emergers, nymphs and streamers;
  • Fly casting techniques – Fly casting dynamics including overhead and roll casting;

 

  • Fly fishing strategies – Reading and understanding trout holding water, stalking and approach;
  • We will also discuss how to adjust and set up your equipment for different fishing situations;
  • Safety, conservation, and etiquette.

You WILL NOT be disappointed!

If you book your lessons  early in the season, you will have weeks of summer days and nights to practice!

We supply all the equipment including, the fly rods and reels, and waders for the day if necessary! 

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced fly fisherman, our schools provide the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue the sport of a lifetime.

We are here to help make you a better fly angler!

Book your day on the river today.

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Contact us by phone at 519-766-HOOK ( 4665 ) or email.

Although there are currently no certification requirements for guides in Ontario, we are CPR / First Aid Certified and Fully Insured.

References available upon request.

See testimonials from our customers & clients.

Fly Fishing for The Beginner - "The First Cast".....$129.99 per person - 4 hour instruction on the water.

  • Understanding the Grand River’s appeal
  • Overhand cast
  • Roll cast
  • Knot Tying
  • Fly types
  • Reading the water
  • Where to find fish
  • Insect food identification
  • Which fly to use
  • Presentation
    • Dry fly
    • Streamer/Wet fly
    • Nymph
    • Fighting the fish

Fly Fishing for The Beginner II - "The First Cast" PLUS ......$149.99 per person - 6 hour instruction.

The First Cast Fly Shop is proud to announce a great addition this season.

Although we are still offering individual or partnered lessons, on selected Saturday’s we also provide a  5-6 hour compressive  session:

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Why you should choose our fly fishing schools ?
 
What factors sets our instruction apart from the rest ?
  • They feature private or small group instruction.
  • You will not be placed in a twenty person situation and try to learn hands on skills from one instructor.
  • Our goal is to have you leave our school with a positive outlook on fly-fishing and the skills you need to fish on your own – YOU are our future!
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    Husband, wife and Brother-in-law…

  • We have over two decades of teaching experience.
  • Our clients have come to recognize that the same level of expertise and commitment that goes into our  fly fishing and casting schools goes into our guided fly fishing trips.
  • One of the appeals to river fishing is it’s constant change – sometimes on a daily basis, sometimes hourly basis.
  • We will concentrate on aspects such as water temperature, flow rate, varying bug hatches, as well as, changing weather conditions. 
With this in mind, we will help you build a strategy to become a successful river angler.
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Our Program Outline will include:
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A 1 & 1/2 hour “in-store session”, combined with 4 full hours of “on-stream instruction”!

During the lesson, we will discuss and educate with regards to:

  • Tackle selection and care – Fly Rods, Fly Reels, Fly Lines , Tapered Leaders and Tippets;
  • Essential fly fishing knots;
  • Entomology and fly selection – Insect identification and behaviour, understanding rise forms, and fly selection including dry flies, emergers, nymphs and streamers;
  • Fly casting techniques – Fly casting dynamics including overhead and roll casting;
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    Roll Casting on Grass…

  • Fly fishing strategies – Reading and understanding trout holding water, stalking and approach;
  • We will also discuss how to adjust and set up your equipment for different fishing situations;
  • Safety, conservation, and etiquette.
We supply all the equipment including, the fly rods and reels, and waders for the day if necessary!
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Whether you are a beginner or an experienced fly fisherman, our schools provide the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue the sport of a lifetime.

We are here to help make you a better fly angler! Book your day on the river today.

Contact us by phone at 519-766-HOOK ( 4665 ) or email.

Although there are currently no certification requirements for guides in Ontario, we are CPR / First Aid Certified and Fully Insured.

References available upon request.

Read some testimonials from our customers and clients, click here.

Fly Fishing for The Intermediate......$149.99 - 4 hour individual instruction on the water.

Our Certified Casting Instructor will observe your techniques and listen to your challenges while evaluating your abilities on stream and tailor the instruction to your needs. Our goal is to increase your odds of catching that wise fish on “The First Cast”.

With the basics of fly fishing mastered, it’s time to up our game. This four hour course will take you through how to cast to a spot and hit it reliably, how to reach that fish that is way out there, and how to entice the fish with your fly. When the day is done, you will be able to fish more effectively.

Learn the simple techniques to ensure that the fly goes where you intend it to go. We will spend time working with these techniques on dry land targets, then move to the water where we will practice casting to a spot on the water as if fishing to a rising trout.

While most trout fishing is a relatively short ranged affair there are times, for example when fishing streamers, that we need to cast for distance. We will learn how to false cast and shoot line, how to manage excess line and how to know how much line we should be trying to manage in the cast. We will also learn the appropriate casting stroke for instance casting.

Casting well is only half the battle, however, for the fly has to look like something the trout wants to eat. That is the art of presentation. We will learn techniques like how to mend line, how to deliberately introduce slack to avoid drag, how to position ourselves for the cast, and how to ensure that we can actually hook the fish once it takes our fly..

When we’re done with the day, not only will you be able to get the fly to the fish, but you’ll be able to make that fly look good to eat!

We supply all the equipment including, the fly rods and reels, and waders for the day if necessary!
 
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Whether you are a beginner or an experienced fly fisherman, our schools provide the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue the sport of a lifetime.

We are here to help make you a better fly angler! Book your day on the river today.

Contact us by phone at 519-766-HOOK ( 4665 ) or email.

Although there are currently no certification requirements for guides in Ontario, we are CPR / First Aid Certified and Fully Insured.

References available upon request.

Read some testimonials from our customers and clients, click here.

 

Fly Fishing for The Advanced.....$149.99 - 4 hour individual instruction on the water.

Our Casting Instructor will observe your techniques and listen to your challenges while evaluating your abilities on stream and tailor the instruction to your needs. Our goal is to increase your odds of catching that wise fish on “The First Cast”.

This four hour course takes us into the world of advanced casting techniques that will enable us to fish a broader range of circumstances and fish species. By the end of the day you will have gained the casting skills necessary to become an accomplished angler.

For distance casting we will learn the techniques of the single haul, the double haul and the water load.

For casting in challenging circumstances we will learn how to make tuck, puddle, “S” and steeple casts.

For casting in restricted space, we will introduce you to the basics of the Spey cast.

We also have the option to tailor this course to areas that are of the most concern to you. As an example, if you wish to spend the entire four hours on perfecting your double haul, no problem, we can do that.

This course is an excellent confidence builder for casting in challenging circumstances and by the end of it you will be able to present your fly to fish that you previously had to leave untouched.

We supply all the equipment including, the fly rods and reels, and waders for the day if necessary!
 
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Whether you are a beginner or an experienced fly fisherman, our schools provide the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue the sport of a lifetime.

We are here to help make you a better fly angler! Book your day on the river today.

Contact us by phone at 519-766-HOOK ( 4665 ) or email.

Although there are currently no certification requirements for guides in Ontario, we are CPR / First Aid Certified and Fully Insured.

References available upon request.

Read some testimonials from our customers and clients, click here.

Corporate Guiding / Instruction & Team Building

Corporate Guiding / Instruction & Team Building is quoted on an individual basis as additional guides and service may be required. The event is tailored to your group requirements.

We supply all the equipment including, the fly rods and reels, and waders for the day if necessary!
 
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Whether you are a beginner or an experienced fly fisherman, our schools provide the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue the sport of a lifetime.

We are here to help make you a better fly angler! Book your day on the river today.

Contact us by phone at 519-766-HOOK ( 4665 ) or email.

Although there are currently no certification requirements for guides in Ontario, we are CPR / First Aid Certified and Fully Insured.

References available upon request.

Read some testimonials from our customers and clients, click here.

Introduction to Spey Casting.....$149.99 per person - 4 hour instruction on the water.

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This four hour course is an Introduction to Spey Casting that covers all the basics that you’ll need to know to make a Spey cast.

By the end of the day, you will be able to make two different casts, suitable for fishing in varying winds on either bank of the river.

Spey casting is usually associated with those who fish for steelhead and salmon with a long, two-handed (Spey) rod.

These days Spey casting is open to anyone who fishes with a fly rod.

If you have a fly rod and line, you can make a Spey cast.

Not only will we cover the casts, but we’ll also delve into lines and how to pick the right line for your rod.

Spey casting is tremendously useful for casting in tight confines, plus it’s fun to do.

If you can make a roll cast with a fly rod, you can learn to Spey cast and move your fly fishing up to the next level.

We supply all the equipment including, the fly rods and reels, and waders for the day if necessary!
 
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Whether you are a beginner or an experienced fly fisherman, our schools provide the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue the sport of a lifetime.

We are here to help make you a better fly angler! Book your day on the river today.

Contact us by phone at 519-766-HOOK ( 4665 ) or email.

Although there are currently no certification requirements for guides in Ontario, we are CPR / First Aid Certified and Fully Insured.

References available upon request.

Read some testimonials from our customers and clients, click here.

Specialty Single Hand Fly Fishing Lessons

SPECIAL LESSONS & GUIDING PROGRAM

“The First Cast Tie and Fly”

Your day begins with a tying lesson where you will learn the basics of fly tying and will tie a dry fly, streamer, nymph and wet fly. After the lesson we will gear up and hit the river for a full-out lesson. You will get the opportunity to catch a fish with your newly tied fly! Price $200

“The First Cast Supersize Your Lesson”

You have had a great day on the river but either you’re not ready to go home or the fish are still very hungry and your guide time is up…. Do we drive back home or stay on the river? Provided the guide is not booked right after your booking you can “Supersize Your Guide”. Additional hours can be added to your day at a rate of $40 per hour.

“The First Cast Short List!”

Add $50 to your booking and get short listed for a last minute call (1 day or less) when we know the action is outrageous. That means that we were out fishing and a blizzard of fly/fish activity got us so excited that we had to give you a call! You have to get here right away!

We supply all the equipment including, the fly rods and reels, and waders for the day if necessary!
 
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Whether you are a beginner or an experienced fly fisherman, our schools provide the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue the sport of a lifetime.

We are here to help make you a better fly angler! Book your day on the river today.

Contact us by phone at 519-766-HOOK ( 4665 ) or email.

Although there are currently no certification requirements for guides in Ontario, we are CPR / First Aid Certified and Fully Insured.

References available upon request.

Read some testimonials from our customers and clients, click here.

Our Team
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Ken Chandler

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Arron Varga

 
 
 
 

Corporate Guiding / Instruction & Team Building is quoted on an individual basis as additional guides and service may be required. The event is tailored to your group requirements.

* Taxes, gratuities and license fees (if required) extra. All prices are in Canadian funds.

** It is important for us to note that our instructors and guides receive 100% of any gratuities paid.

CANCELLATION POLICY:

  • Should The First Cast Fly Shop or any Teacher sub-contracted by TFC cancel the Lesson for any reason, a full refund of the deposit will be given or the deposit may be held and applied to secure an alternative date in the same calendar year at your discretion.
  • If for any reason the Lesson is cancelled due to a clients request, a full refund of the deposit is made only with seven (7) business days notice prior. Alternatively, the deposit may be applied to a future booking in the same calendar year when less than seven (7) days notice.

We are the leading provider of Fly Fishing Lessons, Corporate Team Building, and Guiding Services on the Upper Grand River, the Upper Credit River, and the Conestogo River.

No Guelph, Fergus, Kitchener or Cambridge Fishing Tackle Retailer will boast as complete and diverse a store inventory, including a vast selection of Fly Fishing Rods, Fly Fishing Reels, Fishing Waders, Wading Boots and Streamside Accessories.

Order a HLS or TFC Gift Card – We will put one in the mail for FREE!

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