Classes & Events

2024 Fly Fishing 101

Dates: April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, Aug 17, Sept 7, Oct 26, Nov 23

Time: 8:00 am-2:00 pm

Location: Westover Farms Dry Creek Center

In just one day beginners will learn about casting a fly rod, trout feeding behaviors, stream entomology, fly selection, reading the waters and, of course, how to catch fish. You’ll also tackle the basics of equipment selection, knot tying, river structure, how to choose the right fly and how to reel in trout with nymphs, wet flies and streamers. The cost is $275 per person, which must be paid in full and confirms your spot in the class.  Your payment is non-refundable.  Bring a friend and save $100.  If you bring a friend, the cost is $225 per person.  The class fee includes a loaner fly rod for the day, instruction, lunch, and fishing.  If you have your own rod and reel, we encourage to bring it. Please call if these dates do not work with your schedule and we will find alternate dates.  Click here:  lisa.schlueter@westoverfarms.com for more information or to register for the class.

Schedule

8:00 am Class begins
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Catch & Release fishing and instruction

Reel Recovery - 2024

Dates: April 22 - 24, 2024

Time: 3pm Arrival

Location: Westover Farms Conference Center

Reel Recovery is a national non-profit that organizes fly-fishing retreats for men recovering from cancer. All meals, lodging and fly-fishing equipment are covered by Reel Recovery at no cost to participants, and no previous fishing experience is required. Space is limited to 14 men, so sign up soon! To find out more about Reel Recovery and the retreat at Westover, click here.

Trout Unlimited Kids Day

Dates: 2024 - TBD

Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location: Westover Farms

Gateway Chapter of Trout Unlimited will scheduled the Kids Fly Fishing Day for this spring and fall soon. The days activities will be from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. The cost is $30 for per child angler. The fee includes fly fishing instruction, rental equipment, and lunch. Parents may also fish with their children at the discounted rate of $25.

Fly Fishing Book Club & Discussion Group

Dates: Fall 2024

Time: 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Location: ZOOM - Program is FREE - Limited Enrollment

Fly fishing is a source of deep self-examination and renewal, both on and off the water. On the stream, it is a multifaceted learning and problem-solving experience that employs a range of skills for enjoyable and productive fishing. Off the stream, many of the same skills and lessons also serve another, perhaps even higher purpose. Fly fishing can help us understand, respect, and repair a broken world, find common ground, and inspire hope in disorienting and divisive times.

We will explore this theme through discussion of selected readings, primarily from the literature of fly fishing, that inform the choices we make about each other, our environment, how we want to live, and who we want to be. This program is for anyone, angler or not, who thinks about fly fishing and the great outdoors as a source of wisdom, hope, and perhaps, even common ground, at a time when we need these more than ever. All readings distributed online.

Registration & Inquiries:
Facilitator: Steve Ehrlich steveehrlich76@gmail.com or Call 314-827-7204
Westover Farms: lisa.schlueter@westoverfarms.com or Call 573-743-6284

I fish all over the country and world and look forward to coming to Westover for some fantastic fishing.
Gene Sullivan