Classes & Events

2022 Fly Fishing 101

Dates: April 2, May 14, June 11, July 16, August 13, September 17, October 15, November 5

Time: 8:00 am-2:00 pm

Location: Westover Farms Conference 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: for more information or to register for the class.


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

Fly Fishing & Leadership - Book Club

Dates: Wednesday, January 26, February 9, & 23, and March 9

Time: 6:00 - 7:30pm

Location: Zoom Meeting - Comfort of Your Own Home

What does fly fishing and its treasured stories teach us about leadership?  This unique, new book club will address lessons from the stream that help to inspire others, shape organizations, and guide self-understanding. Using a blend of literature from fly fishing, leadership, and psychology, we will explore how these lessons build compassion and character, sharpen resilience and creativity, and refine skills in problem solving and communication.  Probing the reflective side of fly fishing, we will discuss how it teaches compassion, courage, and resilience, and most importantly, illuminates the place where authentic leadership begins—within.  Primary readings include A River Runs Through It, by Norman Maclean, and Fly Fishing for Leadership, by John Childress and Christian Bacasa.  Click here to read more about Fly Fishing and Leadership: Lessons from the Stream.  This is a virtual program using Zoom.  Once registered, you will receive Zoom instructions and additional information about the readings. 

Registrations and Inquiries:


Call:  Steve (314) 827-7204


Trout Unlimited Kids Fishing Day - 2022

Dates: TBD

Time: 9:00 am-2:00 pm

Location: Westover Farms Fly Shop

Gateway Chapter of Trout Unlimited sponsors a kids fishing day at Westover Farms each spring and fall.  Fishing instruction, equipment, and lunch are all included in your $25 charge.  The TU Kids Day is for children who are under 18 years of age and are interested in fly fishing.   Parents and caregivers will also get to fish at a discounted rate of $25.  Reservations are necessary and space is limited.  To reserve your spot, please click here.  Parents or caregivers must stay with their children throughout the day.

Reel Recovery - 2022

Dates: April 25 - 27, 2022

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.

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