How difficult is it to learn how to fly fish?

Is fly fishing hard to learn? In short, the answer is no. The main thing about learning how to fly fish is patience and practice. It isn’t an inherently difficult sport to pick up, however like every other sport it does take a good amount of dedication and an eagerness to learn.

So, you want to learn how to fly fish?

You’ve come to the right place! At Straightline we pride ourselves on having some of the best Steamboat Springs fly fishing guides and being a great fly fishing for beginners resource. To get started you’re going to need the right equipment.



We recommend visiting your local shop for information on how to pick flies to fish with and when and where to use them. When it comes to equipment, don’t be intimidated by the prices of rods, reels, waders, and more. Fly fishing doesn’t have to be expensive and you don’t have to have top-of-the-line equipment to get started. Many local fly fishing shops, including Straightline, offer fly fishing rental equipment for those interested in trying it out.

Using Your Fly Fishing Equipment: Casting Clinics

Ok, now that we’ve covered where to begin, it’s time to learn about your fly fishing equipment and how to properly use it. The most significant concept to master is the casting technique and the best way to learn is to have someone teach you! In many fishing communities like ours here in Steamboat there are fly fishing experts that offer free casting clinics and introductory fly fishing classes.
These classes usually start off with spending some time going over gear, flies and hatches. Then, you go outside to go over the parts of a fly rod and reel, then break down the mechanics of casting step by step. Once you have the basics down, it will be a lot easier for you to go out on your own and practice your casting technique.

If a casting clinic isn’t available in your area or if you are looking for more individualized personal attention, then you should consider going on a guided fly fishing trip. A guided fly fishing trip allows you to customize your fishing experience to suit your individual needs and skill level. Furthermore, it gives you the individualized personal attention you need whether you’re a beginner angler or just looking to sharpen your skills and master your casting technique.

Guided Fly Fishing Trips

Another great way to learn how to fly fish is to go on a guided fly fishing tour. At Straightline we coordinate with each client before their trip to help create a unique experience tailored to your group's individual preferences and shape the right experience for you to work on technique and enjoy the beauty that Colorado has to offer!



Not to mention the Yampa Valley is home to some of the best wade fishing waters in the country. Our fly fishing guide trips vary by season. We are currently operating our wade trips and float trips, but in the winter we also offer guided ice fishing trips. With changing water levels, our float trips are subject to change.

Wade Trips and Float Trips

You might be wondering what a wade trip even is. A wade gives you an intimate experience with a particular section of water. Instead of being in a boat, here you walk along or into the river or creek. We offer half-day and full-day wade trips that are great for all experience levels and allow you to explore each run, riffle and pool, one step at a time.



Our guided wade trips are a great choice for beginners to learn the basics about fly fishing and see what it’s all about. It’s the perfect opportunity to develop your fly fishing technique and receive instruction from our professional fly fishing guides.

For the expert angler, our wade trips are a great opportunity to learn about our local water and build on your fly fishing knowledge. Target our local species like Brown, Rainbow, Brook, and Cutthroat Trout. There’s plenty to learn from the best Steamboat Springs fly fishing guides.

If you are seeking solitude and unpressured trout, a guided float fishing trip is for you! A guided float trip offers access to more remote areas that can only be accessed by boat and gives anglers a chance to cover miles of productive water in a single day. We do not recommend float trips for beginners, but we do encourage every angler to try it out at least once in their lifetime once they’ve reached that skill level.

In addition to our wade trips, in the winter we recommend our guided ice fishing tours. It’s the perfect trip for a group of friends or the whole family with younger kids. Our guides at Straightline will take you out to either Steamboat Lake or Stagecoach Reservoir.

Although you have to drive a little ways out of town, the stunning scenery and Colorado wildlife makes a trip to these spots worth it. Plus you can hangout and cook your catch! What could be more rewarding?

There are so many reasons to go on a guided fly fishing trip, especially if you want to learn how to fly fish. It’s not difficult to learn how to fly fish, but it is important to grasp an understanding of the fundamentals of the sport so you can do it on your own and build on that foundation. Just remember to practice and have fun!