start off right with individualized instruction from Jerry Darkes 

​Spend a full-day on private, trout-filled water with one of the area's most experienced instructors.  This full-day program covers all aspects of fly fishing including a discussion of  equipment, outfit assembly, knots, basic casting, flies, plus plenty on-stream learning to hook, play, land, and release fish.

Instructor: Jerry Darkes

$300 for one person, $450 for two person. Cost includes access fees, all instruction, a sit-down lunch, plus flies and equipment as needed.

*Call us for Group and Corporate rates.

Want to be a better caster?

  • Single hand, Switch, and Spey.
  • Increase casting efficiency for longer days with less fatigue.
  • Dial in appropriate cast techniques by angling method, species, location, and conditions.
  • Private sessions and small group instruction for beginner to advanced.
  • Grass and on water sessions in locations to meet your needs.

Please contact us for instructor availability, times and rates.

Beginner on-water programs


There is one difference between anglers who seriously catch and those that don't: knowledge.  One component of knowledge is time on the water.  The pros of Great Lakes Fly Fishing all spend hundreds of days on the water each year. We've got the credentials and our goal is to make you a better fly angler too, no matter where you fish.  We offer a range of single-hand and two-hand casting instruction, fly-tying for any purpose and innovative programs on most any fly-fishing subject. These are available to both individuals and groups. Are you ready to up your game?

Fly Casting

specialized programs

want seriously technical skills?

For intermediate and advanced anglers, applying personalized/targeted technical instruction can help refine your skills to achieve your desired goals.​ 

  • Trip preparation/ practice and coaching. We'll help you maximize your next fly-fishing trip, preparing you with casting and angling techniques targeted at your specific destination/species.
  • ​Fish handling skills. Catch and release correctly. Get your fish zen on.
  • Technical Topic Presentations.
  • ​Technical on water coaching.
  • Fly tying- all techniques and styles of flies. Private sessions or group.
  • And more!

Please contact us for instructor availability, times and rates.