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The Illinois River Fly Fishing School will be held February 25-26


Learn All About Fly Fishing at Illinois River School – In its 33rd year, the Illinois River Fly Fishing School welcomes students who want to learn all about the sport. Sessions are scheduled February 25-26, 2022 at Tenkiller State Park and on the banks of the Illinois River in eastern Oklahoma. The basic course includes sessions on tackle, knots, flies, fly selection and casting techniques.

On Saturday afternoon, participants receive live instruction. Fly rods will be available on loan on Saturday. A state fishing license is not required for students during Saturday lessons. The instructors will be Mark Patton, Kim Erickson and Tre Dupuy. Patton said if enough students have not registered by Jan. 31, the school may have to be canceled; in this case, all fees and deposits would be refunded.

A welcome and orientation session will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday, with indoor training from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, followed by a real fishing lesson on the Illinois River. A fly selection and discussion session will begin at 7:00 p.m. after the lunch break.

Sunday is reserved for fishing on your own, with an appropriate license required.

Participants should bring a hat, sunglasses, rain gear, flashlight, alarm clock and appropriate clothing for the outdoor session on Saturday. If available, participants are requested to bring their own equipment as well, including rod and reel, flies, 3X leader and waders. Course fees are $ 175, with a deposit of $ 50 due at time of registration. Saturday meals at the Big Daddy Restaurant can be booked at an additional cost. For more information and school registration, call (405) 613-6520.

Accommodation is available separately in Tenkiller State Park. Participants can reserve their accommodation by calling (918) 489-5643. (Okie Fly Gal Bridget Norris Kirk, photo by Kelly Bostian)