learn to fly fish

We are proud to offer several great options for those learning to fly fish, from private lessons to group events. We know we all start somewhere, and are here to support those starting out on their fly fishing journey.

Private Fly Fishing Lessons

Taught by Kristy Aserlind

It really helps to understand what fly fishing is all about. In addition to learning about the major aquatic insect groups, and the flies that imitate them, you’ll also learn about the equipment: rods, reels, lines, tippet, etc. The lesson also covers basic knots, fly rod and reel set up, personal conservation, plus casting and line management techniques.

Want to put your new knowledge to use? Add on a two-hour walk/wade guided trip!

Included: use of rods / reels, if needed, flies

Not Included: MT fishing license (if taking walk/wade add-on,) rental boots and waders (not typically needed in in summer months,) gratuity

For pricing and availability, contact kristy@danbaileys.com

Group Classes

Taught by Matt Wilhelm

Prefer to learn in a group setting? We offer fly fishing and casting classes and events on a regular basis.

We currently don't have any classes scheduled, stay tuned for the next one!

Call the shop at 406.222.1673 to reserve your spot!

Meet Your Instructors

Kristy Aserlind

A native Montanan, Aserlind has been fly fishing (and teaching!) for most of her life. She’s a licensed and insured Montana fishing guide and is on the retail staff here at Dan Bailey’s. Kristy, a USRowing certified coach, has coached Master’s rowing and taught private sculling lessons. She is a PSIA Level 3-certified ski instructor, currently teaching skiing at Bridger bowl. She has also coached youth and high school ski racing, and has a Master’s degree in Teaching from Lewis & Clark College.

Matt Wilhelm

Matt Wilhelm’s passion for fly fishing began at age 10 on the banks of the Manistee River in Northern Michigan. Since then Matt has spent his life learning, and sharing with others the sport of fly fishing. Matt is the Education Director for the Invasive Species Action Network. He also is the fly fishing coordinator for Montana’s Hooked on Fishing program where he plans and implements fly fishing and aquatic education programs that reach 10,000 kids per year. 

For his efforts Matt was named Montana Fisheries Educator of the Year by the Montana Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. Matt has been an FFI Certified Casting Instructor since 2000 and obtained his Master Certified Casting Instructor in 2006. 

Want To Learn More or book a lesson?

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