Lakes Classes

Welcome! Dickson Flyfishing is proud to present our
2.5 hr & 4 hr Lakes Fly fishing Class. 

Our classes are $35 per hr pp. We can also customize a class for your own group, or simply join one of ours already schedule. Scheduled classes are located in the program below. If you bought a discount voucher for a lakes class read this! We appreciate your business and look forward to meeting you. Your voucher is good through the expiration date. As we fill up classes we will add more until everybody has done the them.  These are group classes at designated Lakes & times. Just sign up online and show up!

2.5 hr sign up and dates click here: Sign up Page More Dates will be listed as these fill up.

4 hr sign up and dates click here:Sign up Page  More Dates will be listed as these fill up.

Pay, Sign up for any class and show up! Pay for a class click here

Please read the Q&A below

Washington has a myriad of public waters open for fishing. Over the past 20 years, we have selected a handful of local lakes, we and our budding fly anglers have found consistently successful in Dickson's fly fishing program. Perfect for new to mid experienced anglers. Min age of 8 unless accompanied by and adult. The 2.5 hr class does not involve fishing, just a class for learning.

The purpose of this class is focused on fly fishing lake strategies Equipment, Casting, about the flies and how to fish them, matching the hatch, Tips and tricks to catching more fish.

The 4 hr class is a extension of the 2.5 hr class but we will get in boats and do some fishing. We will add some boating tips and how to read the lake. Waders (we rent - need boot size) and fishing licence needed.

Locations near you: Green lake - Seattle (cast class), Lake Tyee - Monroe (cast class), Lake Riley (near Arlington), Twin Ponds (near Arlington), Silver Lake - Lynnwood and more.

Mike Dickson - Email- (425) 330-9506

Mike or Dennis Dickson will also present you with 34 pages of Fly fishing notes & strategies just for attending the class. Not only will he help you catch fish for the day, his proven methods will put your learning curve on speed dial, when you venture out on your own.

Questions and Answers:

When are the classes? Each class is listed on the sign up page - More classes will be added as the earlier ones fill up!

Is gear provided? If you have equipment bring it so we can evaluate it for you. If your instructor deems it inadequate, you can always use ours. We also rent rods with waders (if needed) for $20. (Need your shoe size for waders).

I have a boat, can I bring it? Yes, we will have boats to use but if you have a pontoon boat, kayak or small boat bring it. It's nice to learn on your own gear. If you do bring a craft, bring also an anchor, rope, and PFD if you have them.

I am brand new is that a problem? No this is a class for learning we get beginners all the time.

What do I need to bring? You will need a fishing license in the 4 hr class only (ask for a fishing access pass - included) , waders (see above) . let us know your shoe size and date of your class for the waders. Suggested gear to bring if you have it - fly rod, reel with floating line, leader 4 - 8 lb, tapered leaders, clippers, bobbers, flies, split shot, sunblock, net, water etc.. Your instructor will have what you don't....minus the waders, of course.

I have a buddy that wants in the class, what do I do? Just sign him up and contact us to make a payment.

Where do we meet? We will meet at a designated location. Each class will have a itinerary with time's and meeting places posted on the signup-genius page. Depending on the schedule you can pick from a variety of lakes to fish.

Class sizes? Up to 6 for the 2.5hr and 5 for the 4.

What kind of rod should I bring if I have one? Bring what you have but a 4 - 7 wt. rod is perfect. How long have you guys been doing this? Our guide service was started in 1986.

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If you bought the deal through a discount website and didn't want to use it in a group class we would let you use the $ you paid towards any fishing trip we do.

Here is our regular season guiding calendar. 

About our full guided schools:

Why not just take the fly fishing school from my local fly shop?
Simple answer: Our schools are on the water so you get hands on learning, learn holes and see were to fish.

Fly fishing is like any sport. Learning is in the "doing."

Most shop schools are 2 nights at the shop (to buy gear) and a 1/2 day out casting on the Duwamish River, (or wherever). Now read our school descriptions.

No wonder over 2000 anglers have taken a school from us over the last 10 years!

Our Fly fishing schools are on the water, comprehensive, full day schools, crammed with information to accomplish one goal, make you a better fly fisher. You should expect a two year apprenticeship in a single day! Read the recommendations and endorsements page for testimonials about our schools and guide trips.

How do I know if I should choose a school or a guide trip?
We get asked this question virtually every day. I answer the question with a question: Are you catching them now? If you are comfortable with your success rate for (steelhead, salmon or trout), then I would recommend the guide trip. Even If you have fished all over the world, but still not catching your target fish (i.e., steelhead), a clinic may be a better choice. An accomplish Bone fisher doesn't make you catch Tarpon. All the trout in the world won't mean much to a steelhead. Different fish, different needs.


1) New to fly fishing: Basic fundamentals in casting & tying knots, playing and landing fish.
Novice Level:

2) Advanced to Intermediate level:
Some level of fly fishing: Comfortable with casting single handed rods and basics described in # 1.Qualify for all but advanced steelhead schools. Most popular. Anglers learn to read the water, and make line presentation, more efficiently. For the guy who wasn't sure if he was doing it right or not. Other reasons; are to learn a new river, more techniques, or simply to meet other steelhead anglers. (Your buddy only wants to fish trout)

3) Full Advanced Angling schools:

Has caught enough steelhead. Comfortable with casting with both single and double-handed rods, but open to new ideas on flies, steelhead behavior, and technique.
Fly fishing & Baseball: Many guys think fly fishing steelhead is about casting a really long line and making a big mend. This is what we call the "fast ball down the middle." Ready to learn to throw and slider and a change-up? We don't teach as much as explore new ideas. Where do you think we have come up with our good flies and lines? Sharing water with our accomplished anglers over the past twenty years!

We now offer custom schools from steelhead and salmon to trout, from surface to bottom, for individuals and parties.

Here is how it works.

a) Contact us for a specific time period (unless you have a three party gig, we need 15+ days)

b) Describe your fly fishing trip, angler level, preferred waters, species et.

c) How many in your *party. (We can handle groups to 9 with up to 3 guides)

Our promise:
If you are a single or duo, we promise to only hook you up with angler(s) of similar wants & goals. This clinic is specifically limited to three anglers.

Cost: $150/angler

What happens if Dickson's can't come up with second or third angler?
No sweat. You are only responsible for the anglers you book for.

Do you outfit? Yup, we have everything from top instructors to tippet material. Rods & Flies are available upon request.(Chest waders are not)

"Building responsible anglers is what will save our Fly fishing resource"

Sincerely, Dennis and Mike