Classes, Clinics, and Workshops

Hundreds of beginning and intermediate anglers have improved
their skills through classes and clinics at 2nd Ave Fly Shop.

For casting lessons or possible group sessions, call 282-4217. Be sure to ask for Jene or Kathy, or leave a message. You can also email us at

Private Casting Lessons

This is our most active area of instruction. Private casting lessons are available spring, summer, and autumn, depending on weather. A typical lesson runs an hour and a half. The cost is $50 and the instruction is tailored to your current ability. The most successful students recently have been advanced beginners endeavoring to reach the next plateau, including some headed north for salmon fishing or south for saltwater angling, both of which require casting distancee.

Interestingly, our small Iowa streams demand the same advanced techniques used by distance casters. Double hauling is as important for straigtening out a short cast in tight quarters as it is on the salt flats. Think about it. Are you just dapping and high-stick nymphing because your casting ability is limited? If the shoe fits, change it.

Fundamentals of Fly Fishing.

This 5-week classroom course covers the material that most anglers learn during their first year (or more) of fishing. Extended time is devoted to understanding types of flies and how to use them. Lessons are also dedicated to rods and lines, the all-important knots that you need on the stream, and the surprisingly complex world of leaders.  Cost: $50, which includes a casting session.   Call for details: 515-282-4217

Because of waning interest, we schedule new classes only when at least five students are available. Drop us an email to get on a waiting list, or better yet, recruit some friends to fill out a class. Then give us a call.

     Casting Clinic.

A clinic begins at 10:30 a.m. and typically lasts until 12:30, depending on the number of students participating. Beginners and intermediate casters welcome. The techniques covered are the pick up and lay down, false casting, the roll cast, casting safety, and the most effective practice techniques. More advanced techniques like double hauling are demonstrated.  Cost $20.  Again, five students are required, so follow the advice given above for organizing classes.