Two of the reasons this class is such a great value in fly fishing instruction are the quality and number of our instructors. We average an instructor-student ratio of roughly 1:3 - one instructor for every three students.
Most of these people have 20+ years of fly fishing experience. Several have fished on two or three, even four continents. Many have fished in both fresh and salt water - for nearly any species you can name.
All of them have a passion for the sport. They bring their passion to this class, where you benefit from their years of experience and their wide range of expertise.
Lew is often called the glue of the club. He is a founding member of the Minnesota Fly Fishers and was its first newsletter editor. He's been hosting the Fly Fishing Basics class since its inception. And if that isn't enough, he's a zen master with a nymph and a soft hackle in a two-fly rig.
Hugh is another founding member of the Minnesota Fly Fishers. He's served as President, class instructor, and all around elder statesman. He's the inventor of the Hugh's Foam Popper fly, was a world class model airplane pilot in his youth, and once held the lodge record for Northern Pike (54") at an unnamed lodge in Northern Saskatchewan.
Brian is also a founding member and past President of the Minnesota Fly Fishers. He's a semi-retired Minneapolis Public Schools teacher. As such, he's a naturally gifted instructor who also happens to be one of the best fly casters around. He spends a lot of time these days chasing smallmouth bass on the Mississippi.
Tom routinely handles the class segments on fly reels and on safety. He's a former Red Cross Certified First Aid Instructor and knows his way around the streams of SE Minnesota and Western Wisconsin, to say nothing of the Henry's Fork in Eastern Idaho (where he's shown here, stalking a wiley rainbow).
Ed first came to the Minnesota Fly Fishers through this class in 1990. In 1995 he began a four year run as President of the club. He followed that with a long stint as Newsletter Editor. These days he serves as our webmeister and handles our Facebook presence. As for fishing cred, he's content just to get out on the stream as often as he can.
Jack is a true renaissance man of fly fishing. He's a consummate fisherman, fly tyer, painter, and writer. Jack is a retired newspaper copywriter, and served as MFF Newsletter Editor for several years before turning his duties over to pursue his painting. Here's a recent newspaper article featuring Jack.
Rick is another class graduate to move on to the position of Club President. Rick is a writer, magazine editor, and world traveler who just happens to have Wisconsin's Willow River wired!
Dick is a retired public school principal. Now that he's not wrangling kids anymore, he wrangles smallmouth on the Mississippi and elsewhere. A great fly caster, Dick pitches in with coaching students during the outdoor casting sessions.
.Bob left his work-a-day life as a print media professional behind a few years ago. Good thing, because his true passion is chasing trout. This is evident from the name of his weekend hobby-business, Troutchasers Inc., Bob is a student of SE Minnesota and fishes or guides in the region as much as he can. In fact, as of late winter 2016, he's published a guide book on SE MN: Fly-Fishing for Trout in Southeast Minnesota ... a Troutchaser's Guide.
John is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District. That's also him in the photo at the top of the page, teaching the finer points of casting to a group of students. John is one of a handful of Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructors in Minnesota. He has an innate teaching style. As such, we're privileged to have him instructing with us each year.
Lee is a semi-retired eminent domain attorney in Minneapolis. More importantly, he's our gadget guru. He knows more about all the equipment out there than any three of the rest of us. Lee's passion is fly fishing travel in general, and salt water fly fishing in particular.
Bill is a retired department head of the Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics department at the University of Minnesota. He's fished on several continents, including the legendary chalk streams of Merry Old England. He serves as one of our roving casting instructors during the outdoor casting sessions and offers numerous insights on fly selection between classroom sessions.
Mike Kelly has been fishing all his adult life. Originally from Michigan, he's also spent time guiding in Vail, CO. There he fished well over 200 days some years. Mike's most fond of dry fly fishing - even when the fish aren't rising. "You have to tease 'em up," he says. And then he does! When I've fished with Mike, he's sometimes had fish on the line before I've even gotten my waders on.
Lyth is another of our FFF Certified Casting Instructors. He's an active member of the Lew Jewett Chapter of the International Federation of Fly Fishers. He has fly fished in streams, rivers, lakes and salt water for over 30 years. When not conducting casting classes or fishing, Lyth is the President of Midwest Special Services, Inc., a Saint Paul based non-profit agency that provides employment and training services to adults with disabilities.
Margaret is a retired attorney and graduate of the Joan Wulff Instructor School, and is an I-FFF certified casting instructor who teaches anglers of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. She is the recipient of the Thomas F. Waters Conservation Award, is a National Casting For Recovery Program and Becoming an Outdoors Woman fly fishing instructor, a licensed regional fishing guide, a member of the International Federation of Fly Fishers, the St. Croix River Association, Minnesota Fly Fishers, Lew Jewett Fly Fishers, Inc., Kiap TU Wish Trout Unlimited, and the Director of Confluence Fly Fishing Midwest. She lives in St. Paul, MN.
The Great Harvest Bread Co.
The Great Harvest Bread Company of Minnetonka donates bread, scones, rolls, muffins, cookies, and other goodies each year. Students and instructors alike can have a tasty morning treat before getting down to the serious business of learning and teaching fly fishing!
Please support Ruth Kloser and the Great Harvest Bread Co.!
Please support Ruth Kloser and the Great Harvest Bread Co.!