These activities are for members only. If you have questions, please contact the Education Chair.

Upcoming Courses and Workshops 2021


Introduction to Fly Fishing for Beginners on Vancouver Island

We regret to announce that this course, which is normally offered in May, has been ON-HOLD due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We hope to be able to offer the course in the fall should the situation allow for group events to take place.

See the information under Past Courses and Workshops (below) for course contents.

For inquiries, contact:

Cormack Gates, Education Chair
Phone: (250) 752-1129

Past Courses and Workshops 2020

Beginner and Intermediate Fly-Tying programs. This year’s flies will be different from previous years, but will provide equivalent skill levels to encourage past students to participate again if they so wish.
Held:  January and February 2020 (cancelled due to COVID-19)

Springtime Intermediate Fly-Casting Clinic for Single Hand Rods
Held:  March 8th and 15th, 2020 (cancelled due to COVID-19)


Past Courses and Workshops 2019

Introduction to Fly Fishing for Beginners on Vancouver Island

The “Introduction to Fly Fishing for Beginners” course is specifically designed to give new fly fishers the basic knowledge, casting skills and fly-fishing strategies to effectively fish our local BC waters. This is a beginner’s course that will cover:   fly fishing equipment, fly casting, safety, fish food, stream ecology, flies and knots.

At the end of the course you will: 

  • Be familiar with the fundamentals of fly fishing.
  • Have practiced basic fly casting and knot tying skills.
  • Have a general knowledge of Vancouver Island fish, where to find them, and how to fish for them, safely and ethically.
  • You will be ready for your first fly fishing trip on the Elk River.

Equipment:  Each student will be provided a club rod for the duration of the course.

Participants must be a member of the club.  

Course Manual:  A manual is available on-line to Club members. Alternatively, you may purchase a printed Cerlox bound copy.

Enrolment:  Limited to 20 students! First come first serve.  

Intro to Fly Fishing – Class of 2019


Photos of past beginners fly fishing courses and fly tying courses 

Devina demonstrating Fly Tying

Class Fly Tying

Ted leading the Intermediate Fly Tying








Instructors:  Members of the Education Committee

For more information in other courses, contact Cormack Gates, Mid-Island Castaways Education Chair, or call 250-752-1129.