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

Upcoming Courses and Workshops 2022


Introduction to Fly Fishing for Beginners on Vancouver Island

Intro to Fly-Fishing Course 2022

The Mid-Island Castaways Fly Fishing Club is holding its annual Introduction to Fly Fishing is tentatively scheduled from May 7th – 10th, 2022. The course covers basic fly casting, safety, selection of equipment, tying knots, fly selection, stream ecology and much more. A trip to a river to learn about stream ecology and how to fish flowing water is included. Loaner fly rods will be provided for students to use during the course.

Enrolment in the course is limited to 20 students and requires membership in the Mid-Island Castaways Fly Fishing Club and spaces will be filled on a first come first served basis.

Stream Ecology 2019

For a printable version of the course announcement, click here.


For inquiries, contact:

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

Past Casting Clinics Winter 2021-2022

Single Hand Casting Clinic offered between – November 2021 and March 2022.
For more information, click HERE.

Past Courses and Workshops 2021

Three-hour Fly-Casting Clinic for Single Hand Rods – June 19, 2021
For more information, click HERE.

From this casting clinic held on Saturday, June 19, 2021, you can download the summarized course recap document of a photographic essay and notes:  the key elements of casting mechanics, the pick up and lay down cast, and roll casting. The last slide summarizes drills you can practice on your own or with a casting buddy.

To view this document, log in to the “Members Only” page.

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.