Fishing II, OSU PAC 179 class, Michael Gorman, instructor
Fly Fishing II PAC 179 Michael
This course is intended to take the student
with a basic grasp of the skills of fly fishing ---- rudimentary fly casting,
knowledge of nymphing, wet fly, dry fly techniques, essential equipment
appropriate to a given fish species, fly selection, knots, and simple fly-tying
methods --- to the next level of proficiency, specifically as they pertain to
trout and char. In addition to lectures,
demonstrations and discussions, there will be slide presentations and video
excerpts that will serve as learning aids in this course.
successful completion of FLY FISHING II the student will be able to:
*Execute and analyze a standard fly
cast AND a double haul fly cast.
*Generally identify immature and adult aquatic insect groups important in the trout diet.
*Make logical decisions about fly selection and appropriate fly fishing methods
in a given situation.
*Tie three basic fishing knots: double surgeon, clinch and nail knot.
*Neatly dub fur on a hook in the creation of an artificial fly. Select the
appropriate-size hackles for tying dry and wet flies..
*Describe at least two different effective methods for EACH fly fishing methods: wet fly
fly fishing and nymphing.
*Know how to select and effectively fish emerger flies.
*Select appropriate fly rod/reel/line/leader/fly combinations for a given
species of trout or char in steams or lakes.
*Name ten streams or lakes in Oregon of fly fishing importance, their exact
location, fish species present, and appropriate time of year to fly fish these
with a reasonable chance of success.
Slide presentation: "Fly Fishing Possibilities in Oregon right Now".
Review course outline & grading. Trout and char species, physiology, habitat and
habits. More fishing locations.
2 Slide presentation: "Locating
and understanding trout in streams and lakes." Fly fishing knots
Beyond the basics of fly fishing equipment: fly rods, lines, leaders,
tippets, trick accessories..
Video excerpts: selecting and fishing wet flies and streamers.
excerpts of basic and advanced fly casting techniques. And, in-class
Outdoor casting session.
Aquatic entomology and identification. Collection and preservation.
entomology and identification.
Fly tying demonstration: the Wooly Bugger.
Class fly tying.
OPEN-NOTE MID TERM EXAM
Video excerpts: selecting and presenting dry flies.
WEEK 7 Video excerpts: spring
creeks and additional dry fly strategies.
Fly tying demonstration: dubbing fur and tying the Elk Hair Caddis.
Class fly tying.
Video excerpts: selecting and fishing nymphs.
WEEK 9 CLASS PROJECTS
DEADLINE Fly tying demonstration: The G. R. Hare's
Video excerpts on fishing emergers. Tie up "loose ends." Brief
OPEN NOTE/OPEN BOOK FINAL EXAM.
Class offered Winter Term ONLY
GRADING FLY FISHING II, PAC 179
Instructor: Michael Gorman
754-1544 Phone message
1. Grading: the final grade, scored
on a 60-70-80-90 % (D-C-B-A) basis, is determined by the sum of the points
associated with the following criteria:
*Participation: 20 points. After the first week of the term, 1 point is
subtracted from a starting total of 20 for each absence from participation in
*Grading quiz, week 5, Tuesday, February 3: 20 points.
*Timed open note/open book demonstration of knowledge during week 6, Thursday,
February 12: 50 points.
*Summary of fly fishing outing taken during the current term, due beginning of
class, March 2: 30 points.
*Satisfactory completion of one of the projects listed in #3 below, due
beginning of class, March 2: 30 points.
*End-of-term open note/open book demonstration of knowledge, week 10, Thursday,
March 11: 100 points.
Maximum point total: 250.
Submit a type-written summary of a fly fishing outing taken during the
current term: 75 – 100 words indicating: 1) date and stream or
lake fished, and its general geographical location (5 points); 2) exact
equipment (rod reel, line leader, tippet) and flies (5 points); 3)
description of the fishing (not casting) techniques/presentations of the fly
used (5 points); and, 4) significant fishing “lessons” learned (5
points). 5) Use spelling and grammar checks on your summary (5 points).
6) Papers should include PAC course number and class meeting time, and papers should
not exceed more than half a page of 12-point typed text (5 points). Due at
the beginning of class March 2. Only typed summaries submitted at the
beginning of class will be accepted. Late submissions will receive no
Select, complete, and submit one of the following on or
before March 2:
A. Typed summary of a fly fishing book (non-cartoon) of at least 100
pages, read during the current term. Include: 1) author, publisher and
publishing date, 2) a concise summary between 150 and 300 words, not
to exceed one page of 12-point text (5 points). 3) Refer to two or
more specific items of particular interest to you. 4) Use spelling and
grammar checks on your summary (5 points). 5) Papers should include PAC
number (PAC 179) and class meeting time as part of the heading. 6) At
the very bottom of the of your report type: “I have read this book in its
entirety during the current term”. Place your handwritten signature below it.
B. Typed summary and review (150 – 300 words each)
of two different fly fishing videos. In addition to the video title,
include the name of the host/narrator and video-production company. Then,
follow exactly the guidelines stipulated in Project A, above, as you write
your summaries. Students must locate the videos outside class and OSU. NONE
ARE AVAILABLE FOR STUDENT USE FROM OSU OR PAC DEPARTMENT.
C. A custom fishing rod built by the student during the
D. A display of 12 different fly patterns tied by the
student during the current term. These will be mounted, labeled (in type, not
hand-written), and neatly displayed. Display method is the choice of the
E. Collect 12 different aquatic organisms from ponds,
streams or lakes, each in its own glass vial (with 50/50 mixture of tap water
and rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol) available from OSU Bookstore. Your instructor
will help with general identification. Create a typed sheet referencing each
numbered vial with 1) organism I.D., 2)water where it was captured, and 3)
Late submissions, for any
reason, will not be accepted for credit. All summaries and projects are due no
later than the beginning of class March 2.
Note: Students absent from class, for any reason, are responsible for securing
notes from another student in class.
A few recommended books and
authors: A few
recommended video titles:
The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide by T. Rosenbauer
Fly Fishing for Trout, 3M
Fishing in Oregon by Casali and Dinesse
Strategies for Selective Trout, 3M
Western Hatches by Hafele and
Strategies for Trout, 3M
Fly Casting Illustrated by F.
Fishing for Bass, 3M
Lake Fishing with a Fly by Kaufmann and Cordes
Essence of Fly Casting, Kreiger
Steelhead Fly Fishing and Flies by T.
Combs Fly Fishing for
Pacific Steelhead, 3M
Statement of Risk:
Risk is associated with many of life’s activities, including PAC classes. It is highly
recommended that you provide yourself with a student health/accident insurance
policy. These are available through the University, private carriers, or
through a family policy. If uninsured, minor accidents or health problems can
lead to great expense. If you have a condition that might affect or be affected
by participation in this PAC class, you are encouraged to so inform your
instructor either verbally or in writing. Should you become ill or
injured during class time, please inform the instructor or have a fellow student
do so. If you must leave class because of illness or injury it is recommended
that another student accompany you.
Sharp hooks and tools used during this class have an obvious inherent danger.
Use common sense and precautions at all times. When on a fishing outing, common
sense and precautions are urged when using sharp hooks (wearing polarized eye
glasses is recommended at all times to protect your eyes and assist in safe
wading) and wading in swift currents or walking on slippery rocks. If you
perceive dangerous conditions that cannot be counteracted with common sense and
reasonable precautions, desist and/or speak with your instructor.
Focus Questions and Important Info to know --- Have in your notes!
*Name 10 Oregon
streams or lakes (and general locations) that have available year-round fly
*Name six different species of trout and char you can catch in Oregon.
Name two identifying physical and/or behavioral characteristics that would
distinguish one species from the others.
*Identify the Top Six flies recommended in class. Be able to identify an
artificial dry fly from a wet fly from a nymph.
*Besides, recommended rod lengths and "weights", what qualities would you
look for in a good fly rod.
*Know: recommended fly rod lengths/weights, leader lengths, appropriate fly
reel size, different reel drag systems.
*What factors weigh into the retail price of a fly rod? Are all
rod-building graphite fibers the same? Guide numbers?
*Can you interpret "WF-6-F" as it relates to the attributes of a fly line?
Best choice in fly lines for streams and lakes.
*Name three desirable attributes of braided Dacron as fly line backing.
*Leaders: appropriate length and diameter. How is diameter of tippet
*Difference between leader and tippet. Correlate "X" number with inches.
Appropriate "X" number for hook size?
*Know the five guidelines for basic fly casting as discussed
in class: Eat The Apple With Care.
*Describe the general guidelines for performing a Double Haul fly cast.
What is a "haul"?
*Know the basic presentation method/strategy for dry flies,
wet flies, and nymphs.
*Best line for fishing nymphs deep along a stream bottom? Single best line
recommended for fishing nymphs in lakes? What is special about the Mastery
Stillwater fly line? How quickly does it sink? Interpret WF-4-S code.
*Know some advanced presentation methods/strategies for dry
flies, wet flies, and nymphs, lakes and streams.
*What is "drag" as it relates to the drift of an artificial fly in a
stream? Name 3 methods for preventing drag.
*How would you use a fish stomach pump? What is a shock absorber leader?
A braided leader? What is Gink? What is Xink? Name three types of strike
*To the majority of feeding-selective trout: what is MOST important about
your fly? Color, size or shape?
*Can you tie a clinch knot, surgeon knot, and an Albright knot? In
assembling your backing/fly line/leader/fly system, where is each of the
aforementioned knots used?
*Wooly Bugger: name materials and tools used to construct the fly. Tail
*Elk Hair Caddis: name materials and tools used to construct the fly.
*Gold-Ribbed Hare's Ear: name materials and tools used to construct the
fly. Special nature of Hare's mask hair?
*What is a "hackle"? Bird (and gender) producing the most commonly used
hackles? From what bird do we get marabou feathers? What is a half-hitch knot?
*Be able to describe identification differences among adult AND immature
caddisflies, mayflies, midges, and stoneflies, damselflies, and dragonflies.
Wings at rest, wing pads, tails, claws, antennae, gill locations, and other
unique identifying characteristics. Contrast complete vs. incomplete
*Most important trout-food insects in streams? Most important trout-food
aquatic organisms in lakes?
*What two readily-available liquids were recommended to be mixed for
preserving aquatic organisms?
*How do the numbers and sizes of trout in a quality lake compare with those
in the average trout stream?
*What is a "polarized" glasses lens? What does polarization do for the
*Name 10 handy and/or necessary items to carry in a fishing vest?
*Why are waders waist (NOT hip) or chest-high necessary to be a
consistently effective stream fly angler?
*Why is a floating craft necessary to be an effective lake angler?