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Courses & Clinics

On a budget? Want to pick up some skills without doing a guided fly fishing trip? RIGS fly fishing clinics & courses are designed to teach the fundamentals: casting technique, fly selection, equipment, entomology, reading water, and river etiquette. Become a successful angler through our hands-on courses, clinic instruction, and detailed equipment review. Our 2 Hour Walk-In Clinic, advanced tactics, Tenkara Network clinics, and FREE fly tying courses & clinics are just some of the insightful offerings from RIGS that will help you achieve personal angling success. Stay up to date with our online Real-Time Fishing Report, view the most recent posts on fishing in Colorado via Facebook, or check out our What’s Hot BLOG for the latest news & deals on RIGS offerings. Visit RIGS’ Adventure Planner for assistance in choosing the right guided fly fishing trip for your group – guided fly fishing trips are available year-round.

Since 2001, RIGS Professional Instructors have aided students of all ability levels in their pursuit to become more competent and self-sufficient fly fishing anglers.

RIGS also offers several whitewater-based instructional courses. Designed for Guide Training/Employment, or just to better private boating skills, RIGS courses offer the essential foundation for becoming a competent boater. Since 2003, RIGS has trained numerous guides via our: State of Colorado Certified Guide Course, Fly Fishing Guide School and Float Fishing Guide School. Challenge yourself with an exciting and educational river rafting course designed to instill confidence and increase competency.

 

Courses and Clinics Calendar

JANUARY: 

  •  The Fly Fishing Show – Denver  Come by and see the RIGS Booth & Destination Theater Presentations.  

 

 MARCH:

  • NEW Rod Demo Days  Try out the latest fly rods for 2015 from SAGE, Redington, Tenkara USA and more!  RIGS will be stringing up its quiver of rods and making them available to cast just down the street in Ridgway Town Park to demo and cast to anyone interested in seeing what they’ve been missing. PLUS – Attendees will receive a 10% OFF Coupon towards the purchase of any of our NEW Rods immediately following the DEMO!

APRIL:

  • Earth Day Special!   (Recycle your old Fly Lines at RIGS and receive a 20% Discount towards a NEW Line!) One time discount is valid towards the purchase of one fly line only per-person, regardless of number of lines brought in to recycle.  Spread the word and keep it GREEN!

MAY:

  • Raft Guide Training Course  RIGS has offered its Colorado State River Guide Certification Course since 2002 and has provided the most extensive guide certification course, with the highest level of certification, available in the region. Your instructors have been training top quality river guides since 1991 and look forward to sharing their experience with you.
  • RIGS Fly Fishing Guide School An intensive three-day course that provides prospective fly fishing guides with classroom and on-the-water instruction to gain the skills necessary to become a well rounded and professional guide. While you don’t have to be an experienced angler to take this course, a basic understanding of fly fishing is required.
  • RIGS Float Fishing Guide School An intensive seven-day course providing students the essential skills needed to become a professional float fishing guide.  In order to become a fully certified and employable float fishing guide in the State of Colorado, each student is required to meet Colorado’s minimum raft guide qualifications , conducted by qualified instructors certified as Guide Instructors with Colorado Parks & Wildlife via its River Outfitter Program.
  • Mother’s Day Special – *2 for 1 on Guide Trips. Mothers with Daughter/Son ONLY, (Valid for Walk Wade Fly Fishing & ½ Day Raft Trips: *Discounted trips, call for more info. Thanks MOM!
  • FREE Memorial Day Holiday CLINIC @ Ridgway State Park (Pa-Co-Chu-Puk) Meet by the walking bridge over the river at the Pa-Co-Chu-Puk entrance to Ridgway State Park for an informative and free presentation and demo on fly fishing tactics, strategies, and rigging for producing quality trout in these Gold Medal Waters!

JUNE:

  • Locals RAFT Special Weekend – Locals Only (2 for 1). Must have valid I.D as resident of Ouray, San Miguel, or Montrose Counties.  Discount is valid on ½ Day Uncompahgre River (June 6th) and ½ Day San Miguel River trips only.
  • Father’s Day – *Guide Trip Special: (2 for 1)  Fathers with Daughter/Son ONLY, (Valid for Walk Wade Fly Fishing & ½ Day Raft Trips: Discounted trips, call for more info.

JULY:   No Clinics

AUGUST:

  • FREE Labor Day Weekend Fly Fishing CLINIC @ RSP (Pa-Co-Chu-Puk) Meet by the walking bridge over the river at the Pa-Co-Chu-Puk entrance to Ridgway State Park for an informative and free presentation and demo on fly fishing tactics, strategies, and rigging for producing quality trout in these Gold Medal Waters!

SEPTEMBER:

  • Book-Early PROMO – GUNNISON GORGE / BLACK CANYON 3-Day Trips – *RIGS officially releases its Launch Schedule for the next year to ALL Past Clients first on a “first come, first serve” basis.  Here’s your chance to book the best dates on the RIGS Launch Calendar before they are released to the general public!  Special thanks to ALL our Past Clients – pick our brains for best guess on prime time hatches!
  • End of Season Blowout! Stop in, or shop online, for the best stock on end of the season specials and closeouts: up to 50% OFF select apparel, fly rods, reels, waders, boots and much more!  Visit the Online Store today!
  • Tenkara Weekend Getaway –   Join our professional tenkara guides for a weekend of learning and fishing the Cimarron River backcountry, with a focus on high country water!

OCTOBER:

  • Hunting Season Special 20% OFF a Guided Fly Fishing Trip! show you’ve “tagged out” and get 20% OFF a Guided Fly Fishing Trip! (Valid September 15th thru November, valid per-person only, for trips conducted within this time frame only. Must show filled tag when booking).

NOVEMBER:

  • Veteran’s Day Special 30% OFF Guided Fly Fishing Trips Valid over the weekend.  Must provide valid Military ID# – book by phone, call 970-626-4460 today. Thanks for your service!
  • November Special: Free Guided Fly Fishing Trip Valid with the purchase of any Fly Rod Package ($450 value or higher). Group ½ Day Trip to be conducted at 10am on set date, call for additional information.

DECEMBER: 

  • Holiday December Special: Free Guided Fly Fishing Trip Valid with the purchase of any Fly Rod Package ($450 Value or higher). Group ½ Day Trip to be conducted at 10am on set date, call for additional information.