Basics of Saltwater Fly Fishing

Community Outreach at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Basic Fly Tying and Casting Techniques

Basic Fly Tying and Casting

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Fly fishing is growing in popularity every day in South Texas, because of the diverse fisheries located up and down the Gulf Coast.  Some of the preeminent fly fishing areas in the world are in our own back yard.  Our stretch of coast offers many different angling opportunities, from super skinny flats for big redfish to offshore fly fishing for even bigger pelagic species.  This introductory course will cover a variety of techniques, tools, and methods used in tying common saltwater patterns, as well as basic fly casting techniques, and local fishing tactics.

Course Tuition: $120.00 per person, for all eight sessions.

Course Dates:  Fall 2016 course schedule coming soon.

Course Location: The Natural Resources Center, room 1003 on the campus of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

Instructor: Captain Steve Utley, with Don Alcala.

What to Expect

Captain Steve Utley Saltwater Fly Fishing

This class will include instruction and practice in both basic fly tying and fly casting, with special emphasis on fly tying. The class meets once a week on Tuesday nights from 6:00pm to 8:00pm beginning March 24 through May 5, 2015.

Class introductory material will include instruction on the usage of both basic and specialty tools, materials and techniques. Participants will also be guided in the development of the most effective patterns for this area.

Some time will be spent on fly casting, and the equipment for these lessons is provided.

Several guest instructors with specialized knowledge will be included in the class.

Course Requirements

Fly Fishing Course Corpus Christi

This class is most suitable for adults, or some mature children accompanied by a parent. Please contact Joe Miller, Director of Education & Youth Issues at (361)825-5967 for more information.

Materials for the course will be provided, however participants will need the following equipment to participate in fly tying. (Starter kits as described below have been assembled especially for Saltwater Fly Fishing Basics students at Roy's Bait & Tackle in Corpus Christi at SPID & Ennis Joslin for a discounted cost of $45.) 

  1. Two ceramic bobbins.
  2. One bodkin.
  3. One pair 4" fine point scissors.
  4. One hair stacker.
  5. One Styrofoam tying caddy.
  6. One bottle of head cement.

Recommended Reading:

Fly Fisherman's Guide to Saltwater Prey. 
Aaron J. Adams, PhD.

Texas Saltwater Classics. Fly Patterns for the Texas Coast.
Gregg Berlocher

About the Instructors

Captain Steve Utley Saltwater Fly Fishing

Captain Steven Utley was born in 1953. He grew up on the Texas coast, and has been fishing since the age of 7. As a teenager he lived in St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands where he continued his love affair with the water, fishing, surfing, and diving. Being on the water with a rod in his hand, casting for the perfect fish has been a passion all of his life. Sharing that passion with others by being a fishing guide and fly tying instructor has been a life-long dream.

Captain Steve is a licensed captain through the U.S. Coast Guard and holds a valid guide license through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. He is a member of the American Canoe Association. He is a member of the Texas Outdoor Guides Association, is a Native Endorsed Fishing Guide, and a guide member of the Federation of Fly Fishers. Steve was the very first person certified as a Texas Wildlife Fishing Guide through the Corpus Christi Convention & Visitors Bureau. He is also a member of the Pro Staff of Temple Fork Outfitters.


Don Alcala Flyfishing Instructor

Don Alcala, was raised outside of Austin, and fishing was always a part of life for Don. In 2007, he moved to Corpus Christi and fishing quickly took over as the dominant force in his life. In 2008, Don learned to fly fish and quickly fell in love with the sport. He is currently the President of the Laguna Madre Fly Fishers of Corpus Christi, a non-profit fly fishing club dedicated to education and conservation.


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For more information contact:
Joe Miller
Director, Education and Youth Issues
Captain Steve Utley

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