Perfecting Your Presentation: Fly Fishing in the North Yuba Watershed

Dates: July 19-21, 2024
Instructor: Trent Kirschner
Fee: $395.00 + meals and accommodations fees
Term: Summer 2024

Workshop Description

Trout are one of the world’s most renowned game fish due to their elusiveness. Join Trent Kirschner of Tahoe Wild Trout, a professional fly fishing guide and instructor to improve your fly presentation and practice techniques that will improve your chances or hooking these exciting species. Fly presentation is arguably the most important aspect of fly fishing. We will discuss and practice a variety of dry and wet fly techniques while polishing our presentation for each.

fly fisherman leaning over gear and water

Instructor Bio

Trent Kirschner, of Trent Kirschner’s Tahoe Wild Trout, started casting his first fly rod at the age of ten and has been passionate about the art ever since. He is a graduate, class of 1999, of the highly regarded Clearwater Fly Fish Guide program in Northern California and has been guiding and instructing ever since. When he is not guiding his own clients he can be found supporting Cast Hope, Matt Heron Fly Fishing, Tahoe Mountain Club and San Francisco State University at their field station on the North Fork of the Yuba River to name a few. Trent lives in Truckee spending most of his time guiding and instructing in the greater Truckee area. As a high school science teacher, Trent’s knowledge of fly fishing is polished with excellent instructional skills. As a true fly angler, Trent loves to pass on the art and inspiration of fly fishing to others. You may contact Trent @

Workshop Details

Workshop Schedule

Plan to arrive at the field station by 12 noon on Friday. We will meet in the classroom from 1-2 p.m. for introductions and a quick overview. Then we will head to the water to begin our reading water and technique instruction before dinner. After dinner we will meet in the classroom and discuss technique choice. Day 2 will be packed with more techniques, casting and application. Our final day will end at 2 p.m.

Workshop Supplies List

  • Valid California Fishing License

  • 3 to 5 weight fly rod with floating line

  • Wading staff

  • Wading boots with aqua sole or felt

  • Waders (optional)

  • Nippers with retractor

  • Hemostats with retractor

  • Tippet 5X and 6X

  • Leaders 7.5 feet 5X and 6X

  • Dry Shake

  • Net (optional)

  • Split Shot no. 1 or B size

  • Strike Indicators Thingamabobber 1 inch

  • Dry Flies

    • Parachute Adams size 14-20
    • Grasshoppers size 10-12
    • Elk Hair Caddis size 14-18
    • Yellow Humpy size 14-18
    • Ants size 14-18
  • Wet flies

    • Birds Nest size 14-20

    • Bead Head Prince size 14-20

    • Pheasant tail size 14-20

    • Copper John size 14-18

  • Personal gear
    • Pack, vest or bags for carrying fly and personal gear

    • Polarized sunglasses

    • Camera with water proof bag recommended

    • Note pad

    • Quick dry shorts or pants for wading

    • Raingear

Contact for questions about needed materials.

Lodging and Camping Supplies

Camping gear if you are staying on campus:

  • tent and sleeping pad (unless you are staying in our tent with a cot provided)
  • warm sleeping bag
  • pillow, toiletries, and towel
  • flashlight and lantern
  • alarm clock

Field gear for everyone:

  • day pack
  • sunscreen
  • insect repellant
  • water bottles
  • plastic containers for packed lunches
  • sense of humor

You might also want to bring:

  • camera
  • binoculars
  • hand lens
  • camp chair


The weather in the Sierra Nevada can vary greatly, even in a single day. Be prepared for chilly temperatures at night, even below freezing early in the summer. Rain is a possibility any time, whether forecast or not. Variable weather clothing that can be layered is best: long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, warm sweater and jacket, t-shirt and shorts or skirt, sturdy shoes or hiking boots, sun hat, rain gear, and a warm hat or gloves for cold weather and/or night activities. And, if you come later in the season, bring your swimsuit for afternoon dips in the lakes!