Women's Trout School with Riley Nelson and Simon Gawesworth
By Riley Nelson
October 29, 2021

Weminuche Valley Ranch Colorado July 18 - 23, 2022

Join Fly Water Travel's Rockies Destination Manger Riley Nelson and Far Bank's Education and Engagement Manager Simon Gawesworth for a highly educational, in-depth women's only Trout School at the Weminuche Valley Ranch in Southern Colorado.
Weminuche Valley Ranch
Exclusive access to well managed and highly productive trout streams.​

Whether you are a seasoned trout angler or new to the sport, this trip to Colorado with Riley Nelson and Simon Gawesworth is sure to be an exciting and educational adventure. Simon will be traveling with the latest Sage and Redington fly rods and RIO fly lines perfectly matched for the Southern Colorado area. Students will learn in the classroom on select mornings and evenings and spend the first day on the casting pond learning to cast with Simon, Riley, and other casting instructors. The second day of the course is designed to teach anglers how to fish with dry flies, nymphs and indicators, streamers and soft hackles, all while wade fishing on the private local waters. The remaining two days concentrate on putting into practice the skills learned with two days of guided fishing with top Colorado guides.

Far Bank Fly Fishing Schools are designed so that students leave the course with all the knowledge and skills needed for a lifetime of enjoyment in fly fishing. We do this by keeping the instructor to student ratio to an absolute minimum. On group lesson days there will be a maximum of 4 students per instructor, and on the putting-into-practice fishing days, only two guests per professional guide.

Group Size: 10 students


  • July 18: Arrive Durango, CO. Transfer to lodge. Half day casting session.  Welcome dinner with Simon and Riley. 
  • July 19: Classroom and casting pond sessions with Simon and other certified instructors
  • July 20: Morning classroom session. Full day of wade fishing with Simon and other certified instructors
  • July 21: Full day of guided trout fishing
  • July 22: Full day of guided trout fishing or a full day casting clinic with Simon
  • July 23: Depart lodge

NOTE: Extra days of guided fishing and lodging are available if students would like to fish more after school is dismissed.

Rate: Per person for a 5 night/ 4 day school 

Double Occupancy: $4,500
Single Occupancy: $5,600

Use of Sage, Redington, and RIO demo gear
All meals at the lodge
Fishing instruction
Guided fishing

Not Included:
Transportation to/from the lodge
Fishing license

Meet Riley Nelson

A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Riley is Fly Water Travel's resource on trout fishing throughout the western states. As a former guide in Utah and now Fly Water Travel's Destination Manager for trout fisheries in the west, Riley is passionate about getting more women on the water and building a welcoming community of diverse fly fishers.

Meet Simon Gawesworth
Learn more about your Host and Chief Instructor.

Destination Manager

Riley Nelson

Rockies, Pacific Northwest

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