For all Day Camps there is a non-refundable $25 deposit to register for all Day Camps.

McCallie’s Fly Fishing Camp will give campers the knowledge, skills and practice they need to join the ranks of this rewarding lifelong pursuit.

Each week-long session is designed for those with little or no experience–the only requirement is an interest in fishing and an enthusiasm for the outdoors. Time will be split between the McCallie campus and trips to area lakes and rivers.

Instruction will include: how to assemble and care for a fly rod, how to cast in several types of situations, how to read the water and find the fish, and how to identify insect hatches and match those hatches with corresponding flies. Campers will need their own 5 or 6 weight fly rod, reel, line, leader and tippet. We will put our skills to work through practice, competition, and fishing!

Our goal is for your camper to catch and release a fish on a fly rod! Come see why fly-fishing continues to make sports-fishing headlines!

We have FOUR GOALS for you at fly fishing camp:

  1. You will begin to acquire the skills needed to become an effective fly fisherman—casting, reading the water, choosing a fly, getting a good drift, and playing the fish.
  2. You will learn to appreciate the art and value of fly fishing.
  3. You will get to practice your skills on a local pond as well as a genuine trout stream.
  4. We want you to have fun!

We will accommodate a variety of knowledge and skills ranging from the beginner on up.  We will not be doing much hiking.  Although one can often find better fishing away from easy access, our program will concentrate on learning the basics of fly fishing.  Will you catch fish?  As the name implies, it’s called fishing rather than catching for a good reason.  However, last summer, every single camper landed a fish on his fly rod.  The proof is in the pictures.

2017 Fly Fishing Camp Sessions:

Dates: (Two Sessions)
FLY Session 1: June 12 – 16
Fee: $325

INTERMEDIATE FLY: Session 2: June 26 – 30
Fee: $350
This camp session is designed for returning campers or campers who have had previous fly fishing experience. We will focus on expanding our knowledge and skills in the areas of: casting, reading the water, choosing a fly, getting a good drift, and playing the fish. This camp will be on the water all five days.

    • Grades: Rising 5th – Rising 9th grades; Boys and girls
    • Time: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
      • Drop-off Location: Middle School Circle
      • Pick-up Location: Middle School Circle (3:30 PM) OR McCallie Gameroom (3:35)
      • Late pick-up: After 4:00 PM, Pick-up at McCallie Gameroom – $25 per day after 5pm.
    • Fee includes daily lunch, drink, and light snack as well as a McCallie t-shirt.
      • A $25 deposit is required to hold spot (includes the $25 non-refundable registration fee).
    • Lunch is provided and Early Drop Off (8AM) is available.

Camp enrollment is limited so register early.

– Our camp day will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m.
– Drop-off and pick-up will be in the Middle School circle, halfway up the hill on the left.
– Lunch and a drink as well as water and a light snack will be provided daily.
– Please wear comfortable clothing and closed-toed tennis shoes the first day.
– Please do NOT bring conventional fishing tackle.
– You will need a fly-rod, a compatible reel, leader, and tippet.  I highly recommend purchasing several packages of a leader/tippet combination.
– You do NOT need to purchase waders and fishing boots.
– All campers will receive a McCallie Fly Fishing t-shirt.

Although the director will be in the Middle School by 8:00 a.m. each morning, he will be assembling supplies, drinks, and ice, and so not available to supervise campers until 9:00 a.m.

1. You will need to bring a fly-rod and reel, rigged with floating fly-line, leader, and tippet.

2. If you have flies, bring them, but you will receive a packet of flies for the camp.

3. You will be responsible for keeping up with your fishing gear each day; therefore, I suggest that you carry your rod in a non-flexible tube and carry your gear in a backpack/bag of some sort.

4. If you are 13 or over, you will need to purchase a TN junior Hunting/Fishing license for $8.  You can purchase one at Wal-Mart or one of several local fishing/hunting stores.

If you don’t own a fly-rod and you cannot borrow one, I suggest the Quest package from L.L. Bean as a starter kit.  It is inexpensive and comes with a full guarantee on breakage, plus it arrives fully rigged. The ideal model for fishing around Chattanooga is around an 8 ½ foot, 5 weight outfit.

+ Camp Information

– Our camp day will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m.
– Drop-off and pick-up will be in the Middle School circle, halfway up the hill on the left.
– Lunch and a drink as well as water and a light snack will be provided daily.
– Please wear comfortable clothing and closed-toed tennis shoes the first day.
– Please do NOT bring conventional fishing tackle.
– You will need a fly-rod, a compatible reel, leader, and tippet.  I highly recommend purchasing several packages of a leader/tippet combination.
– You do NOT need to purchase waders and fishing boots.
– All campers will receive a McCallie Fly Fishing t-shirt.

Although the director will be in the Middle School by 8:00 a.m. each morning, he will be assembling supplies, drinks, and ice, and so not available to supervise campers until 9:00 a.m.

+ What to Bring

1. You will need to bring a fly-rod and reel, rigged with floating fly-line, leader, and tippet.

2. If you have flies, bring them, but you will receive a packet of flies for the camp.

3. You will be responsible for keeping up with your fishing gear each day; therefore, I suggest that you carry your rod in a non-flexible tube and carry your gear in a backpack/bag of some sort.

4. If you are 13 or over, you will need to purchase a TN junior Hunting/Fishing license for $8.  You can purchase one at Wal-Mart or one of several local fishing/hunting stores.

If you don’t own a fly-rod and you cannot borrow one, I suggest the Quest package from L.L. Bean as a starter kit.  It is inexpensive and comes with a full guarantee on breakage, plus it arrives fully rigged. The ideal model for fishing around Chattanooga is around an 8 ½ foot, 5 weight outfit.

Please let us know if your plans change and your child will not be attending camp so we can give the spot to another child.

Please pay by credit card or check before camp begins. A non-refundable $25 registration fee is included in the deposit. (This registration fee applies to the camp fee.) The remaining balance is due and will be charged to your method of payment 10 days before the session begins.

About the Director

Brian Beckley

McCallie Fly Fishing Camp will be directed by Brian Beckley. An outdoor enthusiast, Brian is particularly passionate about fly fishing. Although he is the first to admit that the pursuit of big fish will forever motivate him to explore new waters, fly fishing is responsible for enriching his life in so many other ways than landing a big fish. It has helped him maintain life-long friendships and create new ones.

Fly fishing has also taken Brian to many of this country’s most beautiful locations. Some of his favorite fly fishing adventures include: fishing the hex hatch in Michigan, climbing to high elevation lakes in Colorado, exploring various spring creeks in Minnesota and Pennsylvania, experiencing late fall on the South Holston River, and pursuing steelhead trout in various Lake Erie tributaries in his home state of Ohio.

Brian began his professional career in education at Wittenberg University, located in Springfield, Ohio. There he served as an admission counselor, moving up to assistant director of admission and eventually taking on the role of associate director of admission. In December of 2007, Brian was hired as director of programs and college counseling for I Know I Can, one of the largest and most successful college access programs nationwide. At McCallie, Brian serves as associate director of college counseling, assistant varsity crew coach, faculty advisor to the Young Republicans, and co-advisor to the McCallie Rod and Gun Club. Brian’s wife, Jen, is a learning center specialist at McCallie. They have a seven-year-old son, Herbert Spencer (who already loves to fish with daddy!) and a three-year-old son, Samuel Ellis.

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