Spey Casting Classes



Spey casting is an advanced form of fly casting that can be performed with any fly rod, but is mostly done with two-handed rods. They allow an angler to cover the water quickly and efficiently with tremendous line control. It’s not only fun, but very effective. This full day class takes place on the water where you will learn the essential concepts of spey casting, as well as of the major casts from both sides of the river.

What to expect: Our classes focus on the fishing during the season the class is held.  Our focus in our summer classes is on dry line techniques for summer steelhead and the focus in our winter and spring classes is on casting and fishing sink tips and heavy flies for winter steelhead. Even though the focus in on the techniques used in the season of the class, we also go over sink tip fishing in the summer classes and dry line techniques and lines in our winter classes.  We will discuss and have available the many different Scandi and Skagit heads that make learning to spey cast so much easier than it used to be.  Additional topics include reading water, run timing, fly selection and more.



  • Cost: $95.00
  • Time: 9am-3pm
  • Dates: December 18th 2016 January 7th, January 21st 2017 or by request for groups of 2+ when available
  • Place: We will meet either at the Elwha River under the Pedestrian Bridge off of Crown Z Road in Port Angeles, or at the Puffin Bar and Grill in Forks. Location varies depending on weather, class size, and time of year. You can generally expect to be in Forks in Winter and on the Elwha in Summer.

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*Please view Class Cancellation Policy before booking

Steelhead Fishing Tactics



A hybrid class that falls between the ever popular spey casting class and a guided trip, this class takes place on a West End River with the goal of cutting the learning curve on spey fishing for steelhead.

This course is two days long with the first day focusing on either teaching spey casting for the first time, or really fine tuning your cast to make it more efficient so you dont get as tired and can fish longer, consistent so you can cover every square inch of fishy water properly, and versatile so that high bank doesnt force you further downstream.

Day two is focused on fishing, if we’re doing our job right and the fish gods smile upon us, hooking into a fish during the class shouldnt be much of a surprise. We will be teaching this section in areas that hold fish and focus on how to swing through different holding lies effectively. This includes reading the water, determining the lies, line control, presentation, etc.

*Each class changes to best fit the anglers needs. We can happily accommodate beginners that are new to fly fishing to advanced anglers that just need some fine tuning.

**Class size is limited to 4 people to ensure plenty of one on one time.

Dates: Jan 14th and 15th 2016

Price: $200/person. Includes rod and reel if needed. Does not include WA state sales tax, gratuity for the instructor, WA state fishing license, lunch, boots and waders


  • Time: 9-3
  • License will be required
  • Dont forget lunch and waders!
  • Gear can be provided, and is also available for sale at the shop

*Please view Class Cancellation Policy before booking

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Olympic Peninsula Trout Class

OP Trout Class


Spend a day with a Waters West guide learning the ins and outs of trout fishing on the West End Rivers.

Sea-run cutthroat aren’t your average trout, just as the West End Rivers aren’t your average rivers. We do things a little differently on the Olympic Peninsula. Cut down on that learning curve and get to catching fish! The purpose of the this class is to get you effectively fishing for these extraordinary trout the West End rivers.
You’ll learn dry fly and streamer techniques, that includes rigging, reading water, and presentations that work for sea-run cutthroat as well as resident trout. Just in time too! Fall is prime-time for sea-run cutts so you can take this class and be practiced and ready for the season before you have time to forget it all!



  • Dates: Returning Spring 2017
  • Time: 9-3pm
  • Place: West End River. Meet at the Fork Outfitter or Smokehouse
  • A license is required for this class
  • Dont forget to bring your lunch and gear! Rental gear is available at the shop, as well as for purchase.
  • A little bit of experience is preferred for this class (check out the Beginners Class)

*Please view Class Cancellation Policy before booking


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Beginners Class

Come enjoy an evening with the crew from Waters West learning the basics of fly fishing.  This half day, crash course will take place at a local pond, and will jump start you into this life-long sport.  We will be putting heavy emphasis on casting, line control and presentation.  All rods, reels, flies, and other essential equipment will be provided, and students should have a good chance at catching fish.

Subjects Covered Include:

  • Understanding Equipment
  • Basic Fly Casting
  • Fly Selection
  • Reading Water & Presentation
  • Playing and Landing Fish


  • Dates: October 1st, 2016
  • Time: 1-5pm
  • Place: Local Pond
  • All equipment can be provided as a loaner for the day, or purchased at the shop.
  • No license is required

*Please view Class Cancellation Policy before booking


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Lake Classes

More coming soon!


Individual Instructions

There is nothing like one-on-one time to accelerate your learning. This can be booked anytime, for any kind of instruction, just contact us.

$30/hour at Lincoln Park or somewhere close by

$40/hour Spey instruction. (2 hour minimum) Can take place close by or out on the West End rivers.

Give us a call or send up an email to sign up! Phone: (360) 417-0937 or Email: info@waterswest.com

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Class Cancellation Policy



  • No refunds on classes. We can reschedule you for a future class for a $20 rescheduling fee.
  • In case of unsafe weather, the instructor may reschedule classes or change locations.
  • If minimum class size is not met, we reserve the right to cancel the class. In such an event, we will refund or reschedule.