Golden River Sports works exclusively with Renaissance Adventure Guides for all our kayaking and SUP lessons. Whether you are looking to learn or practice in the pool at the Golden Community Center, want to get out on the lakes and rivers, brush up on your combat roll, take a play boating class, participate in a rescue clinic or receive ACA Instructor training, RA Guides offers a full line of adventure programs. Tell them Golden River Sports sent you and receive a 10% discount!
Classes and Clinics: Please call the shop at (303) 215-9386 or Email Bart for questions and class availability. But here’s the basics…..
Fly Fishing Classes: These classes are designed to provide you with a strong foundation of general knowledge about fly fishing. The first lesson will be spent in our shop. After this, we move straight to the casting lesson and you can start getting your toes wet in the water (so-to-speak). Once the basics are covered, it's time to go fishing! You will learn dry fly, nymph and streamer fishing. We will also touch on reading the water, stream etiquette and conservation practices. The goal of these courses is for you to leave feeling confident that you could grab some gear and go fishing without any further guidance/assistance. Once you have these basic skills down, your only homework is to go fishing! Group discounts available. Bring your family members, friend, wife, husband, girlfriend, boyfriend, youth group, scout troop, etc for an exciting and informative lesson!
Class One - $100 per person. 1.5 hour class. Three person minimum. Ten person maximum. This class will review the history of fishing including Czech, Tankara and cane pole. We will review basic ideas including techniques of casting, mending and wet vs. dry flies. Equipment overview will include rods, reels, waders, boots and tools.
Class Two - $100 per person. 1.5 hour class. Three person minimum. Six person maximum. This class you will learn your equipment set-up including the difference in weights of fly rods including appropriate applications. You will learn leader to tippet knots, tippet to fly knots as well and weights and when to use them. You will also learn trout species identification including rainbow, brown, brook, green back and cutthroat. Finally, you will learn safe handling of fish including proper netting techniques, unhooking, revival and release of fish.
Class Three - $100 per person. 1.5 hour class. Three person minimum. Six person maximum. In this class, you will learn entomology, specific hatches and locations. You will learn techniques for fishing different waters and rigging for different water conditions. You will also learn local places to fish including the Colorado River, the South Platte, Dream Stream, Deckers, Waterton Canyon, South Boulder Creek, below Gross Reservoir, Walker Ranch, the Eldorado Springs area and Clear Creek.
Class Four: - $100 per person. 1.5 hour class. Three person minimum. Six person maximum. In this class you will learn advanced casting including the roll cast. You will also learn proper mending and how to read the water including drifts, runs, pools, pockets, spawning areas, eddies and holding areas.
Beginning Fly Tying Clinics: Wednesday nights are free at the shop starting at 6pm so be sure to stop and explore with the experts. Many of us have always wanted to learn how to tie our own flies, but there's always something holding us back. You can also take a private clinic. Clinics are the perfect "stepping stone." Geared towards the total novice, you will learn simple skills that provide a great basis for tying our own flies. Men, women and children are encouraged to sign up as our instructors can teach to a wide range of students. Everything is provided for you. Just bring your note pad, camera and fly box - you keep what you tie! Cost is $75.00 per person. Group discounts available.