Master the Basics of a Fly Cast

One of the most gratifying experiences of fly fishing is laying out a great cast followed by the tug of a fish. This is the moment when the world around you responds to the substance of a well executed fly cast. Landing the fly in just the right spot, at just the right time, makes for a very rewarding fly fishing experience!

Join me, Misty Dhillon, to master the art of a beautiful and successful fly cast.

While fly casting together you’ll practice the mastery of 2 casts that are essential in any fly fishing journey. A backward cast, and a forward cast. You’ll receive instruction that cultivates the mindful stopping of the rod, feeling your rod-loading, and mastering proper casting form. You’ll learn to cast a great loop by following the 4 principles of a fly cast.

the straight plane

Be intentional of accelerating you casting-hand in a straight plane during a casting stroke.

the mindful stroke

Short cast, short stroke. Long Cast, long stroke.

the intentional stop

Short cast, short stop. Long cast, long stop.

the acceleration

All casts accelerate to a mindful stop.

FULL-DAY

A full day of guided fishing includes 7-hours spent practicing fly casting, fishing, along with optional hiking to explore the Patapsco valley in Ellicott City with Misty Dhillon. Misty’s passion for the outdoors brings awareness to a host of species along with attention to a beautifully executed fly cast.  

Please note: Early morning departures are highly recommendations for this valley to avoid the crowds and make the best of what the valley has to offer. 

Practice casting with a FFI Certified Casting Instructor. The Patapsco is a forgiving and rewarding river to take your skills to the waters as quickly as possible. 

Practice Physical Distancing while connecting to your seasoned guide on this off-beat outdoor adventure in Ellicott City. 

Guided Fishing

Fish with a pioneering and well traveled guide who’s spent over 20 years pioneering fly fishing in the Himalayas. Misty is also a  licensed guide by the Maryland DNR. 

All anglers MUST have a valid fishing license (non-tidal). We also recommend anglers purchase a trout stamp. Here’s how you can get one. Maryland DNR.

Packed MEALS

A packed meal for the river is carefully packaged just for you by Ellicott City’s very own Little Market Café recently featured by Gordon Ramsey.

Certified in basic CPR and First Aid, Misty Dhillon has spent over 2 decades leading fishing and rafting expeditions in the Himalayas. 

1 ANGLER

$ 375 per angler
  • Casting Lessons
  • Guided Fishing
  • A Packed Meal
  • Gear Usage

2 ANGLERS

$ 350 per angler
  • Casting Lessons
  • Guided Fishing
  • A Packed Meal
  • Gear Usage

3 ANGLERS

$ 335 per angler
  • Casting Lessons
  • Guided Fishing
  • A Packed Meal
  • Gear Usage

4 ANGLERS

$ 325 per angler
  • Casting Lessons
  • Guided Fishing
  • A Packed Meal
  • Gear Usage

NON ANGLER

$ 250 per person
  • Guided Walks
  • A Packed Meal
  • Gear Usage

HALF DAY

Half-day’s fishing includes 4-hours of guided fishing. These 4-hours can be spent practicing casting and exploring fishing situations on the water. The Patapsco also has a healthy population of small-mouth bass. It’s waters warm up in the summers and offer plenty of space to hone your back-cast as much as your forward-cast. 

Please also note that all fishing with Transformative Travel LLC is using a single barbless hook only. This is considering safety and minimizing air-exposure to fish.

1 ANGLER

$ 250 per angler
  • Casting Lessons
  • Guided Fishing
  • A Packed Meal
  • Gear Usage

2 ANGLERS

$ 235 per angler
  • Casting Lessons
  • Guided Fishing
  • A Packed Meal
  • Gear Usage

3 ANGLERS

$ 225 per angler
  • Casting Lessons
  • Guided Fishing
  • A Packed Meal
  • Gear Usage

4 ANGLERS

$ 200 per angler
  • Casting Lessons
  • Guided Fishing
  • A Packed Meal
  • Gear Usage

NON ANGLER

$ 125 per person
  • Guided Walks
  • A Packed Meal
  • Gear Usage

HOURLY

Hourly casting-lessons take place at Howard County’s Centennial Lake. A fishing license is not required for casting practice as it will be done on a lawn. All fly fishing gear is sanitized before and after use. We also encourage our participants to do the same before and after use. 

1 ANGLER

$ 50 per angler
  • Casting Lessons
  • Gear Usage

2 ANGLERS

$ 40 per angler
  • Casting Lessons
  • Gear Usage

3 ANGLERS

$ 35 per angler
  • Casting Lessons
  • Gear Usage

4 ANGLERS

$ 30 per angler
  • Casting Lessons
  • Gear Usage

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