maryland fly-fishing lessons for beginners

patapsco valley state park,
Ellicott City.


  • Use fly-fishing as a tool to connect to your local habitat and share it with your loved ones.
  • Enjoy fly-casting instruction with FFI certified casting instructor, Misty Dhillon while physically distancing.
  • Cast a fly to Rainbow Trout, Small mouth bass and sun fish that are ideal for sowing the seeds of fly fishing in a young ones heart.


  • Hourly Casting Instruction.
  • Half-day instruction & guiding Patapsco valley.
  • Full-day instruction and guiding Patapsco Valley.
  • Include the use of fly rods and reels if needed. (Note: Fly Fishing tackle is sanitized before and after ever use).
  • End your day in historic Ellicott City, dinning outdoors and feeling connected to the old Ellicott City community.

Fly-fishing can be a tool to transform your day into things you’d never expected. Places you’d never been. Opening your awareness to as little as a fish but learning about their rivers and ecosystem that are crucial for our health and well being.  

We use Transformative Travel LLC’s home-base; Maryland’s Patapsco Valley and Main St. Ellicott City to offer opportunities and engage with your local habitat and historic Ellicott City community using the tool of local explorations for some newness to your average day during Covid-19. 

Learn from FFI Certified Casting Instructor Misty Dhillon who has also dedicated over two decades traveling and fly fishing in the Himalayas. 

What makes your time special?

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Our Local H E A R T Journey are designed using the most potent aspects of our own travels by being Humble, Engaged, Resilient, Aware and Thankful. Our Covid-19 protocols are also built into all the details and pre-trip package you will receive upon signing-up. 

The aim of your time with Misty is to create a good foundation to fly-fly fishing and awareness towards our environment and the health of our planet. Hence wether you are a beginner or an expert. You can expect a day under Misty Dhillon’s carful guidance sharing skills that can open the doors connecting to the natural world, your loved ones and more importantly yourself.

End your day on the banks of the Patapsco and historic Ellicott City. You’ll easily find yourself dinning outdoors on Main St. to end a day that gives birth to new ideas. 

All of the fishing is catch and release using single barbless hooks with the exception of Snakehead and Rainbow Trout (keel limit applies)  that may be harvested. 


Packages DETAILS 

Available Venues, Instruction & Guiding

Hourly Lesson (1-2 hours)

An hour's lesson covers the basics of a fly-cast, practice that can lead to some guided fishing with an introduction to the local habitat. Venue: Centennial Lake / Patapsco River at Main St.

Half-day (4 hours)

Casting instruction (basic, intermediate and/or advanced), guided fishing that can involve hiking while exploring parts of the river for species like small-mouth bass, rainbow trout, snake-head. While beginners can expect to catch a few sun fish that are in good numbers while exploring this protected habitat. Venue: Patapsco River, Maryland.

Full-day (7-hours)

Sign up for a morning (1/2 hr before sunrise) or evening session to explore the treasures of your backyard with a fly rod while being guided with casting instruction and a picnic packed by our local Little French Market recently featured on Gordon Ramsey's Hell's Kitchen. Venue: Patapsco River, Maryland.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get there?

  • Directions from Washington DC & points south: Take I-95 N to MD-100 W to Rte-29 N, stay in right lane and take Rte 40 East. At first light, make a right onto Rogers Ave, then a slight Right onto Ellicott Mills Drive to Main Street.

When's the best time?

April 15 to October 15. Subject to availability.

Anglers will need waders in the spring and fall but not in the summer. 

What does it cost?

  • One Hour: $ 40 (1-angler) | $ 60 (2-angler) 
  • Two Hours: $ 80 (1-angler) | $ 120 (2-angler) 

How do I sign up?

Calendy Link. 

What does it include?

  • Casting Instruction. 
  • Use of fly fishing tackle if needed. 

Gift Cards?

  • Are available. Please contact us via email at with Gift Card Inquiries. 

What do I bring?

  • Wading shoes or river shoes/sandals ideally with toe protection. 
  • Polarized Sun-glasses or clear glasses with retainers. 
  • Water Bottle. 
  • An open mind. 

Meeting Point & Fishing License.

  • Transformative Travel LLC. 8030 Main Street, Ellicott City, MD 21043 
  • Closest to Parking Lot -B that overlooks the Patapsco River. 
  • All participants must have a valid Freshwater fishing permit and trout stamp. Participants should also carry a soft or hard copy of your Maryland Freshwater Fishing License and Trout stamp in a waterproof bag. 
  • Fishing Licenses are available online from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. 

How do I sign up?

  • Email or call us at 443 766 3644
  • Email:

Terms & Conditions

  • All booking are subject to availability. 
  • As all deposits and cancelations are non-refundable.