2018 School of Trout FAQs


What specific benefits should I expect if I attend the 2018 Basic Trout class? 

We want our students to leave the Basic Trout class feeling confident in their abilities to fly fish for trout under a wide variety of conditions.  They should also feel comfortable interacting with other anglers on the water, or in social settings.  Most importantly, the skills we teach and the information we share should help our students truly enjoy their time on the water.

Do I need prior fly fishing experience?

No, this class is for beginning to intermediate anglers.

Do you accept experienced anglers at the School of Trout?

Yes, but we'd suggest that very experienced anglers wait for a shorter, upper level class in 2019 or 2020. Advanced classes are limited to graduates of our Basic Trout class, and to anglers who are able to demonstrate the requisite casting & angling proficiency prior to their acceptance.   

Why are you holding the 2018 class on the Henry's Fork in Idaho?

The Henry's Fork is one of the finest and most diverse trout rivers in the world.  It's an ideal classroom for the School of Trout.

Will the students be going out with guides?


Will the students have a chance to fish?

Yes, but any fishing will be solely to help our students understand, and practice, what they have learned. Our focus will be on imparting as much knowledge, information and skill as we can possibly share.  The fishing will, of necessity, be a secondary consideration. 

What is the TroutHunter facility like?

It's a beautiful establishment with 11 comfortable, nicely-appointed rooms, a restaurant, and a fly shop. Make sure to visit the TroutHunter website and look around.  

Where will we eat our meals? 

We will eat our meals together in the restaurant area at TroutHunter. 

What is the maximum number of students?


Can you accommodate students with disabilities or special needs?

That depends on what those disabilities or needs are.  Please contact us with any specific questions you might have.

Who are the instructors?

Please visit our Instructors & Presenters page to learn more about the people who will be working with our students.

Will students receive individual attention and instruction.


Are there age restrictions?

Yes. Students aged 15 to 17 must be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult.  We do not accept students younger than 15.

What is the cost?

$7950 per person, double occupancy.

Does that cover all my meals, drinks and lodging?

It covers all your meals, two drinks (beer or wine) per night, and your lodging while you're at the school.

Does the School of Trout require a deposit?

Yes, we require a deposit of $4000 to hold your spot in the class.

What is your cancellation policy?

We require a $4000 deposit at the time of booking. Until the deposit is received, your spot at the school is not guaranteed. Our cancellation policy is as follows: A full refund, less a 10% cancellation fee, will be made for cancellations made at least 90 days prior to the start of the class. Cancellations made between 89 and 30 days prior will lose their deposit unless their spot at the class is filled, in which case they will only be charged the 10% cancellation fee. Cancellations made less than 30 days before the start of the class will be responsible for full payment unless their spot at the class is filled, in which case they will only be charged the 10% cancellation fee.

If I'd rather not have a roommate, can I upgrade to a single room?

We should have several single rooms available for an additional fee, on a first come, first served basis. 

I enjoy something a little stronger than beer or wine on occasion.  What are my options?

There is a cash bar available to our students during and after dinner.

What other charges should I anticipate?

Your travel expenses to and from Last Chance, Idaho, a generous tip for the staff at TroutHunter, and a fishing license. 

Is there a lower cost option available?

No, although we are offering one partial scholarship for the 2018 class.

Can I apply for apply for both the Hatch partial scholarship and a full price spot at the class, with the hope that I'll save money if I win the scholarship?

No, the partial scholarship is reserved for people who can not afford to pay the regular class tuition.  We will not accept dual applications.

Do you cover my airfare or other travel costs?


Can you pick me up and drop me off at the airport?

We suggest that our students rent a vehicle at the airport in Idaho Falls, Idaho. If necessary, we can also help make other arrangements.

Do you recommend trip insurance?

We are not insurance experts, and we do not recommend any specific plan or service, but trip insurance could potentially help you in the event of a last second problem.

Will I have much free time at the school?

Students always have the option of stepping back and relaxing when they need a break, but you should anticipate full days that start with an early breakfast at 7:30 am.  Our daily schedule will start by 9 am, and run through evening presentations that take place after we've wrapped up dinner.

Will we have cell service and wifi at TroutHunter?

Typically, yes.

Who provides the necessary gear & equipment, and what should I bring if I'm accepted?

We will provide students a complete list of what to bring upon their acceptance into the class.  

Will the incredible fly fishers you've featured on the Instructors & Presenters page actually appear at the 2018 Basic Trout class?  

Yes. We expect that all the instructors and presenters will be there in October.  That said, we can't guarantee that a particular instructor or presenter won't break an ankle, or have to bow out because of illness or personal issues.  Fortunately, we have enough great teachers coming in to guarantee an exceptional staff and an unmatched learning experience.

Will I leave the School of Trout with anything more than great memories, budding friendships, and a newfound appreciation for - and understanding of - fly fishing?

We're not going to make any promises, but we wouldn't be surprised if you walked away with one of Tom Rosenbauer's incredible "bean-to-bar" chocolate bars, or one of Tim Romano's photos of you wading the clear waters of the Henry's Fork, or gear and books from Kirk Deeter, or perhaps something artistic from Bob White.  

You mentioned earlier that the School of Trout will hold upper level classes in 2019 or beyond.  What will those classes look like?

Our advanced classes will be shorter - typically three days - and smaller in class size.  They'll usually focus on a particular type of trout fishing, like streamer fishing or dry fly fishing or nymphing, or they may emphasize a particular type of water like spring creeks or freestone streams.  Please keep in mind that advanced classes will be limited to graduates of our Basic Trout class, and to anglers who are able to demonstrate the requisite casting & angling proficiency prior to their acceptance.  (To ensure that we don't accept students who will hold the class back, applicants who haven't gone through our Basic Trout class will be asked to take a short entrance exam, and to provide video evidence of their casting proficiency.)