MSUB Extended Campus

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Basic Entomology for Fly Fishers


Cost: $69


Course Description


Have you ever gone to a river or lake and wondered what fly to use? Want to increase your odds of choosing correctly? In this six session class you will learn about the bugs that are common on western streams and lakes, see how fly patterns that represent them are tied and learn how to effectively fish those patterns.

fishing fly and salmon fly stonefly nymph

Dry fly image courtesy of Catch Fly Fishing


Course Topics
  • Introduction and Midges
  • Spring Mayflies: Betis, March Browns
  • Caddis: Mother’s Day, Black, Tan and October
  • Stoneflies: Skwala, Salmon Flies and Golden Stones
  • Summer Mayflies: PMDs, Tricos, Pseudos and Mahogany
  • Overview and Lake Flies: Drakes, Caibaetis
Your Instructor


Jeremy Gilbertson is the owner/operator of Big Sky Fly Fishers in Billings, MT and serves as the Region 7 Director of the Fishing Outfitters Association of Montana. He has over 19 years’ experience as a guide and works as a featured fly designer for Yellowstone Fly Goods. Jeremy has been a featured fly tier at the Federation of Fly Fishers Conclave and has appeared in fly fishing publications, radio shows and TV.


Course Schedule


Six Wednesday Evenings 6-7:30 PM

September 26 – October 31

MSUB College of Education Building Room 305



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Contact information

For information about this class and other Extended Campus classes please call or email Extended Campus.


MSU Billings Extended Campus