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Canoe Kentucky Kayak Fly Fishing Boot Camp

June 15 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Saturday June 15th, 2024

8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Canoe Kentucky

7323 Peaks Mill Road, Frankfort, KY 40601

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DCFF Coordinator:  Jeff Moore, newsletter@derbycityflyfishers.com (502-386-7958)

Our friends at Canoe Kentucky have put together a comprehensive, full day, Boot Camp designed to get you “up to speed” and on the water in a modern sit-on-top fishing kayak so you can determine if this is truly a viable option for you. They are giving priority access for this Boot Camp to members in good standing from Northern Kentucky Fly Fishers (NKFF) and DCFF.  You can see Canoe Kentucky’s event description on their Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/share/szdsEbdE6Z83Da8U/  (You do not need a Facebook account to view the event.)

Class size is limited 12 students.

To keep the experience focused and relevant, students should be experienced fly fishers who want to expand their skill set to include fishing from a kayak. The instruction will be laser-focused on fly fishing techniques from a kayak.

If you are interested, registration is now open. See below for registration instructions. First come, first served.

Boot Camp will start with some classroom instruction lead by John Bramel, CKY’s marketing lead and pro staffer, designed to acquaint you with how to safely and efficiently fly fish from a sit-on-top kayak, as well as the advantages and disadvantages so you can determine what size, style, and price point might best suit your kayak fishing needs. The staff then matches you with an appropriate, full featured, demo kayak — and then you head out on Elkhorn Creek for a Smallmouth Bass fishing adventure from Peak’s Mill to the the US 127 Bridge takeout. From there you will be shuttled back to Peak’s Mill.  This is a bit more remote than other sections, has way less fishing pressure, so it’s a great choice. Click here for downloadable Elkhorn Creek Map. The class will debrief after the float around the campfire.

Cost: $138.79 (sales tax and credit card processing fee included), paid at registration. Click here for cancellation policy (once on page click on “How Our Process Works” and select “Cancellation Policy.”

  • Participants must be at least 12 years old
  • Bring your own lunch, drink and snacks
  • Bring your own fishing gear

For any additional questions or concerns, contact:
John Bramel (johnbramel@windstream.net)

To register:

  • Call the Canoe Kentucky Peaks Mill retail shop 502-227-4492 during business hours (9am – 5pm, 7 days a week.)
  • Specify that you want to sign up for the “How to fly fish from a kayak boot camp” on June 15th and the CKY staff will guide you through the registration process.
  • You will pay Canoe KY directly when you register and complete necessary waivers and registration forms with them.

Once registered with Canoe Kentucky
Sign up here on the DCFF Sign Up Genius app to let us know you are attending and to allow us to communicate updates and any additional information with the group.

Many DCFF members fly fish from a kayak, and most of them would not have it any other way. If you are interested in experiencing the unique options fishing from a modern kayak presents without breaking the bank or wandering into a kayak purchase blindly — this Boot Camp is for you. See you there.


June 15
8:00 am - 4:00 pm


Derby City Fly Fishers


Canoe Kentucky
7323 Peaks Mill Road
Frankfort, KY 40601 United States
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