By Riley Nelson

Women's Trout School with Riley Nelson and Simon Gawesworth

July 18 - 23, 2022

Weminuche Valley Ranch Colorado

Join Fly Water Travel's Rockies Destination Manager Riley Nelson and Far Bank's Education and Engagement Manager Simon Gawesworth for a highly educational, in-depth women's only Trout School at the Weminuche Valley Ranch in Southern Colorado.

Whether you are a seasoned trout angler or new to the sport, this trip to Colorado with Riley Nelson and Simon Gawesworth is sure to be an exciting and educational adventure. Simon will be traveling with the latest Sage and Redington fly rods and RIO fly lines perfectly matched for the Southern Colorado area. Students will learn in the classroom on select mornings and evenings and spend the first day on the casting pond learning to cast with Simon, Riley, and other casting instructors. The second day of the course is designed to teach anglers how to fish with dry flies, nymphs and indicators, streamers and soft hackles, all while wade fishing on the private local waters. The remaining two days concentrate on putting into practice the skills learned with two days of guided fishing with top Colorado guides.

Far Bank Fly Fishing Schools are designed so that students leave the course with all the knowledge and skills needed for a lifetime of enjoyment in fly fishing. We do this by keeping the instructor to student ratio to an absolute minimum. On group lesson days there will be a maximum of 4 students per instructor, and on the putting-into-practice fishing days, only two guests per professional guide.

Group Size:10 students


  • July 18: Arrive Durango, CO. Transfer to lodge. Half day casting session.  Welcome dinner with Simon and Riley. 
  • July 19: Classroom and casting pond sessions with Simon and other certified instructors
  • July 20: Morning classroom session. Full day of wade fishing with Simon and other certified instructors
  • July 21: Full day of guided trout fishing
  • July 22: Full day of guided trout fishing or a full day casting clinic with Simon
  • July 23: Depart lodge

Rate: Per person for a 5 night/ 4 day school 

  • Double Occupancy: $4,500
  • Single Occupancy: $5,600


  • Use of Sage, Redington, and RIO demo gear
  • Accommodations
  • All meals at the lodge
  • Fishing instruction
  • Guided fishing
  • Tax

Not Included:

  • Airfare
  • Transportation to/from the lodge
  • Alcohol
  • Fishing license
  • Gratuities

Riley Nelson

A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Riley is Fly Water Travel's resource on trout fishing throughout the western states. As a former guide in Utah and now Fly Water Travel's Destination Manager for trout fisheries in the west, Riley is passionate about getting more women on the water and building a welcoming community of diverse fly fishers.
- Fly Water Travel's Rockies Destination Manager

Simon Gawesworth

Learn more about your Host and Chief Instructor.

Suggested Colorado Trout Gear

In addition to finding the right water, having the right gear can help make any day that much better. For over 20 years Fly Water Travel has been fly fishing's most trusted and respected source for finding the right water. Now, along with Sage, RIO Products, and Redington, Fly Water Travel is a proud member of the Far Bank Family. As part of this larger team, we are able to access decades worth of manufacturing passion and knowledge enabling us to expand our role to include in-depth advice on the world's best rods, reels, lines, and flies.

We know the trout Spey world is full of mysterious tackle items like MOW tips, Skagit heads, and shooting lines, and that many guests won’t have the right gear to use, or even know what gear to buy in advance. Rather than buy the wrong gear, you are welcome to use the equipment provided by the lodge and school, which will all be perfectly matched and balanced for each class and situation. A big part of the course is designed to give you the knowledge needed to go out and purchase the right equipment for you and your future trout Spey journey. If you would like to bring your own equipment, the following is a good guideline of gear that will be most applicable to the trip.