Live Online Fly Fishing Classes

Building community and knowledge through the power of live fly fishing events

Watch a sample class

You can browse a sample of our fly tying classes here with chapter markers.  Click on the markers to browse around and view.

About Our Online Fly Tying Classes

High Quality Video & Education

Our live, online fly tying classes are the perfect solution in a pandemic world.  Our HD, close-up video makes it easy to follow along and learn the 5+ patterns covered in our 1.5hr tying classes. Plus, Q&A is available throughout the whole class, providing a chance to converse with these top tier tiers and have all your tying and fishing questions answered. 

A Fraction of the Price

Live fly tying classes can set you back nearly $150, but our online solution is only $30/class without sacrificing any of the benefits of a live fly tying class.

Guaranteed Freebies

In every class we provide $30+ in guaranteed giveaways in addition to chances at winning large prizes like loads of fly tying materials, fly rods, reels, online courses and more.  The giveaways justify the ticket price alone, but the knowledge you’ll learn will make you a better tyer and angler.


What People are Saying About Our Classes

Very Impressed With The Class

Best part was the conversational flow of the video! It made the training more personal, and not so lecture like. I liked the back and forth between the three screens(James, Allen and the tying station). I also did like the switch back to the slide portion for lists of materials and photos of completed flies.
“Beta Fly Tying Night Participant”

Advanced Techniques - Better Value Than In-Person Classes

Learned a ton from the night, and love that I could take the class from home with a beer!
“Beta Fly Tying Night Participant”

Gave Me More Confidence Tying

Best was seeing different flys tied and the imagination + knowledge that went into creating these flys, give me more confidence to “modify” some of the patterns I like to tie
“Beta Fly Tying Night Participant”

Love Learning New Patterns

It’s awesome seeing new patterns and other tyer’s creativity. Great way to tie flies during these isolated times while still getting to be social
“Beta Fly Tying Night Participant”

About Live on the Fly

We believe in building community and knowledge through new and innovative technologies.  With the world-wide adoption of live video conferencing and it’s ability to connect and educate us with high-definition video, the opportunity to provide live and online fly fishing classes is at an all-time high.  

The potency of a live event to foster community and educate is unmatched by standard video lessons.  With live Q&A and access to the instructor, learning to tie flies and fly fish has never been easier.

Live on the Fly provides live, online fly fishing and fly tying classes for beginner, intermediate and advanced tyers and anglers. Come and join us for a class and improve your passion from the safety and comfort of your own home.

We were founded by James Carlin and Allen Gardner at the end of 2020 and are actively growing and expanding this fun and exciting community of anglers and always pursuing new ideas and innovative ways to teach fly fishing knowledge and expand our community of fly fishermen and women.

Meet the Founders

James Carlin

Founder & Fly Tying Instructor

James Carlin started fly fishing at 12 years old. He quickly became known around Sun Valley, Idaho as “the fly guy.” If it’s 20 degrees and snowing, you can be certain James is freezing away fishing the Big Wood River searching for that 18 inch trout. James is the owner of So Fly Gear, a youth-focused fly fishing apparel company, author of the Modern Nymph Fly Tying Course, an avid fly tyer and under-rated authority in the industry, and a member of the United States Youth Fly Fishing Team.

Allen Gardner

Founder & Fly Fishing Instructor

Allen Gardner is equally passionate about improving in fly fishing as he is about getting out on the water. This pursuit of becoming a better angler has turned him into a creative and unique educator in fly fishing. His unique approach and ways of thinking really help simplify and clarify all the facets of fly fishing. Owner of The Catch and The Hatch and Live on the Fly, Allen continues to pursue unique and innovative ways to teach anglers how to catch more fish and get the most out of their fly fishing adventures