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Pacific Angler Fishing Courses: NEW COURSES in 2014!!

FINALLY….they are here.  The long awaited, much talked about, Oscar nominated, Golden Globe finalists (in every category) and the teasers we have been putting out over the last few months can now be set aside for round 1 of new FEATURE courses at Pacific Angler which have been organized, confirmed and are ready for booking!

Over the last year we have been soliciting input from our customer base as to which courses you would like to see in addition to the courses we currently offer.  In 2014, we will continue to add NEW courses to the mix of our industry leading curriculum of fishing courses.  THANKS to YOUR input we have these new courses and we look forward to further crafting our selection so that it meets the needs and requests of our loyal clientele.

The new courses cater to skills starting from beginner and progressing to advanced.

NOTE:  As the following courses came strongly recommended by our customers, please call Pacific Angler @ 604-872-2204 ASAP to book your spot as we do have “early bird” reservations for each course and the remaining spots will sell out quickly!!

Aaron Goodis – Bio

Pacific Angler is thrilled to partner up with Aaron Goodis by expanding our courses in 2014.  Aaron is on the pro staff for Rajeff Sports and G-Loomis. His photographs & articles have been published for major magazines such as North West Fly Fishing, Fly Fusion, BC Outdoors Sport Fishing, Canadian Fly Fisher and Hatches to name a few.  Below is a full bio on Aaron in relation to the courses he will be teaching for PA!


First off, Aaron is very passionate about nature, grew up and is still currently living in Vancouver so growing up he has enjoyed the benefits of being on the rugged South Coast.  Aaron was introduced to the environment at a very young age and this prompted a lifelong active relationship with our wild environment. Aaron loves to fish, particularly fly fishing, and he loves to take pictures.


Aaron has developed a career out of educating others like himself in both fly fishing and nature photography. Aaron believes that the enjoyment of working and playing outside steers a person towards being more knowledgeable and protective of our environment.

When it comes to fly fishing and fly casting Aaron holds both a Federation of Fly Fishers Casting Instructor Certification and an Adapted Fly Casting Institute Certificate. By earning these certificates Aaron has broadened his knowledge, grown a lot as a fly fisher and more importantly as an instructor.

A number of years ago Aaron Goodis Photography was born. As Aaron merged his interest with photography together with a love of fly fishing he found a new light, so to speak. By showcasing the sport he loves, through photographs, his goal is to not only promote fly fishing but also the mindset of conservation and the importance of low impact.


A major stepping stone and career highlight for Aaron was working at the 2010 Winter Olympics held in Vancouver. He was a photo supervisor at the curling venue which put Aaron in the front line working alongside seasoned pros.  Aaron looks forward to sharing his experience and knowledge with all of the Pacific Angler clients that will be taking his courses in 2014!!  Aaron can also be followed (by liking) on his Aaron Goodis Photography Facebook page!


Spey Casting – “The Modern West Coast Skagit Style”

This class will focus on “The Modern West Coast Skagit Style” of Spey casting. Students will be taught the ins and outs to all things Skagit Spey, they will be taught with thorough demonstration and one on one time how to overcome the challenges associated with two handed fly rods. Students should leave this class with a much better understanding of Skagit Spey casting and fishing, they will be able to overcome the obstacles faced during a real fishing day.


Class Size: 8-10
Cost:  $125per person
Seminar Date & Time: Thursday, January 30th / 730pm – 9pm
Casting Date & Time: Sunday, February 2nd / 10am – 4pm (Location TBD)

Topics will include:

  • The Theory
  • Your Equipment – Understanding the Gear
  • Casting Methods: The Skagit Poke, The Skagit Circle Spey, The Skagit Double Spey
  • River Right versus River Left
  • Running Line Management
  • Dealing with the Wind
  • Sink Tip Selection
  • Mending Techniques

Equipment Recommended:

  • Two Handed Spey Rod 12-14 foot
  • Skagit Spey Head and assortment of Sink Tips
  • Waders/Rain Jacket
  • Sunglasses or Eye Protection

Single Hand Fly Casting – Advanced Distance

This is for the fly fisher with experience looking to improve their accuracy, distance and over all style and control over the fly cast. Learn “the double hall” for improved distance, casting angles to help with pin point accuracy and dealing with the elements such as wind, line drag, and running line management.  Students should leave the class with a much better understanding of how to achieve better distance and accuracy with their fly casting.


Class Size: 6
Cost:  $100per person
Date & Time: Sunday, March 2nd 10am – 1pm (local park TBD)

Topics Include:

  • Fly Line Loop Control
  • The Double Hall for Increased Distance
  • The Drift
  • Power & Tempo
  • Casting Stroke Angles for Accuracy & Distance
  • Dealing with Wind

Equipment Recommended:

  • Single handed fly rod 5 – 10 wt
  • WF Floating Fly Line
  • Sunglasses or Eye Protection

Sacred Coast Photography Workshop © 2014

The Sacred Coast Workshop is a photography class helping photographers from all levels learn how to create and capture unique and dramatic images worthy of a frame and wall space. Aaron is a well published photographer from Vancouver shooting primarily fly fishing, nature, landscape and active outdoor lifestyle. Aaron leads this class through a series of slides aiming to showcase proven techniques in order to help students understand the fundamentals of photography.


We encourage those who are interested in photography at all levels from beginners to advanced to take this workshop. All cameras welcome from phone camera from point and shoot to pro DSLR.

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Class Size: 20
Cost:  $40per person
Seminar Date: Tuesday, March 11th / 6:30pm – 930pm

Topics include:

  • Cameras and lens selection (point & shoot versus pro dslr)
  • Camera settings that help you achieve the look your after
  • Shutter speed, Depth of field and ISO
  • Framing and Composition – Make your images stand out
  • Packing your gear – keep your camera dry
  • Proper fish handling for catch & release photography – fish first every time

Single Hand Fly Casting – Faults & Fixes

This is a course designed for beginner to intermediate fly fishers looking to learn without “the bad habits” or anyone looking to tune up their fly cast. We look at and break down the bare basics of fly casting.  Students should leave this class feeling much more confident about their fly casting, they will have a much better sense of how to overcome and correct their bad habits.

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Class Size: 6
Cost:  $100per person
Date & Time: Saturday, April 26th / 10am – 1pm (local park TBD)

Topics will include:

  • The Casting Loop – Size & Shape
  • Loop Control
  • The Casting Stroke and its Relation to Fly Line Length
  • Speed, Power & Tempo

Equipment Recommended:

  • Single handed fly rod 5-10wt
  • WF Floating Fly Line
  • Sunglasses or Eye Protection

These 4 courses are all taught by Aaron Goodis.  Pacific Angler will continue to seek the counsel of our clientele and other industry experts in the creation and addition of more courses in 2014!  To review the rest of the current courses that are upcoming please view them by downloading the Pacific Angler 2014 Course Schedule PDF.

Additional course dates are added throughout the year due to demand.

Please contact the store for additional information or to be added to a wait list.

Pacific Angler Retail: 604-872-2204

On behalf of the Pacific Angler staff we wish you the best in your fishing endeavors and we hope to see you either at the shop or on the water. To check out the latest Pacific Angler news view the Pacific Angler Facebook page.

Jason, Matt, Andre, Max, Eddie, Jordan and Bryce