Wilderness Medicine CME Fly-Fishing School

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Wilderness Medicine CME Fly-Fishing School

Approved for 16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

This exciting Wilderness Medicine conference takes place in the context of a professionally guided fly-fishing school / adventure is designed for all skill levels. Beginners will get instruction and guiding from certified fly-casting instructors (FFF) and experts can get personalized single or two-handed instruction from some of the best casters and guides in the West. All week we will be targeting steelhead (ocean-run rainbow trout) that are known for their beauty and incredible fight.

Northern California is home to some of the finest fly-water in the lower 48. The school is located at Paradise Point, a gorgeous 20 acre deluxe tent camp on the banks of the legendary Klamath River. The wilderness camp has hot showers, river-view wall tents and gourmet food. Anglers will have a chance to float (drift boats) and wade through incredibly varied waters including the Klamath, and Scott Rivers- all famed for Autumn Steelhead runs. There is also excellent fishing right at the camp.

The flyfishing guide staff are outstanding professionals including many guides from WildWaters, an Orvis endorsed guide service, and Jefferson Flywater Guide Service. The guides are knowedgable, personable, patient, and enthusiastic! The guide to angler ratio is one guide for every 2 anglers.

Aside from excellent fishing, this Wilderness Medicine course is also a fantastic nature experience, with spectacular scenery and wildlife. We often see bear, eagles, otters and elk. The weather is typically mid 70’s and gorgeous in early October

“An amazing adventure…..fun CME, a friendly way to learn and tremendous bonding experience with colleagues. I couldn’t be more of an endorser of what Wilderness Medicine has done with these adventure courses.” Tim Erickson, MD Professor of Emergency Medicine, U. of Illinois

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Center for Emergency Medical Education and Wilderness and Travel Medicine. The Center for Emergency Medical Education is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Center for Emergency Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 16 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.

Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Itinerary: (subject to change)

Day 1: (Sunday)

– Meet at Paradise Point by 10:00am. Day 1 is a little more CME intensive as we want to give you more time on the water the next five days. After settling into your accommodations there will be CME until lunch. (Enjoy fishing the private waters of Paradise Point if you are a non CME participant) CME will continue after lunch as well as a presentation on the fish and history of the Klamath. Free time in the evening (before Happy Hour and Dinner) to get a line wet. Rods will be available.

Day 2:

There are two options the first full day of fishing:

a) If you are new to fly-fishing or fly-fishing for steelhead, we will teach a Fly-Fishing 101 course at Paradise Point. We will cover casting, presentation and tactics all on private water where you have a great chance of actually catching fish. This was a highlight for many of our anglers this past year.

b) If you are an intermediate to advanced angler and want to get on the water, we will pair you up with a drift boat guide and you will hit the river.

-Happy hour at 5pm followed by evening lecture and dinner.

Day 3:

-Breakfast at 7am.

-Guided fishing from 8am until 5 pm on the Scott or Klamath.

-Happy hour at 5pm followed by evening lecture and dinner.

Day 4:

-Breakfast at 7am.

-Guided fishing from 8am until 5 pm on the Scott or Klamath.

-Happy hour at 5pm followed by evening lecture and dinner.

Day 5:

-Breakfast at 7am.

-Guided fishing from 8am until 5 pm on the Scott or Klamath.

-Happy hour at 5pm followed by evening lecture and dinner.

Day 6:

-Breakfast at 7am.

-Guided fishing from 8am until 4:00 pm on the Scott or Klamath.


Paradise Point Campground: http://www.jeffersonflywater.com/paradise-point.html

Departure Dates:

October 12-17

Trip Length: 6 Days
Trip Price:

2025 Trip Cost: $3,495 6 days / 5 nights (Includes 5 days guided fly-fishing, all flyfish instruction, accommodations and meals)

Additional CME Cost: 16 Hours AMA PRA Category 1 Credits:$789


What to Bring:
•Fishing waders and boots (we will spend a lot of time in the water!). Breathable waders are best.
•Sleeping bag (for on top of the mattress and cots we provide) and pillow
•Cold weather gear and rain jacket (just in case). Bring layers as it is typically very cool in the mornings (35-45) and evenings but warm (65-80) in the afternoon
•Towel and Toiletries
•California fishing license and steelhead tag (see below)

Optional/Fishing gear:
•Fly-Rod (We will provide top of the line rods, flies, tippet ect. If you don’t want to bring your own) 6-7wt single hand rods are ideal. 4-6 wt spey rods are ideal.
•Flies. Swing/Streamers (sizes 4-8): Silver Hilton, Green-butt Skunk, Burlap, Marabou Leach, October Hilton. Nymphs: Bird’s nest (12), pheasant tail (12-16), copper john (12-16), Prince (12-14), weighted Stoneflies (4-6)
Regulations require all hooks to be barbless (ok to pinch them down)
•Tippit/leader: We typically use 2x-4x on the Klamath and Scott

Fishing license:
You must obtain a California fishing license AND a steelhead report tag before fishing. We plan on fishing Oct 9-16. We would highly recommend you do this online well before you come (15 days) as you can print out the license, but the Department of Fish and Game still mails at Steelhead tag.
Here is the link: https://www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/InternetSales/
If you cannot complete this online we will have to drive into town to purchase one.

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