Fly Fishing with Maddie Brenneman

From the rivers of New Zealand to her backyard in Colorado, Maddie Brenneman has proven herself as a true master angler. And now, she's sharing that mastery with you.

Online Videos
Multiple Resources
Live Webinar and Q&A
One-on-One Mentorship

About the Course

She's spent her entire life mastering the art of fly fishing. Now, she's handing that mastery down the line so you can hit the river with the utmost confidence.

What you're going to learn:

  • What to understand about fly fishing before you get on the water
  • What gear you'll need and tips on how to use it
  • How to cast a fly rod and critical steps for beginners
  • Reading water and knowing where to fish
  • And much more (see course contents above for full syllabus 👆🏼)

Course Introduction

Course Sample

Introduction and Why Do I Fly Fish?

Learn how Maddie fell in love with fly fishing and why this course will elevate your experiences on the rivers of the world.

What is Fly Fishing?

Before we dive into the nitty gritty of fly fishing, it's important we talk about what fly fishing really is in the first place.

Stream Etiquette

Maddie goes through the essentials of fly fishing with courtesy. Because without courtesy, you'll never make friends on the river.

The Science Behind the Sport: Entomology

Fly fishing isn't just dropping a line into the water. In this lesson, we dive into the science behind the sport.

Fly Fishing Gear and What You Really Need to Get Started

The worst mistake an angler can make is owning the wrong gear. So let's talk about what the right gear can do for you.

Safe Practices for the Angler and the Fish

There's plenty to consider in the safety category of fly fishing—from emergency prevention to proper fish handling.

The Basics of Knot Tying

With the proper knot, you're one step closer to becoming a master angler. So in this lesson, we cover all things knots.

The Basics of Fly Casting

Here, we dissect the casting process into specific steps to make sure every cast is better than the last.

Hooking and Landing a Fish

Once you've hooked a fish, your work has really just begun. In this lesson, we dive into the essential steps to finishing up strong.

Reading Water and Knowing Where to Fish

This lesson is all about observing, analyzing, and decision-making on the water to ensure each catch is better—and quicker—than the last.

Tying Your Own Flies

One could spend a lifetime tying flies upon flies. And after this lesson, you very well may.

Tying Your Own Flies

One could spend a lifetime tying flies upon flies. And after this lesson, you very well may.

Fishing With Kids, Fly Fishing Tourism, and Finding A Guide

Properly navigating these sectors of fly fishing will make the entire industry stronger and smarter than ever.


I loved Maddie's course. The way she described casting as flicking paint and tossing coffee has totally improved my cast!

Lily B.

This is a great course, Maddie is very helpful and smart, she makes everything easy to understand. I have been fishing for 40 years and still learn every day. I would recommend this class to anyone interested in learning how to fly!

Bob L.

This course is amazing! I am brand new to fly fishing and after going out a couple times I knew I needed to dive deeper and learn more off the water. I then found Crux Academy and Maddie’s course. She breaks everything down from how to set up your rod to the the lifespan of different flies. She lists tons of resources for each Lesson. The quality of material is excellent and I love that I can go at my own pace and go back to any section to review it again. If you are new to fly fishing and want to learn more I couldn’t recommend this course enough!

Jasmin N.