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Question 'Typical' cost for an hours spey casting instruction?

Had a fella ask me 'What's the typical cost of an hours worth for Spey Casting instruction?' Thought about it and came to the conclusion I had absolutely no idea.

I'm sure it varies from place to place, but what would you expect/did pay?

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Fred, I have not having hired folks at all before, but the number 150 comes to mind after giving it some thought. This would seem middle ground to me and reasonable.......
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Wow, that would make for a $1200 8-hour guided day. Seems a bit much. Not even plumbers make $150/hour. As a skilled cabinet maker, when I can get away with charging by the hour, it's $45. (and please, don't tell me about insurance and/or overhead).

Guess I got into the wrong business, LOL.

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I hear you Gary.

But I think the error here was my choice of words: An hour vs. a casting lesson. The $150 guess may be reasonable (again, both of us are guessing) but I suspect the lesson would be well over an hour for that kind of money.

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Yeah, didn't think of the 'hour' part. Kind of figured that rate for about 3 hours which.......I guess that would be about 50. That being said one hour may be plenty to accomplish an understanding, yet barely enough to scratch the surface for others. But that 40-50 range seems about right for an hour. No flies attached!
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To add- spey casting is a bit different in that water is required. I would expect this lesson to cost possible a bit more than SH due to the water factor whereas SH could be done on a lawn/field and could be taught in many more places.
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I took a lesson last year which was on grass and then a small pond. The price was 95.00 $ can.for two hrs. I would pay up two 200.00$ for a lesson on a good running river.
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Price for an hour of instruction is tricky.
Think of a service call from a plumber or service tech. I'd expect $50 to show up and then a rate for time over 1/4 hr. - lets say $60/hr.
When I teach, I expect a lesson to be about 1.5 hrs. That would make a 1.5 hr. lesson about $125 - $150. Some students don't respect that time limitation and can 'talk' the lesson on for another 1/2 hour. Picking an instructor's brain should be with the meter running.
Remember the time it takes the instructor to get to the location, preparation before hand - responding to the request, some mental preparation/analysis of what the lesson may consist of, likely some consideration of the equipment the student arrives with, and the students place on the learning curve - now let the 'lesson' begin.
The total time commitment is in the range of 2.5 to 3 hrs. making the real return in the $50 - $65 per hour range.
If you want to consider the casting instructor's skills as the value of a psychologist or a CGA or ? , you might rationalize 2 X the rate suggested above. I've definately seen and listened to instructors who I'd consider worth every penny of $150/hr.

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I don't see the point of speculating. Why not wait for an instructor to chime in?
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I regularly teach two-hand lessons here in D.C. on the Tidal Potomac River and charge $85 for a 1.5 hour lesson. I can customize the rate and time in either direction from there, but a 1.5 hour lesson is usually the right balance without saturating or wearing out the student.

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Googling around is fun. A day on the river with the Hazels, lunch and river fee included, 3:1 student teacher ratio....$195. (out of Deschutes Angler) Wish I lived closer.
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Both Davala's and the Hazel's sound like pretty good deals.
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My traveling class is a one-day two-hand casting/fishing school. It’s 6 hours, and on the water. I provide lunch and equipment (if needed.) I pay my airfare, rental car, and usually lodging. I offer the sponsor fly shop 10% of my fee as a courtesy for booking. Some don’t take it, but I am gratefully prepared to pay it. I also offer the shop – and students – a free “extra” like an evening fly tying demo, slide show etc. (Not all shops do that either) I charge $250.00 per student for the day with up to 6 students. I always have an assistant from the shop for the day for a 3:1 ratio during the breakout sessions.

I have taught this very class somewhere around 150 days around the Nation since 2006. I have yet to raise the price, and don't plan to anytime soon.

Private lessons are $200.00 for 2 VERY generous hours, 1 or 2 people. Gear provided if needed.

I’m entering my 24th year of teaching this fun stuff so of course my pricing and program has evolved over the years. I still love it so much that I can’t believe I get paid for it!

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