Fishermen’s Spot

Best Fly-Fishing Class, August 2012

Convincing a fish that your feather-clad hook is a skittering dragonfly or chad minnow requires an angler’s patience and a golfer’s finesse. It’s also addictive. “I’ve been fly-fishing since I was 12. I’m 51 now, and I’m still learning stuff,” says Dean Endress of the Fishermen’s Spot, the county’s sole shop devoted to the sport. Endress’s $75 two-lesson course on surf fly-fishing ends with a five-hour outing at the beach. For freshwater, his colleague David Shaffer offers private instruction, evening classes, and a $125 one-day crash course—just enough to get you hooked. » 14411 Burbank Blvd., Van Nuys.