About Our Instructors

Willy George –  Head Casting Instructor

As a nationally Certified Master Casting Instructor by the International Federation of Fly Fishermen (IFFF), Willy teaches casting to students all over the San Francisco Bay Area.  Certified Master Casting Instructors from the IFFF have been trained, tested, and certified to be effective teachers Fly Fishing Casting Instructorof fly casting.  Willy directs casting instruction for the IFFF in Northern California and is the President of the Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club.

As an avid outdoorsman, Willy has been fly fishing for almost four decades and he enjoys sharing his passion for the sport with others.  As a result, Willy has taught thousands of fly fishing students from beginner to advanced over the years.  He also instituted the perennially popular Novice Fly Fishing program for the Diablo Valley Club back in 1984.  Willy can often be found at the Golden Gate casting ponds in San Francisco conducting casting lessons for individuals as well as large groups, sometimes numbering up to 100 students.

Willy is an accomplished fly fisherman in both fresh water and salt water, in the US and internationally.  He has caught and released many trophy sized game fish including multiple varieties of trout, bass, striped bass, steelhead, salmon, muskie, shad, tarpon, bonefish, redfish, snook, and trevally to name just a few species.

Shawn Reese – Fly Fishing 101, Fly Tying and Casting Instructor

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Bill Scharninghausen – Fly Tying Instructor

Expert Fly Tying InstructorBill has been fly fishing since he was 11 years old and has extensive backpacking experience in the Sierras. He loves to fish in the back country on backpack trips and especially enjoys fishing small, mountain freestone streams with dry flies and bamboo rods. Bill also enjoys saltwater fishing, particularly on our local beaches, and fishing for striped bass in the Delta and at San Luis. With two  kids at the University of Colorado in Boulder, he’s started to explore the Front Range waters of the Rockies as well. Does he have a favorite stream? “A very, small un-named creek in the central Sierras that has lots of fiesty brown trout and is probably not fished by anyone else. It’s a secret……it actually has a name, but I’m not tellin.'”



Karl Kirbus – Fly Tying Instructor

When I was 9 years old I was fascinated by a bluegill eating insects at a park pond near my home, I immediately went home and found an old snelled hook, some of my mothers thread, rubber bands, a broken water balloon and some glue. I fastened the materials to the hook in hopes to imitate the insects I saw being consumed, which was the first step to my journey into fly fishing. I spent a good part of my teen years fishing in the small creeks and rivers of Southern California all the while tying flies and learning about everything I could that concerned aquatic life and fish behavior. In my early twenties I went to work for one of the largest fly fishing stores in the states and really got to experience all that was available in fly fishing. I have had a chance to fish in some very amazing places through out the world and in the last 14 years have been involved in teaching casting, fly tying and have outfitted anglers for every fly fishing situation there is out there.


To schedule a class with any of our instructors, please contact California Fly Shop: 650-508-0727 or info@californiaflyshop.com