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Mike Hero

Grand Marais, MN
North House Folk School photo of instructor, Mike Hero

Mike caught his first trout on a fly in the waters of the North Country more than fifty years ago. He has avidly tied flies and fly fished the lakes and streams of northern Minnesota and Ontario, Canada ever since. Mike has extensive experience in stillwater fishing on stream trout lakes, as well as stream fishing the many tributaries of the North Shore, the “Driftless Area”, and many of the famous trout streams of the eastern and western U.S. Mike brings teaching experience he gained as a previously licensed vocational teacher at a technical college, as well as in teaching numerous fly tying and fly fishing classes at North House. He was a long-time member of the St. Paul Fly Tiers club, is a member of the Lake Superior Steelhead Association, and is a life member of Trout Unlimited.

Current Courses Offered by Mike Hero

2 Days
Teaser image for Fly Fishing Intensive: Casting and Presenting a Fly

Fly Fishing Intensive: Casting and Presenting a Fly

Imagine casting a fly to a feeding fish more than 50 feet away, allowing the fly to drift naturally through clear slow-moving water, and then watching the fish surface and take it in. That successful moment in fly fishing doesn’t happen by accident. This course is designed as an intensive…
Mon, Jul 6th, 2020  –  Tue, Jul 7th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Mike Hero
4 Days
Teaser image for Fly Fishing the North Country in Prime Time

Fly Fishing the North Country in Prime Time

Early July marks the peak of northern Minnesota’s famous hexagenia mayfly hatch, a time when brook and rainbow trout readily rise to a dry fly on Minnesota’s designated streams and trout lakes. This course is scheduled to take full advantage of this fly-fishing opportunity. Beginners, as well as experienced fly…
Thu, Jul 9th, 2020  –  Sun, Jul 12th, 2020
Day 1: 9am-5pm, Day 2-4: 10am-9pm
Instructors: Mike Hero, Jan Shepherd
2 Days
Teaser image for Tying Trout Flies for Northern Waters

Tying Trout Flies for Northern Waters

The Arrowhead Country of Northern Minnesota contains more than 100 designated trout streams and stream trout lakes. One of the most enjoyable experiences in fly fishing is to catch a trout on a fly you have personally tied. In this class you will receive hands on instruction on how to…
Thu, Nov 19th, 2020  –  Fri, Nov 20th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Mike Hero

Past Courses Offered by Mike Hero

Flies that Catch Fish and How to Tie Them

Fly Fishing 2: Chasing the Hex

Fly Fishing: An Intro to Minnesota's Trout Lakes