A Guide to Trout and Their Environment

Learn everything you need to know about trout and their environment!

A Guide to Understanding Trout and Their Environment!

This course consists of 10, in depth, text lectures (a $300 value) fully illustrated by numerous pictures and diagrams that teach you everything you need to know about the age old art of fly fishing!

Course Description:

Created by a professional fly fishing guide and instructor with over thirty-five years of experience, this course is designed to teach you everything you need to know about how to trout and their environment. Consequently, the course is divided into seven separate lectures consisting of all of the knowledge you need to understand Eastern trout species and how to identify them, how trout think and view their world, their preferred habitat by species, the three different types of trout lies, and the effects of barometric pressure.

However, rather than regurgitating all of the same old fly fishing information that so many fly fishing instructors present, this premium fly fishing course is based upon the lifetime of hours the author has spent teaching students and thus, it also presents the information in a unique manner that has proven to be extremely successful at teaching students the art of fly fishing!

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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Your Instructor

Bill Bernhardt
Bill Bernhardt

Hello Folks,

My name is Bill Bernhardt and I will be your instructor for the duration of this course.

For those who are not familiar with me, I was born in small town called Lenoir (named after Confederate General William Lenoir) which is located in western North Carolina in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. In addition, my father, who spent most of his life working for the U.S. Forest Service, was an avid outdoorsman and conservationist and he instilled in me from an early age his conservationist values and his love of the outdoors. Therefore, I often credit him for ruining me when I was little but, I am eternally grateful to him for doing so!

In addition, due to my father’s employment with the U.S. Forest Service, I have lived and fished in some of the most exotic locations the U.S. has to offer such as, Juneau, AK., Jackson Hole, WY., and Marathon, FL. (which is located in the Florida Keys). In fact, I started camping at age three and hunting and fly fishing at age eight and, I became fascinated with primitive skills at about that age as well and have been so ever since. Thus, I now have considerable expertise in firearms, reloading, hunting, fishing, archery, cutlery, wilderness survival, and herbal medicine in addition to camping and kayak touring which are my other passions.

Furthermore, I have been a professional fly fishing guide and instructor for over thirty years now and I am also a professional hunting guide. Therefore, in addition to my local fly fishing instruction and guide service, I presently guide bow hunting group trips for feral hogs and deer each winter on a privately owned barrier island located off of the coast of Georgia.

Plus, I am also a professional outdoor writer and author thus, not only am I intimately familiar with the outdoor lifestyle, I thoroughly enjoy writing about it; especially when it allows me to pass my knowledge along to others who find it useful. In addition, I am a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and I have been an official contributor to American Outdoors magazine, Surplus Today magazine and, Southern Trout fly fishing eazine. Plus, I have written over 1,800 outdoor related articles for various clients since starting my career as a professional outdoor writer over six years ago! In fact, the ability to pass my accumulated knowledge and experience on to a wider audience is what prompted me to start my online academy!

Bill Bernhardt

Professional Instructor

Harper Creek Outdoor Academy

I hope that you find the information presented in my Understanding Trout and Their Environment fly fishing course both interesting and useful since it encompasses all of the knowledge and experience I have accumulated over the past forty-five years! Thus, it contains proprietary knowledge you will not find elsewhere presented from my unique point of view and based upon my thirty years as a professional fly fishing instructor. Last, if you ever find yourself in western North Carolina and would like for me to guide or instruct you in person, then I will be happy to do so! Just visit my Harper Creek Fly Fishing Company web site and then either give me a call or send me an email via my Contact Us page.


Bill Bernhardt

Professional Guide & Instructor

Harper Creek Fly Fishing Company

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