Kohler, Wisconsin 2-Day Fly Fishing School

Learn to fish at the Orvis Wisconsin Fly-Fishing School

Kohler, Wisconsin 2-Day Fly Fishing School


Learn to fish at the Orvis Wisconsin Fly-Fishing School, located at the private and exclusive River Wildlife in Kohler. A 500-acre wilderness preserve, River Wildlife is maintained in its natural state to preserve native vegetation and wildlife including five miles of the meandering Sheboygan River. The school covers everything from fly casting, choosing the right tackle, leaders and knots, to fly selection and how to safely release fish. Students staying overnight at The American Club or Inn on Woodlake can enjoy great outdoor activities including self-guided river fishing, shotgun sports, horseback riding, 18 miles of woodland trails, and much more.


Fly-Fishing School Class Program
Kohler, Wisconsin

Time Activity & Description
9 a.m.

Registration at River Wildlife.

9:30 a.m. Introductions and discussion of class program.
9:45 a.m. Classroom presentation – Lines, rods, and reels. Video on The Orvis Progressive Method to Teaching Fly Casting part one: The basic cast.
10:45 a.m.

Report to casting area for demonstration of the basic cast; students casting.

12 p.m.

Lunch (catered to school)

1 p.m.

Classroom presentation – The Orvis Progressive Method to Teaching Fly Casting part two: video on shooting line, false casting, and roll casting.

1:15 p.m. Report to casting area for demonstration on shooting line, false casting, and roll casting; students casting. Video tape students.
2:30 p.m. Classroom presentation – Knot tying seminar. Discussion on leaders, hands-on knot tying.
4 p.m. Classroom presentation – Equipment and accessories.
4:30 p.m. End of first day.

Time Activity & Description
8:30 a.m.

Classroom presentation – Entomology, fly selection, and how to fish flies. Tips on how to handle, photograph, and release fish.

9:30 a.m. Demonstration on hook-setting and fish fighting techniques.
9:45 a.m.

Classroom presentation – Video analysis. The Orvis Progressive Method to Teaching Fly Casting part three: video on the double haul.

10:45 a.m.

Report to casting area for demonstration on the double haul; fishing in still water; students casting and fishing.

12:00 pm Lunch (catered to school).
1 p.m. Orvis-Endorsed fishing trips, and tips on fishing with guides. Discussion on wading safety.
1:30 p.m. Sheboygan River trip – Talk on reading water. Demonstration on fishing flies in moving water; students fishing.
3:30 p.m. Return to schoolroom for closing statements, and graduation certificates.
4 p.m. End of school.


Orvis Fly-Fishing School - Kohler, Wisconsin
2015 School Dates

April 2015 16-17 Thursday-Friday  
  25-26 Saturday-Sunday  
May 2015 7-8 Thursday-Friday  
  30-31 Saturday-Sunday  
June 2015 11-12 Thursday-Friday  
  13-14 Saturday-Sunday  
  27-28 Saturday-Sunday  
July 2015 9-10 Thursday-Friday  
  25-26 Saturday-Sunday  
August 2015 6-7 Thursday-Friday  
  22-23 Saturday-Sunday  
September 2015 12-13 Saturday-Sunday  
October 2015 8-9 Thursday-Friday  
  10-11 Saturday-Sunday  


Lodging & Reservation Information
Kohler, Wisconsin

Please contact The American Club or Inn on Woodlake for lodging and reservations:

The American Club
419 Highland Drive
Kohler, WI 53044

Inn on Woodlake
705 Woodlake Road
Kohler, WI 53044

Please mention you will be attending the Orvis Fly Fishing School.


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 5.0 / 5 based on 13 reviews


13 of 13 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Amazing!! - 6/16/2015
    By: from Pleasant Prairie, WI

    My husband and I took this class over the weekend, and had an awesome experience!! He is quite the outdoorsman...me, not so much. I've only been fishing a few times, but neither of us had ever been fly fishing. The classroom portion of the class is very intense, and I was lost for parts of it, but once we got outside and had rods in our hands, it all came together. I was so excited to catch a fish when we went to the pond!! We were part of a large class (there were 11 of us), so we had three instructors...Gordy, Erik, and Steve...all of whom were very knowledgeable, extremely helpful, and just overall good guys!! I'm looking forward to getting my own rod sometime soon...I've already been looking at gear online!! :)

  • 5/5

    Worth Every Penny - 6/15/2015
    By: from Kohler, WI

    My wife and I took the 2 day class in koher, wi. We fish, but have never tried fly fishing. Gordy, Erik, and Steve our instructors were great. They made sure that we understood every step of the way before we went onto the next lesson. no one was left behind. Our group included 3 other families, which was nice. I went from never holding a fly rod, to catching a 17" smallmouth at the pond on the last day.I would recommend this to anyone, Thanks again Gordy, Erik, Steve and Orvis

  • 5/5

    Great experience - 6/15/2015

    We just finished the 2 day class in Kohler, WI. None of us had any fly fishing experience. Gordy, Eric and Steve provided a wonderful learning environment and are very patient teachers who obviously love what they do. They class offers the beginner a lot of useful information in a well organized manner. I would highly recommend this class to someone like me who i a beginner and would like to get the basics very experienced teachers.

  • 5/5

    Very informative and helpful - 6/15/2015
    By: from Kohler, WI

    I am completely new to fly fishing and was getting a little overwhelmed by the intricate details that I was picking up from various other sources. This class really provided much needed clarity. Gordie did a fantastic job of breaking down the technical details and was a very effective instructor. He had us casting in no time! He answered all of our questions and helped to correct any issues we had with technique. The weather didn't cooperate, but our instructor was able to make adjustments to the schedule to take advantage of the breaks in the weather. I was impressed with the amount of detailed information that was presented. I had no idea that fly fishing was this technical. Really glad I took the class. My hat's off to Gordie - really passionate about what he does and was a great instructor.

  • 5/5

    An amazing time - 6/5/2015
    By: from SW burbs of Chicago

    We had taken the mid April class this year and had a wonderful experience with Gordy and the Orvis Fly Fishing school. The school helps establish the basic fundamental skills of fly fishing; skills that allowed us to thoroughly enjoy our fly fishing trip to Alaska. Gordy is an amazing instructor and evidently legendary in the Chicagoland area, as the sales associates at my local Orvis store were super excited about me going to the Kohler School. I have to say, they were absolutely correct! Great instructor, great facility/location, great Orvis equipment provided, and great classmates. What more can one ask for??

  • 5/5

    Kohler class - 6/2/2015
    By: from Kohler, Wisconsin

    Our class was not blessed with good weather but the instruction was top-notch. I came away from the course with good casting skills, a working knowledge of knots and flys and a better appreciation of the sport. Our instructors Gordy and Eric were a great team and extremely helpful. Riverwild is a beautiful location and i look forward to going back there.

  • 5/5

    outstanding class - 6/1/2015

    my wife and I attended the course last weekend. Gordie and Erik met all of our expectations and did a great job getting us up to speed quickly. By the end of the course we were ready to hit the water. Would recommend this course for any beginner...top quality instructors at a wonderful location.

  • 5/5

    Kohler fly-fishing school - 5/10/2015
    By: from Wisconsin

    Beautiful location and facilities, and the instructors were excellent. I would recommend this to anyone considering starting fly fishing as well as anyone who is a novice.

  • 5/5

    Great Class ...well worth the investment! - 5/9/2015
    By: from Arlington Hts, IL

    This is a great class for total rookies as well as for beginners who wish to create a solid foundation upon which to further build their skills. The 'Orvis 7 Step' method of casting instruction was truly outstanding. The explanations of various rod, line, leader, tippet and fly weights was excellent. The class also de-mystified the art of fly selection and the various types fly fishing. Our main instructor Gordy Martin was a superb, yet self-effacing teacher who let his love for the sport shine above his own prodigious skills. He proved himself to be a master at both teaching as well as doing which is a rare combination. Assisting Gordy was a young man named Taylor who is a savant at casting ...watching him cast was like watching trailer of A River Runs Through It. For our actual time on the water a third instructor came along to help keep the student to teacher ratio at 3:10. His name was Eric and he was very helpful as well. Overall great experience and I highly recommend it.

  • 5/5

    Great School, Solid Skills, Big Fish - 11/6/2014

    I attended the fly fishing school at River Wildlife during October 4-5, never touching a fly rod before. I was met at the Montana-like lodge at River Wildlife to a warm welcome by Gordy Martin the instructor. The setting was perfect and I owe getting up to speed with learning the fundamentals and intermediate lessons of casting quickly to Gordy. By the second day, I was on the river and catching numerous King Salmon! As a bonus, Gordy stayed with us until an hour before dark ensuring we all had our catch. If you're thinking of a fly fishing school, River Wildlife in the Fall with Gordy is the best!

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