Sandusky, Ohio 2-Day Fly Fishing School

Enjoy a relaxing weekend retreat at our Ohio fly fishing school.

Sandusky, Ohio 2-Day Fly Fishing School


Hosted by Mad River Outfitters of Columbus, the Orvis Ohio Fly Fishing School is held at beautiful Sunnybrook Trout Club & Conference Center in Sandusky. The club is situated on 130 acres of woodlands and picturesque meadows with two miles of Ohio's legendary Cold Creek stream running through the property. Cold Creek, first stocked in 1873, contains a healthy population of rainbow, brook, and brown trout making this the perfect setting for a fly fishing school. The two-day school covers everything from fly casting, choosing the right tackle, leaders and knots, to fly selection, and how to safely release fish.

After the school, students can arrange to take a guided trip through Mad River Outfitters at 614-451-0363,

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You'll cover it all at the Sandusky, Ohio Fly Fishing School:
  • Fly casting techniques (including video analysis)
  • Essential fly fishing knots
  • How to choose your gear and tackle
  • Fly selection
  • How to read water
  • How to play, land, photograph, and safely release fish

Tuition includes comprehensive instruction, lunches, and use of Orvis fly tackle.

For more information about an Orvis Fly Fishing School, call 866-531-6213.


Fly Fishing School Class Program
Sandusky, Ohio

Day One
Time Activity & Description
9:00 am Registration at Sunnybrook Trout Club.
9:30 Introductions and discussion of class program.
9:45 Classroom presentation – Lines, rods, and reels. Video on The Orvis Progressive Method to Teaching Fly Casting part one: The basic cast.
10:45 Report to casting area for demonstration of the basic cast; students casting.
12:00pm Lunch (catered to school.)
1:00 Classroom presentation – The Orvis Progressive Method to Teaching Fly Casting part two: video on shooting line, false casting, and roll casting.
1:15 Report to casting area for demonstration on shooting line, false casting, and roll casting; students casting. Video tape students.
2:30 Classroom presentation – Knot tying seminar. Discussion on leaders, hands-on knot tying.
4:00 Classroom presentation – Equipment and accessories.
4:30 End of first day.

Day Two & Three
Time Activity & Description
8:30 am Classroom presentation – Entomology, fly selection, and how to fish flies. Tips on how to handle, photograph, and release fish.
9:30 Demonstration on hook-setting and fish fighting techniques.
9:45 Classroom presentation – Video analysis. The Orvis Progressive Method to Teaching Fly Casting part three: video on the double haul.
10:45 Report to casting area for demonstration on the double haul; fishing in still water; students casting and fishing.
12:00pm Lunch (catered to school.)
1:00 Orvis-Endorsed fishing trips, and tips on fishing with guides. Discussion on wading safety.
1:30 Cold Creek stream trip – Talk on reading water. Demonstration on fishing flies in moving water; students fishing.
3:30 Return to schoolroom for closing statements, and graduation certificates.
4:00 End of school.


Orvis Fly-Fishing School - Sandusky, Ohio
2014 School Dates

July 2014 14-15 Monday-Tuesday
August 2014 9-10 Saturday-Sunday
September 2014 20-21 Saturday-Sunday
October 2014 11-12 Saturday-Sunday


Lodging & Reservation Information
Sandusky, Ohio

Please contact the Sunnybrook Trout Club & Conference Center for lodging and reservations:

Farrell House at Sunnybrook Trout Club
1104 Fremont Ave.
Sandusky, OH 44870

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


Overall: 5.0/5 starsShow Rating Distribution 5.0 / 5 based on 20 reviews

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20 of 20 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Awesome Experience - 6/3/2014
    By: from North Ridgeville, OH

    I went into this class with minimal knowledge of casting, equipment selection, types of fly patterns and so on. After taking this course I'm able to really study the water and conditions to make better choices on approaching and catching fish. The instructors are top notch and really know this sport. They enjoy their jobs and helping people succeed which makes learning that much easier and worth while. If you're on the fence about taking this class, I say DO IT!

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Great Class and Highly Recommended! - 5/17/2014
    By: from Bay Village, Ohio

    Best Fly Fishing class around. The instructors were knowledgeable and friendly and great teachers. Lots and lots covered in just two days. Everyone in the class landed trout on the second day. Sunnybrook Trout Club near Sandusky, Ohio is a beautiful setting on a premier trout stream.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Excellent in every way! - 10/27/2013
    By: from Sandusky, Ohio

    My wife and I took the class in October. We both felt very comfortable, great location, great group taking the class and the instructor, Graham, was excellent. Would highly recommend it to any one no matter what skill level. Really good class presentation and hands on practice. We even caught fish before we departed. Only wish they had another class to step up to after completing this one. HIGHLY SATISFIED!!!!!

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    time and money well spent - 10/17/2013
    By: from Sandusky OH

    Go As A Couple, With A Friend Or Single. Our Class Had Each And ALL Were Comfortable. Instructor & Instruction Were Excellent. My Husband Asked Me To Attend. Glad I Agreed. All Levels Of Interest And Ability Work. Sunnybrook Trout Club . Just Go There. I Photographed It As Much As I Fished!! Its That Special. crystal "Trout -Everywhere " Streams, Massive Willow Trees, Historic Southern B & B I Was Fly Casting As Well As The Men In Equal Time. Relax. EVERYone Can Do It.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Learned so much! - 9/12/2013
    By: from Sandusky, OH

    Didn't know there was so much involved in fly fishing! The classes were excellent and the way each day was set up made it fun. Not one dull moment. I know there is much more I want to learn and now I know where to go to get the instruction.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    The only way to fly - 9/11/2013
    By: from Port Clinton, Ohio

    You anticipate hours of classroom work before you have some fun, but Brian and Graham make each section so condensed and lively that the next thing you know your practicing casting. Just a great class. Afterwards, plan on dreaming about fly fishing for a couple of days.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Amazing! - 9/11/2013
    By: from Vandalia, ohio

    What a wonderful way to clear your mind of all the clutter.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Excellent purchase - 9/11/2013

    The fly fishing school at Sandusky was excellent. Both instructors were excellent. They provided personal instruction that was very helpful for me a well as very useful information on how to approach trout fishing. I wish I had this years ago.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Time well spent - 9/11/2013
    By: from Sandusky Ohio

    An outstanding expierence. Brian and Graham have a deep understanding and love of fly fishing. Thier organized approach and excellent teaching methods provided us with a great foundation and skill set. Sunny Brook trout club is an excellent venue and I would reccomend this school and team to everyone.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Ohio Orvis FF School - 8/18/2013
    By: from Upper Arlington, OH

    I recently attended the Orvis FF school at Sunny Brook in Sandusky, OH with my 11 year old son. It was a premier experience and if you ask my son, you better have spare time to hear his rendition. Orvis is privileged to have Brian Flechsig and Graham Stokes as instructors.

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