West Point, Mississippi 2-Day Fly Fishing School at Prairie Wildlife

Learn to fly fish at a conservation-driven sporting estate

West Point, Mississippi 2-Day Fly Fishing School at Prairie Wildlife


NEW FOR 2014! The Orvis Mississippi Fly Fishing School is located at Prairie Wildlife in West Point. A conservation-driven sporting estate in the unique Black Prairie of Mississippi, Prairie Wildlife offers great fishing opportunities on Horseshoe Pond, as well as other activities including the Land Rover Driving Experience and shotgun sports. The focus is on fishing for bass and panfish, however, the casting techniques taught in the school can be used for trout and saltwater species as well. The school covers everything from fly casting, choosing the right tackle, leaders and knots, to fly selection and how to safely release fish. Students can stay at Bryan Lodge at Prairie Wildlife and will be treated to beautiful spacious rooms with private baths and gourmet dinners.


Fly Fishing School Class Program
West Point, MS
Time Activity & Description
9:00 a.m. Student registration at Bryan Lodge at Prairie Wildlife.
9:30 a.m. Introductions and discussion of class program.
9:45 a.m. Classroom presentation on lines, rods and reels.
10:45 a.m. Report to casting area for a demonstration on the Orvis Progressive Method to Fly Casting part one: basic casting stroke; students casting.
12:00 p.m. Lunch.
1:00 p.m. Classroom presentation on leaders, and hands-on knot tying.
2:15 p.m. Report to casting area for demonstration on the Orvis Progressive Method to Fly Casting part two: shooting line, false casting, and roll casting; students casting. Video tape students casting.
3:30 p.m. Classroom presentation on fly fishing equipment and accessories.
4:00 p.m. End of first day.

Time Activity & Description
9:00 a.m. Classroom presentation on warm water and coastal fly selection. Tips on how to handle, photograph and release fish.
10:00 a.m. Video analysis.
10:45 a.m. Report to casting area for a demonstration on the Orvis Progressive Method to Fly Casting part three: double hauling, and casting techniques for windy conditions; students casting.
12:00 p.m. Lunch. (Catered to school.)
1:00 p.m. Orvis-Endorsed fishing trips, and tips on fishing with guides.
1:15 p.m. Report to pond for demonstration on fishing flies; hook-setting and fish fighting techniques; students fishing with instruction.
3:45 p.m. Return to schoolroom for closing statements and graduation certificates.
4:00 End of school.


Orvis Fly-Fishing School - West Point, MS
2015 School Dates

March 2015 28-29 Saturday-Sunday
April 2015 4-5 Saturday-Sunday
  16-17 Thursday-Friday
  25-26 Saturday-Sunday
May 2015 16-17 Saturday-Sunday
  23-24 Saturday-Sunday
June 2015 13-14 Saturday-Sunday
  25-26 Thursday-Friday
July 2015 18-19 Saturday-Sunday
  30-31 Thursday-Friday
August 2015 13-14 Thursday-Friday
  22-23 Saturday-Sunday
September 2015 5-6 Saturday-Sunday
  24-25 Thursday-Friday


Lodging & Reservation Information
West Point, Mississippi

Please contact Prairie Wildlife at (662) 295-7225 about lodging and reservations or visit www.prairiewildlife.com .

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


Area Activities - West Point, Mississippi
Prairie Wildlife
(662) 295-7224
Land Rover Driving Experience
Participants can enjoy the challenging off-road course on the Prairie Wildlife property.

Shotgun Sports
Five-stand on Horse Shoe Pond at Prairie Wildlife.

Old Waverly Golf Club
The exceptional, Scottish Highland influenced golf course of the South that hosted the Women’s U.S. Open a few years ago.

Historic Main Street
Discover its quaint shops and wonderful antique stores.

Steve Barnett Fine Guns
An exquisite, unique, and friendly fine gun store located in Historic Downtown. (By appointment only.)

Waverly Mansion
Built by Colonel George Hampton Young of Georgia in 1852. Waverly is a striking example of antebellum elegance. From its octagonal shaped cupola to its self-supporting curved stairways, Waverly is truly unique among antebellum plantation homes in the South.

Friday House/Howlin’ Wolf Blues Museum
Learn and admire Chester Arthur Burnett, a native son of Clay County, Ms. And other blues greats such as Bukka White, Big Joe Williams, and West Point’s lesser known Bluesman, “Piano Red.”

Ritz Theatre and Conference Center
A most special place for lunch, dinner, and social events. Witness the revival of this historic theatre that has been brought back to life.


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 5.0 / 5 based on 3 reviews


3 of 3 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Great Instructors - 10/1/2014
    By: from West Point, Ms

    I booked the 2 day school to improve my fly fishing skills and spend quality time with my daughter and her husband. I accomplished both. Chris is an excellent and enthusiastic instructor. He works in the Jackson,Ms store and is now my go to for all things fly fishing. May joined Chris as the second instructor. May was very knowledgeable and also a good instructor--just not as much experience in the teaching role. Prairie Wildlife is a great place. Mr Bryan is the consummate host who joined us for meals. Harry is an accomplished and experienced Chef who also likes to fish. He always makes things special. If you have not been to Prairie Wildlife it is worth going for the Orvis fly fishing or wingshooting school or just a special time.

  • 5/5

    JUST SAY NO! - 9/29/2014
    By: from West Point, MS

    DON'T DO IT! If you do, you will be in danger of leaving your wife, putting your children in an orphanage, and abandoning your dog. You will only think of fishing. All the time. you will lose your job. You will take that devil rod and hit the road, looking everywhere for a trout stream, or a bass pond. you will be a trout bum, heart and soul, sleeping in your truck at the end of some deserted road, crawling out at sunup to look for water, any water deep enough to hold a fish. And blame that no-good Chris Edlin, because he's the one who taught you well enough to catch the smart ones, the ones who hide in faraway streams, the ones who make your pulse quicken and make you give up everything you used to think was important. And that scoundrel Harry Pasisis, for making you feel so much like family that you dont want to leave Prairie Wildlife for fear you can't get your room back later. Stay away from these two. they are monsters. Save yourself!

  • 5/5

    Learn to Fly Fish in Style - 5/26/2014
    By: from Mississippi Gulf Coast

    If your on the fence about the Orvis Fly fishing school, DO IT! When I saw that they opened one in my state of MS, I booked right away. Chris was the head instructor. Not only was he an excellent teacher who Loves to fish, in the short time the school has been open he has built a great relationship with the team at Prairie Wildlife. He is also the GoTo man at Orvis in Jackson,MS. From the easy booking to arrival and checkin I felt welcome.All my questions were answered promptly by Mr. Garcia and Harry from Prairie Wildlife.You will want to stay at Prairie Wildlife. Harry and his team go above and beyond from day one. You feel like family! Day one is work but its fun. Chris uses the Orvis method and you build on your success with each part. What I valued most was learning how to identify my own faults and methods to correct them. Truly it was the best money I spent. You learn on the top of the line rods and outfits. Day two was really exciting as seemingly overnight my cast started to come together and I felt more confident and was integrating more complex actions into my rhythm. The water at the lodge is busting with healthy Bass and Brim. We had plenty of time for "practice." The Tour of the property is a true Must See, and the FOOD was outstanding. I had a small dietary restriction and they accommodated me in most excellent fashion. I met with one of the wing shooting instructor Xaiver and like Chris both have the heart of a teacher and true enthusiasm. This gem is sure to make a name as a prime Orvis school in no time. Mr. Bryant and his team, Orvis and their instructors proved to be a First Class partnership. I am ready to book a family trip to Prairie Wildlife. One last note on that, If your going to school but want to include the family in the trip, they have a bunch of activities from horseback rides, Land rover driving experiences and Hunts and clay shooting. Perfect for the outdoor lifestyle family adventure.

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