Edwards, Colorado 2-Day Fly Fishing School

Casting lessons at the Colorado fly fishing school are educational and awe inspiring.

Edwards, Colorado 2-Day Fly Fishing School


Perched on a mountaintop overlooking the magnificent Vail Valley and Sawatch Range sits The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera, and the location of the Orvis Colorado Fly Fishing School. With 1.7 miles of the Eagle River running through the Cordillera property, this is an ideal location to learn how to fly fish. Cordillera sits on more than 7,000 acres, and after the classes, students can take advantage of other outdoor activities such as hiking on private trails, golf, and horseback riding. The school covers everything from fly casting, choosing the right tackle, leaders and knots, to fly selection, and how to safely release fish.

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You'll cover it all at the Edwards, Colorado Fly Fishing School:

  • Fly casting techniques
  • Essential knots
  • How to choose your gear and tackle
  • Stream entomology (the science of insects)
  • Proper fly selection
  • How to read water and currents
  • How to play, land, and safely release fish

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


Fly Fishing School Class Program
Edwards, Colorado

Time Activity & Description
8:30am Student registration at Flyfishing Outfitters.
9:00 Students caravan to The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera.
9:15 Introductions and discussion of class program.
9:30 Classroom presentation – Lines, rods, and reels.
10:30 Video presentation: The Orvis Progressive Fly-Casting Method Part One: Basic casting stroke.
10:45 Report to casting area for demonstration on the basic casting stroke; students casting.
12:00pm Lunch (catered to school).
1:00 Video presentation: The Orvis Progressive Fly-Casting Method Part Two: Shooting line, false casting, and roll cast.
1:15 Report to casting area for demonstration on shooting line, false casting, and roll casting; students casting. Videotape students casting.
2:45 Classroom presentation – knot-tying seminar, discussion on leaders and hands-on knot tying.
4:00 Presentation on equipment and accessories.
4:30 End of first day.

Time Activity & Description
9:00am Classroom presentation on entomology, fly selection, and how to choose and fish flies. Tips on how to handle, photograph, and release fish.
9:45 Video presentation: The Orvis Progressive Fly-Casting Method Part Three: The double haul. Video analysis.
10:45 Report to casting area for demonstration on the double haul; students casting. Demonstration on hook-setting and fish-fighting techniques.
12:00pm Lunch (catered to school).
1:00 Orvis-Endorsed fishing trips and tips on fishing with guides. Discussion on wading safety.
1:30 Eagle River trip – Discussion on reading water. Demonstration on fishing flies in moving water. Students fishing.
3:30 Return to classroom for closing statements and graduation certificates.
3:45 End of school.


Orvis Fly-Fishing School - Edwards, Colorado
2015 School Dates

June 2015 1-2 Monday-Tuesday
  6-7 Saturday-Sunday
  11-12 Thursday-Friday
  13-14 Saturday-Sunday
  15-16 Monday-Tuesday
  20-21 Saturday-Sunday
  25-26 Thursday-Friday
  27-28 Saturday-Sunday
  29-30 Monday-Tuesday
July 2015 4-5 Saturday-Sunday
  9-10 Thursday-Friday
  11-12 Saturday-Sunday
  13-14 Monday-Tuesday
  18-19 Saturday-Sunday
  25-26 Saturday-Sunday
  27-28 Monday-Tuesday
August 2015 1-2 Saturday-Sunday
  6-7 Thursday-Friday
  8-9 Saturday-Sunday
  10-11 Monday-Tuesday
  15-16 Saturday-Sunday
  20-21 Thursday-Friday
  22-23 Saturday-Sunday
  24-25 Monday-Tuesday
  29-30 Saturday-Sunday
  31-1 Monday-Tuesday
September 2015 5-6 Saturday-Sunday
  10-11 Thursday-Friday
  12-13 Saturday-Sunday
  14-15 Monday-Tuesday
  19-20 Saturday-Sunday
  26-27 Saturday-Sunday
  28-29 Monday-Tuesday
October 2015 3-4 Saturday-Sunday


Lodging & Reservation Information
Edwards, Colorado

Please contact The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera for lodging and reservations:

The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera
2205 Cordillera Way
Edwards, CO 81623

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


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 5.0 / 5 based on 56 reviews


56 of 56 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Great Introdction - 7/20/2015
    By: from Edwards, CO

    My wife and I attended the fly fishing school in Edwards, CO with Jeff Lyon as our instructor. Jeff did a great job covering a wide range of topics in a clear manner. We spent a lot of time working on the practical stuff - casting and landing fish. After the two days were over, we were able to catch a couple of fish on our own. We can't recommend this school highly enough!

  • 5/5

    Fantastic "Everything" Course - 6/28/2015
    By: from Edwards, CO

    Mine was a great experience. We covered all the basics and while I have fly fished for several years this course helped me understand everything I was doing wrong (and right). It was a great refresher in some areas, a great learning experience in others. Thank you!

  • 5/5

    Two day lesson - 6/19/2015
    By: from Avon, Colorado

    My first time ever holding a fly rod. Jeff Lyon's instructions were so direct and simple. He calmly got me casting correctly and soon afterwards I had my first catch on a fly, I'm HOOKED! Jeff is knowledgable, easy-going, and his passion for fishing really carries over. I am very pleased with his instruction and will be happy to have a follow-up with him in the future. Tight lines!!!

  • 5/5

    A masterclass from a master teacher/guide - 6/14/2015
    By: from Edwards, CO

    Jeff from FFO taught me how to overcome my bad habits as a self-taught fly-fisherman and to become an altogether competent and confident fly caster and fisherman. He has a great, patient demeanor, deep knowledge of the art and a real love of teaching, guiding and fishing. The course is great, and worth every penny.

  • 5/5

    Great class and fantastic instructor! - 6/3/2015
    By: from Breckenridge, CO

    I attended the first class of 2015 and couldn't have been more pleased with the experience. Jeff Lyon is a fantastic instructor and made the class informative and fun. I had been fly fishing a few times and had a fair amount of knowledge coming in, but after two days with Jeff I feel my understanding (and hopefully skill if I keep at it) have multiplied many times over. Thanks to Jeff for a great two days!!

  • 5/5

    Excellent experience - 9/18/2014
    By: from Edwards, CO

    Jeff was a great teacher, very patient with the novices ( including me). Was able to get us making successful casts, with catching fish on the training pond, as well as the Eagle River on day 2. I learned a lot, and look forward to buying gear and practicing my casts.

  • 5/5

    Acheived my goals--Great School! - 7/27/2014
    By: from Lodge at Cordillera, Edwards, CO

    I took this school in order to become at least somewhat self-sufficient on the water, able to rig my own rod, tie on a fly, and improve my casting. The two-day school was terrific and I believe that I can now enjoy this sport even more with my new knowledge and skills. Recommend it highly for novice and more advanced too. The Lodge at Cordillera is beautiful, and facilities are first rate with both lakes and trout streams that are top notch. Jeff Lyon was head guide and Tim McCabe assisted in a great fly fishing school experience. Both were friendly, fun to be with, and willing to help everyone have a great time while learning a ton. Great guys. Great experience.

  • 5/5

    A beautiful way to learn - 7/15/2014
    By: from Edwards, CO

    What can you say about the beauty of Colorado and the zen of fly fishing. This class was expertly taught by several fishing experts. Jeff, Steve, Tim and Eric. You guys are terrific. Even though I knew the basics of fly fishing. Your collective expertise and ability to see the nuances of a cast was infinitely helpful. I came away feeling more confident about my abilities and will be implementing what you taught me. Thank you for a wonderful experience.

  • 5/5

    Outstanding School - 7/9/2014
    By: from Edwards ,CO

    The instruction, location and quality of this school, is outstanding and I highly recommend it to anyone starting or wanting to learn more in this sport. Jeff was the primary instructor and Steve was his assistant. Both of these men have a great deal of knowledge and passion for the sport. Jeff has a teaching style, personality and experience base that will leave you wanting more of the sport and more of him. Steve provided some excellent one on one teaching that was so very helpful. Thank you both, and thank you Orvis.

  • 5/5

    Great School - Great Instructor - 7/7/2014
    By: from Boulder, CO

    Having read all the previous reviews of this 2 day fly fishing school, I was concerned my expectations may have been set too high. Fortunately, that was not the case. I cannot say enough about Jeff Lyon, his passion for fly fishing and his ability to pass that on to his students. I'm pretty sure I even saw him walk on water once! I am a total novice and this school was exactly what I needed.

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