Millbrook, New York 1-Day Fly Fishing School

Our New York fly fishing school will give you the skills you need for a lifelong passion.

Millbrook, New York 1-Day Fly Fishing School


This fly fishing school is perfect for someone on-the-go or with only one day to spare. Nestled in the heart of upstate New York, Sandanona's famed sporting grounds beckon anglers with more than 400 acres of lush landscape and placid casting ponds. Experience isn't required as our expert staff of fly fishing school instructors helps you master everything from setting up the rod, to fly selection and knots, to how to safely release your catch. Fly fishing classes are held in comfortable classrooms and on the sporting grounds.

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You'll experience it all at the Millbrook, New York Fly Fishing School:
  • Fly casting techniques
  • Essential knots
  • How to choose your gear and tackle
  • Stream entomolgy (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 Orvis Fly Fishing Schools, call 866-531-6213.


Fly Fishing School Class Program
Millbrook, NY
1-Day School
Time Activity & Description
9:00 am Student registration at Sandanona Retail Shop.
9:30 Introduction and discussion of class program.
9:45 The Orvis Progressive Method to Fly Casting part one and two: Video on the basic casting stroke, shooting line, false casting, false casting and shooting line, and roll casting.
10:00 Report to casting pond for demonstration of basic casting stroke. Students casting.
11:15 Classroom presentation – Tackle and flies.
12:00 pm Lunch.
12:30 The Orvis Progressive Method to Fly Casting part three: Video on the double haul.
12:45 Report to casting pond for demonstration on the double haul. Students casting.
1:30 Classroom presentation – Knot tying seminar. Discussion on leaders, hands-on knot tying.
2:15 Orvis-Endorsed fishing trips and tips on fishing with guides. Wading and wading safety.
2:30 Wappingers Creek fishing trip – Talk on reading water. Demonstration on fishing flies. Students fishing.
4:15 Return to school room for closing statements, and graduation certificates.
4:30 End of school.


Orvis Fly-Fishing School - Millbrook, NY
2015 School Dates

April 2015 17 Friday
May 2015 22 Friday
June 2015 8 Monday
July 2015 17 Friday
August 2015 14 Friday


Area Activities - Millbrook, NY
Orvis Sandanona

Sporting clays
Private wingshooting instruction

Other Activities in the Area

Horseback riding
Hudson River kayaking
Rail Trail
Tour historic homes of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Vanderbilts
Dine at and tour the Culinary Institute of America


Orvis Fly Fishing Schools
Frequently Asked Questions

: When does the fly fishing school start and end? What will we be doing during the day? How long will we be fishing?

Answer - Refer to the fly fishing school itinerary for the schedule.

Question: What is included in the price of the school?

Answer - Use of Orvis fly rods/reels, leaders, flies, and where necessary waders, vests and fishing licenses.

Question: Is lodging included?

Answer - No. Lodging arrangements are made separately by the students.

Question: Are meals included?

Answer - Lunch is the only meal included in the fishing school tuition price.

Question: Where can I stay?

Answer - At nearby lodging of your choice.

Question: How many people will be in the fly fishing class?

Answer - That depends on the school. The range is 12 to 36 students, always with a ratio of one instructor for every four students.

Question: Do we stop the school because of weather?

Answer - No.

Question: How much time is spent in the classroom vs. fly casting and fishing?

Answer - See school itinerary on specific school page.

Question: Can you bring your own fly fishing equipment?

Answer - Yes.

Question: Is this class for intermediate anglers?

Answer - Yes. In fly casting lessons, we adjust our instruction to the individual student’s level.

Question: How old do my children have to be to join me in this fishing school?

Answer - At the Santa Rosa Beach School, youngsters should be at least 14 years old (because of the heavier tackle used). All other schools we recommend 12 years of age.

Question: What is the cancellation policy?

Answer - Should you need to cancel the school within 30 days prior to the starting date, we will issue a gift certificate in the amount of the cancelled school. That gift certificate may be used toward another fly fishing school date of your choice.

Question: What other recreation is available near the school?

Answer - See information on specific school page.

Question: Will I be able to attend the same class as my son/wife/etc, even though I am an intermediate and they are a beginner?

Answer - Yes. In casting, we adjust our instruction to the individual student’s level.

Question: Are there opportunities for guided flyfishing afterwards?

Answer - Yes. See information on specific school page, school itinerary or inquire directly to your fly fishing school instructor.


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 5.0 / 5 based on 2 reviews


2 of 2 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Best investment in the sport - 8/13/2014
    By: from Jackson NJ

    I haven't held a fly rod for about thirty years, so I decided to take this class to refresh my memory and to learn the proper way to cast before I developed any bad habits. The class was well worth it. The instructors were knowledgable, friendly and very willing to give expert tips on casting and fishing. I highly recommend this class to anyone interested in fly casting. It will reduce the frustration of trying to learn the information on your own... And it was a fun day out.

  • 5/5

    Great experience - 6/5/2014
    By: from Manchester VT

    I attended with a friend who is new to fly fishing. This was a refresher for me after a previous Orvis school and about 15 years of the sport. Great idea. The instructors did a wonderful job of tailoring the experience to our individual needs. Great school.

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