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|Fly Fishing School Class Program
|Time||Activity & Description|
|8:30 am||Registration in Sandanona clubhouse. Students fill out license applications.|
|9:00||Instructor introductions and brief overview of school program.|
|9:15||Classroom presentation - lines, rod, and reel. Video presentation: The Orvis Progressive Fly-Casting Method Part One: Basic casting stroke.|
|10:00||Caravan to casting pond.|
|10:15||Students casting with instructors. Emphasis on basic cast, rod control.|
|1:00||Students report to the clubhouse. Video presentation: The Orvis Progressive Fly-Casting Method Part One: Shooting line, false casting, and the roll cast.|
|1:15||Caravan to casting pond.|
|1:30||Students casting with instructors - emphasis on shooting line, false casting, and roll casting. Videotape students casting.|
|3:00||Break and return to classroom.|
|3:15||Knot-tying seminar. Students will learn essential knots, hook sizes, and leaders.|
|4:30||End of first day.|
|Time||Activity & Description|
|8:30 am||Entomology presentation. Students will learn basic fly selection and strategies for the river trip. Video presentation: The Orvis Progressive Fly-Casting Method Part Three: the double haul.|
|9:30||Caravan to casting pond.|
|9:45||Students practice casting with flies in still water, learn hood setting, and how to land and release fish.|
|11:30||Return to classroom for video analysis.|
|1:00||Students report to front deck with all gear for river trip. Students will learn to read a trout stream and fish different flies in moving water.|
|3:45||Classroom presentation - Orvis-endorsed fishing vacations and closing remarks.|
|4:00||Graduation, end of school.|
|Orvis Fly-Fishing School - Millbrook, NY
2015 School Dates
|Area Activities - Millbrook, NY
Private wingshooting instruction
|Other Activities in the Area
Hudson River kayaking
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
Question: What is included in the price of the school?
Question: Is lodging included?
Question: Are meals included?
Question: Where can I stay?
Question: How many people will be in the fly fishing class?
Question: Do we stop the school because of weather?
Question: How much time is spent in the classroom vs. fly casting and fishing?
Question: Can you bring your own fly fishing equipment?
Question: Is this class for intermediate anglers?
Question: How old do my children have to be to join me in this fishing school?
Question: What is the cancellation policy?
Question: What other recreation is available near the school?
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?
Question: Are there opportunities for guided flyfishing afterwards?
Overall: 5.0 / 5 based on 10 reviews
10 of 10 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Excellent experience -
By: JeffSiegel from Long Island New York
Attended the 2 day school at beautiful grounds of Orvis in Millbrook NY. Small class of only 6 with two well qualified instructors/guides (Bob and John). Classroom learning was sharp and to the point. Casting at the casting pond with constant supervision and critique was incredibly helpful. Video review of casting the next day also helped pinpoint problem areas. Fishing at the pond and river was not only beautiful but the one on one feedback from the instructors while you are fishing is a great help. Learned so much in a short time. Great amenities (lunches were terrific) and did I mention how beautiful the grounds are. Focus of Millbrook is clearly shooting but if you are there to fish, you are there to fish. Hoping they come up with an intermediate or advanced class. If so I am in! Can't recommend this school enough.
Excellent Instruction -
By: MitchB from Bronx, NY
Not only did I learn a great deal in the Sandanona 2-day Fly Fishing School, and got the jump start I needed to begin pursuing fly fishing, I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Our instructors, Bob and Sig, were incredible. So well prepared to teach us novices and so helpful. Thank you for an excellent, focused learning experience.
Couldn't have been better. -
By: JeepMedic from Westchester, New York
I took advantage of the free fly fishing 101 class at my local Orvis retail store some time ago and decided that I needed to learn more. The two day Fly Fishing class at Sandanona was everything that I hoped it would be. Over the course of two days, our small group shared a great time, laughing and kidding and applauding each others success. John and Sig, our instructors were just what you would hope for; friendly, knowledgeable and genuinely interested in sharing their passion for the sport; hoping to encourage the same in us. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in a truly wonderful setting. After talking with the staff at lunch, I plan to go back soon for the wing shooting school as well.
Great experience -
By: Flal from Brewster
I recently attended the 2 day class, and thought it was a great experience. First the place is lovely, inside and out, and all the people staffed there were especially nice. I was also blessed with a small group, all beginners like me, and also good people and we shared some chatter and laughs. (hey guys if you ever see this!) We had a different instructor each day. The older gentelman Bob is great. You can just see the experience oozing off him, and he is extremely interesting, helpful, and right about everything he said. If you listen to what he tells you instead of doing what I thought seemed natural, you suddenly see big improvements. He knows his stuff, and I was happy he was how I was introduced to the sport. The next day we had a younger guy Ben, who at such an early age had a remarkable knowledge of fly fishing. You can tell it is passion, and I very much enjoyed his company, and his tips when we got out on the stream. Despite a generation of age between them, both had an obvious love for what they do that enhanced the overall experience. All in all I am very happy I did this and hope to be back one day for a guided tour. PS - the food and snacks were pretty darn good too.
Great Instructor and first class facility. -
By: Sevilla257 from Sandanona Millbrook NY
I was getting back into fly fishing after a long break from it, and I attended the two day class at Sandanona earlier this month mainly to brush up on my casting skills. I enjoyed the 2 days I spent with my excellent Instructor, Bob Meyen. He spent a lot of time working with me to clean up my casting stroke while we were at the casting pond, and gave me some great advice when we on the stream fishing the next day. Wish we could have made it over to Wappingers Creek! My lunches at the lodge both days, were great as well. Highly Recommended!
I never knew how much I did Not Know -
By: MIKEC4W from Sandonia
I am 59 have been fly fishing since i was in Boy Scouts. I attended an Orvis School this year to hone my skills before I retire. I had NO idea what I did not know! I loved my 2 days at Orvis Fly Fishing School. I have since gone out at caught trout with a confidence I never thought I would ever have!! Thanks to Orvis and my instructor (Bob) I am now the Fly Fisherman I always thought I could be!!! Thank You!!!
Surpassed expectations -
An old friend and I attended the school last weekend and were treated to a wonderful experience. Across the board the program at Sandanona is topnotch--the grounds, the lodge and facilities, the staff, the lunch, the equipment, and of course, the instructors, all far surpassed my expectations. Bob and Mark, our instructors, possess all the qualities of effective teachers--passion, knowledge, preparedness, humor, and patience. My only gripe is that since returning, my output at work seems to have dropped off as time and again I glance at the fly rod leaning against the wall in my office and my mind catapults me back to teasing wild browns out of the stream.
Great experience -
By: FishingAndBeachBum from Boca Grande, FL and Ridgefield, CT
Instruction was excellent and my skills definitely improved. Private casting pond and stream right on the property with the Wappinger's Creek also nearby. Great operation from start to finish. EVERYONE at the Sandanona facility was extremely pleasant and helpful, they love being there and it shows. Absolutely beautiful location & lodge. Even lunch exceeded my expectations, food was outstanding. Glad I went to this school and plan to return to the location to shoot clays... or maybe just for a great lunch! Highly recommend.
Great experience -
By: Wantacastbetter from San Francisco Calif.
My daughter who just turned 21 and I attended the school together and we had a great experience. We fish together in Canada for Salmon and this was a great introduction to fly fishing. The instructers were very knowledgable and patient and were able to get us out on the stream fishing on the second day of the class. I would recomend this class to anyone wants to learn how to fly fish.
superior experience -
I attended the two day fly fishing class two weeks ago and cannot say enough good things about it. I have fly fished for a few years but it was not long before I was learning many new things. my casting is simply much improved......so much so that last weekend's drift boat trip with orvis recommended lodge, West Branch Angler, was more successful than I had hoped. Thanks