Hot Springs, Virginia 2-Day Fly Fishing School

Our Virginia fly fishing school offers a thorough approach to all the fundamentals of casting and beyond.

Hot Springs, Virginia 2-Day Fly Fishing School


If you're looking for a challenge set against a backdrop of captivating scenery, look no further than The Homestead Resort fly fishing school in Hot Springs. This sporting playground, with its natural hot springs and historical ambiance, has been luring visitors since the 18th century. Fly fishing classes are held on the Cascades Stream, a private trout stream accented by a series of breathtaking 20-foot waterfalls. Beginners and seasoned anglers alike will benefit from the professional instructors who cover everything from setting up your fly rod, to fly selection and knots, to how to safely release your catch.

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You'll cover it all at the Hot Springs, Virginia 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 an Orvis Fly Fishing School, call 866-531-6213.


Fly-Fishing School Class Program
Hot Springs, Virginia

Time Activity & Description
8:45 am Student registration at Allegheny Outfitters.
9:00 Introductions and discussion of school program.
9:30 Classroom presentation - lines, rods and reels.
10:45 Video presentation: The Orvis Progressive Fly-Casting Method Part One: Basic casting strokes.
11:00 Demonstration of basic casting stroke; students casting.
12:00pm Lunch
12:45 Video presentation: The Orvis Progressive Fly-Casting Method Part Two: Shooting line, false casting, and roll cast.
1:00 Demonstration on shooting line, false casting, and roll cast; students casting.
2:00 Classroom presentation - leaders, knot tying. Discussion on weight and strike indicators.
3:30 Travel to Allegheny Outfitters for presentation on equipment and accessories.
4:30 End of day one.
4:45 Open fishing in Cascades Stream.

Time Activity & Description
8:45 am Students meet at Allegheny Outfitters.
9:00 Classroom presentation on entomology, fly selection, and how to fish flies. Tips on how to handle, photograph, and release fish.
10:00 Video analysis.
10:45 Video presentation: The Orvis Progressive Fly-Casting Method Part Three: The double haul.
11:00 Demonstration on the double haul; students casting.
12:00 pm Lunch at Cascades Stream.
12:30 Demonstration on hook-setting and fish-fighting techniques.
Demonstration on fishing dry flies, nymphs, wet flies, and streamers; students fishing.
3:30 Classroom presentation – Orvis-Endorsed fishing trips, and tips on fishing with guides. Closing statements and graduation certificates.
4:00 End of school (students may fish Cascades Stream until 30 minutes prior to nightfall if desired).


Orvis Fly-Fishing School - Hot Springs, Virginia
2015 School Dates

April 2015 11-12 Saturday-Sunday
  18-19 Saturday-Sunday
  20-21 Monday-Tuesday
May 2015 9-10 Saturday-Sunday
  14-15 Thursday-Friday
  16-17 Saturday-Sunday
  21-22 Thursday-Friday
  30-31 Saturday-Sunday
June 2015 6-7 Saturday-Sunday
  8-9 Monday-Tuesday
  13-14 Saturday-Sunday
July 2015 6-7 Monday-Tuesday
  11-12 Saturday-Sunday
  18-19 Saturday-Sunday
August 2015 1-2 Saturday-Sunday
  8-9 Saturday-Sunday
September 2015 5-6 Saturday-Sunday
  7-8 Monday-Tuesday
  12-13 Saturday-Sunday
  26-27 Saturday-Sunday
October 2015 1-2 Thursday-Friday
  3-4 Saturday-Sunday
  10-11 Saturday-Sunday


Lodging & Reservation Information
Hot Springs, Virginia

Please contact The Homestead Resort for lodging and reservations:

The Homestead Resort
1766 Homestead Drive
Hot Springs, VA 24445

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


Area Activities - Hot Springs, Virginia
The Homestead Ranch

Sporting clays, traps, and skeet
Equestrian center/horseback riding
Canoe/kayak tours
Mountain bike tour and rentals



Orvis Fly Fishing Schools
Frequently Asked Questions

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

Answer - Refer to the 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 school tuition price.

Question: Where can I stay?

Answer - At the hosts’ lodging, or nearby lodging of your choice.

Question: How many people will be in the 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. casting and fishing?

Answer - See school itinerary.

Question: Can you bring your own equipment?

Answer - Yes.

Question: Is this class for intermediate anglers?

Answer - Yes. In casting, 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). For 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 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 fishing afterward?

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


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.9 / 5 based on 10 reviews


9 of 10 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Outstanding - 7/11/2015
    By: from Virginia

    I just completed the two-day fly fishing class at the Homestead. It was outstanding. Donald Essex served as a patient and knowledgable guide. The class provided the perfect balance of instruction, practice, and time on the water. I landed several rainbow trout but more importantly Donald shared his love of fly fishing with me. This wasn't just a vacation experience but a way to learn how to seriously fly fish. He provided great feedback and answered my questions. I hope to spend time on the water with Orvis again next visit.

  • 5/5

    awesome! - 5/18/2015
    By: from Northern Virginia
    Top 1000 Contributor

    Signed my wife up for Orvis' two day school. I planned on hitting the streams in search of rainbows and browns. Within a day, under the tutelage of Matt, she could carry out an intelligent discussion on rods, hatch patterns, flies and technique. She could throw a decent line and nymph. On day two, she, Matt, my guide Randal and I met up on the Cascades. In short order she landed and released several beautiful rainbows including one 24" monster. She's hooked. If you're planning a trip, look into the Cascades, its a beautiful, clean, pristine stream with monsters in every pool and riffle. Give Matt and/or Randal a call at Allegheny Outfitters/ Orvis located in the Homestead. Not only are they knowledgeable and excellent tutors, they are the most pleasant stream mates I've ever waded with.

  • 5/5

    Awesome Experience!!! - 7/22/2014
    By: from Hot Springs, VA

    As a new angler, I was excited at the opportunity to expand my knowledge and I wasn't disappointed. The classroom instruction by Matt Thomas was fantastic (I will always remember the "sushi conveyor") and the on-stream instruction by Donald Essex was equally great. In two days this course expanded my knowledge more than months of reading books on my own could, and I have already been putting what I learned to use! The pics are from a recent Project Healing Waters outing and me getting an award for "Biggest Fish"! Thanks guys! If you're thinking of taking an Orvis course 2 day course...don't hesitate!!!

  • 4/5

    What a great place - 10/24/2011
    By: from Hot Springs, VA (The Homestead)

    Great instructors with a lot of knowledge. Mostly classrom instruction, but if you're a real beginner, it's excellent. All equipment is provided and we spent 3-4 hours casing on the lawn at the Homestead. I'd add one more day to the class, strictly for fishing. We spent a total of 3 hours in the water at the end of day 2. The Homestead is great and the staff is wonderful.

  • 5/5

    A wet weekend in Virginia - 4/18/2011
    By: from DC

    When my wife chose my Christmas present (a weekend of fly fishing tuition with the Orvis guys at the Homestead) she didn't know it was going to be the wettest weekend of the year. Or, at least, I hope she didn't. Despite the rain, this was a brilliant course, and the teaching was of an exceptionally high standard. I had fly fished 10 or so times before, with varying degrees of failure, but this course ironed out plenty of mistakes, taught me a bundle, and has given me the enthusiasm and confidence to fish more. First, the Orvis course content is very interesting and presented in an engaging way. It was very easy to understand and learn, especially with one on one tuition. But much more importantly than the content, it was the people who made this a really memorable weekend. We had Wit and James teach us, and I only have good things to say about both of them. Both are a credit both to the hotel and to Orvis (as indeed were the other guys we saw: Donald and another James). Knowledgeable, patient, amusing and skilled, they were both exceptional teachers. Top quality weekend with top quality people. If you get the chance, go down and spend some time with them.

  • 5/5

    Outstanding & Professional - 8/16/2010
    By: from Virginia

    What can I say....the Homestead was beautiful and the 2 day Orvis fly fishing school was fantastic! Steve, our fly fishing guru and instructor, was extremely professional and very enthusiastic! Thanks for a great experience Steve!

  • 5/5

    A very good idea - 6/8/2010

    We stayed at the Homestead in June specifically to take the fly fishing school. Our instructors were Steve Demma, and James Deboe. Both were knowledgeable, patient, and amazing. I can not recommend the experience enough. I had been on fly fishing trips with guides before and caught fish, but after this class i feel confident in my abilities and competent and prepard to tackle fly fishing on my own. Jim in the fly shop was awesome too.

  • 5/5

    Everything we hoped for! - 4/20/2010
    By: from Allentown PA

    My two adult sons and I attended the Orvis class on April 17 & 18th, 2010. We learned a lot, had a great time, and my sons caught their first trout (and then some!) on a fly rod! Orvis provided everything, as well as two top notch instructors. Steve and James were our instructors and they were extremely knowledgeable, proficient, and patient. They also were experts at being able to communicate their knowledge and convey their skills in such a way that everyone learned and had fun in the process. It appeared that all students in attendance felt very comfortable with these gentlemen, and the student to instructor ratio was low, as it should be. After instruction, we fished in a quite pristeen stream in a beautiful area, and enjoyed the fruits of our learning. Thank you, Steve, and thank you, James. We would recommend this course at this location highly!

  • 5/5

    Wonderful - 4/12/2010

    Steve, was excellent! Would definitely recommend this to friends and have already. I've learned so much in a short period of time. I can't wait to put all that I have learned into practice.

  • 5/5

    Hooked for life - 11/2/2007
    By: from Franklin, VA

    While staying at the homestead with my wife, I decided to take a fly fishing class with James DeBoe. The instruction was top-notch and I woudl recommend James to anybody. He is a very good teacher and patiently walked me through the basics of fly casting . We then moved to the stream and started fishing. We did not leave until he made sure I caught a Trout. I think I am hooked (pun intended) for life.

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