Manchester, Vermont Fly-Fishing School

Our Vermont fly fishing school lessons will give you all the skills you need to fish with confidence.

Manchester, Vermont Fly-Fishing School

Details

If learning to fly fish or improving your casting technique seems like a daunting task, you just haven't met the right fishing instructors. Pick up a fly rod at the Orvis Manchester Fly-Fishing School, situated in the heart of Vermont's Green Mountains and, whether you choose our one-day or two-day school, you'll leave with the knowledge and know-how to cast like a seasoned angler. Our expert instructors help you with everything from setting up the rod, to fly selection and knots, to how to safely release your catch. Fishing classes are held in our state-of-the-art schoolhouse situated directly across from the Orvis Flagship Store, on our fully-stocked casting pond, and out on the famed Battenkill.


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You'll cover it all at the Manchester, Vermont Fly-Fishing School:
  • Fly casting techniques
  • Essential fly fishing 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.

1-Day Itinerary

Fly Fishing School Class Program
Manchester, VT
1-Day School
Time Activity & Description
9:00 am Student registration at Orvis Retail Store.
9:30

Introduction and discussion of class program.

9:45

Classroom presentation – The Orvis Progressive Method to Fly Casting video.

10:00

Report to casting pond for demonstration on the basic casting stroke; students casting.

11:00 Classroom presentation – Tackle and flies.
12:00pm

Lunch (catered to school.)

1:00 Report to casting pond for demonstration on shooting line, false casting, and roll casting; students casting.
2:00 Classroom presentation – Knot tying seminar. Discussion on leaders, hands-on knot tying.
2:30

Pond fishing trip – Demonstration on hook-setting and fish fighting techniques. Demonstration on fishing flies. Students fishing and practice casting.

3:45 Return to classroom for closing statements, and graduation certificates.
4:00 End of School.


1-Day Dates

Orvis 1-Day Fly-Fishing School in Manchester
2016 School Dates

April 2016 22 Friday
  29 Friday
  30 Saturday
     
May 2016 5 Thursday
  6 Friday
  13 Friday
  16 Monday
  21 Saturday
  27 Friday
  30 Monday
     
June 2016 10 Friday
  13 Monday
  18 Saturday
  23 Thursday
  24 Friday
  30 Thursday
     
July 2016 1 Friday
  11 Monday
  14 Thursday
  15 Friday
  16 Saturday
  22 Friday
  25 Monday
     
August 2016 5 Friday
  12 Friday
  18 Thursday
  19 Friday
  20 Saturday
  29 Monday
     
September 2016 5 Monday
  8 Thursday
  9 Friday
  16 Friday
  17 Saturday
  23 Friday
  26 Monday
     
October 2016 3 Monday
  7 Friday

2-Day Itinerary

Fly Fishing School Class Program
Manchester, VT
2-Day School: DAY ONE
Time Activity & Description
9:00 am Student registration at Orvis Retail Store.
9:45 Introduction and discussion of class program.
10:00 The Orvis Progressive Method to Teaching Fly Casting part one: video on basic casting stroke.
10:15 Rainbow Trout Group – Report to casting pond for demonstration of basic casting stroke. Students casting.
Brown Trout Group - Classroom presentation on lines, rods, and reels.
11:15 Groups switch.
12:00pm Lunch. (Catered to school.)
1:00 Classroom presentation (all students) – The Orvis Progressive Method to Teaching Fly Casting part two: video on shooting line, false casting, and roll casting.
1:30 Rainbow Trout Group – Report to casting pond for demonstration on shooting line, false casting, and roll casting. Students casting. Video tape students.
Brown Trout Group – Classroom presentation: Knot tying seminar. Discussion on leaders, hands-on knot tying.
2:45 Groups switch.
4:00 Classroom presentation (all students) – Equipment and accessories.
4:30 End of first day.

2-Day School: DAY TWO
Time Activity & Description
8:30 am Classroom presentation (all students) on entomology, fly selection and how to fish flies. Tips on how to handle, photograph, and release fish. Demonstration on hook-setting and fish fighting techniques.
9:15 The Orvis Progressive Method to Teaching Fly Casting part three (all students); video on the double haul.
9:30 Rainbow Trout – video analysis.
Brown Trout – Report to casting pond for demonstration on the double haul. Demonstration on fishing flies in still water; students fishing and practice casting.
10:45 Groups switch.
12:00 pm Lunch. (Catered to school.)
1:00 Orvis-Endorsed fishing trips, and tips on fishing with guides. Discussion on wading safety.
1:30 Battenkill River trip – Talk on reading water. Demonstration on fishing flies in moving water. Students fishing.
3:30 Return to schoolroom for closing statements, and graduation certificates.
4:00 End of school.

2-Day Dates

Orvis 2-Day Fly-Fishing School - Manchester, VT
2016 School Dates

     
April 2016 9-10 Saturday-Sunday
  16-17 Saturday-Sunday
  23-24 Saturday-Sunday
     
May 2016 2-3 Monday-Tuesday
  7-8 Saturday-Sunday
  9-10 Monday-Tuesday
  14-15 Saturday-Sunday
  19-20 Thursday-Friday
  23-24 Monday-Tuesday
  28-29 Saturday-Sunday
     
June 2016 2-3 Thursday-Friday
  4-5 Saturday-Sunday
  6-7 Monday-Tuesday
  16-17 Thursday-Friday
  20-21 Monday-Tuesday
  25-26 Saturday-Sunday
  27-28 Monday-Tuesday
     
July 2016 7-8 Thursday-Friday
  9-10 Saturday-Sunday
  18-19 Monday-Tuesday
  23-24 Saturday-Sunday
  30-31 Saturday-Sunday
     
August 2016 1-2 Monday-Tuesday
  6-7 Saturday-Sunday
  8-9 Monday-Tuesday
  22-23 Monday-Tuesday
  25-26 Thursday-Friday
  27-28 Saturday-Sunday
     
September 2016 1-2 Thursday-Friday
  3-4 Saturday-Sunday
  10-11 Saturday-Sunday
  12-13 Monday-Tuesday
  24-25 Saturday-Sunday
  29-30 Thursday-Friday
     
October 2016 1-2 Saturday-Sunday
  8-9 Saturday-Sunday

Lodging

Lodging & Reservation Information
Manchester, Vermont

Please contact the Equinox Resort & Spa for lodging and reservations:

Equinox Resort & Spa
3567 Main Street
Manchester, VT 05254
www.equinoxresort.com
800-362-4747

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

Activities

Area Activities - Manchester, Vermont
The Equinox Resort
800-362-4747

American Museum of Fly Fishing
Golf
Spa
Tennis
Horseback riding
Archery
Land Rover Experience Driving School
British School of Falconry

Kids' activities include:
Merck Forest and Farmland Center
Bromley Mountain Alpine Slide
Northshire Book Store
Village Picture Shows

Other Activities in the Area

Fine dining
Shopping
Antiquing
Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home
Hiking

For a complete list of shops and other activities, go to www.manchestervermont.net
 

Facility

The Orvis Flagship Fly-Fishing School Facility

The Orvis Flagship Fly Fishing School FacilityIn 1965 Leigh Perkins determined that there was a need for a fly-fishing school as he believed there were many people who were simply too intimidated by the sport to try it. In 1966, under the direction of the legendary Bill Cairns, Orvis opened its first fly-fishing school, a three-day affair for $75. Since then we’ve educated more than 35,000 people at Orvis schools all over the country.

The Orvis Flagship Fly Fishing School FacilityOur state-of-the-art school facility is located directly across the street from the Flagship Store in Manchester, Vermont where Orvis was founded 153 years ago. Located in the Green Mountains of Southern Vermont, this is not only a magnificent place to visit, but an historic and beautiful place to learn the graceful art of fly fishing. Along with the schoolhouse, there is the Orvis Flagship store and the American Museum of Fly Fishing, all within a few yards of each other. It is truly the heart of American fly fishing. The schoolhouse is a full 6,000 square-foot facility with 4,500 square feet of interior teaching space, and 1,500 square feet of covered porch looking out toward the mountains.

Jim Lepage, Orvis Vice-President of the Rod and Tackle Division, stated, "I am extremely proud of the Orvis Fly-Fishing School House. First, because it reflects Orvis’s commitment to fly fishing and fly fishers. Second, because there is absolutely no place like it dedicated to the teaching of fly fishing. Outside, you can practice casting in the designated casting area, or relax in Adirondack chairs on the boardwalk deck. Inside, you’ll be treated to a fireplace room with a comfortable couch and The Orvis Flagship Fly Fishing School Facilitychairs, and sporting art that includes works from great sporting artists such as Ogden Pleissner. The spacious classroom is appointed with hickory furniture and has a built-in video projector for teaching. The equipment room includes lockers and space to store waders, vests, and rods."

If ever there was a time to come to Vermont and learn this lifetime pursuit, it is now. You will not only learn from the best, but you will be treated to an experience in the most beautiful facility of its kind anywhere in the world, located at the birthplace of the oldest and most famous fly-fishing company in the world.

FAQ

Orvis Fly Fishing Schools
Frequently Asked Questions


Question
: Do I need to buy a Vermont fishing license?

Answer - Yes. Vermont fishing licenses may be purchased online through Vermont Fish and Wildlife.
https://www.vtfwdsales.com/online/license.php


Question
: What is the best time of year to fish?

Answer - Late April through June is when the most reliable hatches come off, but any time through the season can be good.

Question: When can we avoid black flies?

Answer - Black flies are not a problem in the Manchester area.

Question: 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 and vests.

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 on specific school page.

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). 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 afterwards?

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

Reviews

Manchester, Vermont Fly-Fishing School is rated 4.9857 out of 5 by 70.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent The instructors were fantastic. I had already had some experience under my belt and the instructors were as good with me as they were with someone new to a fly rod. The course is quick, but if you're prepared to absorb a lot of information then this is the ideal course for you.
Date published: 2015-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great weekend This was my son's birthday gift and he wanted me to attend with him. I can now say that I now know the basic skills to flyfish. There were only 4 of us in a class so we got one-on-one with Forrest who was very knowledgeable and gave my son lots of info. I was surprised that we actually went to the Battenkill River and fished. Definately worth the time and money.
Date published: 2015-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best fly fishing lessons Tom and Forest were the best instructors! Our class was five women and one man. Great one on one with each of us. I loved that the class was small so we could get that one on one time. Answered a lot of the questions that I ask even though I have fly fished before with my husband. I would love to take a fly tying class from Orvis.
Date published: 2015-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Instructors ever! My sister and I had the trip of a lifetime to Vermont. We were enrolled in the Orvis 2 day fly fishing school. The instructors were GREAT and the Orvis school facility was top notch. Can't wait to fish the Battenkill River again. Thanks for everything.Orvis is #1 in my book.
Date published: 2015-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 2day fly fishing school This was our first fly fishing experience and we took the class to see if it was something we would like to do. Very informative with excellent instructors. We appreciate the considerable one on one instruction. I think we will be adding fly fishing to our list of outdoor activities. Or is did a great job with this one in our view!
Date published: 2015-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fly Fishing Is Great For Women Very talented and helpful staff for both men and women. I found the instructors offered a lot of hands on instruction for us both during the two day class. And, we got to experience stream fishing
Date published: 2015-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Day Fly Fishing School The 1 day fly fishing school was an incredible experience . The instruction was well presented. There is so much information to be learned and the instructors were patient, helpful and shared so many useful tips. I feel more confident and ready to spend more time on the river.
Date published: 2015-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fun The 2-day school was very fun. Even though we have fly-fished for many years, it was great to have a structured presentation on materials, technique, and knot tying. Getting immediate feedback on casting technique from our very perceptive instructors, Forrest and Ben, was great as well.
Date published: 2015-08-31
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