Manchester, Vermont 2-Day Fly Fishing School

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

Manchester, Vermont 2-Day Fly Fishing School


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 you'll be casting like a seasoned angler in just two short days of classes. 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 brand-new schoolhouse directly across from the Orvis Flagship Store, on our fully-stocked casting pond, and out on the famed Battenkill River.

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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.


Fly Fishing School Class Program
Manchester, VT
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.

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.


Orvis Fly-Fishing School - Manchester, VT
2015 School Dates

April 2015 11-12 Saturday-Sunday
  13-14 Monday-Tuesday
  18-19 Saturday-Sunday
  20-21 Monday-Tuesday
  25-26 Saturday-Sunday
  27-28 Monday-Tuesday
May 2015 2-3 Saturday-Sunday
  7-8 Thursday-Friday
  9-10 Saturday-Sunday
  16-17 Saturday-Sunday
  18-19 Monday-Tuesday
  23-24 Saturday-Sunday
  25-26 Monday-Tuesday
  30-31 Saturday-Sunday
June 2015 4-5 Thursday-Friday
  6-7 Saturday-Sunday
  8-9 Monday-Tuesday
  11-12 Thursday-Friday
  13-14 Saturday-Sunday
  15-16 Monday-Tuesday
  18-19 Thursday-Friday
  22-23 Monday-Tuesday
  27-28 Saturday-Sunday
  29-30 Monday-Tuesday
July 2015 2-3 Thursday-Friday
  9-10 Thursday-Friday
  11-12 Saturday-Sunday
  16-17 Thursday-Friday
  18-19 Saturday-Sunday
  20-21 Monday-Tuesday
  25-26 Saturday-Sunday
  30-31 Thursday-Friday
August 2015 1-2 Saturday-Sunday
  3-4 Monday-Tuesday
  8-9 Saturday-Sunday
  10-11 Monday-Tuesday
  13-14 Thursday-Friday
  15-16 Saturday-Sunday
  22-23 Saturday-Sunday
  24-25 Monday-Tuesday
  27-28 Thursday-Friday
  29-30 Saturday-Sunday
September 2015 3-4 Thursday-Friday
  5-6 Saturday-Sunday
  10-11 Thursday-Friday
  12-13 Saturday-Sunday
  14-15 Monday-Tuesday
  19-20 Saturday-Sunday
  24-25 Thursday-Friday
  26-27 Saturday-Sunday
  28-29 Monday-Tuesday
October 2015 1-2 Thursday-Friday
  3-4 Saturday-Sunday
  8-9 Thursday-Friday
  10-11 Saturday-Sunday


Lodging & Reservation Information
Manchester, Vermont

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

Equinox Resort & Spa
3567 Main Street
Manchester, VT 05254

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


Area Activities - Manchester, Vermont
The Equinox Resort

American Museum of Fly Fishing
Horseback riding
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
Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home

For a complete list of shops and other activities, go to


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.


Orvis Fly Fishing Schools
Frequently Asked Questions

: Do I need to buy a Vermont fishing license?

Answer - Yes. Vermont fishing licenses may be purchased online through Vermont Fish and Wildlife.

: 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.


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 5.0 / 5 based on 34 reviews


34 of 34 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    By: from Manchester

    Everything I hoped for and more as far as an introduction to fly fishing. Forrest was an excellent teacher. His passion and ability to break everything down into the basics is the best kind of encouragement for a beginner to pursue this sport.

  • 5/5

    Great Value - 10/11/2014
    By: from Manchester VT

    Loved the whole experience.Great crew and facilities.My cast improved .ten fold.Would recommend to new and experienced anglers. JL

  • 5/5

    2 Day Fly Fishing School - 10/6/2014
    By: from Manchester, VT

    After the two-days of schooling, I left feeling confident to go on any fly fishing adventure possible. Truel and Forrest were Great Teachers! Come on down to Nantucket and coming fishing with us at Capt Tom Charters when your free! Thanks again!

  • 5/5

    Fantastic ! - 9/1/2014
    By: from Manchester, VT

    Forrest and Tom were absolutely fantastic ! I really enjoyed both two days of training. Fishing school facility, top notch equipment and last but not least the instructors I had surpassed my expectations, I strongly recommend this program to anyone - very well worth it.

  • 5/5

    terrific experience - 8/13/2014
    By: from Manchester, VT

    Attended the two day school with my two sons. We were all beginners. Found the course was a great introduction to the sport. Forest was a terrific instructor and was able to instill in us his love of fly fishing. Learned all the basics of fly fishing that we can now grow on. Would recommend this school to everyone interest in fly fishing

  • 5/5

    Wonderful experience - 7/4/2014
    By: from Manchester, VT

    An excellent 2 day intro to flyfishing. Attentive, knowledgeable, friendly instructors. Only suggestion would be to spend a little more time on the river the second day. Highly recommended ti learn the basics.

  • 5/5

    Everything I hoped it would be - 7/2/2014
    By: from Manchester, VT

    I have had flyfishing on my to-do list for years and my family gave me your 2 day school for Christmas. As I was there at a fairly quiet time, it was like a private tutorial with Forrest. The 2 days flew by, Forrest was excellent and, to be taught by someone who is so dedicated, is a pleasure and far more productive. Bottom line: I enjoyed the whole experience and am grateful to my family and those at the Orvis School.

  • 5/5

    Fly fishing class june 12-13 - 6/18/2014
    By: from Florida

    WOW, I did some fly fishing in Pa, but,I came to this class and learned so much more than I thought. Your guy Forrest, Where did you get this guy. he is 20yrs old but has the experince of a sixty yr old.I'm a golf pro and give lesson and deal with people every day and this guy gives a presentation and lessons like he has been doing this for years. DON,T loose this guy! I,m in Florida now and he help me with salt water fishing. My buddy and i both bought rods and reels. Love seeing the rod factory, those people there made me buy a great rod. Great work, I,m a turn orvis for Life. Thank you for the experince. good luck guys!

  • 5/5

    Fantastic! - 5/20/2014
    By: from Manchester, VT

    I thoroughly enjoyed my two-day fly fishing course at the Orvis Manchester school. The team of instructors were very competent, enthusiastic, patient, and fun! Thanks to Ben, Peter, Forrest and Kim, and Head Fly Fishing Instructor Truel Myers, I learned quite a lot in those two days. I particularly enjoyed their careful modeling of movements, and the mnemonics they provided, that were truly helpful. A thoroughly enjoyable and fruitful week-end! Thank you so much!

  • 5/5

    Great Experience at the 2 Day Fly Fishing School - 9/16/2013
    By: from Manchester, VT

    I spent the last 2 days at the Orvis Fly Fishing School with Truel, Tom, and Forrest. I am not new to fly fishing, having spent many weekends fishing for brook trout with my father and my children, all passed down to us from my grandfather, but I am by no means an expert. While I know how to tie my own flies, knew the basics of stream entomology, and have long had a passion for the sport ... I was NOT good at it. My casting was atrocious! Nevertheless, I have always loved spending time chasing brookies on mountain streams. After 2 days in Manchester I think learned more about trout fishing than I have in the previous 50 years. The instructors are very knowledgable and patient. We covered all the basics and I left with a re-kindled passion for fly fishing. I was also delighted to have caught a brookie on the Battenkill, set the hook, played him ... then lost slack and watched him roll off and swim away! In the past I would have jerked him over my shoulder about 10 yards behind me on the bank of the river! It was much more gratifying to hook him the way I did and play him for a little, then watch him swim away to be there for another angler on another day. I am already planning my next trip to a nearby trout river for next Saturday morning. I am also practicing my casting in the backyard (much to my neighbor's amusement). I have a great deal of new information on trout fishing and can't wait to start on chapter 2 of my fly fishing story. Thank you guys. I have wanted to do this for years, and I was not disappointed.

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