For more information about Orvis Fly Fishing Schools, call 866-531-6213.
|Fly Fishing School Class Program
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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
|Lodging & Reservation Information
Please contact the Equinox Resort & Spa for lodging and reservations:
|Area Activities - Manchester, Vermont
The Equinox Resort
American Museum of Fly Fishing
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
Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home
For a complete list of shops and other activities, go to www.manchestervermont.net
|The Orvis Flagship Fly-Fishing School Facility
In 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.
|Orvis Fly Fishing Schools
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: When can we avoid black flies?
Question: When does the school start and end? What will we be doing during the day? How long will we be fishing?
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 class?
Question: Do we stop the school because of weather?
Question: How much time is spent in the classroom vs. casting and fishing?
Question: Can you bring your own 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 fishing afterwards?
Overall: 5.0 / 5 based on 34 reviews
34 of 34 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
By: WillisR 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.
Great Value -
By: Birdman1948 from Manchester VT
Loved the whole experience.Great crew and facilities.My cast improved .ten fold.Would recommend to new and experienced anglers. JL
2 Day Fly Fishing School -
By: CaptTomsCharters 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!
Fantastic ! -
By: karikonrad 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.
terrific experience -
By: fgoogs 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
Wonderful experience -
By: mrfly 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.
Everything I hoped it would be -
By: Moe1272 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.
Fly fishing class june 12-13 -
By: lumpy7883 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!
By: fboucher 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!
Great Experience at the 2 Day Fly Fishing School -
By: FlyFisherFanatic 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.