West Point, Mississippi 2-Day Fly Fishing School at Prairie Wildlife

Learn to fly fish at a conservation-driven sporting estate

West Point, Mississippi 2-Day Fly Fishing School at Prairie Wildlife


The Orvis Mississippi Fly Fishing School is located at Prairie Wildlife in West Point. A conservation-driven sporting estate in the unique Black Prairie of Mississippi, Prairie Wildlife offers great fishing opportunities on Horseshoe Pond, as well as other activities including the Land Rover Driving Experience and shotgun sports. The focus is on fishing for bass and panfish, however, the casting techniques taught in the school can be used for trout and saltwater species as well. The school covers everything from fly casting, choosing the right tackle, leaders and knots, to fly selection and how to safely release fish. Students can stay at Bryan Lodge at Prairie Wildlife and will be treated to beautiful spacious rooms with private baths and gourmet dinners.


Fly Fishing School Class Program
West Point, MS
Time Activity & Description
9:00 a.m. Student registration at Bryan Lodge at Prairie Wildlife.
9:30 a.m. Introductions and discussion of class program.
9:45 a.m. Classroom presentation on lines, rods and reels.
10:45 a.m. Report to casting area for a demonstration on the Orvis Progressive Method to Fly Casting part one: basic casting stroke; students casting.
12:00 p.m. Lunch.
1:00 p.m. Classroom presentation on leaders, and hands-on knot tying.
2:15 p.m. Report to casting area for demonstration on the Orvis Progressive Method to Fly Casting part two: shooting line, false casting, and roll casting; students casting. Video tape students casting.
3:30 p.m. Classroom presentation on fly fishing equipment and accessories.
4:00 p.m. End of first day.

Time Activity & Description
9:00 a.m. Classroom presentation on warm water and coastal fly selection. Tips on how to handle, photograph and release fish.
10:00 a.m. Video analysis.
10:45 a.m. Report to casting area for a demonstration on the Orvis Progressive Method to Fly Casting part three: double hauling, and casting techniques for windy conditions; students casting.
12:00 p.m. Lunch. (Catered to school.)
1:00 p.m. Orvis-Endorsed fishing trips, and tips on fishing with guides.
1:15 p.m. Report to pond for demonstration on fishing flies; hook-setting and fish fighting techniques; students fishing with instruction.
3:45 p.m. Return to schoolroom for closing statements and graduation certificates.
4:00 End of school.


Orvis Fly-Fishing School - West Point, MS
2016 School Dates

April 2016 2-3 Saturday-Sunday
  9-10 Saturday-Sunday
May 2016 5-6 Thursday-Friday
  14-15 Saturday-Sunday
June 2016 11-12 Saturday-Sunday
  25-26 Thursday-Friday
September 2016 10-11 Saturday-Sunday
  17-18 Saturday-Sunday


Lodging & Reservation Information
West Point, Mississippi

Please contact Prairie Wildlife at (662) 295-7225 about lodging and reservations or visit www.prairiewildlife.com .

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


Area Activities - West Point, Mississippi
Prairie Wildlife
(662) 295-7224
Land Rover Driving Experience
Participants can enjoy the challenging off-road course on the Prairie Wildlife property.

Shotgun Sports
Five-stand on Horse Shoe Pond at Prairie Wildlife.

Old Waverly Golf Club
The exceptional, Scottish Highland influenced golf course of the South that hosted the Women’s U.S. Open a few years ago.

Historic Main Street
Discover its quaint shops and wonderful antique stores.

Steve Barnett Fine Guns
An exquisite, unique, and friendly fine gun store located in Historic Downtown. (By appointment only.)

Waverly Mansion
Built by Colonel George Hampton Young of Georgia in 1852. Waverly is a striking example of antebellum elegance. From its octagonal shaped cupola to its self-supporting curved stairways, Waverly is truly unique among antebellum plantation homes in the South.

Friday House/Howlin’ Wolf Blues Museum
Learn and admire Chester Arthur Burnett, a native son of Clay County, Ms. And other blues greats such as Bukka White, Big Joe Williams, and West Point’s lesser known Bluesman, “Piano Red.”

Ritz Theatre and Conference Center
A most special place for lunch, dinner, and social events. Witness the revival of this historic theatre that has been brought back to life.


West Point, Mississippi 2-Day Fly Fishing School at Prairie Wildlife is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 10.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Into into Flyfishing & 5 Star Lodging This was the perfect way to get introduced to the sport of fly fishing while staying at a 5 star lodge. The staff of both the lodge and school could not have been any better. Several activities to do besides fish and the food is phenomenal.
Date published: 2015-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly Exceptional The Orvis 2-day fly-fishing school at Prairie Wildlife is exceptional in every way! The accommodations are first class and the staff is as helpful as anyone could want. Harry and his assistants, Miss Jennifer and Miss Casey were wonderful. The meals they prepared and served would not have been out of palace at any five-star restaurant. In addition to the quality of the food, the service was also beyond compare. Every need any of us had was met with a smile. The lodge is very comfortable and well appointed. Rooms are spacious and private. Our instructor, Chris Edlin was great! He explained things clearly and happily took the time to answer our many simple questions. He made class fun and even though he is clearly a master, did not make you feel “less than” for knowing nothing. He is one of those teachers that can see the smallest details of your movement, and then suggest subtle changes that yield tremendous results. It really was a joy to be in his class. I would recommend this school to anyone I know who is interested in fly fishing…or not. I told my wife when I got home that I thought she would have enjoyed the lodge and the rest of the preserve, not to mention the service and wonderful food. If you have an interest in fly fishing, of even if you just like the outdoors and are looking for something to do, this experience would be a truly exceptional choice!
Date published: 2015-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome all around experience! My 16 yr old son and I attended the 2 day fly fishing school at Prairie Wildlife in West Point, MS...and the entire experience exceeded my expectations. Chris Edlin provided great instruction that helped both of us tremendously with our casting and was a pleasure to hang out with as well. Harry Was a wonderful host at the lodge and the food and service provided by he and his team were exceptional. The grounds, property and lodge are beautiful and very comfortable. It was an overall great experience that I would highly recommend to anyone.
Date published: 2015-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Time Ever Highly Recommend I took my 3 sons to Prairie Wildlife Harry Pasisis the lodge manager was the best and put together the best trip for us with his outstanding team including Mary Rogers Bridgforth who was also great et al. The scenery and location were beautiful, the lodging luxurious, the food gourmet and the best time ever. I was exhausted and Harry played go fish with my kids. They brought in Chris Edlin from Orvis for a fly fishing class for us that was completely first rate. Chris is the best. We caught fish and Harry had them cooked up for us. Then Harry put together Quail hunting for us with Mr. Xavier Fairley . It was the best combination of gun safety and hunting i could ever hope for and Xavier the consummate guide. We shot some doves and they sent them home to us for cooking(they would have prepared them for us but we had to be on our way right after hunting. They made everything a breeze and assisted us in every way possible. It was the best combination of a luxury hunting lodge with a warm inviting feeling. We can't wait to go again
Date published: 2015-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Anniversary Trip! This adventure turned out to be all we had hoped for! The lodge is beautiful and is located in a scenic and tranquil setting. The hospitality is truly "southern" and everyone involved goes above and beyond to ensure an enjoyable time. Harry is indeed a wonderful host and a most accomplished chef... the food was beyond fantastic! Chris ( our instructor) was top notch.. he made the instruction enjoyable and more importantly worth while. He is indeed an accomplished fly fisherman as well as educated instructor. A great experience all around.. In summary: Pros: Accommodations..THE BEST Food........................ FANTASTIC Two day course.....WONDERFUL Cons Had to come home!!!
Date published: 2015-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Money Well Spent After 40+ years of fishing with a fly rod I finally learned the basics that I should have learned when I started. Mr. Edlin was patient and enthusiastic as an instructor and corrected many of the faults that I had accumulated over time. Mr. Edlin's professionalism and knowledge made the class invaluable to one that fishes for enjoyment using a fly rod. The facility, Bryan Lodge at Prairie Wildlife, located near West Point, Ms, is top notch and managed by Harry Pasisis. One couldn't ask for a more hospitable host and fantastic cook. For fly fishing enthusiasts wishing to improve I could not recommend a better place to hone ones' skills and improve in such a positive environment.
Date published: 2015-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Valentine Day gift Ever! My husband gave me the Orvis fly-fishing school in West Point, MS. for Valentine's Day.....the best Valentine's Day gift I've ever received! Harry and his staff are the best.....great food, wonderful hospitality, and, as we were there on a cold weekend.....a roaring fire in the fireplace at all times! Chris (Jackson Orvis) and Dylan (Memphis Orvis) were our instructors, and I could not have asked for better. They were full of knowledge, humor, and made these first time fly fisherman feel special! I would recommend this Orvis fly fishing school to anyone.....it was a great weekend, and we now have some new friends in West Point, MS!
Date published: 2015-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Instructors I booked the 2 day school to improve my fly fishing skills and spend quality time with my daughter and her husband. I accomplished both. Chris is an excellent and enthusiastic instructor. He works in the Jackson,Ms store and is now my go to for all things fly fishing. May joined Chris as the second instructor. May was very knowledgeable and also a good instructor--just not as much experience in the teaching role. Prairie Wildlife is a great place. Mr Bryan is the consummate host who joined us for meals. Harry is an accomplished and experienced Chef who also likes to fish. He always makes things special. If you have not been to Prairie Wildlife it is worth going for the Orvis fly fishing or wingshooting school or just a special time.
Date published: 2014-10-01
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