Kohler, Wisconsin 2-Day Fly Fishing School

Learn to fish at the Orvis Wisconsin Fly-Fishing School

Kohler, Wisconsin 2-Day Fly Fishing School


Learn to fish at the Orvis Wisconsin Fly-Fishing School, located at the private and exclusive River Wildlife in Kohler. A 500-acre wilderness preserve, River Wildlife is maintained in its natural state to preserve native vegetation and wildlife including five miles of the meandering Sheboygan River. The school covers everything from fly casting, choosing the right tackle, leaders and knots, to fly selection and how to safely release fish. Students staying overnight at The American Club or Inn on Woodlake can enjoy great outdoor activities including self-guided river fishing, shotgun sports, horseback riding, 18 miles of woodland trails, and much more.


Fly-Fishing School Class Program
Kohler, Wisconsin

Time Activity & Description
9 a.m.

Registration at River Wildlife.

9:30 a.m. Introductions and discussion of class program.
9:45 a.m. Classroom presentation – Lines, rods, and reels. Video on The Orvis Progressive Method to Teaching Fly Casting part one: The basic cast.
10:45 a.m.

Report to casting area for demonstration of the basic cast; students casting.

12 p.m.

Lunch (catered to school)

1 p.m.

Classroom presentation – The Orvis Progressive Method to Teaching Fly Casting part two: video on shooting line, false casting, and roll casting.

1:15 p.m. Report to casting area for demonstration on shooting line, false casting, and roll casting; students casting. Video tape students.
2:30 p.m. Classroom presentation – Knot tying seminar. Discussion on leaders, hands-on knot tying.
4 p.m. Classroom presentation – Equipment and accessories.
4:30 p.m. End of first day.

Time Activity & Description
8:30 a.m.

Classroom presentation – Entomology, fly selection, and how to fish flies. Tips on how to handle, photograph, and release fish.

9:30 a.m. Demonstration on hook-setting and fish fighting techniques.
9:45 a.m.

Classroom presentation – Video analysis. The Orvis Progressive Method to Teaching Fly Casting part three: video on the double haul.

10:45 a.m.

Report to casting area for demonstration on the double haul; fishing in still water; students casting and fishing.

12:00 pm Lunch (catered to school).
1 p.m. Orvis-Endorsed fishing trips, and tips on fishing with guides. Discussion on wading safety.
1:30 p.m. Sheboygan River trip – Talk on reading water. Demonstration on fishing flies in moving water; students fishing.
3:30 p.m. Return to schoolroom for closing statements, and graduation certificates.
4 p.m. End of school.


Orvis Fly-Fishing School - Kohler, Wisconsin
2015 School Dates

April 2015 16-17 Thursday-Friday  
  25-26 Saturday-Sunday  
May 2015 7-8 Thursday-Friday  
  30-31 Saturday-Sunday  
June 2015 11-12 Thursday-Friday  
  13-14 Saturday-Sunday  
  27-28 Saturday-Sunday  
July 2015 9-10 Thursday-Friday  
  25-26 Saturday-Sunday  
August 2015 6-7 Thursday-Friday  
  22-23 Saturday-Sunday  
September 2015 12-13 Saturday-Sunday  
October 2015 8-9 Thursday-Friday  
  10-11 Saturday-Sunday  


Lodging & Reservation Information
Kohler, Wisconsin

Please contact The American Club or Inn on Woodlake for lodging and reservations:

The American Club
419 Highland Drive
Kohler, WI 53044

Inn on Woodlake
705 Woodlake Road
Kohler, WI 53044

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


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 5.0 / 5 based on 4 reviews


4 of 4 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Great School, Solid Skills, Big Fish - 11/6/2014

    I attended the fly fishing school at River Wildlife during October 4-5, never touching a fly rod before. I was met at the Montana-like lodge at River Wildlife to a warm welcome by Gordy Martin the instructor. The setting was perfect and I owe getting up to speed with learning the fundamentals and intermediate lessons of casting quickly to Gordy. By the second day, I was on the river and catching numerous King Salmon! As a bonus, Gordy stayed with us until an hour before dark ensuring we all had our catch. If you're thinking of a fly fishing school, River Wildlife in the Fall with Gordy is the best!

  • 5/5

    The Best School Ever! - 10/8/2014
    By: from Pewaukee, WI

    My husband and I took the Orvis Fly Fishing School at the gorgeous River Wildlife at Kohler, Wisconsin on October 4 and 5, 2014. Our instructor, Gordon Martin, was excellent and lots of fun to be with! Gordy spent a lot of time helping us with our casting skills and teaching us various casting techniques. He was so friendly, enthusiastic, encouraging, positive and had a great sense of humor! We appreciate Gordy's patience and his willingness to share his knowledge and experiences with us. On the afternoon of Day 2, Gordy took us to the Sheboygan River to fish for salmon. We stayed on the river with him until an hour before dark fishing for salmon and reeling them in! Going to school has never been more enjoyable ! We hope to continue to learn from Gordy in the future and in fact plan on fishing for steelhead and brown trout with him in the next few weeks.

  • 5/5

    Great Class - 10/5/2014
    By: from Kohler, WI

    The class focused on hands on skills - casting and tying knots. Gordy was a great coach and my casting skills and confidence improved much over the two days. The fishing trip was a blast and the setting and amenities was first class.

  • 5/5

    2-Day Fly Fishing School - 9/28/2014
    By: from Koehler, WI

    2 days of pure joy....we had a blast! The class time and fishing experience couldn't have been more delightful. Our instructor, Gordy Martin, was a wealth of knowledge, patience and friendly enthusiasm. And all this was matched perfectly with the lovely setting at River Wildlife. Coming back for more!

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