Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 2-Day Fly Fishing School

This Orvis fly fishing school in Idaho offers casting lessons in a world-class setting.

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 2-Day Fly Fishing School


Tucked away in some of the most beautiful scenery in the Pacific Northwest is the town of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and the site of the Orvis Idaho Fly Fishing School. The school is held at the Coeur d'Alene Resort and is one of North Idaho's most popular vacation destinations. Surrounded by mountains, lakes, and rivers, Coeur d'Alene offers a wide array of outdoor recreation including mountain biking, hiking, and boating on sprawling Lake Coeur d'Alene. The Coeur d'Alene Resort is a famous golf destination and home of the World's Only Floating Green. After fly fishing lessons, students can relax in the spa, take advantage of great nearby shopping and restaurants, or arrange a guided fishing trip with Northwest Outfitters. The fishing school covers everything from fly casting, choosing the right tackle, leaders, and knots, to fly selection, and how to safely release fish.

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You'll cover it all at the Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Fly Fishing School:

  • Fly casting techniques
  • Essential knots
  • How to choose your gear and tackle
  • Stream entomology (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 an Orvis Fly Fishing School, call 866-531-6213.


Fly Fishing School Class Program
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Time Activity & Description
8:15 am Student registration at Northwest Outfitters.
8:45 Students caravan to the Coeur d’ Alene Resort.
9:15 Introductions and discussion of class program.
9:30 Classroom presentation - lines, rods, reels.
10:30 Video presentation: The Orvis Progressive Fly-Casting Method Part One: Basic casting stroke.
10:45 Students report to casting area for demonstration of basic casting stroke; students casting.
12:00pm Lunch.
12:45 Classroom presentation - wading safely.
1:00 Video presentation: The Orvis Progressive Fly-Casting Method Part Two: Shooting line, false casting, roll cast.
1:15 Boat ride to casting area on Coeur d’Alene lake.
1:30 Demonstration on shooting line, false casting, and roll cast; students casting. Videotape students casting.
2:45 Boat ride back to the resort.
3:00 Classroom demonstration - equipment and accessories.
3:30 Classroom demonstration - leaders and knot tying. Discussion on weights and strike indicators.
4:30 End of the first day.

Time Activity & Description
9:00 am Classroom presentation – Entomology, fly selection, and how to fish flies. Tips on how to handle, photograph, and release fish.
9:45 Video presentation: The Orvis Progressive Fly-Casting Method Part Three; video on the double haul.
10:30 Casting area - students practice casting.
11:30 Classroom presentation - Orvis-endorsed fishing vacations and fly-fishing opportunities around the world.
12:00pm Lunch.
1:00 River trip - students caravan to Spokane River. Talk on reading water. Demonstration on fishing dry flies, nymphs, wet flies, and streamers; students fishing.
4:30 End of school.


Orvis Fly-Fishing School - Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
2015 School Dates

June 2015 1-2 Monday-Tuesday
  6-7 Saturday-Sunday
  13-14 Saturday-Sunday
July 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
August 2015 6-7 Thusday-Friday
  8-9 Saturday-Sunday
  15-16 Saturday-Sunday
  22-23 Saturday-Sunday
  24-25 Monday-Tuesday
  31-1 Monday-Tuesday
September 2015 5-6 Saturday-Sunday
  12-13 Saturday-Sunday


Lodging & Reservation Information
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Please contact The Coeur d'Alene Resort for lodging and reservations:

The Coeur d’Alene Resort
115 S. Second St.
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814
(866) 604-4128

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


Orvis Fly Fishing Schools
Frequently Asked Questions

: Do you fish on the lake or are there streams and rivers?

Answer - During the school, the students fish the Spokane River.

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, vests and fishing licenses.

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 fisherman?

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: 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 4 reviews


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

  • 5/5

    Great school Great time - 9/24/2014
    By: from Cedarburg, WI, USA

    Pat is a great instructor and a good guide to the Coeur d'Alene River system. His information reinforced what I had learned in Orvis 101, 201 and 301. He helped me learn how to cast better and in the second day of the school on the river I caught my first native cutthroat trout. Will return to the area next year for another outing.

  • 5/5

    Super Experience - 6/6/2014
    By: from Coeur d'Alene, ID

    Anyone thinking about learning fly fishing should take this class. It is first rate. Pat is an excellent instructor and conveys the information so that everyone can understand. Pat and Brian had everyone in the class casting by the end of the first day. Videotaping was really helpful. And, the school being held in one of the prettiest places in the west doesn't hurt either. On the 2nd day we fished the awesome Coeur d'Alene river, where the scenery is drop dead gorgeous. Everyone received personal on-river attention. And, everyone caught fish. If you are thinking about the sport and thinking about teaching yourself, don't. Get a super high quality, professional introduction from the Orvis schools and the Northwest Outfitters.

  • 5/5

    Exceeds Expectations - 8/26/2012
    By: from Coeur d'Alene

    My son and I had a marvelous experience at the beautiful Coeur d' Alene fly fishing school. My son had never held a fly rod and I was self taught. The school gave both of us the skills and knowledge to feel comfortable fly fishing with people of any skill level. Pat Way was a great instructor.

  • 5/5

    Great School, Highly Recommended - 2/16/2010
    By: from Los Angeles, CA

    I'm not sure why this is showing up as a new school, but I went to the school taught by Northwest Outfitters in Coeur d'Alene three years ago and absolutely loved it. It is taught by guys who love to fish, and love to teach people how to fish. Since then, I've gone back to Idaho several times to use them as guides, and they never disappoint. I've always known that they're extremely knowledgeable, but after using other guiding services in other parts of the country (and the world), I've realized just how good these guys really are. This is a "can't miss" program.

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