Asheville, North Carolina 2-Day Fly Fishing School

Learn to fly fish at our North Carolina fly fishing school.

Asheville, North Carolina 2-Day Fly Fishing School


The Orvis North Carolina Fly Fishing School is held in Asheville on the exquisite 8,000-acre Biltmore Estate. The Biltmore is located near some of the best fly fishing in the Southeast including the Davidson River, one of the Trout Unlimited Top 100 Trout Streams in America. While learning to fly fish with our expert instructors, students can combine the great fishing of Western North Carolina with its breathtaking scenery. The 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 Asheville, North Carolina 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
Asheville, NC

Time Activity & Description
9:00 am Registration at the Outdoor Adventure Center.
9:30 Introductions and discussion of class program.
9:45 Classroom presentation - lines, rods, and reels.Video presentation: The Orvis Progressive Fly-Casting Method Part One: Basic casting stroke.
10:45 Report to casting pond for demonstration of the basic cast; students casting.
12:00 pm Lunch (catered).
1:00 Video presentation: The Orvis Progressive Fly-Casting Method Part Two: Shooting line, false casting, and roll casting.
1:15 Report to casting pond for demonstration on shooting line, false casting, and roll casting; students casting. Videotaping of students.
2:30 Classroom presentation - knot-tying seminar. Discussion on leaders; hands-on knot tying.
4:00 Classroom presentation - equipment and accessories.
4:30 End of first day.

Time Activity & Description
8:30 am Classroom presentation—Entomology, fly selection, and how to fish flies. Tips on how to handle, photograph, and release fish.
9:30 Demonstration on hook-setting and fish-fighting techniques.
9:45 Video presentation: The Orvis Progressive Fly-Casting Method Part Three: The double haul.
10:45 Report to Lagoon for demonstration on the double haul; fishing in still water; students casting and fishing.
12:00 pm Lunch (catered).
1:00 Orvis-endorsed fishing trips, and tips on fishing with guides. Discussion on wading safety.
1:30 French Broad River trip; talk on reading water. Demonstration on fishing flies in moving water, students fishing.
3:30 Return to classroom for closing statements and graduation certificates.
4:00 End of school.


Orvis Fly-Fishing School - Asheville, NC
2015 School Dates

March 2015 14-15 Saturday-Sunday
  23-24 Monday-Tuesday
April 2015 11-12 Saturday-Sunday
  25-26 Saturday-Sunday
May 2015 2-3 Saturday-Sunday
  11-12 Monday-Tuesday
June 2015 6-7 Saturday-Sunday
  20-21 Saturday-Sunday
July 2015 4-5 Saturday-Sunday
  23-24 Thursday-Friday
August 2015 8-9 Saturday-Sunday
  22-23 Saturday-Sunday
September 2015 5-6 Saturday-Sunday
  14-15 Monday-Tuesday
October 2015 3-4 Saturday-Sunday
  19-20 Monday-Tuesday
  31-1 Saturday-Sunday
November 2015 7-8 Saturday-Sunday


Lodging & Reservation Information
Asheville, North Carolina

Please contact The Inn on Biltmore Estate for lodging and reservations:

The Inn on Biltmore Estate
1 Approach Road
Asheville, NC 28803
1-800-411-2529 (Monday-Friday - 8:30am - 5pm)

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


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 5.0 / 5 based on 13 reviews


13 of 13 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Highly Enjoyable & Informative - 7/19/2014

    Took 2-day course with my wife. Highly recommended for anyone wanting to learn the basics of fly fishing. Dustin & company know their stuff.

  • 5/5

    Best Birthday gift ever! - 7/8/2014

    I received the 2-day Fly-Fishing school as a birthday gift and it is, by far, the best gift I have ever received. We chose to attend the Asheville, NC school and it was beautiful. The crew was experienced and knowledgable in both teaching and fly-fishing. The equipment was top notch! I am confident and excited to start my new journey in fly-fishing!

  • 5/5

    Outstanding - 7/7/2014
    By: from Asheville, NC

    I have been lucky to fish and hunt all over the USA and Canada. The Orvis Fly Fishing Class in Asheville, NC is an excellent class conducted by the best instructors/guides I have ever met. The level and scope of instruction is perfect. I have fished for years but never with a fly rod. I now understand how to cast, what gear is needed, and how to get started. The instructors are friendly, very experienced, knowledgeable, and positive, and you receive plenty of one on one instruction. I thoroughly enjoyed this class and really looking forward to fly fishing.

  • 5/5

    Excited - 5/15/2013

    The class provided a basis for fly fishing that was more than expected. Dustin's enthusiasm for fly fishing and all the intricate details was contagious . Very much looking forward to getting my own gear and getting out on a river.

  • 5/5

    New to Fly Fishing - 11/6/2012
    By: from Asheville, NC

    Before taking the 2 day class, I had never fly fished but had always wanted to. Justin and the rest of the instructors were very professional yet engaging. They did not make me feel awkward and were very patient. I learned enough to go out the day after the course ended and caught my first rainbow trout on a wooly booger fly given to me by an instructor. I just ordered a new Orvis fly rod and can't wait to go again. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who wants to fly fish but doesn't know where to start. Wish I would have done it sooner. I will be going back for a guided trip.

  • 5/5

    Exactly What I Needed! - 9/12/2012
    By: from Chilhowie, VA

    Prior to taking the school I had been a self taught fly fisherman for 12 years. Even after learning a lot from family and friends there were still a few gaps in my fly fishing knowledge. This school was exactly what I needed to give me the all around knowledge to take my fishing to the next level! I learned more in two days than I have in the 12 years. The setting at the Biltmore property including the lunch was absolutely first class. The instructors were great and practical. At first glance the class may appear expensive but I can say its a great investment and I would recommend it to anyone just getting into the sport or anyone just needing more confidence on the water.

  • 5/5

    Most fun I've had learning in a long time- - 7/19/2012
    By: from Raleigh, NC

    My husband and I attended the 7/7-8/2012 class and had a blast! Not only did we learn how to correct our bad casting habits, but really learned a lot during the entire class. The entomology section was really informative to me as I've been struggling with this. The instructors and guides were professional and personal. They catered to every person's skill level. I would recommend this to all that love (or want to love) the sport of fly fishing. It's a lot of fun and very educational. Thanks for a great week-end!

  • 5/5

    Fly Fishing School - 7/9/2012
    By: from Ashville ,NC

    Attended the class on 7-7 and 7-8 2012. The instruction was exceptional and the attention from the staff was without a doubt professional. The total experience was enlightening and gave real meaning to the sport of fly fishing I recommend it to anyone who wants to get started in this sport.

  • 5/5

    wonderful experience - 5/7/2012
    By: from Columbia SC

    I just completed the 2 day flyfishing course at Biltmore. It was one of the best things I have ever done for myself. I have been flyfishing for 40 years but have never gotten good at it. These guys taught me so much that will make my fishing much more enjoyable. I enjoyed every minute of the school. The instructors were awesome.They were awesome at diagnosing and teaching me how to correct my casting mistakes. I am so much better after only 2 days. They are true professionals.

  • 5/5

    Greatest week with my Daughter - 4/2/2012
    By: from Wheaton, IL
    Top 500 Contributor

    My 13 year old daughter and myself just completed the 2 day class with Chris and Dustin last week. I have been looking forward to going to an Orvis school all winter and the opportunity came to bring my daughter. She had springbreak and the Ashville school was close and available that week. She was very excited about the school as well. Chris and Dustin were knowledgeable, approachable and overall great, great teacher. My daughter was single hauling by the end of the first day and double hauling by the end of the second. They helped me understand how to really use the rod so I could cast and shoot line, tie knots and have a good intro to entemology. We then went into the Great Smoky Mtn Nat park to apply what we learned and caught 7 wild trout. I could put the fly anywhere I wanted. In between branches, 10, 20 or 30 feet away, hitting the exact spot I wanted. It was a week I will never forget, and I don't think my daughter will forget it either. It all started by going to a real fly fishing school with real fly fishing experts. Chris and Dustin, Thanks!

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