Okatie, South Carolina 2-Day Fly Fishing School

This South Carolina fly fishing school offers first class instruction.

Okatie, South Carolina 2-Day Fly Fishing School


The Orvis South Carolina Fly Fishing School is held at Oldfield Club in Okatie, South Carolina in the heart of the Lowcountry. Nestled on the banks of the Okatie River, Oldfield Club is a private club community that features Lowcountry living at its best. Located halfway between Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA, and convenient to I-95 and the Hilton Head/Savannah International Airport, 20 minutes from Historic Beaufort, Oldfield Club is surrounded by miles of salt and brackish marsh, salt flats and oyster flats, some of the Lowcountry's finest fly fishing is literally right around the corner. Numerous stocked ponds in Oldfield provide fantastic fishing for bass and panfish and, kayaks are available to paddle alongside dolphins in the soothing waters of the Okatie. Other activities include 5 miles of nature and walking trails, a Greg Norman designed 18 hole golf course, golf clubhouse with full bar and dining, equestrian facilities, Sports Center with full workout, sauna, steam, and aerobic facilities, and waterfront dining at the scenic River House. 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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After the school, students can arrange to take a guided trip on nearby waters through Bay Street Outfitters, 843-524-5250 or 877-501-5001.

You'll cover it all at the Orvis South Carolina Fly Fishing School:

  • Fly casting techniques (including video analysis)
  • Essential fly fishing knots
  • How to choose your gear and tackle
  • Fly selection
  • How to read water
  • How to play, land, photograph, and safely release fish

Tuition includes comprehensive instruction, lunches, and use of Orvis fly tackle.

Note: Because of the heavier tackle used at the Orvis South Carolina Fly Fishing School, we strongly recommend that students be at least 12 years old.

For more information about Orvis Fly Fishing Schools, call 866-531-6213.


Fly Fishing School Class Program
Okatie, South Carolina
Time Activity & Description
9:00 am Student registration at the Riverhouse.
9:30 Introductions and discussion of class program.
9:45 Classroom presentation on lines, rods and reels.
10:30 Video presentation: The Orvis Progressive Fly-Casting Method Part One: the basic casting stroke.
10:45 Report to casting area for demonstration on the basic casting stroke; students casting.
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 Classroom presentation on leaders, and hands-on knot tying.
2:15 Video presentation: The Orvis Progressive Fly-Casting Method Part Two: shooting line, false casting, and the roll cast.
2:30 Report to casting area for demonstration on shooting line, false casting, and roll casting; students casting. Video tape students casting.
4:00 Classroom presentation: Discussion on equipment and accessories.
4:30 End of first day.

Time Activity & Description
9:00 am Classroom presentation: How to select and fish flies. Tips on how to handle, photograph, and release fish.
10:00 Video analysis.
10:30 Video presentation: The Orvis Progressive Fly-Casting Method Part Three: the double haul.
10:45 Report to casting area for demonstration on double hauling, and casting techniques for windy conditions; students casting.
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 Orvis-Endorsed fishing trips, and tips on fishing with guides.
1:15 Report to pond for demonstration on fishing flies; hook-setting and fish fighting techniques; students fishing with instruction.
3:45 Return to classroom for closing statements and graduation certificates.
4:00 End of school.


Orvis Fly-Fishing Schools - Okatie, South Carolina
2014 School Dates

May 2014 7-8 Wednesday-Thursday  
  17-18 Saturday-Sunday  
June 2014 7-8 Saturday-Sunday  
  18-19 Wednesday-Thursday  
July 2014 9-10 Wednesday-Thursday  


Lodging & Reservation Information
Okatie, South Carolina

Please contact Oldfield Club for lodging reservations:

Our riverfront cottages combine Lowcountry style with southern charm with full views of the Okatie River. Heart pine floors, spacious screen porches, and rocking chairs await your arrival, beckoning you to kick back and take advantage of the river breezes coming off the Okatie.

For directions or information, please contact:

Oldfield Club
Kaye Bush – Lodging Director
130 Oldfield Way
Okatie, S.C. 29909
E-mail: olflodging@oldfieldsc.com

Please mention you will be attending the Orvis Fly Fishing School. Exclusive dining and lodging options are available for Orvis Students.


Overall: 5.0/5 starsShow Rating Distribution 5.0 / 5 based on 8 reviews

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8 of 8 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    best ever - 4/8/2014
    By: from Okatie SC

    all I can say is both Dave Murray and Dave Cargile were outstanding teachers-invaluable experience !!!

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Fabulous Experience! - 4/23/2013
    By: from Okatie SC

    Capt. David Murray will have you casting like a veteran in a couple of days. He's a great teacher and the setting is beautiful. I was doubtful that we could see the progress that we made but Capt. Murray will get you there.Highly recommend.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Okatie 2-day fly fishing school - 4/6/2012
    By: from Hilton Head, SC

    We had a fabulous experience with the Orvis school in Okatie. Dave Murray, the instructor, was methodical in his presentation of information so that you did not get overwhelmed. I am new to fly fishing and to be able to cast, shoot the line, haul and double haul in 2 days, was amazing. A good balance between classroom information and videos, and actual outside practice. Dave's expertise was salt water fly fishing, but his knowledge encompassed all types of fly fishing on all sorts of bodies of water, no matter where you live, the information was relevant. The school exceeded my expectations. Great instruction, wonderful lunch, and outstanding venue.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Money well spent! - 4/6/2012
    By: from Harrisburg, PA

    I don't normally write reviews, but after taking this class, I felt compelled to. As a freshwater fisherman who loves to visit the beach, I was not sure what to expect. I must say that Captain Dave had us learning everything we needed in a very short time. We learned knots, casting and even how to find and catch fish. For the novice, it is great to learn about the tackle that can cost a large sum of money while at the school. For more experienced flyfisherman, learning how to correct bad behaviors are a must.... Dave did a great job at both... And more If you think $470 is too much for what you get, you are wrong. The knowledge you take out if it (or atleast I did), was priceless. The experience will allow me to flyfish for years and I can't wait. I even traveled from Pennsylvania just to vacation and take the class.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Excellent Class - 3/20/2012
    By: from Okatie, SC

    For someone new to fly fishing there is really no better way to start than by taking this course. All the instructors were seasoned fly fishing captains for all the local species of fish as well as well excellent in freshwater fly fishing tactics. The low student to teacher ratio allowed for much individual one on one time to help prefect your casting techniques. All instructors were very patient with students who for the most part have never used a fly rod before. Most all equipment used was Orvis' top of the line products so you were able to practice with the best. Although the class should be considered for beginners, I would suggest you learn a bit of the terminology dealing with the parts of the reel, line, leader, etc before you attend the class as some terms will be foreign if you are new to the sport. Finally, I should state, after the class, it will still take some practice on your own to become proficient in longer cast, but you will be well on your way with the instruction and hands on experienced gained from the class.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Excellent Instruction and Facility - 3/17/2012

    There were four of us at the recent fly fishing school held at the Oldfield Club in Okatie SC. Dave Cargile had us casting within an hour, then on to single and double hauling. Great instruction on knot tying, equipment, fish species etc. The facilities need to be seen to be believed. If you have a chance, this is the place to be and the school to attend.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Outstanding - 2/13/2012

    Just completed the Orvis fly fishing school in Okatie SC. The facilities were great and the instructors were outstanding. Excellent fly casting instructions and knowledge of fly fishing. I came away with many new tips and have a much better understanding of fly fishing. Definitely exceeded my exceptations. .

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Outstanding - 2/10/2012

    Just attended the Orvis fly fishing school in Okatie, SC. The facilities were excellent, and the instructors Capt Tuck Scott, Dave Cargile, and Dave Murray were outstanding in their knowledge and presentation of fly fishing. The casting instructions and hands on aproach were excellent and made a tremendous difference in my fly casting ability. My overall experience with the program exceeded my expectations.

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