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 Golf Club in Okatie, SC 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 Golf Club.
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
2015 School Dates

February 2015 21-22 Saturday-Sunday
March 2015 21-22 Saturday-Sunday
April 2015 1-2 Wednesday-Thursday
  18-19 Saturday-Sunday
May 2015 6-7 Wednesday-Thursday
  16-17 Saturday-Sunday
  30-31 Saturday-Sunday
June 2015 13-14 Saturday-Sunday
  24-25 Wednesday-Thursday
July 2015 8-9 Wednesday-Thursday
  22-23 Wednesday-Thursday
August 2015 5-6 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
Danielle Tosky – Lodging Director
130 Oldfield Way
Okatie, S.C. 29909
E-mail: dtosky@oldfieldsc.com

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


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 5.0 / 5 based on 17 reviews


17 of 17 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Teaching Old dogs New Tricks - 6/13/2015
    By: from STLMO

    Captain Dave is one heck of an instructor! I recently completed his 2 day class. He is highly skilled and patient as he tried to break me of my old bait casting habits. His class combines classroom knowledge and field application. If you are just getting in to fly fishing, this class will be extremely helpful. If you already have some basic skills, you will certainly improve with his coaching.The class is worth every penny and you'll get to spend 2 days with one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet!

  • 5/5

    Excellent Class - 5/18/2015
    By: from Charlotte, NC / Okatie, SC

    Just finished the 2-day class with Captain Dave Murray. It was a small class, so the one-on-one guidance was incredibly helpful in honing casting technique, answering questions and presenting relevant information. Captain Dave is a world class instructor, and one of the nicest people you'll ever meet. He's truly passionate about what he does. Definitely worth every penny.

  • 5/5

    Okatie 2-day Fly Fishing School - 3/24/2015
    By: from Okatie South Carolina

    AN OUTSTANDING CLASS for both beginners and seasoned fly fishers. Instructors Capt. Dave Murray and John Holbrook put their heart and soul in making this both an informative and enjoyable class. Each segment taught was followed with a personal story which brought it from a video presentation to a real life experience. The sharing and caring given by both during this class in my opinion is what made it a success. I would recommend this class given by these to instructors to anyone interested in fly fishing. Thank you both for a job well done.

  • 5/5

    Excellent 2 Days - 3/23/2015

    Fly fishing been on my bucket list for years. The 2 day fly fish program was money well spent. Dave Murray and Joe Holebrook were great teachers as well as colorful characters. Maybe I zoned out, but felt there should have been more teaching on hauling the fly line.

  • 5/5

    Great Experience - 2/24/2015
    By: from Okatie, SC

    Captains David Murray and Ja Malphrus provided an excellent program, covering a great deal of ground over two days. Highly recommended.

  • 5/5

    Okatie 2 day Orvis school - 1/23/2015
    By: from Okatie, SC

    What a great school. Being a first time flycaster I can definitely say this was the best school I could have attended. Im from the Beaufort area and the redfishing here in the Lowcountry is up there with the best in the country. With that being said we also have some of the best flyfishers and instructors to choose from. You can definitely tell the Orvis instructor Owen Plair is very passionate about flyfishing and he gives 110% to those that want to learn this sport. There was only one other student in my class as it was in the middle of January and we got one on one attention for sure. I not only finished the school being able to double haul, but I also feel the techniques Owen shared with us will last a lifetime. Will you be a professional flyfisherman after the class probably not, but you will have the fundamentals of flycasting to practice on your own and continually improve upon. Thank you Owen and Orvis for such a great school!

  • 5/5

    Saltwater Fly Fishing School, Okatie, SC - 7/11/2014

    This is one of the best schools I've attended. Dave Murray is a fine teacher and storyteller, and while there may be other instructors as good as Dave, there are none better! There is ample time to learn and practice casting, including fishing a pond on the final day. The setting for the class is quite nice, and getting several of Dave's virtual fly rods, and being taught how to use them to improve your casting is worth the tuition by itself. Great class!

  • 5/5

    Summer School Fun - 6/23/2014
    By: from Wilmington,N.C.

    The Orvis Fly Fishing school in Okatie was a great experience.Captain Dave Murray is an excellent instructor who made both classroom and lakeside casting sessions fun.The student to instructor ratio is 4 to 1 allowing plenty of time for individual attention and discussion of fly fishing techniques.As a beginner in the sport ,I graduated feeling confident that I can head to the water with a fly rod now instead of my spinning rod and continue to improve with the exercises Dave taught us.Captain Murray has vast experience in fresh and saltwater fly fishing,and I chose this Orvis site due to its discussion of saltwater techniques,as I live near a similar area.I was happy with the material covered,and I feel the freshwater enthusiast would also be satisfied with the course.Facilities were beautiful,equipment top notch,and instructor superior -a true Orvis experience.

  • 5/5

    Husband Wife Get Away - 6/9/2014
    By: from Lincolnton GA

    My wife of 28 years and I just returned from a fantastic weekend at the Orvis Okatie fly casting school. Our instructor was over the top. He broke each step down to its simplest element without boring anybody. Our class was small and we were each attended to. I consider myself a novice fly caster at best and I learned something every hour were there.

  • 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 !!!

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