Manchester, Vermont Fly-Fishing School / 1-Day School

Our Vermont fly fishing school lessons will give you all the skills you need to fish with confidence.

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Type: 1-Day School
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Manchester, Vermont Fly-Fishing School


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You'll cover it all at the Manchester, Vermont 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

Orvis is pleased to offer our travel customers access to two valuable services: Global Rescue travel membership and IMG Signature Travel Insurance℠.

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Recipient Email Address

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$489
per student
$489
Item #10RA Per Person
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100% Customer Satisfaction

has been our commitment since 1856. It’s who we are. If you aren’t happy with a product or service, we want to know about it. And we’ll make it right. That’s the Orvis Way.

Manchester, Vermont Fly-Fishing School


Phone icon866-531-6213 Email iconschools@orvis.com

You'll cover it all at the Manchester, Vermont 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

Orvis is pleased to offer our travel customers access to two valuable services: Global Rescue travel membership and IMG Signature Travel Insurance℠.

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The Story

If learning to fly fish or improving your casting technique seems like a daunting task, you just haven't met the right fishing instructors. Pick up a fly rod at the Orvis Manchester Fly-Fishing School, situated in the heart of Vermont's Green Mountains and, whether you choose our one-day or two-day school, you'll leave with the knowledge and know-how to cast like a seasoned angler. Our expert instructors help you with everything from setting up the rod, to fly selection and knots, to how to safely release your catch. Fishing classes are held in our state-of-the-art schoolhouse situated directly across from the Orvis Flagship Store, on our fully-stocked casting pond, and out on the famed Battenkill.

Both 1 & 2 Day Schools offer small class sizes – a 4:1 student-to-instructor ratio.

1-Day Fly-Fishing School Overview

  • Introduction to gear: line, rod and reel
  • Presentation of the Orvis Progressive Method to Fly Casting
  • Demonstrations on shooting line, false casting, and roll casting
  • Practice time and hands-on casting instruction by some of the best instructors in the industry
  • Seminars on fly selection, handling fish and landing fish
  • Knot tying discussion and practice
  • Catered lunch and time to chat with classmates
  • Special offers on Orvis gear

2-Day Fly-Fishing School Overview

  • 2-Day programs include recording and video analysis of each student's cast
  • Introduction to gear: line, rod and reel, additional equipment and accessories
  • Demonstrations on shooting line, false casting, and roll casting
  • Study and practice the double haul
  • Practice time and hands-on casting instruction by some of the best instructors in the industry
  • Dive deeper into seminars on fly selection, how to fish different types of flies, handling fish, landing fish and additional discussion of entomology
  • Knot tying discussion and practice
  • Introduction to wading safety, planning trips with guides and Orvis-Endorsed network
  • Practice session on the water with instructors (offered at most locations)
  • Catered lunch and time to chat with classmates
  • Special offers on Orvis gear

If you want to learn more, please reach out to the Schools Team and request the specific itinerary for your chosen Orvis School location.

1-Day School
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2-Day School
May 2021 29-30 Saturday/Sunday
July 2021 24-25 Saturday/Sunday
July/August 2021 31-1 Saturday/Sunday (SOLD OUT)
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The Orvis Flagship Fly-Fishing School Facility

The Orvis Flagship Fly Fishing School FacilityIn 1965 Leigh Perkins determined that there was a need for a fly-fishing school as he believed there were many people who were simply too intimidated by the sport to try it. In 1966, under the direction of the legendary Bill Cairns, Orvis opened its first fly-fishing school, a three-day affair for $75. Since then we’ve educated more than 35,000 people at Orvis schools all over the country.

The Orvis Flagship Fly Fishing School FacilityOur state-of-the-art school facility is located directly across the street from the Flagship Store in Manchester, Vermont where Orvis was founded 153 years ago. Located in the Green Mountains of Southern Vermont, this is not only a magnificent place to visit, but an historic and beautiful place to learn the graceful art of fly fishing. Along with the schoolhouse, there is the Orvis Flagship store and the American Museum of Fly Fishing, all within a few yards of each other. It is truly the heart of American fly fishing. The schoolhouse is a full 6,000 square-foot facility with 4,500 square feet of interior teaching space, and 1,500 square feet of covered porch looking out toward the mountains.

Jim Lepage, Orvis Vice-President of the Rod and Tackle Division, stated, "I am extremely proud of the Orvis Fly-Fishing School House. First, because it reflects Orvis’s commitment to fly fishing and fly fishers. Second, because there is absolutely no place like it dedicated to the teaching of fly fishing. Outside, you can practice casting in the designated casting area, or relax in Adirondack chairs on the boardwalk deck. Inside, you’ll be treated to a fireplace room with a comfortable couch and The Orvis Flagship Fly Fishing School Facilitychairs, and sporting art that includes works from great sporting artists such as Ogden Pleissner. The spacious classroom is appointed with hickory furniture and has a built-in video projector for teaching. The equipment room includes lockers and space to store waders, vests, and rods."

If ever there was a time to come to Vermont and learn this lifetime pursuit, it is now. You will not only learn from the best, but you will be treated to an experience in the most beautiful facility of its kind anywhere in the world, located at the birthplace of the oldest and most famous fly-fishing company in the world.

Lodging

The Equinox Resort
3567 Main Street
Manchester, VT 05254
www.equinoxresort.com
800-362-4747

Activities

  • American Museum of Fly Fishing
  • Golf
  • Spa
  • Tennis
  • Horseback riding
  • Archery
  • Land Rover Experience Driving School
  • British School of Falconry
  • Fine dining
  • Shopping
  • Antiquing
  • Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home
  • Hiking

Kids' activities include:

  • Merck Forest and Farmland Center
  • Bromley Mountain Alpine Slide
  • Northshire Book Store
  • Village Picture Shows


Question
: Do I need to buy a Vermont fishing license?

Answer - If attending the Vermont 2-Day Fly Fishing School each student will need to purchase a licenses. For student attending the 1-Day School, they do not purchase a fishing license. Vermont fishing licenses may be purchased online through Vermont Fish and Wildlife.
https://www.vtfwdsales.com/online/license.php


Question
: What is the best time of year to fish?

Answer - Late April through June is when the most reliable hatches come off, but any time through the season can be good.

Question: When can we avoid black flies?

Answer - Black flies are not a problem in the Manchester area.

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 and vests.

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: 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 anglers?

Answer - Yes. In casting, we adjust our instruction to the individual student’s level.

Question: What is the cancellation policy?

Answer - If the reservation is cancelled 60+ days from your school date, Orvis will offer a full refund back the original method of payment, or the reservation can be transferred to another available school. If the reservation is cancelled 30-60 days from the date of the school, the customer will have a choice between a refund of 50% or transferring the reservation to another available school. On cancellations 29 days or less there is no refund and no transfer. There will be no refund extended to students who do not attend their scheduled school and do not notify the school within the timeframes listed in this policy. Any reservation that has been transferred to a different date cannot be later cancelled without 100% payment penalty.

Question: What other recreation is available near the school?

Answer - See information on specific school page.

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.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Learning Experience We learned so much from our two day Fly Fishing School! Being new to fly fishing I appreciated how patient and helpful the instructors were. Each one offered individualized support. They were personable, encouraging and informative. The class covered everything you need to know to start your fly fishing adventures!
Date published: 2021-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fly Fishing Facts & Fun! 1-Day School My husband & I had an amazing experience at the 1-Day Fly Fishing School in Manchester, VT. The instructors, including Forrest, Tom & Truel were great at sharing their knowledge of fly fishing from the basics of learning about the rod to advanced casting techniques. It was the perfect blend of classroom instruction and hands on practice at the casting pond. Our group had varied skill level and everyone was encouraged to actively participate and ask questions. It was a great experience and I highly recommend it. Thank you.
Date published: 2021-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Instructors I thoroughly enjoyed this class. As a intermediate fly fisherman I was given instructions on different castes that I can use in special situations. Learning more about the life cycle of the aquatic life was also very good information. All 3 instructors worked great together.
Date published: 2021-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from World-Class Instruction As a fisherman who grew up on conventional tackle, the world of fly fishing had always been intimidating to me. The instructors here at Orvis were able to help me develop my casting skills, explain the life cycle of insects, and impart invaluable wisdom on our class regarding the world of fly fishing. I had an amazing experience, and would recommend this school to anglers of all skill levels.
Date published: 2021-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great experience I attended the two day school on May 3,4 in Manchester. It was wonderful. I learned a lot. And had fun doing it. Forrest and the other instructors really knew their stuff and offered helpful advice. Having never waded before, I was getting out on the water for the first time. I call it a success because I didn’t fall in. I’ve had nothing but good experiences in my dealings with Orvis. And I’ve learned a lot. Thanks to everyone at Orvis. Keep up the great work.
Date published: 2021-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Orvis Fly Fishing School 04/24/21- 04/25/21 I had the opportunity to do it in the class. Loved it! All the in Instructors did a awesome job keeping the class interactive. Personal instructions were a great help. I would Definitely recommend this for new fly fishermen. I loved being able to use Orvis’s great equipment and Facilities After the class i took the opportunity to go to your main store. Upon entering was greeted buy friendly staff congratulating us on the completion of our accomplishments at school. Thanks again to all the instructors and staff.
Date published: 2021-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible insights Instructors very patient and insightful. Never lost enthusiasm. Very precise in what I could do to improve casting. were always polite, respectful, which goes a long way with me.
Date published: 2021-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great Experience. The instructors greeted me kindly and with respect. The taught with confidence, humility and skill. I was a teacher for 42 years and I have great respect for people who do it well. This team in Manchester Vt were awesome. They quickly discovered my flaws and kindly corrected them with hints and subtle praise. Great fun and so worth it.
Date published: 2021-04-20
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