Orvis Fly-Fishing School 1 hour from Tallahassee, FL Regional Airport

3.1 out of 5 Customer Rating
Type: 2-Day School
$489
Item #7Y32_2 Per Person
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Mays Pond, Florida Fly-Fishing School


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You'll cover it all at the Mays Pond, Florida Fly-Fishing School:

  • Fly casting techniques
  • Essential fly fishing knots
  • How to choose your gear and tackle
  • Demonstrations on fishing flies in still water
  • Proper fly selection for warm water & coastal species
  • 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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Item #7Y32 Per Person
Book Now
Great Catch Guarantee insignia

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.

Mays Pond, Florida Fly-Fishing School


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

You'll cover it all at the Mays Pond, Florida Fly-Fishing School:

  • Fly casting techniques
  • Essential fly fishing knots
  • How to choose your gear and tackle
  • Demonstrations on fishing flies in still water
  • Proper fly selection for warm water & coastal species
  • 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℠.

Learn More

The Story

Enroll in an Orvis fly-fishing school at the Mays Pond Plantation, and try your hand at casting for the first time, or brush up on some already developed skills! Our small class size means that you'll get focused instruction from the Orvis Mays Pond School team, meeting and helping you progress, wherever your skill level is.

Mays Pond Plantation encompasses roughly 6,000 acres and is managed primarily for game-bird and freshwater-fishing habitat. The plantation is not a commercial operation, and except for the schools, is not open to the public. The property borders on the northeastern shore of Lake Miccosukee on the outskirts of the small town of Monticello, Florida, about 20 miles east of Tallahassee.

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
May 2022 7 Saturday (SOLD OUT)
2-Day School
April 2022 2-3 Saturday/Sunday
  11-12 Monday/Tuesday
May 2022 5-6 Thursday/Friday

This school does not include lodging, but we do recommend the following local options:

The Daffodale Estate
620 W. Washington Street
Monticello, Fl. 32344
(850) 997-1111
www.daffodaleestate.com

The Cottage Bead & Breakfast
295 W. Palmer Mill Road
Monticello, Fl. 32344
(850) 342-3541

Avera-Clarke House
580 W. Washington Street
Monticello, Fl. 32344
(850) 997-5007
www.averaclarke.com

Do I need to buy a fishing license?

No.


When does the school start and end?

Please reach out to our Orvis team for the specific schedule of each day at this school, but most schools run from about 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, with a lunch break.


What is included in the price of the school?

Use of Orvis fly rods/reels, leaders, flies, and where necessary waders and vests. Lunch is also included at most locations.


Is lodging included?

No. Lodging arrangements are made separately by the students.


Are meals included?

Lunch is the only meal included in the school tuition price.


How many people will be in the class?

The capacity for the Orvis Mays Pond School is 8 students. The student to instructor ratio is 4:1.


Do we stop the school because of weather?

No, unless there are dangerous conditions.


Can you bring your own equipment?

Yes.


What skill level is this school best suited for?

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


What is the cancellation policy?

Yes, please see our T&Cs tab.


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?

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


Are there opportunities for guided fishing afterwards?

Yes. Please reach out to the Orvis team for suggestions or inquire directly to your fly fishing school instructor.

Cancellation Policy & Fees:

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.

For questions please contact Orvis School and Reservations (toll free) 866-531-6213

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