Orvis Saltwater Fly-Fishing School

Enjoy this Saltwater fly-fishing school with Orvis experts at the Saltwater Edge in Middletown, RI

Orvis Saltwater Fly-Fishing School


Join the Saltwater Edge and Orvis in Middletown, Rhode Island for a two-day Orvis Saltwater Fly Fishing School, including a guided day on the water! This is a unique opportunity to learn how to pursue saltwater species in the Northeast in all the waters they reside. Learn how to stalk striped bass in the flats, how to setup your equipment for ferocious bluefish, and pick the right flies for one of the fastest fish that swims, the false albacore.

"Little Rhody" played an important role in the development of saltwater fly fishing in part due to the variety of species available depending on the season. Striped bass and bluefish get top billing as season long visitors and bonito and false albacore bring their excitement to our shores most every fall. All four species will be the focus of this school. You will learn saltwater specific tactics and techniques to prepare you for a day on the water. Fly casting, tackle and fly selection, rigging, fish fighting as well as proper release techniques will be emphasized.

This school will take place on Aquidneck Island. The island offers almost as many places to cast a fly as to find a terrific meal. With Newport, Rhode Island "America's First Resort" minutes from the shop there plenty to do at night or for you or your spouse during the day or reason to extend your stay.

This school includes:

  • Instruction with the proven Orvis progressive method to teaching casting
  • Practice with sinking lines commonly used while fishing for northeastern saltwater species
  • Video analysis
  • Guided fishing with some of the best saltwater guides in the area
  • Use of quality Orvis equipment


2-Day Fly-Fishing School Class Program
Hosted by The Saltwater Edge, Middletown, RI

Day One:
Time Activity & Description
8:30 a.m. Students register at the Saltwater Edge Store in Middletown, RI
9:30 a.m. Introductions and discussion of class program.
9:45 a.m. Classroom presentation on lines, rods and reels.
10:30 a.m. The Orvis Progressive Method to Fly Casting part one; video on the basic casting stroke.
10:45 a.m. Report to casting area for demonstration on the basic casting stroke; students casting.
12:00 p.m. Lunch.
1:00 p.m. Classroom presentation on leaders, and hands-on knot tying.
2:15 p.m. The Orvis Progressive Method to Fly Casting part two; video on shooting line, false casting, and roll casting.
2:30 p.m. Report to casting area for demonstration on shooting line, false casting, and roll casting; students casting. Video tape students casting.
4:00 p.m. Classroom presentation on fly fishing equipment and accessories.
4:30 p.m. End of first day.
5:00 p.m. Cocktail party with hors d'oeuvres.

Day Two:
Time Activity & Description
7:00 a.m. Breakfast.
8:00 a.m. Guest pair up for a day of fishing with a guide.
12:00 p.m. Lunch.
4:00 p.m. Return to docks.

** Fishing times may vary to ensure guests will be on the water during the best times of the day.


Orvis False Albacore Fly-Fishing School, Rhode Island
School Dates
June 2019 1-2 Saturday-Sunday
June 2019 15-16 Saturday-Sunday
September 2019 14-15 Saturday-Sunday


Orvis Fly Fishing Schools
Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time to go?

Answer - There is no "best time" per se. The school season is during the nicest part of the year weather-wise. Chances for warm weather increase as the season goes on.

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.

What is included in the price of the school?

Answer - Use of Orvis fly rods/reels, leaders, flies, and where necessary waders, vests, and fishing licenses.

Is lodging included?

Answer - No. Lodging arrangements are made separately by the students.

Are meals included?

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

Where can I stay?

Answer - At the hosts' lodging, or nearby lodging of your choice.

How many people will be in the class?

Answer - That depends on the school. The maximum number of students is eight, always with a ratio of one instructor for every four students.

Do we stop the school because of weather?

Answer - No.

How much time is spent in the classroom vs. casting and fishing?

Answer - See school itinerary.

Can you bring your own equipment?

Answer - Yes.

Is this class for intermediate anglers?

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

How old do my children have to be to join me in this fishing school?

Answer - At the Middletown Rhode Island School, youngsters should be at least 14 years old (because of the heavier tackle used). All other schools we recommend 12 years of age.

What is the cancellation policy?

Answer - Should you need to cancel the school within 30 days prior to the starting date, we will issue a gift certificate in the amount of the cancelled school. That gift certificate may be used toward another school date of your choice.

What other recreation is available near the school?

Answer - See information on specific school page.

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.

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.


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