Cape Cod, Massachusetts Fly Fishing School

Fly fishing instruction at Chatham Bars Inn in Massachusetts.

Cape Cod, Massachusetts Fly Fishing School

Details

Hosted by Chatham Bars Inn, the Orvis Saltwater Fly-Fishing School takes full advantage of Chatham's location on the elbow of Cape Cod, one of the most well-known flats fishing and striped bass fishing areas in the northeast. Unique in that Chatham is bordered by Nantucket Sound and the Atlantic Ocean, these two bodies of water are joined together by various flats and waterways that create an ideal fishing location. Chatham offers an abundance of salt water species such as striped bass, blue fish, bonito and false albacore. The Chatham flats are often regarded as one of the best places in the world to sight fish for striped bass in shallow water. Chatham Bars Inn is an award-winning property which originated in 1914 as a hunting lodge is now a highly rated full service luxury resort located on the shores of this fishing mecca. 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 and proper release techniques will be emphasized.

You'll cover it all at the Cape Cod, MA Fly-Fishing School:

  • Fly casting techniques
  • Essential knots
  • How to choose your gear and tackle
  • Striper feeding habits
  • Proper fly selection
  • How to read water, currents, and tides
  • How to play, land, and safely release fish
  • After the school students can arrange for a variety of trips through Chatham Bars Inn. Guided wade fishing, flats fishing from a flats boat and fishing the rips from a 34' regulator.

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 time frames 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

Itinerary

1-Day School

Time Activity & Description
9:00 Students register at Chatham Bars Inn.
9:30 Classroom presentation on tackle and flies.
10:45 The Orvis Progressive Method to Teaching Fly Casting part one and two: Video on the basic casting stroke, shooting line, false casting, false casting and shooting line, and roll casting with a focus on Saltwater fishing scenarios.
11:00 Group reports to the casting area.
Noon Lunch
1:00 The Orvis Progressive Method to Teaching Fly Casting part three: Video on the double haul.
1:15 Report to casting area for demonstration on the double haul. Students casting.
2:15 Knot tying seminar.
3:00 Casting in windy conditions, hook setting and fish fighting, tips on fishing with guides students casting.
4:00 Return to classroom for closing statements.
4:30 End of school.

2-Day School: DAY ONE

Time Activity & Description
9:00 Students register at Chatham Bars Inn.
9:30 Introductions and discussion of class program.
9:45 Classroom presentation on lines, rods and reels.
10:30 The Orvis Progressive Method to Fly Casting part one: video on the basic casting stroke.
10:45 Report to casting area for demonstration on the basic casting stroke; students casting.
Noon Lunch.
1:00 Classroom presentation on leaders, and hands-on knot tying.
2:15 The Orvis Progressive Method to Fly Casting part two; video on shooting line, false casting, and roll casting.
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 on fly fishing equipment and accessories.
4:30 End of first day.

2-Day School: DAY TWO

Time Activity & Description
9:00 Classroom presentation – Bait and fly selection. Tips on how to handle, photograph and release fish. Demonstration on hook-setting and fish fighting techniques.
10:00 Video analysis.
10:30 The Orvis Progressive Method to Fly Casting part three: video on the double haul.
10:45 Report to casting area for demonstration on double hauling, and casting techniques for windy conditions; students casting.
Noon Lunch. (Catered to school.)
1:00 Orvis-Endorsed fishing trips, and tips on fishing with guides.
1:15 Caravan to the Brewster Flats for reading water discussion and fishing.
3:45 Return to classroom for closing statements and graduation certificates.
4:00 End of school.

Dates

Two-Day School Dates

August 2020 29-30 Saturday-Sunday (SOLD OUT)
 
September 2020 12-13 Saturday-Sunday (SOLD OUT)
 
October 2020 3-4 Saturday-Sunday
 

Lodging

The Chatham Bars Inn was first built in 1914 and has been painstakingly restored to provide elegance at every turn. The Historic Main Inn, Cottage Rooms and Spa Suites of Chatham Bars Inn all have something different to offer. The Cottage Rooms and Suites provide pristine views of Cape Cod and feature privacy and luxurious amenities. The Inn also features a full-service spa, exquisite dining and a full slate of programming for families and children including boating, lobstering, seal and whale watching, cooking classes, weekly carnivals, bubble soccer and archery tag. Hands-on, interactive and educational children’s programs are highlighted by partnerships with local organizations such as The Atlantic White Shark Conservatory, Chatham Creative Arts, and the Ocean Protection Center.

Chatham Bars Inn
297 Shore Road
Chatham, MA 02633
800-527-4884
www.chathambarsinn.com

FAQs

Q&A

Question: When is the best time to go?
AnswerDue to the Inn’s location and access to multiple waters, there is always different species of fish to catch regardless of season or weather.

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, waders and equipment. Instruction by an Orvis guide/instructor.

Question: Is lodging included?
Answer - No. Lodging arrangements are made separately by the students. On site lodging available through www.chathambarsinn.com

Question: Are meals included?
Answer - Lunch is the only meal included in the school tuition price.

Question: Where can I stay?
AnswerChatham Bars Inn’s 25-acre oceanfront property has 217 guest rooms and multiple luxury homes.

Question: How many people will be in the class?
AnswerDepending on the school it will range between four and eight 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.

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: How old do my children have to be to join me in this fishing school?
Answer - At the Chatham Bars Inn School, youngsters should be at least 12 years old (because of the heavier tackle used).

Question: What other recreation is available near the school?
AnswerBoating directly from the hotel’s dock including whale watching, seal/harbor cruises, lobstering cruises, sailing, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard island excursions, champagne cruises, pirate adventure cruises. Full activities/recreation programming including tennis, complimentary bicycles, kids camps, full service spa, fitness center.

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. After the school students can arrange for a variety of trips through Chatham Bars Inn. Guided wade fishing, flats fishing from a flats boat and fishing the rips from a 34’ regulator.

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