Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Day Fly-Fishing School

This Orvis fly fishing school in Idaho offers casting lessons in a world-class setting.

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Day Fly-Fishing School


Tucked away in some of the most beautiful scenery in the Pacific Northwest is the town of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and the site of the Orvis Idaho Fly-Fishing School. The school is held at the Coeur d'Alene Resort and is one of North Idaho's most popular vacation destinations. Surrounded by mountains, lakes, and rivers, Coeur d'Alene offers a wide array of outdoor recreation including mountain biking, hiking, and boating on sprawling Lake Coeur d'Alene. The Coeur d'Alene Resort is a famous golf destination and home of the World's Only Floating Green. After fly-fishing lessons, students can relax in the spa, take advantage of great nearby shopping and restaurants, or arrange a guided fishing trip with Northwest Outfitters. The fishing school covers everything from fly casting, choosing the right tackle, leaders, and knots, to fly selection, and how to safely release fish. Choose our one-day or two-day school.

You'll cover it all at the Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Fly Fishing School:
  • Fly casting techniques
  • Essential knots
  • How to choose your gear and tackle
  • Stream entomology (the science of insects)
  • Proper fly selection
  • How to read water and currents
  • How to play, land, and safely release fish

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 Schools and Reservations (toll free) 866-531-6213

Travel Insurance:
To protect your investment, we strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance. Travel insurance may help you in the event you have to cancel or postpone your trip for reasons outside of your control. It is also beneficial if you need medical assistance or emergency evacuation during your travels. To learn more about purchasing travel insurance or an emergency evacuation membership through Global Rescue, please visit Please note: you will receive important benefits if your insurance is purchased within 20 calendar days of your trip.

1-Day Itinerary

Time Activity & Description
8:15 Student registration at Northwest Outfitters.
8:45 Students caravan to the Coeur d’Alene Resort.
9:15 Introductions and discussion of class program.
9:30 Classroom presentation.: Lines, Rods and Reels.
10:45 The Orvis Method of Fly Casting video part one: Demonstration on the basic stroke, students casting.
Noon Lunch in the classroom.
12:30 Restaurant review for the Coeur d’Alene area.
12:45 The Orvis Method of Fly Casting video part two: Shooting line, false casting, Roll Cast.
1:00 Boat ride to the casting area.
1:15 Casting demonstration: Shooting line, false casting, roll cast.
1:30 Students practice casting.
2:45 Boat ride back to the Resort.
3:00 Classroom presentation: Entomology and Flies.
4:00 Knot tying and Leader Discussion. Students tying knots.
4:30 Graduation. End of School.

1-Day Dates

July 2021 17 Saturday
August 2021 20 Friday
July 2022 16 Saturday
August 2022 19 Friday

2-Day Itinerary


Time Activity & Description
8:15 Student registration at Northwest Outfitters.
8:45 Students caravan to the Coeur d’ Alene Resort.
9:15 Introductions and discussion of class program.
9:30 Classroom presentation - lines, rods, reels.
10:30 Video presentation: The Orvis Progressive Fly-Casting Method Part One: Basic casting stroke.
10:45 Students report to casting area for demonstration of basic casting stroke; students casting.
Noon Lunch.
12:45 Classroom presentation - wading safely.
1:00 Video presentation: The Orvis Progressive Fly-Casting Method Part Two: Shooting line, false casting, roll cast.
1:15 Boat ride to casting area on Coeur d’Alene lake.
1:30 Demonstration on shooting line, false casting, and roll cast; students casting. Videotape students casting.
2:45 Boat ride back to the resort.
3:00 Classroom demonstration - equipment and accessories.
3:30 Classroom demonstration - leaders and knot tying. Discussion on weights and strike indicators.
4:30 End of the first day.


Time Activity & Description
9:00 Classroom presentation – Entomology, fly selection, and how to fish flies. Tips on how to handle, photograph, and release fish.
9:45 Video presentation: The Orvis Progressive Fly-Casting Method Part Three; video on the double haul.
10:30 Casting area - students practice casting.
11:30 Classroom presentation - Orvis-endorsed fishing vacations and fly-fishing opportunities around the world.
Noon Lunch.
1:00 River trip - students caravan to Spokane River. Talk on reading water. Demonstration on fishing dry flies, nymphs, wet flies, and streamers; students fishing.
4:30 End of school.

2-Day Dates

June 2021 5-6 Saturday-Sunday (2 SPOTS LEFT)
  12-13 Saturday-Sunday
July 2021 10-11 Saturday-Sunday (SOLD OUT)
August 2021 7-8 Saturday-Sunday
  21-22 Saturday-Sunday
September 2021 11-12 Saturday-Sunday
June 2022 11-12 Saturday-Sunday
July 2022 9-10 Saturday-Sunday
August 2022 6-7 Saturday-Sunday
  20-21 Saturday-Sunday
September 2022 10-11 Saturday-Sunday


Please contact The Coeur d'Alene Resort for lodging and reservations:

The Coeur d’Alene Resort
115 S. Second St.
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814
(866) 604-4128

Please mention you will be attending the Orvis Fly Fishing School.


: Do you fish on the lake or are there streams and rivers?

Answer - During the school, the students fish the Spokane River.

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, vests and fishing licenses.

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: Where can I stay?

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

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 fisherman?

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 Santa Rosa Beach School, youngsters should be at least 14 years old (because of the heavier tackle used). All other schools we recommend 12 years of age.

Question: 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.

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.


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