Harrisonburg, Virginia Fly-Fishing School

Learn to fly fish at our Virginia fly fishing school

Harrisonburg, Virginia Fly-Fishing School



The Orvis Virginia Fly Fishing School is hosted by Mossy Creek Fly Fishing in Harrisonburg in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. Our expert instructors help with everything from setting up the rod, to fly selection and knots, to how to safely release your fish. Classes are held in our historic retail store and on our private section of Smith Creek. After the school, students can book a guided trip with Mossy Creek's Orvis-Endorsed Guides in the nearby George Washington National Forest and Shenandoah National Park.

  • 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

For more information about Orvis Fly Fishing Schools, call 866-531-6213

Cancellation Policy & Fees:

If you cancel your reservation outside of 30 days from your school date, Orvis will issue a refund back to your original method of payment. Cancellations within 30 days from your school date are subject to a 20% cancellation fee, and a refund will be issued in the form of an Orvis Gift Card. Orvis Gift Cards never expire and can be used to book your next school reservation or to purchase other Orvis product. School transfers are based on availability and can be done at any time (cancellation fees do not apply). Students that do not attend their scheduled school and do not notify the school reservation department will be charged in full.

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


Time Activity & Description
9:00 Student registration at Mossy Creek Fly Fishing
9:30 Classroom: Introduction and Program Overview
9:45 Classroom presentation: The Orvis Progressive Method to Fly Casting Video
10:00 Rainbow Trout Group – Report to Casting Grounds for demonstration on basic casting stroke; students casting
  Brown Trout Group – Classroom presentation on Tackle and Flies
11:00 Groups switch
Noon Catered Lunch (included) with Video: Blood Knot
1:00 Classroom presentation – Knot tying seminar. Discussion on leaders, hand-on knot tying
1:30 Students caravan to Smith Creek
2:15 Casting: Demonstration on shooting line, false casting, and roll casting; students casting
3:15 Demonstration on hook-setting and fish fighting techniques
3:30 Fishing on Smith Creek – Talk on reading water. Demonstration on fishing flies in moving water; students fishing
5:00 Return to Mossy Creek Fly Fishing for closing statements and graduation certificates
5:30 End of School


June 2019 12 Wednesday (1 SPOT LEFT)
  22 Saturday (SOLD OUT)
July 2019 17 Wednesday - Bass School
  27 Saturday - Bass School
August 2019 14 Wednesday
  24 Saturday
September 2019 4 Wednesday
  14 Saturday
  18 Wednesday
  28 Saturday
October 2019 9 Wednesday
  19 Saturday
  23 Wednesday
November 2019 6 Wednesday
  16 Saturday


Please contact the Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Valley Conference Center for lodging and reservations:

Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Valley Conference Center
710 S. Main Street
Harrisonburg, Va. 22801
(540) 564-0200

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