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

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 orvis.com/travelinsurance. Please note: you will receive important benefits if your insurance is purchased within 20 calendar days of your trip.


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


March 2021 13 Saturday (SOLD OUT)
  20 Saturday (SOLD OUT)
  24 Wednesday (SOLD OUT)
April 2021 7 Wednesday (SOLD OUT)
  17 Saturday (SOLD OUT)
  21 Wednesday(SOLD OUT)
May 2021 1 Saturday (SOLD OUT)
  5 Wednesday (SOLD OUT)
  15 Saturday (SOLD OUT)
  19 Wednesday (SOLD OUT)
June 2021 2 Wednesday
  12 Saturday (SOLD OUT)
  16 Wednesday
  26 Saturday
July 2021 10 Saturday (Bass School)
  24 Saturday (Bass School)
September 2021 11 Saturday
  15 Wednesday
  25 Saturday
  29 Wednesday
October 2021 9 Saturday
  13 Wednesday
  23 Saturday
  27 Wednesday
November 2021 6 Saturday
  10 Wednesday
  13 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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