During the 2-Day School, you will take part in three casting sessions, learn about tackle selection, basic entomology, fly selection, leaders and basic knots. After a day of instruction, you will go on a full-day guided fly fishing trip (two anglers per guide) in the beautiful Green Mountains of Vermont, with an emphasis on instruction: reading water, specialized casts for fishing dry flies, nymphs and streamers. Depending on water conditions, participants will fish on larger rivers or one of the many small streams in and around Manchester with a seasoned Orvis Endorsed Guide.
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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
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 a.m.||Student registration at Orvis Retail Store.|
|9:30 a.m.||Introduction and discussion of class program.|
|9:45 a.m.||Classroom presentation – Line, rod and reel talk. The Orvis Progressive Method to Fly Casting video.|
|10:15 a.m.||Report to casting pond for demonstration on the basic casting stroke; students casting.|
|11:15 a.m.||Classroom presentation – Fly selection. Tips on how to handle, photograph and release fish.|
|12:00||Lunch (catered to school.)|
|1:00 p.m.||Report to casting pond for demonstration on shooting line, false casting, and roll casting; students casting.|
|2:00 p.m.||Classroom presentation – Knot tying seminar. Discussion on leaders, hands-on knot tying.|
|2:30 p.m.||Pond fishing trip – Demonstration on hook-setting and fish fighting techniques. Demonstration on fishing flies. Students fishing and practice casting.|
|3:30 p.m.||Return to classroom: discussion on your guide trip. Tips on fishing with guides. Pick up waders.|
|4:00 p.m.||End of school.|
|Time||Activity & Description|
|8:00 a.m.||Anglers meet their guide at the Orvis School House for guided river/stream trip.|
|11:30 a.m.||Return to School House.|
|12:00||Lunch (catered to school)|
|1:00 p.m.||Anglers meet their guide at the Orvis School House for second half of guided river/stream trip.|
|4:30 p.m.||Return to School House.|
|5:00 p.m.||End of program.|
Question: Do I need to buy a Vermont fishing license?
Answer - Each student will need to purchase a license. Vermont fishing licenses may be purchased online through Vermont Fish and Wildlife. https://www.vtfwdsales.com/online/license.php
Question: Where is the school located?
Answer - The Orvis Vermont Fly-Fishing School is located in Manchester, in the beautiful Green Mountains of southwestern Vermont. The town of Manchester sits near the source of the famed Battenkill and is home to the Orvis Company and the Equinox Hotel. Manchester is 3 ½ to 4 hours from New York City, 3 to 3 ½ hours from Boston, and 1 hour and 15 minutes from the Albany, New York International Airport.
Orvis Manchester VT Fly-Fishing School
4169 Main St,
Manchester Center, VT 05255
Question: What is included in the price of the school?
Answer - Use of Orvis fly rods/reels, leaders, flies, and where necessary waders, and sling packs or vests. Lunch is also included on both days. Guided fishing is included in this school, but we strongly suggest being prepared to tip your guide based on your day of fishing.
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 - Instruction is geared toward beginners, but students of all levels are welcome and encouraged to progress at their own rate. Our teaching methods allow us to handle even experienced fly casters. We adjust our instruction to the students’ level. We will communicate your skill level with the guide you will spend the second day fishing with.
Question: How many people will be in the class?
Answer - Maximum students for this class is 8. One the guided fishing day, there will be two students per guide.
Question: How old should my child be for this school?
Answer - We recommend 12 years of age to start.
Question: What should I wear?
Answer - We recommend that you dress in layers, wear or bring a pair of rubber-bottom boots (as the grounds around the casting areas can become damp), and please remember to bring raingear, polarized sunglasses, hat, and sunblock.
Question: Can I bring my own fishing gear?
Answer - Yes, you may bring your own fly-fishing gear. Orvis gear will be available to borrow for both the classroom day and the guided fishing portion of the school.
Question: What will the weather be like?
Answer - June: Expect high temperatures in the mid-50s to mid-70s, lows in the 40 to mid-50s. River conditions can be excellent. The best insect hatches occur this time of year, offering good dry-fly fishing.
Question: Do we stop the school because of weather?
Answer - No, classes go on rain or shine. Guided fishing may be affected based on extreme weather conditions.
Question: Where can I stay?
Answer - Most students stay at The Equinox Resort and Spa, located a half mile from the Orvis Fly-Fishing School and the Orvis Flagship Store. Established in 1769, The Equinox Resort and Spa is a full-service resort, offering the ultimate in New England luxury and hospitality, with special rates for Orvis School Students.
The Equinox Resort and Spa
Manchester, VT 05254
Half mile south of Orvis
Question: Will meals be provided during the school?
What is the cancellation policy?
Answer - Lunch is included for students attending the school.
Answer - 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.
Question: What other activities are there in Manchester?
Answer - Other activities in the Manchester area include golf, tennis, hiking, and falconry (arranged through the Equinox Hotel). In addition to the recreational activities, Manchester has become a mecca for outlet shoppers, sporting nearly 150 retail businesses in town.
Please contact the Equinox Resort & Spa for lodging and reservations:
Equinox Resort & Spa
3567 Main Street
Manchester, VT 05254
Please mention you will be attending the Orvis Fly Fishing School.
The Equinox Resort
American Museum of Fly Fishing
Land Rover Experience Driving School
British School of Falconry
Kids' activities include:
Merck Forest and Farmland Center
Bromley Mountain Alpine Slide
Northshire Book Store
Village Picture Shows
Other Activities in the Area
Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home
For a complete list of shops and other activities, go to www.manchestervermont.com