Millbrook, New York Fly-Fishing School

Enjoy over 400 acres of lush landscape during this fly-fishing school in Millbrook, New York.

Millbrook, New York Fly-Fishing School


Nestled in the heart of upstate New York, Sandanona's famed sporting grounds beckon anglers with more than 400 acres of lush landscape and placid casting ponds. Experience isn't required as our expert staff of fly fishing school instructors helps you master everything from setting up the rod, to fly selection and knots, to how to safely release your catch. Fly fishing classes are held in comfortable classrooms and on the sporting grounds. Choose our one-day or two-day school.

You'll experience it all at the Millbrook, New York Fly Fishing School:
  • Fly casting techniques
  • Essential 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 Please note: you will receive important benefits if your insurance is purchased within 20 calendar days of your trip.

As with most states, New York has issued travel guidelines for visitors coming into the state. Please visit the state website for further information: We ask that you please research the County in which you reside and make the appropriate decision for your visit.

1-Day Itinerary

Time Activity & Description
9:00 Student registration at Sandanona Retail Shop.
9:30 Report to classroom for introduction and discussion of class program.
9:45 THE ORVIS PROGRESSIVE METHOD OF FLY CASTING part one and two: Video on basic casting stroke, false casting and shooting line, and roll casting.
10:00 Classroom presentation – Tackle and flies.
10:45 Report to the casting area for demonstration of basic casting. Student casting.
Noon Lunch
12:30 Classroom knot tying seminar, discussion on leaders, hands-on knot tying.
12:45 Orvis-endorsed fishing trips and tips on fishing with guides, wading and wading safety.
1:15 THE ORVIS PROGRESSIVE METHOD OF FLY CASTING part three: Video on the double haul.
1:30 Wappingers Creek trip – Talk on reading water, demonstration on fishing flies.
2:00 Report to pond for casting double haul and fishing.
4:15 Return to classroom for closing statements and graduation certificates.
4:30 End of school.

2-Day Itinerary

2-Day School: DAY ONE

Time Activity & Description
8:30 Registration in Sandanona clubhouse. Students fill out license applications.
9:00 Instructor introductions and brief overview of school program.
9:15 Classroom presentation - lines, rod, and reel. Video presentation: The Orvis Progressive Fly-Casting Method Part One: Basic casting stroke.
10:00 Caravan to casting pond.
10:15 Students casting with instructors. Emphasis on basic cast, rod control.
Noon Lunch.
1:00 Students report to the clubhouse. Video presentation: The Orvis Progressive Fly-Casting Method Part One: Shooting line, false casting, and the roll cast.
1:15 Caravan to casting pond.
1:30 Students casting with instructors - emphasis on shooting line, false casting, and roll casting. Videotape students casting.
3:00 Break and return to classroom.
3:15 Knot-tying seminar. Students will learn essential knots, hook sizes, and leaders.
4:30 End of first day.

2-Day School: DAY TWO

Time Activity & Description
8:30 Entomology presentation. Students will learn basic fly selection and strategies for the river trip. Video presentation: The Orvis Progressive Fly-Casting Method Part Three: the double haul.
9:30 Caravan to casting pond.
9:45 Students practice casting with flies in still water, learn hood setting, and how to land and release fish.
11:30 Return to classroom for video analysis.
Noon Lunch.
1:00 Students report to front deck with all gear for river trip. Students will learn to read a trout stream and fish different flies in moving water.
3:45 Classroom presentation - Orvis-endorsed fishing vacations and closing remarks.
4:00 Graduation, end of school.

1-Day Dates

April 2021 16 Friday (SOLD OUT)
  23 Friday
  30 Friday (1 SPOT LEFT)
May 2021 14 Friday
  21 Friday
  28 Friday
June 2021 4 Friday
  18 Friday
  19 Saturday (SOLD OUT)
  25 Friday
July 2021 2 Friday
  16 Friday
  23 Friday
  24 Saturday
  30 Friday
August 2021 6 Friday
  13 Friday
  14 Saturday
  27 Friday
  28 Saturday
September 2021 10 Friday
  11 Saturday
  24 Friday
October 2021 1 Friday
  8 Friday
  9 Saturday
  15 Friday

2-Day Dates

April 2021 10-11 Saturday-Sunday (SOLD OUT)
  17-18 Saturday-Sunday
  24-25 Saturday-Sunday (SOLD OUT)
May 2021 1-2 Saturday-Sunday (SOLD OUT)
  15-16 Saturday-Sunday
  22-23 Saturday-Sunday
  29-30 Saturday-Sunday
June 2021 5-6 Saturday-Sunday
  12-13 Saturday-Sunday
  26-27 Saturday-Sunday
July 2021 10-11 Saturday-Sunday
  17-18 Saturday-Sunday
August 2021 7-8 Saturday-Sunday
  21-22 Saturday-Sunday
September 2021 4-5 Saturday-Sunday
  25-26 Saturday-Sunday
October 2021 2-3 Saturday-Sunday



Sporting clays
Private wingshooting instruction

Other Activities in the Area

Horseback riding
Hudson River kayaking
Rail Trail
Tour historic homes of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Vanderbilts
Dine at and tour the Culinary Institute of America


Question: When does the fly fishing school start and end? What will we be doing during the day? How long will we be fishing?

Answer - Refer to the fly fishing 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 fishing school tuition price.

Question: Where can I stay?

Answer - At nearby lodging of your choice.

Question: How many people will be in the fly fishing 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. fly casting and fishing?

Answer - See school itinerary on specific school page.

Question: Can you bring your own fly fishing equipment?

Answer - Yes.

Question: Is this class for intermediate anglers?

Answer - Yes. In fly casting lessons, 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 fly fishing school date of your choice.

Question: What other recreation is available near the school?

Answer - See information on specific school page.

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 flyfishing afterwards?

Answer - Yes. See information on specific school page, school itinerary or inquire directly to your fly fishing school instructor.


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