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

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

1-Day Itinerary

Fly Fishing School Class Program
Millbrook, NY
1-Day School
Time Activity & Description
9:00 am Student registration at Sandanona Retail Shop.
9:30 Introduction and discussion of class program.
9:45 The Orvis Progressive Method to Fly Casting part one and two: Video on the basic casting stroke, shooting line, false casting, false casting and shooting line, and roll casting.
10:00 Report to casting pond for demonstration of basic casting stroke. Students casting.
11:15 Classroom presentation – Tackle and flies.
12:00 pm Lunch.
12:30 The Orvis Progressive Method to Fly Casting part three: Video on the double haul.
12:45 Report to casting pond for demonstration on the double haul. Students casting.
1:30 Classroom presentation – Knot tying seminar. Discussion on leaders, hands-on knot tying.
2:15 Orvis-Endorsed fishing trips and tips on fishing with guides. Wading and wading safety.
2:30 Wappingers Creek fishing trip – Talk on reading water. Demonstration on fishing flies. Students fishing.
4:15 Return to school room for closing statements, and graduation certificates.
4:30 End of school.

2-Day Itinerary

Fly Fishing School Class Program
Millbrook, NY
2-Day School: DAY ONE
Time Activity & Description
8:30 am 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.
12:00 pm 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 am 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.
12:00 pm 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

Orvis 1-Day Fly-Fishing School in Millbrook
One-Day School Dates

July 2018 6 Friday
  20 Friday
  21 Saturday (SOLD OUT)
  27 Friday
August 2018 3 Friday
  4 Saturday
  10 Friday
  17 Friday
  18 Saturday
  24 Friday
  25 Saturday
September 2018 1 Saturday
  7 Friday
  21 Friday
  22 Saturday
October 2018 5 Friday
  6 Saturday
  12 Friday
  13 Saturday

2-Day Dates

Orvis 2-Day Fly-Fishing School in Millbrook
Two-Day School Dates

July 2018 7-8 Saturday-Sunday
  14-15 Saturday-Sunday
  28-29 Saturday-Sunday
August 2018 11-12 Saturday-Sunday
September 2018 8-9 Saturday-Sunday
  29-30 Saturday-Sunday


Area Activities - Millbrook, NY
Orvis Sandanona

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


Orvis Fly Fishing Schools
Frequently Asked Questions

: 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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