Cape Cod, Massachusetts Fly Fishing School - 1 Day School

1-Day fly-fishing instruction at Chatham Bars Inn in Massachusetts.

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Cape Cod, Massachusetts Fly Fishing School

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You'll cover it all at the Cape Cod, MA Fly-Fishing School:

  • Fly casting techniques
  • Essential knots
  • How to choose your gear and tackle
  • Striper feeding habits
  • Proper fly selection
  • How to read water, currents, and tides
  • How to play, land, and safely release fish
  • After the school students can arrange for a variety of trips through Chatham Bars Inn. Guided wade fishing, flats fishing from a flats boat and fishing the rips from a 34' regulator.

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The Story

Hosted by Chatham Bars Inn, the Orvis Saltwater Fly-Fishing School takes full advantage of Chatham's location on the elbow of Cape Cod, one of the most well-known flats fishing and striped bass fishing areas in the northeast. Unique in that Chatham is bordered by Nantucket Sound and the Atlantic Ocean, these two bodies of water are joined together by various flats and waterways that create an ideal fishing location. Chatham offers an abundance of salt water species such as striped bass, blue fish, bonito and false albacore. The Chatham flats are often regarded as one of the best places in the world to sight fish for striped bass in shallow water. Chatham Bars Inn is an award-winning property which originated in 1914 as a hunting lodge is now a highly rated full service luxury resort located on the shores of this fishing mecca. You will learn saltwater specific tactics and techniques to prepare you for a day on the water. Fly casting, tackle and fly selection, rigging, fish fighting and proper release techniques will be emphasized.

2 Day Schools offer small class sizes – a 4:1 student-to-instructor ratio.

2-Day Fly-Fishing School Overview

  • 2-Day programs include recording and video analysis of each student's cast
  • Introduction to gear: line, rod and reel, additional equipment and accessories
  • Demonstrations on shooting line, false casting, and roll casting
  • Study and practice the double haul
  • Practice time and hands-on casting instruction by some of the best instructors in the industry
  • Dive deeper into seminars on fly selection, how to fish different types of flies, handling fish, landing fish and additional discussion of entomology
  • Knot tying discussion and practice
  • Introduction to wading safety, planning trips with guides and Orvis-Endorsed network
  • Practice session on the water with instructors (offered at most locations)
  • Catered lunch and time to chat with classmates
  • Special offers on Orvis gear

If you want to learn more, please reach out to the Schools Team and request the specific itinerary for your chosen Orvis School location.

1-Day School
April 2023 29 Saturday
  30 Sunday
2-Day School
September 2023 9-10 Saturday/Sunday
  23-24 Saturday/Sunday
October 2023 7-8 Saturday/Sunday CLOSED

The Chatham Bars Inn was first built in 1914 and has been painstakingly restored to provide elegance at every turn. The Historic Main Inn, Cottage Rooms and Spa Suites of Chatham Bars Inn all have something different to offer. The Cottage Rooms and Suites provide pristine views of Cape Cod and feature privacy and luxurious amenities. The Inn also features a full-service spa, exquisite dining and a full slate of programming for families and children including boating, lobstering, seal and whale watching, cooking classes, weekly carnivals, bubble soccer and archery tag. Hands-on, interactive and educational children’s programs are highlighted by partnerships with local organizations such as The Atlantic White Shark Conservatory, Chatham Creative Arts, and the Ocean Protection Center.

Chatham Bars Inn
297 Shore Road
Chatham, MA 02633


Question: When is the best time to go?
AnswerDue to the Inn’s location and access to multiple waters, there is always different species of fish to catch regardless of season or weather.

Question: When does the school start and end? What will we be doing during the day? How long will we be fishing?
Answer - Refer to the school itinerary for the schedule.

Question: What is included in the price of the school?
Answer - Use of Orvis fly rods/reels, leaders, flies, waders and equipment. Instruction by an Orvis guide/instructor.

Question: Is lodging included?
Answer - No. Lodging arrangements are made separately by the students. On site lodging available through

Question: Are meals included?
Answer - Lunch is the only meal included in the school tuition price.

Question: Where can I stay?
AnswerChatham Bars Inn’s 25-acre oceanfront property has 217 guest rooms and multiple luxury homes.

Question: How many people will be in the class?
AnswerDepending on the school it will range between four and eight 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. casting and fishing?
Answer - See school itinerary.

Question: Can you bring your own equipment?
Answer - Yes.

Question: Is this class for intermediate anglers?
Answer - Yes. In casting, 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 Chatham Bars Inn School, youngsters should be at least 12 years old (because of the heavier tackle used).

Question: What other recreation is available near the school?
AnswerBoating directly from the hotel’s dock including whale watching, seal/harbor cruises, lobstering cruises, sailing, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard island excursions, champagne cruises, pirate adventure cruises. Full activities/recreation programming including tennis, complimentary bicycles, kids camps, full service spa, fitness center.

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 fishing afterwards?
Answer - Yes. After the school students can arrange for a variety of trips through Chatham Bars Inn. Guided wade fishing, flats fishing from a flats boat and fishing the rips from a 34’ regulator.

Cancellation Policy & Fees:

If the reservation is cancelled 60+ days from your school date, Orvis will offer a full refund back theOriginal 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 School and Reservations (toll free) 866-531-6213

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