Learn saltwater fly fishing in the backcountry of the Everglades

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Everglades Saltwater School, Florida

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Tuition to the Saltwater School includes:

  • Comprehensive instruction
  • Use of premium Orvis Tackle
  • Lunches
  • Two full days of guided fishing

Note: Because of the heavier tackle used in the Orvis Everglades Fly Fishing School we strongly recommend that participants be at least 12 years old.

Cancellation Policy & Fees:

If you must cancel your trip, refund fees are based on the cancellation date, as follows:

  • +90 days prior to trip - Full refund
  • 60-90 days prior to trip - 50% of trip cost
  • 59 days or less to trip - 100% of trip cost
  • No transfers.

Cancellation fees cannot be waived for any reason, including health, business or personal emergencies, or weather. We strongly urge you to purchase trip insurance, by clicking here.

For questions please contact Orvis School and Reservations (toll free) 866-531-6213

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The Story

Hosted by Florida Keys Outfitters in Islamorada the Orvis Everglades Fly Fishing School is held on the historic grounds of Islander Resort and the beautiful backcountry of the Everglades. The first day of your three-day adventure will be spent with Truel Myers, Orvis Head Fly Fishing Instructor, learning fly casting techniques, tackle and fly selection, knots, hook-setting and fish fighting techniques. Truel has taught thousands how to cast a fly rod and his specialty is teaching the double haul. Days two and three will be spent on a flats skiff (two anglers per skiff) fishing with an experienced Florida Keys Outfitters guide in the Everglades targeting tarpon, redfish, or snook (or a combination of the three) depending on fishing conditions.

Arrival Day
9:00 Students meet at Islander Resort Classroom for introductions and discussion of school and fishing activities.
9:30 Classroom presentation – Video on The Orvis Progressive Method of Fly Casting.
9:45 Report to casting beach for demonstration on the mechanics of the basic casting stroke; students casting.
11:00 Classroom presentation – Tackle and fly selection.
Noon Lunch at the Islander Resort
1:00 Knot tying seminar – Discussion on leaders, hands-on knot tying.
2:00 Report to casting beach for demonstration on shooting line, false casting, false casting and shooting line, roll casting and double hauling; students casting.
3:00 Demonstration on hook-setting and fish-fighting techniques. Demonstration on working with your guide and presenting flies in sight-casting situations.
3:30 Students practice casting: Simulating making casts – starting with fly in hand in a sight-casting scenario.
4:00 End of first day of instruction.
Day Two
Full-Day Fishing trip, times TBA
Day Three
Full-Day Fishing trip, times TBA
Specialty 3-Day School Dates
October 2023 23-25 Monday-Wednesday (CLOSED)
  24-26 Tuesday-Thursday
November 2023 27-29 Monday-Wednesday
  28-30 Tuesday-Thursday

Program: Our teaching methods allow us to handle all levels of experience and abilities. Indoor and outdoor sessions are evenly divided, with the main emphasis placed on developing and perfecting fly-casting skills. Our goal is to have the students exit the program with the ability to handle 50-foot plus casts effectively, understand casting and fishing techniques when fishing on a flats skiff, have a good understanding of fly selection, leaders, knot tying skills, and the application/use of related gear and equipment for the saltwater flats. We also encourage an appreciation for fine tackle and emphasize the importance of the catch and release ethic, a clean healthy outdoor environment, and continued pursuit of quality fly fishing experiences through the promotion of our Orvis-Endorsed Lodge Outfitter and Guide Services.

Capacities & Student/Instructor Ratio: The typical school capacity is 8 students, with a student/instructor ratio of 4:1.

Most students stay on-site at the Islander Resort in Islamorada while attending this school. Orvis students are offered “Preferred” rates on accommodations. When making reservations, please refer to Florida Keys Outfitters/Orvis School to receive the special school rate.

Islander Resort
Oceanside Lanai Villas & Suites
Mile Marker 82.1 Oceanside
82100 Overseas Highway
PO Box 766
Islamorada, FL 33036

Phone: 305.664.2031

Toll Free: 800.753.6002

Email: info@guyharveyoutpostislamorada.com

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