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Schools & Instruction

at Orvis Sandanona

The Orvis Wingshooting Schools were the first of their kind offered in the United States, and for over 25 years have offered shooters the finest shotgunning and hunting instruction available anywhere in the world. Based on the English Churchill method, our instinctive approach to shotgunning offers both the novice and the seasoned veteran a complete shooting system that can be used for upland and waterfowl hunting and sporting clays. The fundamentals of the Orvis system include stance, footwork, gun handling, swing, visual concentration, proper gun mount, and correct fit of the gun stock. The Orvis shotgun shooting instructors are consummate professionals who are beside you at every shot quietly analyzing and improving your style.


Looking to hone your fly-fishing skills? Whether you're just starting out or have been fishing for years, there’s always something new to learn at an Orvis Fly-Fishing School. Our schools cover rod rigging and essential knots, gear and tackle, stream entomology, fly selection, how to read water, and how to play, land, and safely release fish. Our experienced instructors tailor lessons to your level, so you can enhance your skill set.


Learn more about Orvis Sandanona’s 1- and 2-Day Wingshooting Schools


Learn more about Orvis Sandanona’s 1- and 2-Day Upland Hunting Schools


Learn more about Orvis Sandanona’s 1- and 2-Day Fly-Fishing Schools


Must be at least 12 years old to participate.

Private Instruction

If you cannot make one of our fly-fishing or shotgun shooting school dates, would like a refresher after a school, or if you need to warm up for that trip to England shooting high pheasants, or that trip to the Gunnison in Colorado casting for trout; our school instructors are available for private instruction all year round.


Private instruction is booked by the hour—one-on-one with an instructor or up to a group of four people. You can set curriculum based on what you want to cover: basics, preparation for an upcoming hunting trip, or perfect a specific shot.


Orvis Sandanona's highly trained instructional fly-fishing and wingshooting staff can help you at any experience level, from novice to pro. Call 845-677-9701 to make reservations.


Must be at least 12 years old to participate in a shooting school.



Guided Fishing

Orvis Sandanona is an Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Outfitter and has a full-service pro shop on the premises. We are set amidst rolling hills and horse farms, just an hour and a half from New York City, and are steeped in the tradition of fly fishing. Whether it's wading for brookies and rainbows during the early season Hendrickson hatch or chasing big browns late season, our professional fly-fishing guides can tailor the day to meet your needs. We're just minutes away from casting in classic eastern trout waters like the Roeliff Jansen Kill or Wappingers. Take advantage of Orvis Fly-Fishing school instructors available for individual or group lessons on our stocked ponds or private trout stream. These experiences are open to all ability levels.

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A student aims their shotgun while an instructor watches from behind them
Three people smile as they participate in a fly-fishing class

Pricing Information

Shooting School

One Day (per person): $575

Two Day (per person): $1,149


Private Shooting Instruction

Member: $150/hr.

Non-Member: $175/hr.

$25 per person additional - (up to 4 people)


Gunfitting Session

Member: $125/hr.

Non-Member: $175/hr.


Private Instruction on Clays Course

Member: $150/hr. (plus sporting clays fee)

Non-Member: $175/hr. (plus sporting clays fee)

Available on sporting course

(groups of up to 5 people)


Fly-Fishing School

One Day (per person): $279

Two Day (per person): $489


Private Fly-Casting Instruction

1 Student: $75/hr.

2 Students: $95/hr.

3 Students: $125/hr.

4 Students: $155/hr.


Private Guided Fishing

Minimum of 2 hours, maximum of 2 clients: $125/hr.


Any Corporate, Group, or Individual

Custom days may be designed for your needs.

Reservations are required. For questions or to make your reservation, please call 845-677-9701 or email sandanona@orvis.com.