Enjoy some of the best fly fishing in the south at our fly-fishing school in Sevierville, TN.

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Sevierville, Tennessee Fly-Fishing School

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The Story

The Orvis Tennessee Fly-Fishing School is held at The Orvis Sevierville store in Sevierville, TN, 12 miles from Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Some of the South's best fishing is available in the area with 800 miles of fishable trout water in Great Smoky Mountain National Park alone! The Smokies make this is a great location to combine the Orvis Fly-Fishing School with a family vacation. Other outdoor activities include hiking, horseback riding, tubing, and nearby whitewater rafting. With shopping, art galleries, Dollywood, Splash Country, and other local attractions, the Gatlinburg/Sevierville area offers fun for the entire family. The school covers everything from fly casting, choosing the right tackle, leaders and knots, to fly selection and how to safely release fish. Choose our one-day or two-day school.

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

1-Day Fly-Fishing School Overview

  • Introduction to gear: line, rod and reel
  • Presentation of the Orvis Progressive Method to Fly Casting
  • Demonstrations on shooting line, false casting, and roll casting
  • Practice time and hands-on casting instruction by some of the best instructors in the industry
  • Seminars on fly selection, handling fish and landing fish
  • Knot tying discussion and practice
  • Catered lunch and time to chat with classmates
  • Special offers on Orvis gear

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.

At this time, all 2021 school dates for Sevierville have been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions.

At this time, all 2021 school dates for Sevierville have been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Comfort Inn Apple Valley
1850 Parkway
Sevierville, TN 37862
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Ramada Pigeon Forge South
4010 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
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Hidden Mountain Resort
475 Apple Valley Road
Sevierville, TN 37862

The Lodge at Buckberry Creek
961 Campbell Lead Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Teachers! My wife and I attended the two day school. Jake and Jeremy did an excellent job of teaching casting, about the equipment, and the strategies to use while fishing.
Date published: 2019-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great two days! I was lucky to be in a class of one with instructor Vic Valdez. As a self taught fly fisherman i had a lot to learn and even more to correct. Vic was knowledgeable, kind and patient. If you want to learn how to fly fish I highly recommend this two day school.
Date published: 2018-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Experience My wife, father-in-law, and I just recently went through the class and I can't say how good of a deal this is. We are of varying skill levels but all in the beginner stages. My wife has fly fished 2-3 times, myself about 10, and my father-in-law maybe twice that (she still beats us both every time). Our class was mostly first time folks with the exception of a grandfather which I will mention later. We had instructors who were all guides and had the passion for fishing that you get from the guy in the local fly shop. Gear was top notch...imagine never holding a fly rod before and being handed a REALLY nice rig (Helios 2 8.5 5 wt with a hydros reel). The classroom portion of the class was enjoyable for all and provided hands on experience for the first time folks. One of my wife's goals was to be able to be self sufficient and not have to have me or a guide tie her on or select a fly for her, so the knot tying was a big deal for her. There was a good deal of time spent on the casting field, which was key. We had around a dozen folks in the class and 4 instructors walking around so there was a lot of one on one time with a rod in your hand. They did a very good job of analyzing skill levels and tailored the approach on an individual basis. It was interesting to me to hear different advice from each of them, especially when if conflicted with one another but that is the nature of technique. I managed to pick up nuggets from all and they had me double-hauling fairly efficiently by the end of the 2 days. The second day was on-stream. These guys are fishermen, so they gladly shot thru some of the classroom stuff really quickly to get us on the water. We waded a small river in the national forest which is not stocked and pretty heavily fished so the fish were very spooky. Not a beginner stretch of water, but that selection was dictated by the weather and rain. I got skunked but my wife caught 2 or 3 small native fish. After the course was over everybody hung around for another couple of hours. Even though the course was over the instructors went back to the casting lawn and let us try different rods and setups. Which leads me to the last part of my review The grandfather and grandson in our class were all huddled around the table and one of the store fly tyers was doing a tutorial for the young man (I'm guessing he was about 10) on a couple of simple flies. He pulled out 2 Renzetti vices and spent at least an hour or so doing a few patterns with the young man. Of course they sold a beginner fly tying kit, but their margin is probably higher on a single polo. Watching a young man of his age walk away from a table with a gleam in his eye, a little box of feathers and hooks under his arm, and wanting to go home and tie flys with his grandfather instead of watching a YouTube video made the whole trip worth it.
Date published: 2017-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Instruction I just finished the 2 day course last Friday, 11 March. I would recommend this course to anyone who is just getting into fly fishing or is thinking about getting into the sport. I have been dabbling in fly fishing for the last few years and realized I needed to get professional instruction. During the first casting exercise the instructors identified what I was doing wrong and gave me the information to correct my cast and have my fly line go where it needed to go and do what it was supposed to do. Dave and Brad were awesome instructors and you could tell they really enjoy the sport and enjoy passing their years of knowledge on to anyone. Both days were highly productive and I can not say enough about the level of instruction provided.
Date published: 2016-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Should have done this sooner From check in at the lodge, which by the way is in a beautiful location, to the end of the second day of class the entire experience was world class. The accommodations give the feeling of a rustic cabin with all the amenities of a 5 star resort. The kitchen was undergoing a remodel, but the buffet breakfast as well as the lunches served were excellent. Our instructor was extremely patient and had a way of teaching techniques to each student that we all could understand. There was so much information, it started to become a bit overwhelming, but our instructor took the time with each of us and stuck with it until we all had an understanding of all the information. One of the first things he said to us was that there are no dumb questions and did we fire the questions at him, but he answered each and everyone. (I must say that I did ask one or two that maybe didn't need to be asked, but they were all answered) I can't say enough great things about my experience, except to say that I wish I had gone much sooner, so that I could have been enjoying the sport sooner.
Date published: 2015-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from World Class Instruction and Accommodations My wife and I just finished the 2-day Fly Fishing Class in Gatlinburg last week 17, 18 October 2013, the instruction was nothing short of exceptional. Our Instructor Dave was great. His ability to demonstrate, tutor and diagnose problems was fantastic. Dave’s instructional experience provided him with the flexibility to recognize that when we had problems applying basic casting techniques, he was able to rapidly diagnose a problem then present a different instructional technique to accelerate our learning curve and get us over those beginner’s issues and on to the finer points of fly casting. Every aspect of the instruction was first rate, from classroom, through practice to actual field application. During the field portion of the class not only did we catch trout (major bonus) but we also learned practical lessons on entomology, scouting, reading the stream, presenting floating flies and nymphs. If we could change one thing about the class, we would make it a three day class. One very minor issue was the instructional videos; while informative they should be updated and converted to a higher resolution digital format. We stayed at the Lodge at Buckberry Creek. The Lodge was an excellent host and provided very generous lunches. The rooms were very nice with beautiful panoramic views from the private balconies.
Date published: 2013-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bucket List Check Off! What a wonderful experience! I have always longed to catch a trout in a mountain stream and my dreams came true. I wish I had a chance to do a 2 day school but was unable to fit it into my schedule but this 1 day class covered the same material but just a little faster. Dave was such an interesting teacher. He has a gift for teaching this sport he loves dearly. This class covered everything to get me started. Dave was very patient with my skill level and made me feel proud of what I had accomplished at the end of the day. The location at Buckberry Lodge was wonderful. I can't wait to go back there for dinner.
Date published: 2013-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Experience The two day fly fishing school in Gatlinburg (June 13-14, 2013) was outstanding. I was frustrated with my fly fishing experiences and wanted some quality instruction. Dave and Brad provided it and more. The school was comprehensive covering everything from casting and nots to understanding which flies to use and how. It also included real experience on the river. I came away with much more confidence.
Date published: 2013-06-25
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