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A world-class fly-fishing school with Northwoods beauty and classic elegance converge on the banks of mighty Lake Michigan. With the famed Manistee, Boardman, and Platte Rivers beckoning nearby, there's no shortage of places to wet a fly at this Orvis fly-fishing school. Professional instructors welcome both beginners and seasoned anglers, and cover everything from setting up your fly rod, to fly selection and knots, to how to safely release your catch. Choose our one-day or two-day school.

For more information on this school or guided fishing excursions after the school, please visit: www.streamsideorvis.com.

You'll cover it all at the Glen Arbor, Michigan 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 an Orvis Fly Fishing School, call 866-531-6213.

1-Day Itinerary
Fly-Fishing School Class Program
Glen Arbor, Michigan

1-Day School
Time Activity & Description
8:30 a.m. 

Registration in the classroom, Orvis Streamside, Traverse City

9:00 a.m.  Introductions and discussion of class program.
9:15 a.m. Classroom presentation – “Rods, Reels, Lines”—  An in-depth look at the technology that makes modern fly tackle work so beautifully.
10:00 a.m. Classroom presentation – “Leaders and Tippets”— Choosing the right leader, and tippet. Balancing your terminal tackle.
Terminal tackle, knot tying, and rigging. Knot tying demonstration and practice. Clinch, Surgeon’s, and Perfection Loop knots.
11:00 a.m. Classroom presentation- “Basic Fly Fishing Entomology”, fly selection, how to choose and fish flies. Powers of observation on the river. The “hatch” and the “spinner fall”.
12:00 noon Lunch in the classroom, Orvis Streamside, Traverse City
12:30 p.m. Leave for Boardman River
1:00 p.m. Boardman river trip- discussion on reading water. Demonstration on wading safety. Demonstration on fishing dry flies, nymphs, wet flies and streamers: students fishing
2:15 p.m. Fishing the Boardman River
4:30 p.m. End of school. (Students may use tackle for the rest of the day to fish and return tackle later.)

2-Day Itinerary
Fly-Fishing School Class Program
Glen Arbor, Michigan
2-Day School: DAY ONE
Time Activity & Description
8:30 a.m. Registration in the Manistee Room at Stoneybrook Lodge - Homestead
9:15 a.m. Introductions and discussion of class program.
9:30 a.m.  Classroom presentation – “Rods, Reels, Lines”—  An in-depth look at the technology that makes modern fly tackle work so beautifully.
10:30 a.m. The Orvis progressive method to fly casting part one
10:45 a.m. Casting field- demonstration on basic casting stroke, students casting. This is the first step toward the line control that will make you confident on the river or pond. Pick up and delivery. Accuracy. False casting. Loop control and shapes.
Noon Lunch at Homestead Resort – Crystal Room
12:45 p.m. Classroom presentation- “Leaders and Tippets”
1:00 p.m.  Knot tying demonstration and practice. Clinch, Surgeon’s, and Perfection Loop knots and several others.
1:30 p.m. Classroom presentation- The Orvis progressive method to fly casting part two – video on shooting line, false casting, and roll cast.
1:45 p.m. Casting Field/Pond – demonstrating shooting line, review false casting, introduce roll cast.  Students casting, video tape of students casting.
3:15 p.m. Casting Field- demonstration on the double haul, students casting.
3:30 p.m. Trout Pond - Demonstration on hook setting and fish fighting techniques, tips on handling, photographing and releasing fish.
4:30 p.m. End of first day (Students may keep tackle and continue fishing the pond.

2-Day School: DAY TWO
Time Activity & Description
9:00 a.m.  Students meet at Streamside Orvis in Traverse City.
9:15 a.m.  Video review of students casting. Review of important casting techniques.
9:30 a.m. Classroom presentation- “Basic Fly Fishing Entomology”, fly selection, how to choose and fish flies. Powers of observation on the river. The “hatch” and the “spinner fall”.
10:00 a.m. Presentation on creating a fly selection for trout, steelhead, bass and panfish. How does one begin to build a fly selection?
10:30 a.m. Presentation on equipment and accessories. Wader varieties. Vests, packs, accessories. Choosing the proper leader and tippet. What do you need… and don’t need? Finding your way around the local fly shop.
11:30 a.m. Discussion of fly fishing opportunities around the world, Orvis endorsed fishing vacations and useful tips on fishing with guides.
Noon Lunch in Traverse City
12:45 p.m. Boardman river trip- discussion on reading water. Demonstration on wading safety. Demonstration on fishing dry flies, nymphs, wet flies and streamers: students fishing.
4:15 p.m. Students meet for graduation, presentation of certificates and pins.
4:30 p.m. End of school. (Students may use tackle for the rest of the day to fish and return tackle later.)

Dates
Orvis Fly-Fishing School - Glen Arbor, Michigan
Two-Day School Dates

May 2017 5-6 Friday-Saturday (2 SPOTS LEFT)
     
June 2017 17-18 Saturday-Sunday
     
July 2017 15-16 Saturday-Sunday (1 SPOT LEFT)
     
August 2017 12-13 Saturday-Sunday
     

Orvis Fly-Fishing School - Orvis Streamside in Traverse City
One-Day School Dates

May 2017 20 Saturday
  26 Friday
     
June 2017 3 Saturday
  30 Friday
     
July 2017 22 Saturday
  28 Friday
     
August 2017 19 Saturday
  25 Friday
     
September 2017 1 Friday

 

Lodging
Lodging & Reservation Information
Glen Arbor, Michigan

Please contact The Homestead for lodging and reservations:

The Homestead
1 Wood Ridge Road
Glen Arbor, MI 49636
www.thehomesteadresort.com
231-334-5100

Please mention you will be attending the Orvis Fly Fishing School.

Activities
Area Activities - Glen Arbor, Michigan
Homestead Ranch
231-334-5000
Par 3 golf course
Dave Petz Golf Scoring School
Clay court tennis
White, sandy beach
Hiking and biking

 
Other Activities in the Area
Visit/shop Fishtown in Leland, Michigan, an historic fishing village
Wine tours of Leeanau peninsula
Signature golf courses
Sailing, boating, and swimming on Lake Michigan
Fine dining, shopping, and symphony in Traverse City

Ruffed grouse and woodcock hunting
     Sept. 15 - Nov. 15 & Dec. 1 - Dec. 31

National Cherry Festival
     Around July 5-12

Traverse City Film Festival
     July 29 - Aug. 5
 

FAQs
Orvis Fly Fishing Schools
Frequently Asked Questions


Question
: When is the best time to go?

Answer - There is no “best time” per se. The school season is during the nicest part of the year weather-wise. Chances for warm weather increase as the season goes on.

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, 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 school tuition price.

Question: Where can I stay?

Answer - At the hosts’ lodging, or nearby lodging of your choice.

Question: How many people will be in the 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. 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 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 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 fishing afterwards?

Answer - Yes. See information on specific school page, school itinerary or inquire directly to your fly fishing school instructor.

Reviews
Enjoy a relaxing weekend retreat at our Michigan fly fishing school.

A world-class fly-fishing school with Northwoods beauty and classic elegance converge on the banks of mighty Lake Michigan. With the famed Manistee, Boardman, and Platte Rivers beckoning nearby, there's no shortage of places to wet a fly at this Orvis fly-fishing school. Professional instructors welcome both beginners and seasoned anglers, and cover everything from setting up your fly rod, to fly selection and knots, to how to safely release your catch. Choose our one-day or two-day school.

For more information on this school or guided fishing excursions after the school, please visit: www.streamsideorvis.com.

You'll cover it all at the Glen Arbor, Michigan 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 an Orvis Fly Fishing School, call 866-531-6213.

Fly-Fishing School Class Program
Glen Arbor, Michigan

1-Day School
Time Activity & Description
8:30 a.m. 

Registration in the classroom, Orvis Streamside, Traverse City

9:00 a.m.  Introductions and discussion of class program.
9:15 a.m. Classroom presentation – “Rods, Reels, Lines”—  An in-depth look at the technology that makes modern fly tackle work so beautifully.
10:00 a.m. Classroom presentation – “Leaders and Tippets”— Choosing the right leader, and tippet. Balancing your terminal tackle.
Terminal tackle, knot tying, and rigging. Knot tying demonstration and practice. Clinch, Surgeon’s, and Perfection Loop knots.
11:00 a.m. Classroom presentation- “Basic Fly Fishing Entomology”, fly selection, how to choose and fish flies. Powers of observation on the river. The “hatch” and the “spinner fall”.
12:00 noon Lunch in the classroom, Orvis Streamside, Traverse City
12:30 p.m. Leave for Boardman River
1:00 p.m. Boardman river trip- discussion on reading water. Demonstration on wading safety. Demonstration on fishing dry flies, nymphs, wet flies and streamers: students fishing
2:15 p.m. Fishing the Boardman River
4:30 p.m. End of school. (Students may use tackle for the rest of the day to fish and return tackle later.)

Fly-Fishing School Class Program
Glen Arbor, Michigan
2-Day School: DAY ONE
Time Activity & Description
8:30 a.m. Registration in the Manistee Room at Stoneybrook Lodge - Homestead
9:15 a.m. Introductions and discussion of class program.
9:30 a.m.  Classroom presentation – “Rods, Reels, Lines”—  An in-depth look at the technology that makes modern fly tackle work so beautifully.
10:30 a.m. The Orvis progressive method to fly casting part one
10:45 a.m. Casting field- demonstration on basic casting stroke, students casting. This is the first step toward the line control that will make you confident on the river or pond. Pick up and delivery. Accuracy. False casting. Loop control and shapes.
Noon Lunch at Homestead Resort – Crystal Room
12:45 p.m. Classroom presentation- “Leaders and Tippets”
1:00 p.m.  Knot tying demonstration and practice. Clinch, Surgeon’s, and Perfection Loop knots and several others.
1:30 p.m. Classroom presentation- The Orvis progressive method to fly casting part two – video on shooting line, false casting, and roll cast.
1:45 p.m. Casting Field/Pond – demonstrating shooting line, review false casting, introduce roll cast.  Students casting, video tape of students casting.
3:15 p.m. Casting Field- demonstration on the double haul, students casting.
3:30 p.m. Trout Pond - Demonstration on hook setting and fish fighting techniques, tips on handling, photographing and releasing fish.
4:30 p.m. End of first day (Students may keep tackle and continue fishing the pond.

2-Day School: DAY TWO
Time Activity & Description
9:00 a.m.  Students meet at Streamside Orvis in Traverse City.
9:15 a.m.  Video review of students casting. Review of important casting techniques.
9:30 a.m. Classroom presentation- “Basic Fly Fishing Entomology”, fly selection, how to choose and fish flies. Powers of observation on the river. The “hatch” and the “spinner fall”.
10:00 a.m. Presentation on creating a fly selection for trout, steelhead, bass and panfish. How does one begin to build a fly selection?
10:30 a.m. Presentation on equipment and accessories. Wader varieties. Vests, packs, accessories. Choosing the proper leader and tippet. What do you need… and don’t need? Finding your way around the local fly shop.
11:30 a.m. Discussion of fly fishing opportunities around the world, Orvis endorsed fishing vacations and useful tips on fishing with guides.
Noon Lunch in Traverse City
12:45 p.m. Boardman river trip- discussion on reading water. Demonstration on wading safety. Demonstration on fishing dry flies, nymphs, wet flies and streamers: students fishing.
4:15 p.m. Students meet for graduation, presentation of certificates and pins.
4:30 p.m. End of school. (Students may use tackle for the rest of the day to fish and return tackle later.)

Orvis Fly-Fishing School - Glen Arbor, Michigan
Two-Day School Dates

May 2017 5-6 Friday-Saturday (2 SPOTS LEFT)
     
June 2017 17-18 Saturday-Sunday
     
July 2017 15-16 Saturday-Sunday (1 SPOT LEFT)
     
August 2017 12-13 Saturday-Sunday
     

Orvis Fly-Fishing School - Orvis Streamside in Traverse City
One-Day School Dates

May 2017 20 Saturday
  26 Friday
     
June 2017 3 Saturday
  30 Friday
     
July 2017 22 Saturday
  28 Friday
     
August 2017 19 Saturday
  25 Friday
     
September 2017 1 Friday

 

Lodging & Reservation Information
Glen Arbor, Michigan

Please contact The Homestead for lodging and reservations:

The Homestead
1 Wood Ridge Road
Glen Arbor, MI 49636
www.thehomesteadresort.com
231-334-5100

Please mention you will be attending the Orvis Fly Fishing School.

Area Activities - Glen Arbor, Michigan
Homestead Ranch
231-334-5000
Par 3 golf course
Dave Petz Golf Scoring School
Clay court tennis
White, sandy beach
Hiking and biking

 
Other Activities in the Area
Visit/shop Fishtown in Leland, Michigan, an historic fishing village
Wine tours of Leeanau peninsula
Signature golf courses
Sailing, boating, and swimming on Lake Michigan
Fine dining, shopping, and symphony in Traverse City

Ruffed grouse and woodcock hunting
     Sept. 15 - Nov. 15 & Dec. 1 - Dec. 31

National Cherry Festival
     Around July 5-12

Traverse City Film Festival
     July 29 - Aug. 5
 

Orvis Fly Fishing Schools
Frequently Asked Questions


Question
: When is the best time to go?

Answer - There is no “best time” per se. The school season is during the nicest part of the year weather-wise. Chances for warm weather increase as the season goes on.

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, 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 school tuition price.

Question: Where can I stay?

Answer - At the hosts’ lodging, or nearby lodging of your choice.

Question: How many people will be in the 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. 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 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 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 fishing afterwards?

Answer - Yes. See information on specific school page, school itinerary or inquire directly to your fly fishing school instructor.

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