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The Alabama Orvis Fly-Fishing School is located at the new Orvis Shooting Grounds at Pursell Farms in Sylacauga, Alabama, situated in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountain Range. Pursell Farms is centrally located between many of the major Alabama cites and two hours from Atlanta, Georgia. This school will primarily focus on warmwater species such as bass and sunfish, but the casting you learn in the school can be utilized in any other fly-fishing scenario. You will learn casting techniques, terminal tackle, choosing the right flies, fish fighting, as well as how to properly handle and release fish.

Make sure to bring the family along when you visit. In addition to the beautiful lakes and ponds on the property, you and your family can take advantage of the new sporting clays course or play golf at Alabama's #1 ranked public-access golf course. The grounds have something for everyone.

You'll experience it all at the Alabama Fly-Fishing School at Pursell Farms:

  • Fly-casting techniques
  • Essential knots
  • How to choose your gear and tackle
  • Stream entomology (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 Orvis Fly-Fishing Schools, call 866-531-6213 or email schools@orvis.com.

Cancellation Policy & Fees:
If you cancel your reservation outside of 30 days from your school date, Orvis will issue a refund back to your original method of payment. Cancellations within 30 days from your school date are subject to a 20% cancellation fee, and a refund will be issued in the form of an Orvis Gift Card. Orvis Gift Cards never expire and can be used to book your next school reservation or to purchase other Orvis product. School transfers are based on availability and can be done at any time (cancellation fees do not apply). Students that do not attend their scheduled school and do not notify the school reservation department will be charged in full.

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

Itineraries
Fly-Fishing School 2-Day Program Itinerary
Pursell Farms, Alabama

DAY ONE
Time Activity & Description
9:00 a.m. Student registration at Orvis Pro Shop.
9:30 a.m. Introductions and discussion of class program.
9:45 a.m. Classroom presentation on lines, rods, and reels. The Orvis Progressive Method to Fly Casting part one: Video on the basic casting stroke.
10:45 a.m. Report to casting area for a demonstration on the basic cast; students casting.
12:00 p.m.

Lunch. (catered to school)

1:00 p.m.

Classroom presentation – Knot tying seminar. Discussion on leaders, hands-on knot tying. The Orvis Progressive Method to Fly Casting part two and three: Video on shooting line, false casting, roll casting, and double hauling.

2:30 p.m.

Report to casting area for demonstration on shooting line, false casting, and roll casting; students casting. Video tape students casting.

3:45 p.m. Classroom presentation – Equipment and accessories.
4:15 p.m. End of first day.

DAY TWO
Time Activity & Description
9:00 a.m.

Classroom presentation – Fly selection for warm water and coastal species. Tips on how to handle, photograph, and release fish. Demonstration oh hook-setting and fish fighting techniques.

10:00 a.m. Video analysis.
10:45 a.m.

Report to casting grounds for demonstration on double hauling and casting techniques for windy conditions.

12:00 p.m. Lunch. (catered to school)
1:00 p.m. Orvis-Endorsed fishing trips and fishing with guides.
1:15 p.m. Pond trip – Demonstration on fishing flies in still water. Students fishing.
3:15 p.m. Return to classroom for closing statements, and graduation certificates.

Fly-Fishing School 1-Day Program Itinerary
Pursell Farms, Alabama

DAY ONE
Time Activity & Description
9:00 a.m. Student registration at Orvis Pro Shop.
9:30 a.m. Introductions and discussion of class program.
9:45 a.m.

Classroom presentation – Video on the Orvis Progressive Method to Fly Casting.

10:00 a.m.

Report to casting pond – Demonstration on the basic casting stroke; students casting.

11:00 a.m.

Classroom presentation – Tackle and flies.

12:00 p.m.

Lunch (catered to school.)

1:00 p.m.

Classroom presentation – Knot tying seminar. Discussion on leaders, hands-on knot tying.

1:45 p.m.

Report to casting pond – Demonstration on shooting line, false casting, and roll casting; students casting. Demonstration on double-hauling.    

2:30 p.m. Pond trip – Demonstration on fishing flies in still water. Students fishing.
3:45 p.m. Return to schoolroom for closing statements, and graduation certificates.
4:00 p.m. End of school.
2-Day Dates
Orvis Fly Fishing School - Sylacauga, Alabama
Two - Day School Dates

October 2017 2 - 3 Monday - Tuesday
  21 - 22 Satuday - Sunday
 
November 2017 4 - 5 Satuday - Sunday
  24 - 25 Friday - Saturday
 
December 2017 1 - 2 Friday - Saturday
  9 - 10 Satuday - Sunday
     
January 2018 25-26 Thursday-Friday
     
February 2018 22-23 Thursday-Friday
     
March 2018 3 - 4 Saturday - Sunday
  17 - 18 Satuday - Sunday
  31 - April 1 Satuday - Sunday
     
April 2018 9 - 10 Monday - Tuesday
  19 - 20 Thursday - Friday
     
May 2018 17 - 18 Thursday - Friday
  21 - 22 Monday - Tuesday
  26 - 27 Satuday - Sunday
     
June 2018 2 - 3 Saturday - Sunday
  18 - 19 Monday - Tuesday
     
July 2018 5 - 6 Thursday - Friday
  21 - 22 Satuday - Sunday
     
August 2018 16 - 17 Thursday - Friday
  27 - 28 Monday - Tuesday
     
September 2018 8 - 9 Saturday - Sunday
  17 - 18 Monday - Tuesday
     
October 2018 20 - 21 Saturday - Sunday
  27 - 28 Satuday - Sunday
     
November 2018 10 - 11 Saturday - Sunday
  19 - 20 Monday - Tuesday
     
December 2018 22 - 23 Saturday - Sunday
     
1-Day Dates
Orvis Fly FishingSchool - Sylacauga, Alabama
One-Day School Dates

October 2017 7 Saturday
  27 Friday
 
November 2017 10 Friday
  11 Saturday
  27 Monday
 
December 2017 3 Sunday
  5 Tuesday
 
January 2018 5 Friday
 
February 2018 16 Friday
 
March 2018 9 Friday
  15 Thursday
 
April 2018 13 Friday
  29 Sunday
 
May 2018 5 Saturday
  11 Friday
 
June 2018 7 Thursday
  15 Friday
 
July 2018 19 Thursday
 
August 2018 4 Saturday
  25 Saturday
 
September 2018 3 Monday
  14 Friday
  15 Saturday
  29 Saturday
 
October 2018 6 Saturday
  7 Sunday
  12 Friday
 
November 2018 2 Friday
  16 Friday
 
December 2018 7 Friday
  28 Friday
 
Activities
Area Activities - Sylacauga, Alabama

With more than 3,000 acres of rolling hills, oak and pine forests, native grasses and fertile plantation land, the amenities at Pursell Farms mingle a richness of antebellum tradition with a modern touch of design and class. Enjoy onsite activities like:

  • Play a round of golf at the FarmLinks Golf Club, Golfweek's #1 all-access golf course in Alabama: 2011, 2013, 2014 & 2015.
  • Guests can test their fishing skills and wet a line for largemouth bass, crappie, or bream in Lake Christine, Lodge Lake, or Swamp Lake.
  • A new, state-of-the-art sporting clays course is fully automated and designed with both the novice and advanced wingshooter in mind. Private instruction and Wingshooting Schools are also available.
Lodging
Lodging Information
Sylacauga, Alabama

Lodging is not included with this school, but Pursell Farms offers unique, inviting accommodations on site that will make you feel at home. At Pursell Farms, pastoral views, southern resort style and heartfelt hospitality are part of every leisure getaway and corporate retreat. No place is this more evident than in our charming accommodations. We take southern hospitality very seriously here, and we created Pursell Farms with an eye to every detail.

With furnishings and decorative touches personally selected by Ellen Pursell, our deluxe accommodations welcome 75 guests with a blend of understated elegance and cozy comforts. It’s like coming home, if by home you envision deep sofas worthy of naps, books and mementos that inspire conversation and reflection, and a gallery of family artwork. Each lodging features a unique character: from Parker Lodge with its grand stone fireplace and hunting trophies to the spacious, luxurious four-bedroom cabins and cottages.

Parker Lodge: Built of natural, quarried Alabama stone with red oak floors, Ponderosa pine ceilings and hand-hewn west coast cedar trusses, Parker Lodge is infused with simple charm and rustic splendor. Overlooking the 17th green and Lodge Lake, the 14,000-square-foot lodge features eight deluxe suites, great room, game room, multipurpose room, and full kitchen with dining room. With its indoor and outdoor seating areas, majestic stone fireplaces and scenic views, this is the perfect place to unwind or to host an intimate gathering.

The Cottages at Pursell Farms: These feature 12 luxury suites spread among three exclusive cottages. The essence of simple elegance and comfort amid scenic mountains and sparkling lakes, these guest quarters feature a large great room with stone fireplace, and each guest suite provides unique views, plasma-screen TVs, two queen beds, and a spacious, private bath. With a full kitchen and dining room, The Cottages also offer guests an unforgettable opportunity to enjoy savory meals prepared right before their eyes by Pursell Farms’ expert chefs.

Cabins on Masters Row: Choose from four distinctive cabins and 16 spacious, double-occupancy guest rooms. With a private putting green and spectacular surroundings right off hole no. 11, The Cabins also feature a kitchenette and a cozy common area perfectly suited for watching the big game, relaxing with friends, planning the next round of golf, or enjoying full-service catering from the Grille at the Clubhouse.

Learn more and book online at pursellfarms.com

FAQs
Orvis Fly Fishing Schools
Frequently Asked Questions

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 and vests.

Question: Is lodging included?
Answer - No. Lodging arrangements are made separately by the students. Please refer to the Lodging tab for more information.

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

Question: Where can I stay?
Answer - Please refer to the Lodging tab for more information.

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 on specific school page.

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 - 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
Learn to fly fish at our Alabama fly fishing school.

The Alabama Orvis Fly-Fishing School is located at the new Orvis Shooting Grounds at Pursell Farms in Sylacauga, Alabama, situated in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountain Range. Pursell Farms is centrally located between many of the major Alabama cites and two hours from Atlanta, Georgia. This school will primarily focus on warmwater species such as bass and sunfish, but the casting you learn in the school can be utilized in any other fly-fishing scenario. You will learn casting techniques, terminal tackle, choosing the right flies, fish fighting, as well as how to properly handle and release fish.

Make sure to bring the family along when you visit. In addition to the beautiful lakes and ponds on the property, you and your family can take advantage of the new sporting clays course or play golf at Alabama's #1 ranked public-access golf course. The grounds have something for everyone.

You'll experience it all at the Alabama Fly-Fishing School at Pursell Farms:

  • Fly-casting techniques
  • Essential knots
  • How to choose your gear and tackle
  • Stream entomology (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 Orvis Fly-Fishing Schools, call 866-531-6213 or email schools@orvis.com.

Cancellation Policy & Fees:
If you cancel your reservation outside of 30 days from your school date, Orvis will issue a refund back to your original method of payment. Cancellations within 30 days from your school date are subject to a 20% cancellation fee, and a refund will be issued in the form of an Orvis Gift Card. Orvis Gift Cards never expire and can be used to book your next school reservation or to purchase other Orvis product. School transfers are based on availability and can be done at any time (cancellation fees do not apply). Students that do not attend their scheduled school and do not notify the school reservation department will be charged in full.

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

Fly-Fishing School 2-Day Program Itinerary
Pursell Farms, Alabama

DAY ONE
Time Activity & Description
9:00 a.m. Student registration at Orvis Pro Shop.
9:30 a.m. Introductions and discussion of class program.
9:45 a.m. Classroom presentation on lines, rods, and reels. The Orvis Progressive Method to Fly Casting part one: Video on the basic casting stroke.
10:45 a.m. Report to casting area for a demonstration on the basic cast; students casting.
12:00 p.m.

Lunch. (catered to school)

1:00 p.m.

Classroom presentation – Knot tying seminar. Discussion on leaders, hands-on knot tying. The Orvis Progressive Method to Fly Casting part two and three: Video on shooting line, false casting, roll casting, and double hauling.

2:30 p.m.

Report to casting area for demonstration on shooting line, false casting, and roll casting; students casting. Video tape students casting.

3:45 p.m. Classroom presentation – Equipment and accessories.
4:15 p.m. End of first day.

DAY TWO
Time Activity & Description
9:00 a.m.

Classroom presentation – Fly selection for warm water and coastal species. Tips on how to handle, photograph, and release fish. Demonstration oh hook-setting and fish fighting techniques.

10:00 a.m. Video analysis.
10:45 a.m.

Report to casting grounds for demonstration on double hauling and casting techniques for windy conditions.

12:00 p.m. Lunch. (catered to school)
1:00 p.m. Orvis-Endorsed fishing trips and fishing with guides.
1:15 p.m. Pond trip – Demonstration on fishing flies in still water. Students fishing.
3:15 p.m. Return to classroom for closing statements, and graduation certificates.

Fly-Fishing School 1-Day Program Itinerary
Pursell Farms, Alabama

DAY ONE
Time Activity & Description
9:00 a.m. Student registration at Orvis Pro Shop.
9:30 a.m. Introductions and discussion of class program.
9:45 a.m.

Classroom presentation – Video on the Orvis Progressive Method to Fly Casting.

10:00 a.m.

Report to casting pond – Demonstration on the basic casting stroke; students casting.

11:00 a.m.

Classroom presentation – Tackle and flies.

12:00 p.m.

Lunch (catered to school.)

1:00 p.m.

Classroom presentation – Knot tying seminar. Discussion on leaders, hands-on knot tying.

1:45 p.m.

Report to casting pond – Demonstration on shooting line, false casting, and roll casting; students casting. Demonstration on double-hauling.    

2:30 p.m. Pond trip – Demonstration on fishing flies in still water. Students fishing.
3:45 p.m. Return to schoolroom for closing statements, and graduation certificates.
4:00 p.m. End of school.

Orvis Fly Fishing School - Sylacauga, Alabama
Two - Day School Dates

October 2017 2 - 3 Monday - Tuesday
  21 - 22 Satuday - Sunday
 
November 2017 4 - 5 Satuday - Sunday
  24 - 25 Friday - Saturday
 
December 2017 1 - 2 Friday - Saturday
  9 - 10 Satuday - Sunday
     
January 2018 25-26 Thursday-Friday
     
February 2018 22-23 Thursday-Friday
     
March 2018 3 - 4 Saturday - Sunday
  17 - 18 Satuday - Sunday
  31 - April 1 Satuday - Sunday
     
April 2018 9 - 10 Monday - Tuesday
  19 - 20 Thursday - Friday
     
May 2018 17 - 18 Thursday - Friday
  21 - 22 Monday - Tuesday
  26 - 27 Satuday - Sunday
     
June 2018 2 - 3 Saturday - Sunday
  18 - 19 Monday - Tuesday
     
July 2018 5 - 6 Thursday - Friday
  21 - 22 Satuday - Sunday
     
August 2018 16 - 17 Thursday - Friday
  27 - 28 Monday - Tuesday
     
September 2018 8 - 9 Saturday - Sunday
  17 - 18 Monday - Tuesday
     
October 2018 20 - 21 Saturday - Sunday
  27 - 28 Satuday - Sunday
     
November 2018 10 - 11 Saturday - Sunday
  19 - 20 Monday - Tuesday
     
December 2018 22 - 23 Saturday - Sunday
     

Orvis Fly FishingSchool - Sylacauga, Alabama
One-Day School Dates

October 2017 7 Saturday
  27 Friday
 
November 2017 10 Friday
  11 Saturday
  27 Monday
 
December 2017 3 Sunday
  5 Tuesday
 
January 2018 5 Friday
 
February 2018 16 Friday
 
March 2018 9 Friday
  15 Thursday
 
April 2018 13 Friday
  29 Sunday
 
May 2018 5 Saturday
  11 Friday
 
June 2018 7 Thursday
  15 Friday
 
July 2018 19 Thursday
 
August 2018 4 Saturday
  25 Saturday
 
September 2018 3 Monday
  14 Friday
  15 Saturday
  29 Saturday
 
October 2018 6 Saturday
  7 Sunday
  12 Friday
 
November 2018 2 Friday
  16 Friday
 
December 2018 7 Friday
  28 Friday
 

Area Activities - Sylacauga, Alabama

With more than 3,000 acres of rolling hills, oak and pine forests, native grasses and fertile plantation land, the amenities at Pursell Farms mingle a richness of antebellum tradition with a modern touch of design and class. Enjoy onsite activities like:

  • Play a round of golf at the FarmLinks Golf Club, Golfweek's #1 all-access golf course in Alabama: 2011, 2013, 2014 & 2015.
  • Guests can test their fishing skills and wet a line for largemouth bass, crappie, or bream in Lake Christine, Lodge Lake, or Swamp Lake.
  • A new, state-of-the-art sporting clays course is fully automated and designed with both the novice and advanced wingshooter in mind. Private instruction and Wingshooting Schools are also available.

Lodging Information
Sylacauga, Alabama

Lodging is not included with this school, but Pursell Farms offers unique, inviting accommodations on site that will make you feel at home. At Pursell Farms, pastoral views, southern resort style and heartfelt hospitality are part of every leisure getaway and corporate retreat. No place is this more evident than in our charming accommodations. We take southern hospitality very seriously here, and we created Pursell Farms with an eye to every detail.

With furnishings and decorative touches personally selected by Ellen Pursell, our deluxe accommodations welcome 75 guests with a blend of understated elegance and cozy comforts. It’s like coming home, if by home you envision deep sofas worthy of naps, books and mementos that inspire conversation and reflection, and a gallery of family artwork. Each lodging features a unique character: from Parker Lodge with its grand stone fireplace and hunting trophies to the spacious, luxurious four-bedroom cabins and cottages.

Parker Lodge: Built of natural, quarried Alabama stone with red oak floors, Ponderosa pine ceilings and hand-hewn west coast cedar trusses, Parker Lodge is infused with simple charm and rustic splendor. Overlooking the 17th green and Lodge Lake, the 14,000-square-foot lodge features eight deluxe suites, great room, game room, multipurpose room, and full kitchen with dining room. With its indoor and outdoor seating areas, majestic stone fireplaces and scenic views, this is the perfect place to unwind or to host an intimate gathering.

The Cottages at Pursell Farms: These feature 12 luxury suites spread among three exclusive cottages. The essence of simple elegance and comfort amid scenic mountains and sparkling lakes, these guest quarters feature a large great room with stone fireplace, and each guest suite provides unique views, plasma-screen TVs, two queen beds, and a spacious, private bath. With a full kitchen and dining room, The Cottages also offer guests an unforgettable opportunity to enjoy savory meals prepared right before their eyes by Pursell Farms’ expert chefs.

Cabins on Masters Row: Choose from four distinctive cabins and 16 spacious, double-occupancy guest rooms. With a private putting green and spectacular surroundings right off hole no. 11, The Cabins also feature a kitchenette and a cozy common area perfectly suited for watching the big game, relaxing with friends, planning the next round of golf, or enjoying full-service catering from the Grille at the Clubhouse.

Learn more and book online at pursellfarms.com

Orvis Fly Fishing Schools
Frequently Asked Questions

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 and vests.

Question: Is lodging included?
Answer - No. Lodging arrangements are made separately by the students. Please refer to the Lodging tab for more information.

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

Question: Where can I stay?
Answer - Please refer to the Lodging tab for more information.

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 on specific school page.

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 - 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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