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For more information about Orvis Fly Fishing Schools, call 866-531-6213
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 Class Program
|Time||Activity & Description|
|9:00 am||Registration at Orvis Retail Store.|
|9:45||Introductions and discussion of class program.|
|10:00||Classroom presentation – Lines, rods, and reels. Video on The Orvis Progressive Method to Fly Casting part one: The basic cast.|
|10:30||Rainbow Trout - Report to casting pond for demonstration of the basic
cast; students casting.
Brown Trout – Classroom presentation on fly tying.
|12:30pm||Lunch (catered to school.)|
|1:00||Classroom presentation (all students) – The Orvis Progressive Method to Fly Casting part two: video on shooting line, false casting, and roll casting.|
|1:15||Rainbow Trout – Report to casting pond for demonstration on shooting line, false casting, and roll casting; students casting. Video tape students.
Brown Trout – Classroom presentation: Knot tying seminar. Discussion on leaders, hands-on knot tying.
|4:00||Classroom presentation (all students) – Equipment and accessories.|
|4:30||End of first day.|
|Time||Activity & Description|
|8:30 am||Classroom presentation (all students) on entomology, fly selection, and how to fish flies. Tips on how to handle, photograph, and release fish.|
|9:15||The Orvis Progressive Method to Fly Casting part three (all students): video on the double haul.|
|9:30||Rainbow Trout – Classroom presentation on fly tying. Video analysis.
Brown Trout – Report to casting pond for demonstration on the double haul; hook-setting and fish fighting; fishing flies in still water; students fishing and practice casting.
|12:30 pm||Lunch (catered to school.)|
|1:00||Orvis-Endorsed fishing trips, and tips on fishing with guides. Discussion on wading safety.|
|1:30||Battenkill River trip – Talk on reading water. Demonstration on fishing flies in moving water. Return to Orvis Ponds for fishing.|
|3:30||Return to schoolroom for closing statements, and graduation certificates.|
|4:00||End of school.|
Orvis Fly-Fishing School - Manchester, VT
2018 School Dates
Lodging & Reservation Information
Please contact the Equinox Resort & Spa for lodging and reservations:
Area Activities - Manchester, Vermont
The Equinox Resort
American Museum of Fly Fishing
Land Rover Experience Driving School
British School of Falconry
Kids' activities include:
Merck Forest and Farmland Center
Bromley Mountain Alpine Slide
Northshire Book Store
Village Picture Shows
Other Activities in the Area
Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home
For a complete list of shops and other activities, go to www.manchestervermont.com
The Orvis Flagship Fly-Fishing School Facility
In 1965 Leigh Perkins determined that there was a need for a fly-fishing school as he believed there were many people who were simply too intimidated by the sport to try it. In 1966, under the direction of the legendary Bill Cairns, Orvis opened its first fly-fishing school, a three-day affair for $75. Since then we’ve educated more than 35,000 people at Orvis schools all over the country.
Orvis Fly Fishing Schools
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: When can we avoid black flies?
Question: When does the school start and end? What will we be doing during the day? How long will we be fishing?
Question: What is included in the price of the school?
Question: Is lodging included?
Question: Are meals included?
Question: Where can I stay?
Question: How many people will be in the class?
Question: Do we stop the school because of weather?
Question: How much time is spent in the classroom vs. casting and fishing?
Question: Can you bring your own equipment?
Question: Is this class for intermediate anglers?
Question: How old do my children have to be to join me in this fishing school?
Question: What is the cancellation policy?
Question: What other recreation is available near the school?
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?
Question: Are there opportunities for guided fishing afterwards?