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Orvis Fly Fishing School

Address: 4182 Main Street, Manchester, VT
Phone Number: +1 800-235-9763
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Ranked #4 of 9 Activities in Manchester
Type: Educational Sites, Classes
Activities: Fishing
Owner description: If learning to fly fish or improving your casting technique seems like a daunting task, you just...
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Type: Educational Sites, Classes
Activities: Fishing
Owner description: If learning to fly fish or improving your casting technique seems like a daunting task, you just haven't met the right fishing instructors. Pick up a fly rod at the Orvis Manchester Fly Fishing School, situated in the heart of Vermont's Green Mountains, and you'll be casting like a seasoned angler in just two short days of classes. Our expert instructors help you with everything from setting up the rod, to fly selection and knots, to how to safely release your catch. Fishing classes are held in our brand-new schoolhouse directly across from the Orvis Flagship Store, on our fully-stocked casting pond, and out on the famed Battenkill River.

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Pelham, New Hampshire
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

I have several fly rods, take them out on occasion and quickly put them away and revert back to my spin fishing gear. I've always liked the idea of fly fishing, and love catching trout. But I just couldn't get the whole fly rod thing. For my anniversary my wife surprised me with a 2 day fly fishing school at... More 

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Easton, Maryland
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106 reviews 106 reviews
24 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

If you want to learn to fly fish, this is your school. The instructors were all great teachers, obviously love to fly fish and their love for it is contagious. I found all the instruction to be extremely interesting. We were able to then fly fish in the ponds near the school and there were many instructors rotating around to... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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194 reviews 194 reviews
50 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Orvis needs to accommodate the novice fly fishermen that visit. We wanted to rent equipment....not readily available. Everyone was so nice in the entire property, awesome retail products available - very cool stop on this trip

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Connecticut
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

Orvis is the premier player in fly fishing. Their clothing is superior and the unannounced sales at the outlet are incredible. Orvis has a fishing pond set up and gives the best in fly fishing techniques. I may be old school but I think you just learn by trial and error. Their books though are excellent. Get on their mailing... More 

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Boston
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63 reviews 63 reviews
9 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

So my parents got this school for me like 10 years ago and for a variety of reasons it took me 10 years to get to it - wow! Even though in the interim I'd gotten a lot better at fly casting I still learned a ton, and they let you advance at your own pace so it was fine... More 

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Rochelle Park, New Jersey, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

I took my husband here for his birthday. (surprise) He is an angler, I am not. I would say that we both loved both the 1 hour casting lesson and the 4-hour guided day that we booked with Equinox. Both instructors were wonderful and were able to balance Jeff's ability with my inability. I would recommend it to anyone. The... More 

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Lake City, Florida
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46 reviews 46 reviews
22 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

The first of it's kind in the USA. Orvis used to be a fly fishing only store in Manchester, their claim to fame was split bamboo rods. When I was a kid, I'd have rods custom made for around $80. Then Orvis started selling outdoor lifestyle items like clothes and house ware. The company almost went out of business about... More 

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72 reviews 72 reviews
4 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

Had the luxury of having a small class, so lots of personalized attention from the instructors. They staff it so there are no more than 4 students per instructor. We had 3 different instructors over 2 days, but all were excellent. The didactic sessions are useful, but the best part is the personalized attention during practice sessions at their casting... More 

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Houston, Texas
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250 reviews 250 reviews
79 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

My husband and I attended the Orvis two day fly-fishing school. I did this to be nice, but ended up loving the fly-fishing. We had a group of 11 (they do maximum of 24) with a mix of men and women. They provided everything we needed except hats and polarized sunglasses. As you would expect, beautiful equipment. Didn't need shoes,... More 

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Los Angeles
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35 reviews 35 reviews
5 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

Our instructor Peter was nothing less than perfect - patient, funny, and smart. One morning was not enough, but I am definitely going to make this (fly fishing) part of future vacations.

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