Harrisonburg, Virginia     Phone: 540-434-2444     Email: store@mossycreekflyfishing.com

Virginia's Largest and Most Active Fly Fishing School

Interested In Learning How To Fly Fish?

The Orvis Virginia Fly Fishing School is hosted by Mossy Creek Fly Fishing in Harrisonburg in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. Our expert instructors help with everything from setting up the rod, to fly selection and knots, to how to safely release your fish. Classes are held in our historic retail store and on our local spring creeks.

  • Fly casting techniques
  • Essential fly fishing 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

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

Orvis Fly-Fishing School 1-Day Program
Harrisonburg, VA
Time Activity & Description
9:00am Student registration at Mossy Creek Fly Fishing
9:30am Classroom: Introduction and Program Overview
9:45am Classroom presentation: The Orvis Progressive Method to Fly Casting Video
10:00am Rainbow Trout Group – Report to Casting Grounds for demonstration on basic casting stroke; students casting
Brown Trout Group – Classroom presentation on Tackle and Flies
11:00am Groups switch
12:00 Catered Lunch (included) with Video: Blood Knot
1:00pm Classroom presentation – Knot tying seminar. Discussion on leaders, hand-on knot tying
1:30pm Students caravan to Smith Creek
2:15pm Casting: Demonstration on shooting line, false casting, and roll casting; students casting
3:15pm Demonstration on hook-setting and fish fighting techniques
3:30pm Fishing on Smith Creek – Talk on reading water. Demonstration on fishing flies in moving water; students fishing
5:00pm Return to Mossy Creek Fly Fishing for closing statements and graduation certificates
5:30pm End of School

2018 School Dates:

May 2018 16 Wednesday
26 Saturday
June 2018 13 Wednesday
23 Saturday
July 2018 18 Wednesday
28 Saturday
August 2018 15 Wednesday
25 Saturday


September 2018 5 Wednesday
15 Saturday
19 Wednesday
29 Saturday
October 2018 10 Wednesday
20 Saturday
24 Wednesday
November 2018 7 Wednesday
17 Saturday
Orvis 1 Day School
Per Student
• Rods, reels, flies and tackle provided free of charge
• Lunch and drinks provided

• 4 students per instructor max

•15% Gear Discounts Available for Students Good for 1 Week From Class Date

•Discounted Nightly Rates at Hotel Madison for Students