Half Day On The Stream Fly Fishing Lessons

Learn to Fly Fish--Half Day On The Stream Fly Fishing Lessons

A number of years ago we started our Half Day Fly Fishing Lessons to take students on the Shenandoah River and fish for smallmouth bass with a basic crash course on fly fishing. These lessons are comparable to the Orvis Fly Fishing 201 Schools.

Orvis Fly Fishing 201 School

Have you ever wanted to learn how to fly fish but don't have the equipment or a lot of time?  Or maybe you  just want to try something new and don't know where to start.  Whatever your reason, we can help you learn how to fly fish.

Our Half Day On The Stream Fly Fishing Lessons include one of our professional guides teaching you a basic crash course on casting properly with a fly rod, how to read the stream and how to fish nymphs, streamers, and topwater flies.  All of the instruction is held on the Shenandoah River and not in a classroom so you are getting plenty of hands on experience.

How does it work?
You will meet our guide/instructor at our fly shop at 9 a.m. on the date of your lesson for a meet and greet session where the guide will go over some productive flies for the day.  If you need a Virginia freshwater fishing license you may also purchase that at the fly shop that morning. (Please arrive 15 minutes early if you need a license.)  After the meet and greet session you will follow our guide to the Shenandoah River for a casting lesson that is held on the stream side.  After the casting lesson you will enter the river and proceed with the On The Stream instruction.  All fly fishing lessons end at 1 p.m.

What is provided?
We provide the fly rod and fly reel outfit for you to use for the lesson plus the fly fishing instruction.  If you have your own fly rod and reel outfit then you are welcome to use your own or if you would like to purchase an outfit to use for the day we have many options to fit your budget.

What is not provided?

  • We do not provide waders or wading gear.  We normally conduct these lessons in the summer time (mid-June to August) when the water is warm enough to wade wet (wading shoes).  However if you are taking a lesson in early June or in September then we do recommend chest high waders.  Hip boots are not adequate for wading in the Shenandoah River.  We strongly encourage wearing hard sole fishing boots.  We do not recommend open toed sandals, flip flops, aqua socks or kayak style booties.  Long pants are recommended but not required for wading the Shenandoah River.  
  • We do not provide flies for the lesson.  You can either bring your own or our instructor will be happy to make suggestions the morning of your lesson based on the water conditions and what is working best at that time of the year. 
  • We do not provide food or drinks.  We do encourage you to bring bottled water and snacks.
  • We do not provide transportation.  You will be responsible for providing your transportation for the lesson.
  • We do not provide a fishing license.  You can either get a fishing license at the fly shop (please arrive 15 minutes early) or online at gooutdoorsvirginia.com

We take 1 to 4 students per 1 instructor for our Half Day Fly Fishing Lessons. 

Cost $98 per person

Recommended Age is 14 year and older.  If the student is under the age of 16 we require an adult to attend with the student.

Half Day Fly Fishing Lesson on the Shenandoah River        Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Lessons    

2020 DATES

These schools have concluded for 2019. We will have our 2020 schools listed by March 2020.  Please check back.

9a.m. to 1p.m. Lessons/ $98 per person

Cancellation Policy on Half Day Fly Fishing Lessons--If you cancel 30 days before the date of your school, a full refund is issued. With any shorter notice, your refund will be issued through a gift certificate from our fly shop.


Other Ways to Learn to Fly Fish

Mountain Trout
Bass Schools
 Guide Trips Fly Fishing


Visit our fly shop at:
121 S. Main St, (P.O. Box 156), Edinburg VA 22824
or call 540-984-4212 for more information