Mountain Trout On-The-Stream Fly Fishing School in Shenandoah National Park
Learn to Fly Fish - Mountain Trout On The Stream Fly Fishing School
Learn to Fly Fish in our Mountain Trout On-the-Stream Fly Fishing School. Virginia Native Brook Trout two hours from Washington, D.C and under two hours from the Capital Beltway.
Since 1962 Harry Murray has honed these on the stream schools to what we feel are the most informative fly fishing lessons available anywhere.
We conduct these Mountain Trout On-the-Stream Fly Fishing Schools at Grave's Mountain Lodge in Syria, Virginia (which is approximately 40 miles east of our fly shop). Each day begins at 9a.m. with a presentation at Grave's Mountain Lodge then we drive to a Native Brook Trout stream high in the Blue Ridge Mountains for the one-on-one on the stream instruction of learning to fly fish. School concludes at 5:00p.m.
Once on the river our knowledgeable and patient instructors will work with you one on one to improve your fly fishing skills, tactics and techniques. We customize the On-The-Stream Fly Fishing portion of these schools to meet your specific needs. These schools will provide you with the most comprehensive fly fishing experience available in the world's greatest classroom, the great outdoors. You will leave with a solid understanding of how to fish small mountain streams for native brook trout in the Shenandoah National Park and trout in small streams around the world. You will learn, or brush up on, casting, presentation, fly fishing equipment selection (fly rod, fly reel, fly lines, flies, wading gear), knot tying, reading the water, entomology and all aspects of fly fishing for trout in small streams. We spend the majority of the time on the stream to maximize your individual learning experience so come prepared to wade in the stream and fish. Looking for a good book to read on the Shenandoah National Park? My book Trout Fishing in the Shenandoah National Park is the official book for the Park.
We provide high quality fly rod and fly reel outfits for you to use during these schools along with fly fishing instruction. We have put together several fly rod outfits for those wishing to purchase their own fly fishing outfit to use in the school.
We do not provide lodging, wading gear, and flies.
What You Need to Bring:
- Virginia Freshwater Fishing License (available at our fly shop) or online at gooutdoorsvirginia.com
- Chest High Waders or Hip Boots
- Change of clothes, raincoat, warm jacket
- Packed Lunch, Water
- Sunscreen, Bug Repellent, Camera (Optional)
- You may purchase flies, leaders, fly boxes and other gadgets at the school if needed or you may bring your own with you.
You will need to provide your own transportation. The road into the Rapidan is rough so bring an appropriate vehicle (one that has slightly more than average clearance such as an SUV, Pickup Truck, Subaru Outback, etc). Please make sure your car has at least half tank of gas before arriving as there is no place to stop for gas in the Syria area.
A detailed information sheet (where to meet, what to bring, places to stay, etc.) will be emailed to you upon registration.
To maximize the learning experience, we maintain a ratio of 5 students to one instructor. Cost $196.00/per person.
Advanced Trout Fly Fishing Schools
Have you been fly fishing for a while and want to improve your Brook Trout Fly Fishing Techniques? Are you an avid angler who wants help figuring out the small brook trout streams? Trying to figure out the subtleties of nymph fishing? How about identifying insects both in the water and out? In the Advanced Fly Fishing Schools for trout we will cover techniques, tactics, flies and equipment both in the classroom and on the stream. You will learn the methods we find most productive for catching spooky trout in low water. These classes are conducted in the Shenandoah National Park but the techniques carry over to just above every trout fishing situation you can encounter.
(meeting at Grave's Mountain Lodge)
These schools have concluded for 2019. Please check back for 2020 dates. We should have them posted by November 2019.
Many factors are beyond our control such as: heat, cold, rain, briars, tall grass, poison ivy, slippery rocks, ticks, mosquitos, etc. These schools involve moving around in the water and along the stream. Please come prepared to spend the day outside.
- We strongly encourage wearing hard sole fishing boots and waders from April through mid-June.
- We strongly encourage wearing hard sole fishing boots when wet wading. We do not recommend open toed sandals, flip flops, aqua socks or kayak style booties.
- Long pants are recommended when wading wet since they will provide some protection from ticks, mosquitoes, briars, grass, poison ivy, etc.
- A wading staff is strongly recommended to anyone unfamiliar with wading in the streams and rivers of Virginia.
Activity on the stream is roughly equal to walking up 8 flights of stairs over 10 minutes. Please make an honest assessment of your abilities.
Had a great day with Jeff @ trout school...Dave
The class was great...Mac
We truly enjoyed the day with Jeff and learned a lot about fly fishing in our beautiful Virginia parks...Deborah
It was a fantastic day and Jeff was the best...Charles
Jeff is the best - he knows the waters and the art of fly fishing and helps make it all connect together. I look forward to visiting the shop when I have a chance....Jay
I had an absolutely amazing time last week and learned so much. I also caught more trout in one day than I’ve caught in the past two years combined! Jeff is a phenomenal guide and teacher. His instruction and guidance really made a difference for me. Thank you all again!...Dan
We had a great time, Jeff is an awesome teacher, so please pass on our thanks...already looking forward to the next time we can get out to the Park!...Ryan
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Visit our fly shop at:
121 S. Main St, (P.O. Box 156), Edinburg VA 22824
or call us at 540-984-4212 for more information