Learn to Fly Fish in our Mountain Trout On-the-Stream Fly Fishing School. Since 1962 Harry Murray has honed these on the stream schools to what we feel are the most informative anyone can spend learning to fly fish.
We conduct these Mountain Trout On-the-Stream Fly Fishing Schools at Graves Mountain Lodge in Syria, Virginia (which is approximately 40 miles east of our fly shop). Each day begins with a presentation at Graves Mountain Lodge then we drive to a Native Brook Trout stream high in the Blue Ridge Mountains for one on one On-the-Stream instruction and learning to Fly Fish.
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 and desires. These schools will provide you with the most comprehensive fly fishing learning experience available in the world's greatest classroom, the great outdoors. You will leave with a solid understanding on 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 line |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.
We provide high quality Fly Rods/ Fly Reels for you to use during these schools. We have Specially Priced Fly Rod Outfits for those wishing to purchase their own fly fishing outfit. (Lodging, Wading Gear & Flies are not included.)
We take 5 students in each school with one instructor. Cost $196.00/per person
What to bring: Virginia Freshwater Fishing License (available at our fly shop), Change of Clothes, Raincoat, Camera, Lunch, Water, Warm Jacket, Sunscreen, Bug Repellent, Waders/ Wading Shoes (We do not provide waders/wading shoes).
Advanced Trout Fly Fishing Schools
Have you been fly fishing for a while and want to improve on 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 about every trout fishing situation you can encounter.
Please see school disclaimer below for more information on recommended items.
A detailed information sheet (where to meet, what to bring, places to stay, etc.) will be emailed to you upon registration.
We take 5 students in each school with one instructor. Cost of school: $196.00 per person
On-the-Stream Schools and lessons are conducted on the stream/ river. Our goal is to ensure you have the best experience possible. 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 briars, grass and poison ivy, etc. A wading staff is strongly recommended to anyone unfamiliar with wading in the streams and rivers of the Shenandoah Valley. Activity on the stream is roughly equal to walking up 8 flights of stairs over 15 minutes. Please make an honest assessment of your abilities. Should you find this difficult, please give us a call (540-984-4212) to discuss the best option to ensure a good experience learning to fly fish.
Cancellation Policy on Mountain Trout Schools-- If you cancel 60 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 less a $50 cancellation fee.