Fly Fishing 101

A group of people learning to cast around a pond
A fish logo: online and in-store instruction

Learn to Fly Fish for Free

Our popular—and FREE—Fly Fishing 101 classes are a great way to introduce yourself to the world of fly fishing. Available in-store or online, these fun and engaging classes cover all the fundamentals, including rods and reels, rigging, essential knots, fly selection, and basic casting. When you’re ready for the next step, and once you’ve completed our Fly Fishing 101 class, you’re eligible to participate in our Fly Fishing 201 class, where you'll head out on local waters for the chance to catch your first fish on the fly!

And, as always, we’re here at your local Orvis retail store with the gear and guidance you need to make the most of every day out on the water.

Visit a Store Near You!

Find Orvis retail stores and other locations offering Fly Fishing 101 and 201 classes. Be sure to contact your local store for the exact times and dates of their classes, as well as any additional dates that store may be offering. Note: some stores may charge a small fee for FF201 (depending on the outing). Space is limited, so please RSVP to reserve your space!

A graphic map of the United States showing which states offer classes
A person holds a trout they just caught.

Free Trout Unlimited Membership

Each FF101 student will receive a free one-year Trout Unlimited Membership, a $35 value. Over the past 10 years, we’ve signed up over 10,000 new members with TU, whose mission is to conserve, protect, and restore North America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.

“Beware, you might get hooked. [The instructor] is a pro. The Zen Master of fly fishing. Great feedback. Great encouragement.”
—Fly Fishing 101 Student
A Orvis instructor talks with a beginner.

Fly Fishing 101

Watch our short video and see what our instructors and students are saying about our free and highly-recommended Fly Fishing 101 class.