Orvis Michigan Fly Fishing Schools

Overlooking beautiful Lake Michigan, the Orvis Michigan Fly Fishing Schools combine northwoods beauty and classic elegance at The Homestead. After matching the hatch on Michigan’s famed Manistee, Boardman, or Platte rivers, you can choose to relax at the beach, play some golf or tennis, The Homestead Beach Club Freighter 5x7or explore the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park. Only minutes from downtown Traverse City, The Homestead is home to the Dave Pelz Scoring Game as well. Our one and two day schools include wading the famous Boardman River where the Adams fly was invented. Miles of streams are available after class, or take in the sun on the Resort’s private Lake Michigan beachfront.

Schools utilize private trout ponds and classrooms, as well as serene stretches of the Boardman River only a few minutes away. Orvis Michigan is designed to introduce the intricacies of fly fishing to an absolute novice, but even experienced fly anglers will find personal and advanced instruction tailored to their level of experience. From knots to entomology, casting to tackle, the instructors at Orvis Michigan will fully prepare you to step into the stream.

 

At Orvis Michigan you’ll learn:Josh school image

– Casting techniques

– Proper fly selection

– Essential knots

– How to play, land and safely release fish

– How to choose your gear and tackle

– How to read the water

– Stream entomology

– Personal video analysis of your casting, &        more!

 

One of the attractions of the Orvis Michigan Fly Fishing School is the variety of rivers that surround the resort. While the Manistee River’s “flies only” water lures most of our float and wade trip anglers, the Boardman River and public access is only minutes away. (Note: The famous Adams fly was invented on the Boardman River in nearby Mayfield, Michigan.) The Manistee is nearly a mirror image of its sister river, the AuSable River. Miles of easily waded gravel and sand bottom and easy access makes the Manistee River the river of choice to set out on your own. The river is approximately thirty to sixty feet across in most stretches and boasts prolific hatches. While the Boardman River is a little narrower (twenty to forty feet across in the upper reaches) it too has open stretches that are especially inviting for the novice angler. Both rivers have easy public access, are two to four feet in depth, and are only twenty to BOARDMAN BEAUTY2thirty minutes from the shop. Spring runs of steelhead and fall runs of Chinook and Coho salmon crowd the pristine Crystal River which runs directly through The Homestead and can be waded by Resort guests.

Streamside Orvis in downtown Traverse City and Orvis Michigan Fly Fishing School at The Homestead both have easy to follow maps to the river and can offer timely information regarding hatches and conditions.

Early season angling students in April and May will find good hatches of black caddis, Hendricksons and early black stoneflies. Wild trout feed on these early hatches once waters warm into the low 50’s. While weather can be cold and water is a little high, some Spring days can be surprisingly warm and our waters lower and clear quickly each Spring. April and early May temperatures average in the low 50’s but can reach mid 60’s on a good day. By mid and late May the temperatures are consistently warm and we start seeing good numbers of Hendricksons, caddis and the start of the sulfur mayflies. June begins with sulfur mayflies that hatch in the early evening and ends with brown drakes and the famous “Hex” hatch that comes off at sunset and into the darkness. These hatches can move fish as large as 30 inches! July begins with the “Hex” hatch (i.e. hexagenia limbata”) and finishes with the best weather of the year and the start of terrestrial season. Hoppers, beetles, ants, etc. dominate the trout’s diet for the next month and a half. As we approach September and cooler weather, we turn our attention to streamer fishing and tiny blue wing olive mayflies. Certainly, there is always a challenging and exciting variety of insects and conditions on the many watersheds that surround Traverse City and The Homestead.

 

Brown trout, rainbow trout and brook trout are found in these waters. These are wild trout that reproduce naturally and thrive with the help of Trout Unlimited, the Boardman River Restoration Project, Conservation Resource Alliance and other active organizations that protect the unique cold water resource around the Traverse City region. While hatches of caddis and some mayfly hatches Dave Bug school imageoccur at various times of the day all summer long, the late night hatches are most desirable because they draw more of the large nocturnal feeding brown trout. Manistee and Boardman River trout average 10 to 15 inches, but the hatches raise the average size to 12 to 16 inches. Certainly, it is common to have fish in the 16 to 20 inch size feed aggressively while these hatches and spinner falls are occurring. Downstream on the lower Manistee River, late August turns the guides’ attention to Lake Michigan coho and Chinook salmon. This migration of large fish culminates in October with a fall run of steelhead. Steelhead fishing continues all winter and peaks with the huge Spring run of steelhead in March and April. These enormous 8 to 15 pound lake-run rainbow trout draw anglers from around the world. Guides utilize traditional sink tip, indicator, nymphing and “chuck and duck” methods to land these silvery sticks of dynamite. Guides also float and wade the Betsie and Platte Rivers for salmon and steelhead. Farther south and earlier in the runs, our guides float the Muskegon and Pere Marquette Rivers. Streamside Orvis can guide you and your guests or clients on more water and for more of the season than any other outfitter.

 

Fishing our local rivers does not require a boat. However, guides are available for full day and half day float and wade trips on the Manistee and Boardman Rivers. Or take a private lesson to review the finer points of fly casting and fly angling. Instructors and guides are available all summer long. Because some hatches attract more anglers than others, we recommend that you book a guide early if you want the float the better hatches after the school.

 

Orvis Michigan students and Streamside guided anglers enjoy SPECIAL RATES at the luxurious Homestead Resort.

One Day Schools

Your day will begin in Traverse City at Orvis Streamside. Lectures on tackle, aquatic entomology, fly selection, and knots compliment the finest fly casting instruction in the industry. Your day will culminate on the Boardman River south of Traverse with demonstrations of fishing dry flies, nymphs, and streamers. Then… you’ll wade and fish the Boardman River with supervision for the rest of the afternoon. One day schools include course materials, use of all tackle, lunch, and licenses. Transportation is not included. The only school better than an Orvis One Day School is our famous Two Day School curriculum.

ONE DAY SCHOOLS ARE HELD IN TRAVERSE CITY AND ON THE BOARDMAN RIVER.

One Day School $279.00 per person. Special pricing for accommodations for Orvis participants is available at The Homestead

Sign-up For 1-Day School

Or call (231) 933-9300

 

Two Day Schools

Lectures on tackle, aquatic entomology, fly selection, and knots compliment the finest fly casting instruction in the industry. Your first day at the Homestead Resort’s Stoneybrook Lodge will culminate on the school’s private trout pond at The Homestead just minutes from Traverse City (approximately 30 miles from the resort). Sunday’s class will begin in our classroom in our Traverse City classroom at the Orvis store putting us closer to the beautiful Boardman River where after lunch you will spend the rest of the day wading the river and fishing for wild brook and brown trout. Two day schools include course materials, use of all tackle including waders, lunch, and licenses. Transportation is not included.

TWO DAY SCHOOLS BEGIN WITH CLASS AT THE HOMESTEAD RESORT IN GLEN ARBOR. THE SECOND DAY OF CLASS BEGINS IN TRAVERSE CITY AT ORVIS STREAMSIDE AND CULMINATES WITH FISHING ON THE BOARDMAN RIVER.

Two Day School $489.00 per person. Special pricing for accommodations for Orvis participants is available at The Homestead

Sign-up For 2-Day School

Or call (231) 933-9300

 

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Book A School…

Call (231) 933-9300

 

STUDENT REVIEWS:

 

Overall Rating: 5.0/5

 

(17 of 17 reviews would recommend this school)

 

“Great Staff”

Spent two days learning what I don’t know about fly fishing. One thing the staff kept mentioning was no matter how much you know you can never know everything. I had so much fun and met some of the very best people as students and instructors.

Yes,
I recommend this product.

 

“Absolutely the Best”

My goal for attending this class was to leave proficient enough at fly casting that I could actually catch fish with a fly rod instead of sticking the fly in my back. Mission accomplished. The lead instructor and his two assistants were very knowledgeable and patient making it very easy to understand the concepts and actually apply them. I would recommend this to anyone interested in fly fishing. Had I done this before I tried learning on my own I am sure I could have saved myself hours of frustration.

Yes,
I recommend this product.

 

“Loved It!”

I attended the two-day class during Labor Day Weekend 2015. The instruction was fantastic, with a great mix of classroom and in-stream work. Our guide was really gifted at being able to answer questions based on the experience level of the student, and also at adjusting his teaching style to what worked best for each individual.

The environment – whether in the classroom, at the Orvis shop, or in the stream – was always relaxed and positive.

After class, I only made it out in my home water one more time before the season closed, but I had my best day ever, by far! Now, I’m not claiming that my skills doubled over those two days, but I’ll tell you this: my confidence did! The instruction was very thorough, so I do feel like a learned a lot. More than that though, I’m a novice; every time I had fished previously, dozens of questions raced through my mind about choices of fly, tippet, where I was standing, where I was casting… Having someone walk me through every aspect of it – and then actually go out on the stream and do it – that was worth every penny. Plus, it was a lot of fun! I would highly recommend the school to anyone

Yes,
I recommend this product.

 

 

Overall Rating: 

5/5 *****

“Great instruction,”
August 18, 2015
By:
Kevinextreme
from Indiana
Jim Craig did a great job at breaking down the fundamentals of casting so that everyone could understand them. He even had great patience for working through some crazy wind knots. Dave and Kelly were very accommodating making sure everyone had what they needed and all their questions answered. I would highly recommend this school for anyone wanting to get into fly fishing without all the bad habits.

Overall Rating: 

5/5 *****

“Top Notch,”

August 19, 2014

By:

BarArby

from Lansing, Mi

“I’d like to start by stating “I was not a fly guy”. I worked many years as a trip coordinator for an outdoor production company. I dealt with many A+ outfitters all around the world from Jaco to Ciaro. The attention and enthusiasm I received from our guide was among the best in the World. I have now grown into a “river rat” and I blame Michael every weekend I leave to “slay some trout”!! I would recommend Streamside to any level flier. Two thumbs up! Thanks again for burning a passion!”

 

Overall Rating: 

5/5 *****

“Great Introduction to FF,”

May 17, 2014

By:

TorchLakeTom

from Torch Lake, MI

“Instructors Mike and Greg were very articulate instructors and clearly passionate about fly fishing. I was a total novice to the sport before the class. I HIGHLY recommend buying and reading Tom Rosenbauer’s “The Orvis Fly-fishing Guide” before taking the course. The Homestead is a terrific location with some phenomenal restaurants very close by. I live nearby and will definitely be hiring these guys as guides as I get to learn the local rivers.”

 

Overall Rating: 

5/5 ***** 

“couldn’t B better,”

October 15, 2013

By:

farmal

from Glen Arbor MI

“I had done a “little” FF in the past and decided to get serious. This was the right school to do that. All instructor, Dave, Jim and Craig were very helpful to keep me on the right track and practice what I had learned. Their knowledge is superior . This school(Glen Arbor) is a must for anyone thinking of trying FF. I have already recommended the school and Dave to serveral friends and have no reservations in doing so.”

 

Overall Rating: 

5/5 *****

June 16, 2013

By:

JonnyG

“I just completed the two day fly fishing school with Streamside Orvis in Traverse City, Michigan. I had an amazing time! Dave is a wonderful instructor. He is so passionate about the sport and so patient with his students. He took great care in teaching me not only the basics – about which I feel MUCH more comfortable now – but also the particularized techniques he judged that I need for the type of fly fishing travel I intend to do and my particular skill set. The curriculum was great, the lessons learned were great, and the care Dave and his staff took with my class was great. I absolutely recommend the experience – I have been dinking around for months with fly fishing, unsuccessfully, and finally feel like I have a future in this sport!”

 

Overall Rating: 

5/5 *****

“Great Experience!,”

May 28, 2013

By:

Jaynkay

“Just returned from the two day fly fishing school in Glen Arbor, MI.

I highly recommend this school to anyone. Dave and Jim are truly passionate about fly fishing and their passion is contagious. The instruction is well organised and there is alot of indivdual attention. If I were doing this again the only thing I would change would be to add a few days of guided fishing after the School. The Glen Arbor, Traverse City area is a beautiful vibrant area with great trout streams and also plenty to do -great restaurants, wineries and micro- breweries to visit when you get off the river. This would make a great vacation.”

 

Overall Rating: 

5/5 ***** 

“What’s Hatching Dude?,”

May 7, 2013

By:

CharminCharlie

from Michigan

“My wife and I participated in the 2 day school offered by Streamside Orvis and we could not have been more pleased. Dave and Jim are obsessed with Fly Fishing and it is contagious! They stuck to the basics and gave us just enough to be informative yet fun. Even if you never wet a line on your own you will enjoy this school and the beautiful Northern Michigan location. CharminCharlie”

 

Overall Rating: 

5/5 ***** 

“Fun, Outstanding Instruction,”

May 6, 2013

 

By:

TVCFly

“I have wanted to learn how to fly fish for over two years. Due to a busy schedule and true lack of confidence in what I was doing out there, I hadn’t given the sport any time or energy. That all changed last weekend when I took the 2 day course through Streamside Orvis In Traverse City. The instructors are fantastic in all aspects and will equip you with the tools and the know-how to develop your new hobby or to tweak your current skillset. Most importantly, you will leave with the confidence to go out and attempt to master this complex sport. The equipment is great, the surroundings are beautiful, and if nothing else, it is a great vacation experience (even if you’re a local). Thanks to Dave, Jim, and Kelly for all that you’ve done!”

 

Overall Rating: 

5/5 ***** 

“Great Instructor/Great Time,”

September 5, 2012

By:

TwinBranchSteelheader

from Northern Indiana

“Just completed the Flyfishing School at Traverse City, Mi, 25-26 Aug 12. Great time, and only 3 in class. Lots of personal attention and correction when needed. It was well worth the time and money spent. Nice area at Sleeping Bear, Homestead Resort was great also. Plan to go up again for Steelhead and Salmon with reccomended guide. Orvis fly shop very helpfull in selection rod/reel package for the Steelhead. Thanks everyone. Jeff”

 

Overall Rating:

5/5 ***** 

“Never Too Old To Learn,”

September 9, 2009

By:

Doug

 

“When I was in my 20s and 30s I thoroughly enjoyed fly fishing. For whatever reason, I laid my stick down. Now in retirement, I am again enjoying the sport immensely. I have been considering taking the Orvis fly fishing course in Glen Arbor for several years now. I knew that I needed additional help to refine my casting technique. Proper knot selection, knot tying, and entomology were also not my strongest “suits”. This past Thursday I conducted a live chat with Orvis, and Dan was able to get me registered for the class that started on Saturday in Glen Arbor.

 

Overall Rating: 

5/5 ***** 

“Never Too Old To Learn,”

September 9, 2009

By:

Doug

“When I was in my 20s and 30s I thoroughly enjoyed fly fishing. For whatever reason, I laid my stick down. Now in retirement, I am again enjoying the sport immensely. I have been considering taking the Orvis fly fishing course in Glen Arbor for several years now. I knew that I needed additional help to refine my casting technique. Proper knot selection, knot tying, and entomology were also not my strongest “suits”. This past Thursday I conducted a live chat with Orvis, and Dan was able to get me registered for the class that started on Saturday in Glen Arbor.

The Homestead is the perfect resort for conducting such a class. The surroundings, as well as all presentations, were very professional. The teacher to student ratio was low. Every question that I had going into the class was answered. Casey made the class easy to understand, and it was fun to learn. There is no way that I would have been able to “grow into” the sport more effectively or more rapidly than by taking this class. Dave (at Orvis Streamside in Traverse City) is a most gracious host and will do all within his power to make sure that your needs are fully met.

My only regret is that I waited so long to take the class.

Dave – Casey: Thank you!

 

Overall Rating: 

5/5 ***** 

“Great!,”

June 2, 2009

By:

WalledLake

Reviewer Images

“What a wonderful two days.

Casey, Greg, and Mike were very patient and

focused on making sure we were improving our skills and knowledge as we progressed over our two day learning adventure.

Dave, as always. is very entertaining.

We are looking forward to our next “guided” adventure

in beautiful Northern Michigan.”

 

Overall Rating: 

5/5 ***** 

“Fly Fishing School 1st class of 2008,”

April 30, 2008

By:

Kenneth4

from kalamazoo, Michigan

“I very much enjoyed the school given by Dave and Casey of Orvis in Traverse City Michigan. They had a great understanding of the sport of fly fishing and were able to easily communicate and teach the basics of fly fishing to the group. They were entertaining, catering, and overall professional in their instruction. I am certain this gave me a good fundamental base to the sport. I look forward to bugging them in the future for great spots to fish in the area and for continuing advice on products and techniques as my skills improve. I would not hesitate in the least to recommend their course. Good fishing my friends.”

 

Overall Rating: 

5/5 ***** 

Fly Fishing School,

November 20, 2007

By:

Anonymous

“The fly fishing school (2 day) program is outstanding… add to that a great resort to stay at The Homestead Resort, Glen Arobot Michigan, it doesn’t get much better..”