The Tackle Shop has been named The Orvis' 2017 Outfitter of the Year!

Fly Fishing Instruction

Have you ever wondered "How in the world do I ever get started fly fishing?" or said to yourself, "I just can't seem to catch on to the tricks of catching trout"?  If so, The Tackle Shop fly fishing school may be just the answer.  We are focused on fly fishing for trout and teaching you the skills you need to become a successful fly fisherman.  

We have a very different philosophy on the best way for you to become a better fly fisherman. If you are trying to learn the sport of fly fishing or improve your skill set, the traditional school setting is not the best way to use your time.  We think your time is valuable and should be spent building on your current knowledge base and skill set, not the most novice fisherman of the group.

Our fly fishing school is a very focused and individualized approach. We will have no more than 2 fishermen per instructor and will begin at your current level and advance you as far as possible with the time allowed.  We won't take your time with tasks you already know and skills you have already mastered.  We will focus on the skills that will make you more successful.

Our team of instructors are knowledgeable and experienced fly fishing instructors. They provide a great learning environment and give you the tools you need to become an accomplished fly fisherman. Due to the skills required, we have chosen only a few instructors whom we feel are qualified for this level of individual instruction.  Their availability is limited and advanced booking is mandatory.

Private Fly Fishing Instruction

You will begin by meeting with your instructor, to establish your current knowledge base and skill set, and begin your learning adventure.  We will cover tackle, entomology, basic knot tying, casting, fly selection, reading the water, presentation, and handling you catch.  Your instruction will include lunch, drinks, and transportation.  You will be responsible for all terminal tackle and your license.

Tailor your instruction to meet your desired outcome by choosing from the following options

Single Day Fly Fishing School

You can expect that the single day instruction will get you through the basics of tackle, entomology, knot tying, and casting. Most commonly, we will spend the afternoon on the water fishing. The single day instruction will give you the foundation you need to get started or move you to the next level of your fly fishing expertise.

Two Day Fly Fishing School

This option is a more complete approach and will return you increased benefits for your time invested. After covering the basics on day one we will get down to refining your fly fishing skills.  The second day will be spent on the water learning fly selection, presentation, and more advanced fishing techniques. We recommend the two day instruction as the best and most complete learning experience.

Add an additional day and take a guided float trip on the Madison River to use your new skills and enjoy fishing from the perspective of a drift boat.

Contact Us to discuss which options best fit your needs.

Fly Fishing 101

We believe your first cast with a fly rod should not come with a price tag.  We have partnered with Orvis to do our Fly fishing 101 classes three days a week.   In this three hour class you will learn the basics of fly casting from our Orvis Endorsed Guides, knot tying and basic fly selection all for free.  We run our FF101 classes every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday starting at 10:00 am at the store.   No reservations are necessary but for larger groups please let us know.   If you can not make one of our FF101 courses just give us a call and we can set up a private class just for your group. Again all free of charge.   

2019 Fly Fishing School Pricing and Policy


Single Day Instruction -1 or 2 anglers: $525.00
Two Day Instruction -1 or 2 anglers: $1100.00
Add third day float trip -1or 2 anglers: $550.00

Fly Fishing 101---FREE

** Availability restricted, book early.

Booking and Cancellation Policy

Booking and Cancellation Policy

At the time of booking we require a $150.00 non-refundable deposit. We will charge your credit card at the time of booking for the initial $150.00 deposit and hold your credit card number on file to be used to complete the transaction at the time the remainder is due. The Balance is due the day of your trip.

Cancellation more than 14 days prior to the first day of your trip will relieve you of any obligation to pay the remaining amount and your trip will be canceled. Cancellation of your trip within 14 days prior to the first day of your trip is non-refundable. At the sole option of The Tackle Shop, and in extreme circumstances, your payment may result in the application of your payment to a rescheduled day(s) or refund of all or part of the amount.

Tips and Gratuities

Trip prices do not include tips or gratuities for the instructor. Our instructors work hard and provide excellent service and tips are appreciated.