If you’re looking to make the leap into the often complex world of fly fishing this Spring but not quite sure where to start, check out this amazing learning opportunity offered free of charge by the venerable, Vermont-based Orvis fly fishing company.
Every spring and summer at Orvis stores across the country people who have never even held a rod become novice fly anglers during a free course known as FF101.
Sav Sankaran is the fishing manager at Orvis Asheville, which will be hosting its first FF101 class tomorrow. He says FF101 is a great way fom new and would-be anglers to further familiarize themselves with the ins and outs of fly fishing.
“It’s a free, family-friendly introduction to fly fishing,” Sav said. “The class usually runs about two and a half hours and consists of basic fly casting instruction, as well a rigging portion that covers gear, knots, flies, etc.”
Participants who complete the FF101 course and want to take their newfound knowledge to the water can go on to participate in FF201, which includes a short outing on local water.
“As a company, we have put thousands of people on the water through this program since its inception several years ago, and it is one the best parts of my job,” Sav said. “I love getting people introduced to fly fishing and watching as they get excited about the sport that we all love so much!”
FF101 courses will be held throughout the months of April, May, and June. All participants will walk away with some exclusive offers on Orvis gear and a complimentary membership to Trout Unlimited.
To find an Orvis FF101 class near you just visit the FF101 website and click on your state.