Ever see those Smoky Mountain pictures of people holding up huge trout in some secluded stream and wish that were you? Well, here’s your chance. If you’ve ever wanted to learn fly fishing from some of the most experienced anglers in the Smokies, from July through September, Orvis in Sevierville, TN is offering free fly fishing lessons through their retail store.
These free classes, Fly Fishing 101 and 201, are aimed at getting even more people introduced to the sport of fly fishing. These classes are a great way for families to interact with one another and make new friends in the area who also love fly fishing.
“The past two years’ success of Fly Fishing 101 is truly amazing and encouraging,” said Tom Rosenbauer, marketing director of The Orvis Company. “Based on the success of the program, we’ve been delighted to welcome many thousands of novice and advancing students to the joys of fly fishing through Fly Fishing 101 and 201. Our goal is to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to come learn more about the fascination of fly fishing. The classes are unique opportunities to enjoy a new sport and the success of the program speaks volumes to what folks are seeking in terms of healthy outdoor recreational activities for themselves and their families.”
Volunteers with Trout Unlimited and the Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) will lead the event and offer free memberships to their organization for attendees. Trout Unlimited and the FFF are two of the top organizations in the fly fishing world and offer unlimited resources to its members.
For those unfamiliar with the class, Fly Fishing 101 will consist of two parts – an hour of casting instruction followed by an hour of rigging instruction. The majority of participants are first time fly fishers, so focusing on the basic angling skills is the step in learning the sport. Fly Fishing 201 classes take the student out in the stream, and it’s a lower instructor/student ratio. There, students are helped along to the next step of fly fishing which is fly fishing in local streams and rivers – a great place to catch your first fish.
Upon completion of the course, each student will receive a $25 coupon off any purchase of $50 or more and other coupons good toward Orvis gear. Attendees will also receive a certificate for a
FREE Trout Unlimited membership and a FREE membership to the Federation of Fly Fishers—a $70 value. That’s a total package valuation at over $150.
To get started in fly fishing and to make it more accessible to start in the sport, participants will also receive discounted offers on a fishing lanyard with tools and a beginner’s rod outfit—all the basics needed to hit the water after the class.
Fly Fishing 101:
Saturdays: 7/14, 7/21, 7/28, 8/04, 8/11, 8/18, 8/25, 9/01, 9/08, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29.
Wednesdays: 7/18, 7/25, 8/01, 8/08, 8/15, 8/22, 8/29, 9/05, 9/12, 9/19, 9/26.
Fly Fishing 201:
The Orvis company was founded in 1856 and pioneered the mail order industry in the United States. Orvis currently operates more than 80 retail stores in the U.S. and the U.K. including its Flagship store in Manchester, VT; and maintains a network of over 400 dealers worldwide. Orvis donates five percent of pre-tax profits each year to protecting nature. You can read more about Orvis on their website at www.orvis.com.
Local Orvis Store
Orvis Company Store, Sevierville
136 Apple Valley Road, Sevierville, TN 37862
Kris Maurer, Manager
David Carson, Fishing Manager