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Hot Springs, Virginia 2-Day Fly Fishing School

If you're looking for a challenge set against a backdrop of captivating scenery, look no further than The Homestead Resort fly fishing school in Hot Springs. This sporting playground, with its natural hot springs and historical ambiance, has been luring visitors since the 18th century. Fly fishing classes are held on the Cascades Stream, a private trout stream accented by a series of breathtaking 20-foot waterfalls. Beginners and seasoned anglers alike will benefit from the professional instructors who cover everything from setting up your fly rod, to fly selection and knots, to how to safely release your catch.
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6 of 7(86%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Hot Springs, Virginia 2-Day Fly Fishing School
Review 1 for Hot Springs, Virginia 2-Day Fly Fishing School
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4 / 5
What a great place,
October 24, 2011
By: CLS1RICK
from Hot Springs, VA (The Homestead)
"Great instructors with a lot of knowledge. Mostly classrom instruction, but if you're a real beginner, it's excellent. All equipment is provided and we spent 3-4 hours casing on the lawn at the Homestead.
I'd add one more day to the class, strictly for fishing. We spent a total of 3 hours in the water at the end of day 2.
The Homestead is great and the staff is wonderful."
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Review 2 for Hot Springs, Virginia 2-Day Fly Fishing School
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A wet weekend in Virginia,
April 18, 2011
By: BritChris
from DC
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"When my wife chose my Christmas present (a weekend of fly fishing tuition with the Orvis guys at the Homestead) she didn't know it was going to be the wettest weekend of the year. Or, at least, I hope she didn't. Despite the rain, this was a brilliant course, and the teaching was of an exceptionally high standard. I had fly fished 10 or so times before, with varying degrees of failure, but this course ironed out plenty of mistakes, taught me a bundle, and has given me the enthusiasm and confidence to fish more.
First, the Orvis course content is very interesting and presented in an engaging way. It was very easy to understand and learn, especially with one on one tuition. But much more importantly than the content, it was the people who made this a really memorable weekend. We had Wit and James teach us, and I only have good things to say about both of them. Both are a credit both to the hotel and to Orvis (as indeed were the other guys we saw: Donald and another James). Knowledgeable, patient, amusing and skilled, they were both exceptional teachers.
Top quality weekend with top quality people. If you get the chance, go down and spend some time with them."
Review 3 for Hot Springs, Virginia 2-Day Fly Fishing School
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Outstanding & Professional,
August 16, 2010
By: Kiddgo
from Virginia
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"What can I say....the Homestead was beautiful and the 2 day Orvis fly fishing school was fantastic! Steve, our fly fishing guru and instructor, was extremely professional and very enthusiastic! Thanks for a great experience Steve!"
Review 4 for Hot Springs, Virginia 2-Day Fly Fishing School
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A very good idea,
June 8, 2010
By: TammyG
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"We stayed at the Homestead in June specifically to take the fly fishing school. Our instructors were Steve Demma, and James Deboe. Both were knowledgeable, patient, and amazing. I can not recommend the experience enough. I had been on fly fishing trips with guides before and caught fish, but after this class i feel confident in my abilities and competent and prepard to tackle fly fishing on my own. Jim in the fly shop was awesome too."
Review 5 for Hot Springs, Virginia 2-Day Fly Fishing School
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5 / 5
Everything we hoped for!,
April 20, 2010
By: Troutchaser
from Allentown PA
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"My two adult sons and I attended the Orvis class on April 17 & 18th, 2010. We learned a lot, had a great time, and my sons caught their first trout (and then some!) on a fly rod! Orvis provided everything, as well as two top notch instructors. Steve and James were our instructors and they were extremely knowledgeable, proficient, and patient. They also were experts at being able to communicate their knowledge and convey their skills in such a way that everyone learned and had fun in the process. It appeared that all students in attendance felt very comfortable with these gentlemen, and the student to instructor ratio was low, as it should be. After instruction, we fished in a quite pristeen stream in a beautiful area, and enjoyed the fruits of our learning. Thank you, Steve, and thank you, James. We would recommend this course at this location highly!"
Review 6 for Hot Springs, Virginia 2-Day Fly Fishing School
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Wonderful,
April 12, 2010
By: AnnMarie
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"Steve, was excellent! Would definitely recommend this to friends and have already. I've learned so much in a short period of time. I can't wait to put all that I have learned into practice."
Review 7 for Hot Springs, Virginia 2-Day Fly Fishing School
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5 / 5
Hooked for life,
November 2, 2007
By: yrrob
from Franklin, VA
"While staying at the homestead with my wife, I decided to take a fly fishing class with James DeBoe. The instruction was top-notch and I woudl recommend James to anybody. He is a very good teacher and patiently walked me through the basics of fly casting . We then moved to the stream and started fishing. We did not leave until he made sure I caught a Trout. I think I am hooked (pun intended) for life."