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Introduction to Fly Fishing

May 20, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - May 22, 2022 @ 5:00 pm

Shrine Mont has teamed up with Orkney Springs Outfitters to offer an immersive introduction to Fly Fishing weekend course designed to teach students about the intricacies of fly fishing.

There will be two separate packages offered to give you the best experience possible.

Package 1 will start off with basic introduction to Fly Fishing with our guides giving and overview of the necessary equipment, casting, a fly tying demonstration on Friday.  Saturday will offer fly-casting practice on Shrine Mont’s recently stocked pond with instruction and tips.  On Sunday up to 8 guests will travel to the South River with four guides to spend the day fishing.  You must be able to climb steep riverbanks & physically stand in a moving river.

Package 2 will include the same activities and instruction as Package 1 on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday up to 10 guests will have an opportunity to stay and enjoy Shrine Mont’s hospitality for another day and fish in the Shrine Mont pond with the knowledge that they can take any trout they catch home with them.

Click HERE to download a tentative schedule.

Lodging and meals are included in the package.

About the instructors:

David Clark learned to tie flies at the age of 12, selling them to the old anglers at Columbia Fish & Game in Lancaster Pennsylvania. He finally learned to fly fish at the age of 15 with the help of a local fly shop owner. After several trips to New Mexico, Colorado, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and West Virginia over the next several decades, David decided to immerse himself in the craft by dedicating 110 days during the 2020-2021 fly fishing season to study many of the fly-fishing destinations here in Virginia and the fly patterns they support. Armed with this knowledge – and private access water – he started Orkney Springs Outfitters for both beginners and advanced practitioners.

Ryan Ross is a combat veteran, native to Shenandoah County and an avid outdoorsman.  His military service allowed him to travel around the country including out West, where he honed his fishing, guiding and teaching skills. He eventually came back to his home waters where he lives with his wife and three sons. Mr. Ross owns a local fly shop in Bryce, VA offering local fly-fishing guide services.

Phillip Kauffman is a Marine Veteran and the owner of Bull Mountain Guides out of Highland County Virginia. Mr. Kauffman started his guiding career in 2017 after going to the Gallatin River Guide School in Bozeman, MT where he continues his passion as a volunteer with Warriors and Quiet Waters. Through this organization, he and his wife – who is also an avid fly angler – help recovering Veterans by taking them fly fishing. Phillip enjoys teaching clients to fly-fish as much as he does catching fish on a fly rod.

Forest Black was born and raised in the Shenandoah Valley. He has always had a love for the outdoors, especially when it comes to hunting and fishing. He was taught at a young age how to fly fish by his dad and has exclusively fly fished since. Forest is eager to share the love of his craft with others. When he is not fishing he can found bird hunting with his lab Tripp, tying flies with feathers from birds he harvests, hiking mountain trails, or floating the rivers with his raft.

Click HERE for more information about Orkney Springs Outfitters.

Waders/Boots required, rods can be rented for $25

RATES (Include two night’s lodging, meals and instruction)

Package 1

Double Occupancy: $559 per person
Single Occupancy: $599 per person

Package 2

Double Occupancy: $359 per person
Single Occupancy: $399 per person

Rod Rental: $25

Click HERE for a directions to Shrine Mont (Shrine Mont discourages the use of GPS or mapping software).


Click HERE to see Shrine Mont’s cancellation policy.


May 20, 2022 @ 12:00 pm
May 22, 2022 @ 5:00 pm


Shrine Mont
217 Shrine Mont Circle
Orkney Springs, VA 22845 United States