Ultimate Fly Fishing School | Davidson River Outfitters
Ultimate Fly Fishing School | Davidson River Outfitters
Ultimate Fly Fishing School | Davidson River Outfitters


Join us at Davidson River Outfitters for an immersive fly fishing school designed by angling expert Kevin Howell. Our commitment to fostering angler success sets us apart, and our renowned expert, Kevin Howell, has crafted an immersive curriculum drawing from over 40 years of fly fishing expertise. From mastering the art of fly casting and gaining a deep understanding of entomology to honing multiple rigging techniques, participants will elevate their skills to become proficient trout anglers. This unique four-and-a-half-day school encompasses comprehensive sessions on wade fishing and drift boat/raft techniques, ensuring anglers are well-versed in diverse environments.

What truly distinguishes our program is the partnership with Deerwoode Reserve, which provides an idyllic setting at the Coyote Lodge for learning and relaxation. Kevin's carefully designed school features a low student-to-teacher ratio, guaranteeing individualized attention and success on the water. As a highlight, participants will enjoy guided wade fishing on Wednesday and a thrilling float fishing experience on Thursday, expertly guided by DRO guides. The emphasis is on catching fish and understanding and applying the acquired knowledge. Graduates will leave with comprehensive materials covering all aspects of the school, serving as a valuable reference for their ongoing fly fishing journey.

Call Us to Book The Ultimate Fly Fishing School

What You'll Learn:

  • Fly casting, entomology, and various rigging techniques
  • Wade fishing and driftboat/raft techniques
  • Applied casting for all weather conditions
  • Strategies for successful trout fishing in any situation
  • Casting fundamentals, roll cast to double haul
  • Tackle Basics (selecting the right gear for each individual)
  • Practical fly fishing knots
  • Elementary and practical entomology
  • Fly Fishing Strategies  and Tactics:  Dry Fly, Nymphs, and Streamers
  • Reading Water
  • Hooking, Landing and Releasing fish

Dates: April 7-12, 2024


  • $1795 pp (double occupancy)
  • $2295 pp (single occupancy)

Location: Deerwood Reserve's Coyote Lodge

Daily Schedule:

Sunday, April 7th, 2024

  • 4-6 pm: Arrival and check-in
  • 6-8 pm: Dinner, introductions, and expectations

Monday to Thursday:

  • Continental breakfast, fly fishing basics, casting, knots, water reading, and on-stream presentations
  • Guided fishing experiences, entomology sessions, and gear setups
  • Graduation and goodbyes on Friday


  • Arrival dinner, daily continental breakfast, and lunch
  • Lodging at Deerwoode Reserve's Coyote Lodge
  • Necessary gear for the class

Not Included:

  • Dinners (Mon-Thurs) 
  • guide gratuity 
  • NC fishing license

*A participating adult must accompany anyone under 18.*

Contact Kevin Howell or Jason Marquardt at Davidson River Outfitters for more information. Join us for an unforgettable trout fishing experience!

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Our area has hundreds of miles of streams and rivers to explore, giving DRO's guides a large canvas on which to create your fishing adventure. Whether you are looking for a two-hour introduction to fly fishing for trout or a full-day float trip in the hunt for Musky, we've got the perfect guided fishing experience for you.

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