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Beautiful Kimbridge beat on the river Test

Improvers Fly-Fishing Weekend School

This fly fishing instruction course is run on the world famous River Test on our flagship beat at Kimbridge. The beat is a 1/3 mile of single bank fishing with interesting shallows and a bubbling top pool. Our instructors will help you extend your fly-fishing skills with the emphasis on refining river technique and casting skills. Tackle and lunch on both days is included.

We will cover:

Fly casting techniques
Essential/advanced knots
Stream entomology (the science of insects)
Fly selection
How to read the water and currents


Date: 6th-7th July 2024 - SOLD OUT
3rd-4th August 2024- SOLD OUT

Price: £495 per person

Please contact Orvis Sporting Adventures to book this trip:

Phone: 01264-349515


Please let the team know when you book this course if you have any health concerns or additional needs. Our courses run for the full day (or weekend) and do require standing for long periods of time. Our goal is to ensure you have an enjoyable and safe day on the river, so please let us know if you require any additional support.


Itinerary Day 1

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Itinerary for the Day 1
Assemble, welcome address and introductions.

Casting – Overhead and side
Loop formation
Line speed
Forehand & backhand
Timing, Length of line

Roll Cast
Theory, mechanics
Demonstration uses
Casting under instruction

Break: Coffee and discussion

Life cycles
Hatch identification
Natural identification
Fly choice, size, profile, colour

Leader Design
Water conditions
Wind considerations
Length and taper
Diameter, tippet / fly size

Four turn water knot
Improved tucked half blood
Self-cutting ability, wind knots
Turle knot, Presentation


Feeding fish
Surface disturbance
Location, marking
Surface food lanes
Holding areas, flow obstructions
Seams and slacks

Fishing the rise
Fishing the water
Nymph / dry fly situation
The "Lift"
The "take"
Refracted light

Tackle up

Fishing under instruction

Break for Tea

Weigh in

Group Photo

Itinerary Day 2

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Itinerary for the Day 2
Assemble at Kimbridge Hut

Morning Recap
Recap of Saturday
Questions and answers

Casting warm up
Roll cast
Overhead, angled arch
Side cast
Shooting line
Single haul

Upstream Nymph
Leader design
Demonstration, practical

Set up of Tackle

Fishing under instruction


Fishing under instruction


Weigh in


Issue of certificates


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Area Activities for Hamphire

- Mottisfont Gardens
- Winchester Cathedral
- Salisbury Cathedral
- Stonehenge
- Broadlands in Romsey. Home of Lord Mountbatten.

- Walking in the New Forest
- Walk the Test Way


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Question: What is the best time of year to fish?

Answer: Any time of the season can be good.

Question: When does the school start and end? What will we be doing and how long will be fishing?

Answer: See the itinerary for the schedule.

Question: What is included in the price?

Answer: All equipment and lunches both days.

Question: Is accommodation included?

Answer: No but we will be delighted to advise on accommodation locally.

Question: How many people will be attending?

Answer: A maximum of 10 with two qualified instructors.

Question: What is the cancellation policy?

Answer: 30 days notice is required to ensure that your deposit it refunded. However late cancellations are taken on their merit.

Why Attend?

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Reasons to Attend The Orvis Fly Fishing Schools

Over the years, we have had many students tell us how "attending the fly fishing school has eliminated what would have been countless hours of frustration on learning how to fly cast on my own".

In the Orvis Fly Fishing Schools, you will learn and participate in:

- The Orvis Progressive Method of Fly Casting – A time-tested method of learning how to fly cast that is adaptable to most types of fly fishing.

- Choosing the right rods, reels and lines appropriate for the type of fishing you will be doing.

- Knot tying

- Fly Selection

- Reading water

- Fishing under instruction

Fly fishing is a wonderful sport that gives you a lifetime of enjoyment and takes you to the most beautiful places in the world. Whether you are a total beginner or have been fly fishing for many years, the Orvis Fly Fishing Schools can handle all levels of experience. With a 4:1 student to instructor ratio, you are assured of plenty of individual attention. Let the pros at the Orvis Fly Fishing Schools teach you skills for a lifetime that you will take to beautiful places.

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