Call us at 301-652-3562 for information on upcoming classes and seminars this season.
Fly Fishing 101
Learn fly-fishing basics in one of our free Fly Fishing 101 classes. Perfect for beginners of all ages, the Fly Fishing 101 course includes free lessons on fly casting and outfit rigging.
Fly Fishing 201
If youve already completed Fly Fishing 101, youre ready for the next step. Join us for a short outing on local water and a chance to catch your first fish! A nominal fee for the outing may apply.
A free Trout Unlimited Membership—a $35 value—is included for all FF101 and FF201 graduates. Upon completion of the course, you will receive special in-store offers, valid for the purchase of Orvis products.
Store Manager: Joe Lach
Joe was a long-time Orvis customer before he ever became the Store Manager. He's an avid fly fisherman, does extensive traveling in the US, and specializes in fly fishing our national parks. With over 30 years of retail experience in the outdoor industry, his product knowledge and passion for giving great customer service makes him a natural fit for living the Orvis Lifestyle. When Joe is not at the store, you'll find him wading the Potomac River for "smallies," stalking trout in the mountains, or planning his next fishing trip with his wife Diane. His favorite fishing places include Lake Powell, Utah, Custer Park in South Dakota, and the Shenandoah River Valley of Virginia.
Fishing Manager: Ryan Willsea
Ryan has been an avid fisherman since he was 5 years old, when his mother started taking him and his brother, Aaron, to local ponds fishing for Largemouth Bass. He has been fly fishing since he was 12, and has always been a fan of Orvis products. Ryan joined the Orvis Bethesda team after moving to Maryland from Boone, North Carolina; where he managed two local fly shops and was a local fly-fishing guide for a several years. His passion for the sport of fly fishing is contagious, as shown in his enthusiastic instruction of the fly-fishing and fly-tying classes he teaches at his store. When Ryan is not in the store working, you can find him wading the small creeks and streams in Western Maryland for rainbows and wild brown trout, hiking at a local trail with his girlfriend, Marissa, or planning his next big destination fishing trip. His favorite places to fish are the South Holston and Watauga River in Eastern Tennessee, the small mountain streams in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, and Pine Creek in North-Central Pennsylvania.