Call us at 802-362-3750 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 you’ve already completed Fly Fishing 101, you’re 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.
Whether you have come up through the Orvis FF101/201 program or you are someone that just wants a little guidance on how to become a better fly fisher, nothing beats time on the water with a knowledgeable guide or instructor. Our FF301 program is the next step in your fly-fishing education. Designed to give you a great on-the-water fly-fishing experience, the day's instruction is built around specific techniques and local fisheries.
Take the Fly Fishing 101/201 experience to the next level. Orvis Fly Fishing School instructors will be leading morning and afternoon sessions on local trout streams. These guided trips will focus on techniques and strategies used to catch the beautiful wild trout of the Green Mountains region. This time of year can offer some fantastic dry-fly fishing on little feeder streams for our native brookies. Our on-the-water instruction and practice on actual fish can't be duplicated on a city lawn or parking lot. Participants must have a VT fishing license and their own gear. Orvis will provide flies. Space is extremely limited, so call or stop by the Flagship Store to reserve your spot. Cost: $100 per angler, two anglers per instructor.
Orvis Manchester Fly-Fishing School
Whether you're completely new to fly fishing or just want to perfect your existing skills, our Fly-Fishing School in Vermont is guaranteed to be fun and interesting. You will learn the art of casting with a patient instructor who will take you from the basic steps to the point where you can cast a tight loop farther than you ever imagined. Call our Manchester store or click here for more information.
Orvis Manchester Wingshooting School
The Orvis Wingshooting School in Manchester is just minutes away from our Flagship Store. The is a world-class course staffed with professional shotguns shooting instructors ready to help turn novices into skilled shooters and skilled shooters into experts. Call our Manchester store or click here for more information.
General Manager: David Carlsen Dave comes to us having spent the last four years with Barbour where he was a multi-unit and special projects manager. In addition to managing their Factory Shop in Milford NH, the company’s Flagship store, Dave also managed the company’s neighboring outlet in Merrimack, NH. During his time at Barbour, Dave was a member of the Retail Operations Committee that collaborated with executive leadership to design and implement all-encompassing policies and procedures for the retail market. This included a joint effort with the home office to write a training and educational book used internationally for on-boarding and training staff.
Prior to joining Barbour in 2015, Dave spent nine years with Eastern Mountain sports as a Department, Assistant, and Store Manager. From 2012 to 2015, during the company’s restructuring, Dave became a multi-location manager for the Portland, ME and Concord, NH area. It was during this time that Dave found his “niche” for retail.
A native New Englander, Dave is originally from Massachusetts but has spent most of his life living in southern New Hampshire. He has a passion for cycling and other outdoor activities including swimming, hiking, and Nordic skiing. However, he can’t wait to learn the sport of Fly Fishing.
Assistant Manager: Sarah Staib Sarah is a Vermont native and joined Orvis in September of 2012. Since that time, Sarah has been the store’s primary Men’s Department Lead. From November of 2014 to December of 2015, Sarah led the Flagship as Interim Manager. In February of last year, Sarah joined the Home Office team as Merchandise Coordinator Support in Creative Services Department before returning to the Flagship in November.
Although the Flagship has witnessed many changes over the past 6 years, Sarah’s support of the store and company has never wavered. In addition to taking on key responsibilities at the Flagship including planning and executing key store events, managing the store’s social media presence, and becoming an ambassador of the company’s 50/50 initiative, Sarah has also assisted with special projects outside of her own store. This has included assisting stores with SM vacancies and new store openings. She is a true team player-always willing to help where needed. In her free-time, Sarah can be found outside enjoying the beautiful Green Mountain State by fly fishing, hiking, and kayaking. She also enjoys curling up with a good book and her rescue cat, Shade.
Fishing Manager: Josh Robinson Born in Annapolis, MD, Josh grew up fishing for many different species from the Chesapeake Bay to western Maryland. He studied Sustainable Agriculture and Food Production at Green Mountain college in Vermont, where he fell in love with the area and in fall of 2013 joined the Manchester Flagship store team. In his spare time Josh can be found hiking and fishing in the Green Mountains, gardening and volunteering for stream side restoration projects.