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 Perched on a mountaintop overlooking the magnificent Vail Valley and Sawatch Range sits The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera, and the location of the Orvis Colorado Fly Fishing School. With 1.7 miles of the Eagle River running through the Cordillera property and many ponds/lakes, this is an ideal location to learn how to fly fish. Cordillera sits on more than 7,000 acres, and after the classes, students can take advantage of other outdoor activities such as hiking on private trails, golf, and horseback riding. The school covers everything from fly casting, choosing the right tackle, leaders and knots, to fly selection, and how to safely release fish.  Our head instuctor Jeff lyon is entering into his third year in 2012 and is looking forward to another great year.

You'll cover it all at the Edwards, Colorado Fly Fishing School:


  • Fly casting techniques
  • Essential knots
  • How to choose your gear and tackle
  • Stream entomology (the science of insects)
  • Proper fly selection
  • How to read water and currents, river safety 
  • How to play, land, and safely release fish

For more information about Orvis Fly Fishing Lessons, call 866-531-6213.


2014 Colorado School Dates



June 2014 2-3 Monday-Tuesday  
  7-8 Saturday-Sunday  
  12-13 Thursday-Friday  
  14-15 Saturday-Sunday  
  16-17 Monday-Tuesday  
  21-22 Saturday-Sunday  
  26-27 Thursday-Friday  
  28-29 Saturday-Sunday  
  30-1 Monday-Tuesday  
July 2014 5-6 Saturday-Sunday  
  10-11 Thursday-Friday  
  12-13 Saturday-Sunday  
  14-15 Monday-Tuesday  
  19-20 Saturday-Sunday  
  26-27 Saturday-Sunday  
  28-29 Monday-Tuesday  
August 2014 2-3 Saturday-Sunday  
  7-8 Thursday-Friday  
  9-10 Saturday-Sunday  
  11-12 Monday-Tuesday  
  16-17 Saturday-Sunday  
  21-22 Thursday-Friday  
  23-24 Saturday-Sunday  
  25-26 Monday-Tuesday  
  30-31 Saturday-Sunday  
September 2014 1-2 Monday-Tuesday  
  6-7 Saturday-Sunday  
  11-12 Thursday-Friday  
  13-14 Saturday-Sunday  
  15-16 Monday-Tuesday  
  20-21 Saturday-Sunday  
  27-28 Saturday-Sunday  
  29-30 Monday-Tuesday  
October 2014 4-5 Saturday-Sunday

Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great beginner class,
August 14, 2013
from Arvada, CO

"My wife bought me the two day class as a birthday gift. My class was small, with just one other person. Jeff Lyon was our instructor. Jeff did a great job and really made the class enjoyable. I felt I came away with a strong understanding of technique and equipment. I would highly recommend this class, and Jeff, to others who may have an interest in the sport."

Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Lovely weekend,
August 18, 2013
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"Jeff Lyon was a wonderful instructor. Our family took the the trip to celebrate a birthday. Our family consisted of women and one man from a couple generations. Jeff was great and helped each of us learn at our own pace. Edwards makes for a scenic setting to learn this sport.
Jeff had us doing many different drills and exercises to learn technique. Then, he took us to several different locations to actually try our hand(s) at fly-fishing. He was there with us every step of the way to help when our lines got tangled, to change out our flies, and most importantly, to coach us through reeling (or stripping) in our catches!
Jeff was laid back and I never felt dumb asking him a question. I think he has the ability to read people well, and he seemed to kind of anticipate our needs/wants. I hope to go fly-fishing with Jeff again in the future, and I would recommend this school to my friends and family."

Overall Rating: 

5 / 5
5 / 5

Long Overdue and worth every Penny,
September 29, 2013
from St. Paul MN
"I have been fly fishing for 3 years using many bad casting habits but still getting some fish. It was time to start breaking the bad habits and Jeff was the great instructor I needed. He was very patient, offered suggestions for improvement, demonstrated the correct casting approach, and provided drills to improve.
Jeffs knowledge of bugs, reading the water, using the proper equipment, and landing your catch was far more than I expected.
I highly recommend the Colorado class and Jeff as the instructor. This experience far exceeded my expectations. I plan to encourage my two fly fishing buddies to attend
before we venture off to MT next year."

Overall Rating: 

5 / 5
5 / 5
Well worth the price!,
October 4, 2011
By: Aireland
from Denver, CO
"First of all I would like to thank Jeff for all his expertise and patience with me and my buddy. I'm sure we were a handful at times with our witty comments and bickering at each other, but we were having such a good time with Jeff we felt that he was one of the guys.
His instruction and laid back approach was spot on when it comes to learning how to fly fish. He tailored his instruction to fit both our personalities and he was very patient with us even when we were frustrated, but by the end of the second day everything begin to click and let's just say I'm excited to continue fly fishing the rest of my life.
Next year I plan on taking the class again with my son since the experience is unlike any other instruction in Colorado. Thanks Jeff for the great weekend!"

 Overall Rating: 5 / 55 /  A Great Foundation,

September 27, 2011
By: TimWardSTL
from St. Louis, MO
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"I want to thank Jeff Lyon, my instructor through the Orvis program out of Edwards, CO. What a solid start I have to a lifetime of fly fishing! Not only was the course and his instruction technically beneficial, but we spent a majority of our time practicing various techniques while on the water. Needless to say, I've come back to St. Louis eager to join experienced fly fishermen on upcoming outings and I am no longer anxious about being new to the sport. It is evident to me that the knowledge gained through the Orvis school is beneficial to anyone, no matter their experience level.
Thanks again, Jeff, Orvis and Cordillera! I look forward to seeing you again next year and catching the one that got away!"



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