Orvis and Trout Unlimited are collaborating to offer Fly Fishing 101 and 201 classes this spring.

Free Fly Fishing 101 classes can introduce the family to the sport. All ages may attend, but those under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Fly Fishing 101 will be held April 20-21 and 27-28; May 4-5, 18-19 and 25-26; and June 8-9.

At some classes, the Orvis Fly Fishing 101 instructors will be assisted by certified fly casting instructors from the Federation of Fly Fishers. FFF instructors have been trained, tested and certified to be effective teachers of fly casting. This program has more than 1,500 certified instructors around the world.

Those who have taken Fly Fishing 101 are ready for the next step. Fly Fishing 201 includes a  short outing on local water. A fee for the outing may apply. Contact your local store for more information on the outing.

Fly Fishing 201 is scheduled for May 11-12, June 1-2 and June 15-16.

Upon completion of the courses, participants will receive special in-store offers valid toward purchase of Orvis products and a free Trout Unlimited membership a $35 value. Federation of Fly Fishers is offering a free 1-year electronic membership, value of $35.

Information is available at the Orvis store at 432 Boston Post Road in Darien. The store can be reached at 203-662-0844 and is online at orvis.com/darien.

Space is limited in classes. RSVP to Orvis to reserve space.

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