Building a Home at The Greenbrier


We all have thoughts of our dream home…. features that it will embody, the spaces that will showcase our life’s collections, the rooms to entertain our family and friends, relaxation porches, luxurious bathrooms, cozy fireplaces, and dramatic ceilings. A home embodies so many things, and for each of us, the path leads to a unique dwelling that speaks to us, embraces our lives, and evokes memories to share.


Building a home at The Greenbrier has always been seen as a way to create something new in tandem with a great team of talent. We make it easy with a pre-approved selection of professionals: architects, builders, and landscape designers, along with our local, talented interior designers and artisans who can do everything from custom copper gutters to specialty wrought iron railings, painters who craft unique murals and faux finishes to the plant specialists who know which flowers and trees will enhance and grow with the home.


The process is relatively easy. Often we find new property owners spend time on the site, sit in a chair, and have a glass of wine to get a feel for the wind and the sun. Imagine yourself watching the sunset from a back deck or enjoying morning sunrise in your eastern facing kitchen.


Materials and finishes are an integral part of the planning process, though often this evolves as the building takes shape. Once the foundation and framing has started, you can get a true feel for the interior spaces and imagine yourself within. This is when many start to think about built-in cabinetry, shelving, and location of key pieces.


West Virginia offers an array of locally harvested antique timbers and stone, while steel framing, glass expanses, and concrete are well available.


In 2005, we built the Town & Country Showhouse at The Greenbrier Sporting Club on a hill overlooking The Greenbrier resort as a collaborative project with Town & Country Magazine. This home has welcomed two families to discover Greenbrier Living, and continues to showcase the quality construction and luxurious finishes available to our property owners. The following images take you through the phases of construction from start to finish; an amazing process full of creative opportunities and dream fulfillment.








Dream big; build your home at The Greenbrier.

Culinary Promotions


The Greenbrier Sporting Club asks you to join us in congratulating and welcoming two of our amazingly talented culinary team members in new leadership roles.



Chef Jared Masters has been promoted to Chef de Cuisine of The Summit. Chef Masters has worked his way up through the ranks over the past few years, and at every turn has exemplified great leadership skills and extensive culinary abilities. He has truly set the example that hard work, passion for the craft, and dedication to one’s goals are the keys to professional success. Jared’s cooking style is ever evolving with current food trends and technology, all while staying true to classical techniques and disciplines. We are looking forward to the great things Chef Masters and his team will accomplish at The Summit for years to come.


Jared was born and raised in Organ Cave, West Virginia, where he grew up farming, specializing in beef and market lamb production. He began his cooking career in the Main Kitchen at The Greenbrier and, in 2012, decided to bring his talents to The Greenbrier Sporting Club. Once here, he worked his way through all the stations, honing his skills under Chef de Cuisine, Jered Miller, before being promoted to Chef de Partie of The Lodge restaurant and then Sous Chef at The Summit. With his most recent promotion to Chef de Cuisine of The Summit restaurant, he is looking forward to showcasing his farming background through his unique style of cooking. Outside of The Club, he assists as Vice President of Allegheny Genesis LLC, a company focused on the research and production of alternative and sustainable crops. Away from work, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Alyssa, and their infant daughter, Sophia Jo.



Chef Hannah Reid has been promoted to The Lodge Sous Chef. An excellent mentor and teacher, Chef Hannah sets the tone for consistency and excellence within her team. She brings a wealth of culinary knowledge and experience to the brigade. Her creativity and talent have positively impacted the culinary team and membership for a number of years throughout the positions she has held. We are very thankful to have her returning to a leadership position, and we are looking forward to Chef Hannah’s continued success in the culinary industry.


Hannah grew up in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Albemarle County, Virginia. Growing up in a family of great southern cooks, as well as having the opportunity to travel throughout the United States as a child, gave her a love of fine ingredients and various regional cuisines. During high school, she began her career in foodservice as a dishwasher at the C&O Restaurant in Charlottesville, VA. It was there she discovered a passion for fine dining and began her career as a chef, eventually being promoted to Sous Chef at the C&O. She came to The Greenbrier Sporting Club in 2007 in order to assist in the opening of The Summit restaurant and has held various leadership positions at The Club over the past ten years. Living in Greenbrier County has nurtured Chef Hanna’s love of the outdoors and locally harvested ingredients. Outside of work, she can usually be found spending time in the woods and streams of West Virginia with her two dogs.

Teach a Boy to Fish


The Greenbrier Sporting Club’s Director of Outdoor Pursuits, Jacob Ott, has been participating in several “Teach a Boy to Fish” events at Boys Home of Virginia in Covington. Elaine Brelsford, Marketing Manager, has shared the following article with us, stating how “he has impacted both the residents and the staff with his enthusiasm and expertise.” We are fortunate to have such an invaluable resource on our Sporting Club team.



Greenbrier Sporting Club’s Jacob Ott Inspires Young Fly-fishermen at Boys Home of Virginia

By Elaine Brelsford


Jacob Ott, Director of Outdoor Pursuits at the Greenbrier Sporting Club, says that when he was a boy, he nearly always had “fishing rods in one hand, a shotgun in the other, and was tripping over bird dogs.” A native of Buffalo, New York, Jacob began fly-fishing at age ten when his father showed him all he knew and then let Jacob figure out the rest. Jacob immersed himself in what little he could find about fly-fishing at the time, which mostly included reading and watching television shows about the sport.


A graduate of Salem International University with a B.S in Environmental Science, Jacob has been employed at the Greenbrier Sporting Club since 2001. His office is located inside a log cabin with a picturesque pond to one side and a bubbling stream to the back. His job entails accompanying and teaching club members as they fish, hunt, shoot, hike, camp, and birdwatch. Three times a year, he plans special events. In the spring, he leads a three-day fly-fishing school. The fall finds him coordinating a dove hunt, and then there’s the annual sporting clays tournament that members so enjoy. Add being a husband and father to the list and it would seem that Jacob might already have his stringer full.



However, for the last two years, Jacob has committed time, energy, and expertise to Boys Home of Virginia’s “Teach a Boy to Fish” events. Boys Home, located about thirty minutes from White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, is a residential educational nonprofit nestled in the heart of the Alleghany Mountains of Virginia. Boys Home houses and educates nearly 60 at-risk boys, ages 6-18, who have been impacted by poverty or family instability. Hoping to make a positive difference in the lives of these young men, Boys Home’s motto is “A successful man has to start somewhere.” Teach a Boy to Fish is a program designed to teach the residents to fly-fish, something they can do often on the portion of Dunlap Creek that winds through the Boys Home campus.


Jacob teaches the residents the raw basics of how to cast a fly rod and then has them practice their skills by having them participate in games of accuracy and distance casting. By then, most are able to make a fishable cast and can move into the river and begin fishing with their newly-acquired skills. From there, Jacob says, “Once you know the basics, it’s just time on the water. Eventually, it works well.” Jacob also spends time with interested members of the Boys Home staff, teaching them casting and rigging so they can assist the boys once the event has concluded.



When asked what he enjoys most about volunteering at Boys Home, Jacob is quick to say that it is “watching the kids have fun as they get to experience fly fishing.” He goes on to point out why fly fishing can be important to the residents. Jacob maintains, the young men “have another tool in their box. They have something to steer them down the right path.” Yes, at Boys Home, a successful man does have to start somewhere. That start is often a result of spending time with someone like Jacob Ott.

On the Trail: Horse Breeds


Quarter Horse, Tennessee Walking Horse, Paint, Percheron – the names are familiar but what defines these breeds? Follow along as we discover unique characteristics and why we make room for them in our stable.


The most predominant horse breed in American excels at sprinting short distances. The American Quarter Horse is the most popular breed in the United States, with a registry of almost 3 million horses. Its name came from its ability to outdistance other horse breeds in races of a quarter mile or less, some have been clocked at speeds up to 55 mph.


Well known both as a race horse and for its performance in rodeos, horse shows, and as a working ranch horse, their compact body is well-suited to the intricate and speedy maneuvers required in reining, cutting, working cow horse, barrel racing, calf roping, and other western riding events, especially those involving live cattle.


This breed of gaited horse is known for its unique four-beat running-walk and flashing movement. The Tennessee Walker is a popular riding horse due to its calm disposition, smooth gaits, and sure-footedness. Commonly ridden by plantation owners “in the day” to travel long distances over their land, thus the importance of a breed of horse with a smooth gait. Today, they are often seen in the show ring, but are also popular as a pleasure and trail riding horse using both English and Western equipment.



The American Paint Horse breed combines both the conformational characteristics of a western stock horse with a pinto spotting pattern of white and dark coat colors. Developed from a base of spotted horses with Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred bloodlines, the American Paint Horse Association breed registry is now one of the largest in North America. While the colorful coat pattern is essential to the identity of the breed, American Paint Horses have strict bloodline requirements and a distinctive stock-horse body type. To be eligible for registry, a Paint’s sire and dam must be registered with the American Paint Horse Association, the American Quarter Horse Association, or the Jockey Club (Thoroughbreds). At least one of the parents must be a registered American Paint Horse. There are two categories of registration, regular, for horses with color, and solid Paint-bred, for those without color.



This breed is well known as the standard for horse racing. Although the word thoroughbred is sometimes used to refer to any breed of purebred horse, it technically refers only to the Thoroughbred breed. Thoroughbreds are considered “hot-blooded” horses that are known for their agility, speed, and spirit.


The Thoroughbred, as it is known today, was developed in 17th and 18th century England, when native mares were crossbred with imported Oriental stallions of Arabian, Barb, and Turkoman breeding. All modern Thoroughbreds can trace their pedigrees to three stallions originally imported into England in the 17th century and 18th century and to a larger number of foundation mares of mostly English breeding. Thoroughbreds are used mainly for racing, but are also bred for other riding disciplines such as show jumping, combined training, dressage, polo, and fox hunting. They are also commonly crossbred to create new breeds or to improve existing ones, and have been influential in the creation of the Quarter Horse, Standardbred, Anglo-Arabian, and various warmblood breeds.



Since we just discussed Thoroughbred, we will talk about the Belgian horse.


The Belgian horse or Belgian draft horse, also known as Belgian Heavy Horse, Brabançon, or Brabant, is a draft horse breed from the Brabant region of modern Belgium, where it is called the Cheval de trait belge or Flemish: Belgisch Trekpaard or Brabants Trekpaard or Brabander. It is one of the strongest of the heavy breeds. The Belgian Heavy Draft horse stands between 16.2 and 17 hands (66 and 68 inches) as measured at the withers. On average, the Belgian grows to weigh slightly over 2,000 pounds. Most American Belgians are a light chestnut with a flaxen mane and tail. Currently, the world’s tallest horse is a Belgian Draft horse named Big Jake, a gelding born in 2000. He stands 82.75 inches tall. The worlds largest recorded Belgian Draft was named Brooklyn Supreme. He weighed 3,200 lbs. and stood at 78 inches tall.



The Shire is a British breed of draft horse with coloration typically black, bay, or grey. This breed has a great capacity for weight pulling, popular throughout its history for pulling brewer’s carts delivering ale to customers. Several breweries still maintain this tradition in the UK, such as the Samuel Smith Brewery in Tadcaster, and Thwaites Brewery. Today, the breed is also used for forestry work and leisure riding due to their steady and (and sturdy) disposition.



The Percheron is a breed of draft horse that originated in the Huisne river valley in western France, part of the former Perche province from which the breed takes its name. Usually gray or black in color, Percherons are well muscled and known for their intelligence and willingness to work. They were originally bred for use as warhorses. Over time, they began to be used for pulling stagecoaches and later for agriculture and hauling heavy goods. Percherons are also adept under saddle, including competition in English riding disciplines such as show jumping.


The overall impression of the Percheron is one of power and ruggedness. Enthusiasts describe the temperament as proud and alert, and members of the breed are considered intelligent, willing workers with good dispositions. They are considered easy keepers and adapt well to many conditions and climates. In the 19th century, they were known to travel up to 37 miles a day at a trot.

A Ten Year Old’s Impression


The following essay was written by Grace Webb, who has grown up visiting The Greenbrier and spending time with her family at their home here. “Grace’s beautiful words make all of our jobs more fulfilling. This is what we strive for everyday and it is wonderful to have one of our young family members share what The Greenbrier means for her,” stated Larry Klein, VP and General Manager of The Greenbrier Sporting Club.


All of us at The Greenbrier Sporting Club are proud to be a part of this team and to serve the many wonderful families that call The Greenbrier “Home.”



A Traveler’s Dream by Grace Webb


Sometimes in life you need to travel and take a break. I know I travel a lot. I have found the perfect vacation spot in the mountains. It’s a hotel called The Greenbrier. The Greenbrier is like my second home because I have lots of memories from The Greenbrier, there are many fun things that won’t make me bored when I’m there, and most of all because it has made me a better person.


One reason that the Greenbrier is like my second home is I have lots of memories from The Greenbrier. One time my Dad took me to the chocolate store. Then he said, “What are you going to choose?” “I don’t know!” I said. It took me like 5 minutes to decide. I could tell my Dad was getting bored, but then in the top left corner I saw a chocolate covered strawberry. It was like I could see heaven. The strawberry was beautiful! I immediately said, “I want this one.” After that, my Dad bought it. My mouth started watering as the cashier handed the chocolate covered strawberry to my Dad. Next thing you know, I was devouring my strawberry. It was all over my face! I will never forget my first chocolate covered strawberry!



Another memory I have from the Greenbrier is when I played laser tag with my friends. It all started when the day care woman said, “Go!!!” The room was pitch black, the only thing you could see were the glowing red lights on the laser gun. My frenemy is Barron and he was the person I was aiming for. “There you are!” I said. I had spotted Barron from around the corner. I was getting ready to shoot when… I died. Barron shot me (He didn’t actually shoot me!) I went to sit with the day care woman. She said, “Don’t worry! You will get to go back in when I say jailbreak!” Right after that she said jailbreak! Then I started to sneak over and attack!!!! I shot Barron! He died! I will never forget that laser tag game! I will NEVER, EVER, NEVERRRR!


Another time I went on a golf cart ride with my grandpa’s friend Big Steve. He is also a good friend with our family. So, one time when my brother was getting his tonsils out, my parents sent me to West Virginia. I went there for Spring Break (except for Easter). It was just Mamaw, Jimbow, and I. One day when I was taking a nap, Jimbow asked me if I wanted to go on a golf cart ride with Big Steve. Of course, I said YES! I ran downstairs and jumped on the golf cart with Big Steve. Then he asked me if I wanted to take a tour of the Greenbrier. I said YES! Off we went! The first place we went to was the Springhouse. As we drove closer I saw a little pool of water. “Why does that water smell so bad!” I said. Big Steve said that it was sulfur water. He even said Native Americans used to bathe in it. As we rode around the roads of the hotel, I learned about the history of The Greenbrier. For example, Big Steve and I saw where general Robert E. Lee (a SC general) stayed at The Greenbrier for a couple of weeks. I love being with Big Steve and hope stuff like this will never end. All of these things are reasons I have memories from The Greenbrier.



Another reason that The Greenbrier is like my second home is that there are so many things to do there that won’t make me bored. For instance, swimming is huge at the hotel. There is an indoor pool in the hotel and there are 3 outdoor pools. Of course these pools are only open in warm weather, but the indoor pool is always open and is always heated. I have been in all of the pools and I know how much fun it can be. There are even swimming lessons if you don’t know how to swim. So, pack your bathing suits and head on over to The Greenbrier pools.


Another example is ice-skating! There is a fair-sized skating rink at The Greenbrier. I have been on it many times and each time I go it is so much fun. The rink is located outside and has a beautiful view. You can also see people watching you as they stand on the balcony. The room where you buy your skates is located in a multi-purpose room. In this room there is even a hot cocoa machine. If you ever come to The Greenbrier in the winter, I would encourage you to go ice-skating.



In addition to ice skating there is also lots and lots of shopping. Shopping at The Greenbrier has never been better! You can fill us those shopping bags until it’s time for lunch or diner. When I go, I shop until I drop! That has happened to a lot of people. There is something here for everyone. For people who like sports there are about three stores that have to do with sports. If you like art there is an art gallery filled with paintings, pictures, and sculptures. For kids there is a toyshop. For chocolate lovers there is a chocolate shop. There are so many fun things to do here. This hotel is a great place to be.


Although The Greenbrier is like my second home, I love it because I have lots of memories from The Greenbrier. There are many fun things to do at the Greenbrier that won’t make me bored on a VK, but especially because The Greenbrier has made me a better person. This amazing hotel has made me a better person by socializing with friends and family. For instance, there are many parties at the hotel. For me that means EVERYBODY goes to that party, including me! Let’s just say it’s not the best, but I don’t want to fall asleep of boredom, so I go over to see my Mom. As I’m walking over to my Mom, I notice she is talking to a friend. I decide to stand by her anyway. She introduces me to this woman. I never got her name, but I know she thought I was cute. So, she said, “Hi!” “Hi!” I said in a shy voice. After a couple of hours at that party I went home. As I went to more parties I got better and better at socializing with friends and family.



Another way The Greenbrier has made me a better person is it has made me less shy. I would stand behind one of my parents’ backs and peek out a little. About the first three times I went to The Greenbrier I was very shy. Then my mom sent me to a day care center for a little bit. When I was there somebody asked me if I wanted to play air hockey (I really like air hockey). So, I said yes. This is when I started to come out of my shell. I was no longer shy! I’ve also made lots and lots of friends at The Greenbrier. For example, I once made a friend name Cleo at the day care center. We had a lot in common. When we had playtime outside we played in the sandbox together. Cleo and I went everywhere together that day. I went on the slide, the swing, and the seesaw with her. This is why I can make so many friends at The Greenbrier.


This makes me think about what the hotel will be like when I’m older. Maybe they won’t have ice-skating, laser tag, the chocolate shop, or the art gallery. Whatever happens, I hope you realize how amazing the Greenbrier is!


Fly Rod Chronicles Reflects on 2016 Flood


Recovery in Southern WV!


Join Curtis Fleming of Fly Rod Chronicles as he looks back at the 2016 flood and how much progress is being made around Southern WV, including White Sulphur Springs and The Greenbrier. Back in the fall, Curtis and Jacob Ott, Director of Outdoor Pursuits/Naturalist at The Greenbrier Sporting Club, took Wes Phillips out on a local fishing trip. This was Wes’ first time fly fishing and also his first time out fishing since he lost everything in the flood. This episode shows how devastating the flood was, how resilient West Virginia’s are, and how much progress has been made in recovery efforts.



Catch the episode on the Outdoor Channel:
Friday, March 24th at 7:00 am
Saturday, March 25th at 1:00 pm
Sunday, March 26th at 9:30 am




In Fond Memory of Arnold Palmer

A salute and look back on Arnold Palmer’s rich history with The Greenbrier and The Greenbrier Sporting Club


In an interview in June of 2015, Arnie reminisced on the beginning of his Greenbrier relationship that coincided with his start on the professional tour. “I have a particular soft spot in my heart for The Greenbrier. Back in 1955, my first year on the Tour, I couldn’t win any official money during my first six months and I was sort of playing on a shoestring. Then, I was invited to play in the Sam Snead Festival, an unofficial pro-am at The Greenbrier. My amateur partner was Spencer Olin, a prominent industrialist and very nice man. We tied for first in the pro-am division and Spencer Olin had bought our team in the Calcutta they had at the tournament. I finished third on the pro side, Mr. Olin gave me a big piece of his winnings from the Calcutta, and I wound up with close to $10,000, which really came in handy at that time.”


Following that first win, he played the festival at The Greenbrier again in 1961, and then here in the 1986 American Express Seniors Tournament. Arnie returned to The Greenbrier in 2010 to cheer on his grandson, Sam Saunders, who played in the inaugural Greenbrier Classic PGA Tour Event. The relationship culminated in 2015 with Arnold Palmer as one of 4 legendary golfers collaborating for the first time to design our newest golf course at The Greenbrier Sporting Club. What a fabulous legacy this legend has left us to carry into our future.


A Tribute to Arnold Palmer


1948: Dining room with Draper china


1955: Arnold Palmer on right with AM partner Spencer Olin


1960s: Chesapeake Room


1961: Arnold Palmer (2nd from left) and Chris Dunphy (far right)


1986: Arnold Palmer, Governor Arch Moore, and Lawson Hamilton at Pro-Am


2010: Arnold Palmer at the first Greenbrier Classic to watch his grandson compete


2014: Arnold Palmer at the September Tennis Championship


2015: One of his last design projects, The Greenbrier Sporting Club’s pending course at Oakhurst

GSC Naturalist Assists with Creek Rehabilitation Project


Rehabilitation of watersheds is used to improve the fish habitat that has been damaged due to human activity. Jacob Ott, Director of Outdoor Pursuits/Naturalist at The Greenbrier Sporting Club, has been assisting Trout Unlimited in a rehabilitation project along a portion of Dunlap Creek. According to Jacob, he has spent the past two years working with Trout Unlimited to secure the permits so this landowner could rehab some portions of Dunlap Creek along his property. This stream suffered from a lack of fish habitat due to historical land use practices.



Historical land use practices involved a stream being straightened and widened, which was a common practice and has been used on “just about everything in our area,” according to Jacob.



The project along Dunlap Creek should allow the native brook trout in the tributaries near this property to use the main-stem of Dunlap throughout a longer period of the year. This will also improve the survivability of stocked trout in this area of the stream. The rehabilitation work all falls under Trout Unlimited’s “Upper James River Home Waters Initiative.”


Brook trout, found throughout North America, are known as eastern brook trout in our region. They inhabit rivers, streams, creeks, spring ponds, as well as small and large lakes. Their native range has been drastically reduced in the east due to habitat loss and the introduction of other trout species. They prefer clear waters on a narrow pH that is well oxygenated with high purity.


To read more about this particular project, click here.


Very similar work has been done on the East Fork of the Greenbrier River by Trout Unlimited and WVDNR and USFWS. That project is part of the “Eastern Home Rivers Initiative.”


All of these projects aim to restore, reconnect, and improve the smaller headwater streams in our area.


Dawn Holliday Promoted to Equestrian Manager


We are thrilled to announce the promotion of Dawn Holliday to Equestrian Manager.


Dawn has been with The Greenbrier Sporting Club since 2004, and brings a great deal of experience with her. That, along with her work ethic and dedication, will ensure her success in this position and the continued success of The Equestrian Center.



Dawn grew up riding horses on her family’s farm in Smoot, West Virginia and is an avid trail rider. She joined The Sporting Club in 2004 as Stable Assistant, but quickly became an integral member of The Equestrian Center team and was promoted to Assistant Equestrian Manager in 2009. During her time with The Sporting Club, Dawn has bred and raised Labrador Retrievers and Australian Cattle Dogs, bringing them to work and sharing their development with our members and guests. A lover of all animals, she has also been involved in horse rescue and has fostered a pig, a herd of goats, numerous cows, and a litter of kittens.

Dawn lives in Frankford with her son Conner, partner Jeremy, and their menagerie of creatures: four horses, seven dogs, and four cats.


Fly Fishing School


The Greenbrier Sporting Club’s Fly Fishing School is open to all members and members’ guests. Our expert guides and instructors teach the tactics and techniques of successful anglers for use on our local trout streams. New anglers will quickly learn the basic techniques for a fun day on the water, while experienced anglers will refine their skills to become more productive on the water.


New this year, we will be fishing two different streams during the school. We’ll start on Howard’s Creek and after we have practiced the basics and gotten comfortable with some new techniques, we’ll head over to Escatawba Farms and fish Dunlap Creek so we can put those new skills to good use.


The school starts off with a welcome reception at The Hunt Cabin on Friday, April 7th. Then we’ll spend all day on Saturday the 8th at The Club and on Howard’s Creek. Most of the day we’ll be working out of The Hunt Cabin and using it as our classroom, where we’ll learn how to set up your equipment, casting, rigging, and fly selection. Lunch on the 8th is at The Lodge so we can easily get back to The Hunt Cabin and learn about our local aquatic environments and some basic aquatic entomology before we head out and fish for the rest of the afternoon. Sunday the 9th we start out by getting geared up and running across state lines to fish at Escatawba Farms, a private fishing area on Dunlap Creek, about 20 minutes away from GSC. There, we’ll put all that classroom learning to good use. Escatawba is a great stream to fish that’s full of beautiful trout where all the skills we picked up on Saturday will get put to good use. Lunch is streamside that afternoon before we return to GSC and finish the school.



The school is open to everyone: members, guests, friends, and children over 12 years old.


The price for this year’s school is $603.41/person, which includes GSC service charge, HPF, Rod Fees, and WV tax, two days of instruction and guided fishing, lunch, and drinks. The price does not include required fishing licenses.


A valid West Virginia fishing license and trout stamp are required to fish Howard’s Creek. To obtain a WV fishing license go to


A valid Virginia fishing license is required to fish Escatawba Farms. To obtain a VA fishing license go to



Dress for success!


The weather can be highly variable in April, especially the first few weeks. Dress in layers and ditch the cotton. You’ll be much more comfortable in synthetic or fleece pants and wool socks & long underwear underneath your waders than you will be in jeans. Bring a raincoat, even if the sun is shining. The weather is likely to be very comfortable, but the school will go on in all weather conditions that are safe to fish in.





The right gear


If you have your own fly fishing gear, we welcome and encourage you to use it. It’s best to learn on what you have, that way you’ll be more likely to use it. If you don’t have gear and would like to purchase the necessary equipment before the school let us know. We’re happy to have it set up and ready for you at the school. If you don’t have any gear don’t worry. We will have loaner rods, reels, and waders for your use during the school. The most useful rods will be 8 to 9 foot, 4 or 5 weight rods, with matching reels and floating lines. The guides and instructors will have all the leader, tippet, and flies we’ll need. Breathable waders are the best choice and boots should be either studded sticky rubber, or felt-soled.



Get the most out of your school


April is traditionally our best month of the year to trout fish and the school is geared towards trout fishing, (if you want to talk smallmouth we’ll get you scheduled for something in June). We usually see good hatches in April, so we’ll spend some time throwing dries, but as always, the subsurface game will dominate. We’ll spend a lot of time nymphing, since that’s where the fish eat most often. If you have a specific technique or style you want to concentrate on let us know, we’ll make sure you get the most out of your school.



Friday, April 7th
5:00 pm Welcome Reception at The Hunt Cabin
Saturday, April 8th
8:30 am Introduction to Fly Fishing
9:00 am Basic Fly Casting
10:00 am Knots & Rigging
10:30 am Advanced Fly Casting
12:00 pm Aquatic Ecology & Entomology
12:30 pm Lunch on The Lodge Terrace
1:30 pm Guided fishing on Howard’s Creek
5:00 pm Day’s events conclude
Sunday, April 9th
8:00 am Leave GSC for Escatawba Farms
8:30 am Guided fishing at Escatawba Farms
1:00 pm Streamside lunch
2:00 pm Return to GSC and conclude weekend events



For more information or to RSVP, please contact:


Jacob Ott
Director of Outdoor Pursuits/Naturalist