After years of reading Tom McGuane and Jim Harrison, I've decided it's time to put the spin-caster away and take up fly fishing. I've read a lot of other posts from beginners on the forum, and the common advice given is to find local clubs and shops to help with the learning process. The challenge is that I'm located in Central Illinois - not exactly a haven for anglers.
I was looking into the possibility of scheduling a weekend trip to one of the Orvis Schools. They offer two-day programs at several destinations (I was looking into the Glen Arbor, Michigan school). My fear is that I shell out the bucks for the classes, lodging, etc, and what I get is a two day sales pitch for Orvis.
Anyone attend one of these programs and have any thoughts/advice? Is this a good starting point?