Learn to Fish

New to fly fishing? Could you benefit from fishing lessons? Get to grips with the basics and learn some handy hints and tips with our fly fishing beginner's course. 

Run throughout the year, an experienced, qualified instructor delivers a full day's tuition and covers everything the beginner needs to know, including tackle, casting techniques, presentation, trout behaviour and safety. 

The course, which includes a course booklet and light lunch, costs £95 for adults and £80 for juniors (14-17). 

On completing the course, you will be entitled to buy a starter season permit, giving you access to all four of our trout fisheries, taking up to two trout each day with a limit of 65 over the season. For courses from 1 June a pro-rata permit price will apply.

Tell me more about the fly fishing courses

Our qualified instructor runs beginner's courses throughout the year. 

You get a full day’s tuition on tackle, casting techniques, trout behaviour, presentation and, of course, safety.

At £95 for adults and just £80 for juniors aged between 14 and 17, we throw in a course booklet for your future reference, free use of tackle all day and even a light lunch.

But our courses are very popular, so booking in advance is a must. 

What the graduates say

Thanks to the quality of our tuition, we get some wonderful feedback from beginners.

"Brilliant course. Thank you."
"A really good introduction to the sport."
"A great day, learnt a lot and the course was the right pace."
"Excellent tutor - put everyone at ease."
"Caught two fish!"

What happens after the course?

You can buy a starter season permit, giving you access to all four of our trout fisheries. That allows you to take up to two trout a day, to a maximum of 65 over the season.

You can renew the permit for one further season and then get a discount if you upgrade to a full season permit. And, if you attend a course after 1 June, we adjust the permit price pro rata.

Just ask at the lodge for details.

What about fishing for predators?

The techniques are the same, whatever species you’re interested in, so our predator beginner courses follow the same format as those for trout.

We can get you catching on all our waters.

You will be coached on predator tackle during the day and you’ll learn how to tie a few pike flies.

And, to round off your skillset, we also run courses to develop your boat handling skills.

Take a look at the table below and choose a date and location that suits your schedule. Then call your chosen water park and we’ll take it from there.

Beginners Courses - how to book

We run courses at Rutland, Grafham and Pitsford. For more information and to book a place please telephone the lodge.
Rutland 01780 686441
Grafham 01480 810531
Pitsford 01604 781350

Beginners' Fly Fishing Courses 2022

Rutland: 01780 686441
Saturday 12th, Saturday 19th, Thursday 24th
Saturday 7th, Thursday 19th, Sunday 29th
Saturday 4th, Saturday 11th, Sunday 19th, Wednesday 22nd
Saturday 2nd, Saturday 9th, Tuesday 12th, Sunday 24th, Saturday 30th
Sunday 15th, Saturday 27th
Friday 2nd, Sunday 4th, Saturday 10th, Sunday 18th, Wednesday 21st
Sunday 2nd, Friday 8th, Saturday 15th, Sunday 23rd, Wednesday 26th
Saturday 5th, Saturday 19th
Sunday 4th
Grafham: 01480 810531
Saturday 5th, Sunday 13th, Friday 18th, Wednesday 23rd
Sunday 1st, Sunday 8th, Saturday 21st
Sunday 5th, Friday 10th, Saturday 18th, Wednesday 22nd
Sunday 3rd, Friday 8th, Thursday 14th, Sunday 31st
Sunday 7th, Saturday 13th, Sunday 28th
Saturday 3rd, Sunday 11th, Friday 16th, Thursday 22nd, Friday 30th
Sunday 9th, Thursday 13th, Saturday 22nd, Saturday 29th
Friday 4th, Saturday 12th
Saturday 3rd
Pitsford: 01604 781350
Sunday 27th
Sunday 6th, Sunday 20th
Friday 6th, Saturday 28th
Thursday 9th, Thursday 16th, Friday 24th
Sunday 10th, Friday 15th, Saturday 23rd, Friday 29th
Saturday 6th, Thursday 11th, Friday 26th
Thursday 8th, Saturday 17th, Thursday 29th
Saturday 8th, Friday 28th
Fishing, walking, cycling, water sports

Our water parks not only bring vital water resources for the region, but they also provide a fantastic day out for all the family.

Whether you're looking for an action-packed day on the water, a spot of fishing to escape the stresses and strains of everyday life, or simply want to enjoy a relaxing walk in beautiful surroundings, look no further than our fabulous water parks.