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 £88 for adults and £67 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.

You can also download our fly fishing for beginner's guide and start to get to grips with this enjoyable pastime.

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 £88 for adults and just £67 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.

Update on 2020 Beginners Courses

Places on our 2020 Beginners Courses now available.

Beginners' Fly Fishing Courses 2020

Rutland: 01780 686441
Friday 8th, Friday 15th, Thursday 21st, Sunday 31st
Saturday 6th, Friday 12th, Thursday 18th, Wednesday 24th
Saturday 11th, Tuesday 14th, Sunday 26th
Saturday 1st,Sunday 16th, Saturday 22nd, Sunday 30th
Friday 4th, Sunday 6th, Saturday 12th, Sunday 20th, Wednesday 23rd
Friday 2nd, Saturday 10th, Friday 16th, Sunday 25th, Wednesday 28th
Sunday 8th
Sunday 6th
Grafham: 01480 810531
Sunday 3rd, Sunday 10th, Sunday 17th, Saturday 23rd, Friday 29th
Sunday 7th, Saturday 13th, Friday 19th, Friday 26th
Sunday 5th, Friday 10th, Thursday 16th, Friday 31st
Sunday 9th,Saturday 15th, Friday 21st, Saturday 29th
Sunday 13th, Friday 18th, Thursday 24th
Sunday 4th, Sunday 11th, Thursday 15th, Saturday 24th, Friday 30th
Friday 6th
Saturday 5th
Pitsford: 01604 781350
Saturday 9th, Saturday 16th, Sunday 24th, Saturday 30th
Sunday 14th, Sunday 21st, Thursday 25th
Sunday 12th, Friday 17th, Saturday 25th
Sunday 2nd, Saturday 8th, Friday 14th, Sunday 23rd, Friday 28th
Thursday 10th, Saturday 19th
Saturday 3rd, Friday 9th, Saturday 31st
Saturday 7th
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.