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 75 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 square the circle on 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' Fly Fishing Courses 2019

Rutland: 01780 686441
March
Sunday 10th, Thursday 14th, Saturday 23rd, Thursday 28th
April
Sunday 7th, Sunday 14th, Saturday 20th, Thursday 25th, Saturday 27th
May
Thursday 16th, Saturday 25th, Wednesday 29th
June
Friday 7th, Sunday 16th, Saturday 29th
July
Tuesday 2nd, Sunday 14th, Saturday 20th
August
Sunday 4th, Saturday 10th, Sunday 25th, Sunday 31st
September
Sunday 8th, Saturday 14th, Sunday 22nd, Tuesday 24th
October
Friday 4th, Sunday 13th, Friday 18th, Saturday 26th
November
Saturday 2nd, Sunday 10th
December
Sunday 8th
January 2020
Saturday 4th
Grafham: 01480 810531
February
Sunday 24th
March
Saturday 2nd, Wednesday 6th, Sunday 17th, Friday 22nd
April
Saturday 6th, Sunday 11th, Friday 19th, Tuesday 23rd
May
Sunday 5th, Sunday 19th, Sunday 26th, Friday 31st
June
Thursday 6th, Saturday 15th, Sunday 23rd, Sunday 30th
July
Saturday 6th, Friday 19th, Sunday 28th
August
Saturday 3rd, Friday 9th,Saturday 24th
September
Sunday 15th, Friday 20th, Wednesday 25th
October
Sunday 6th, Saturday 12th, Sunday 27th
November
Friday 1st, Saturday 9th
December
Saturday 7th
January 2020
Sunday 5th
Pitsford: 01604 781350
February
Saturday 23rd, Thursday 28th
March
Sunday 3rd, Saturday 16th,  Sunday 24th, Saturday 30th
April
Wednesday 3rd, Tuesday 16th
May
Thursday 2nd, Saturday 18th
June
Sunday 9th, Friday 14th, Saturday 22nd, Friday 28th
July
Friday 12th, Sunday 21st, Saturday 27th
August
Sunday 11th, Friday 23rd, Thursday 29th
September
Saturday 6th, Wednesday 11th, Saturday 21st
October
Saturday 5th, Friday 11th
November
Sunday 3rd, Friday 8th