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 £85 for adults and £60 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 £80 for adults and just £60 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 2018

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