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Expert Fly fishing lessons for beginners and novices


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Hello, And Welcome To Your First Steps In Learning To Fly Fish. Fly fishing lessons and experiences in Somerset, Devon and Dorset.

My Name is James, and I have been fly fishing since I was 8 years old (39 years ago) I have a vast fly fishing and casting experience ranging from the remote hill lochs of Scotland, fly fishing for truly wild Brown Trout, Scottish rivers catching the mighty Atlantic Salmon, to my "back door" the stillwaters and reservoirs of the Midlands. I was manager and water bailiff at Ringstead Grange about 20 years ago. I studied at Inverness College in the early 1990's and hold a Scotvec Diploma (Distinction) in Aquaculture and fish farm management, and am an associate member of the GAIA (Game Angling Instructors Association) and also a tackle tester for Fishing Republic PLC and Yorkshire Game Angling. I also carry £5 million public liability insurance and £1 Million pounds Professional Indemnity Insurance for your peace of mind. I am based in the Blackdown Hills Somerset and offer fly fishing tuition / lessons and experience days for Somerset Devon and Dorset


I am self taught, learning the hard way but you don’t have to waste years learning to fly fish I can teach you to fly cast and fast track you to one of the most rewarding sports possible. I specialise in teaching beginners to fly fish, everything from fly casting lessons, fly selection, finding the fish and playing and landing a trout.

Have a read through the site and if you have any questions or would like to book some tuition / fly fishing experience  just let me know. In the meantime Tight Lines! Please have a look at my genuine testimonials here.

I offer one to one fly fishing lessons, you may see cheaper lessons advertised but these are usually groups of at least 10 people sometimes as much as 20, so double check all the details.


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About me, your fly fishing instructor

I started fly fishing when I was about eight years old. on the Scottish highland lochs and rivers, as well as local stillwaters such as Elinor and Ringstead Grange. I Was the head bailiff and fishery manager at Ringstead Grange trout fishery, am an associate member of the GAIA (Game Anglers Instructors Association)

I have taken Rainbow Trout to 14lb (fishery record), Salmon to 25lb, Sea Trout to 14lb and wild Brown Trout to 8lb. I live, eat and breath fly fishing! 

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What is Fly fishing, and how is it different to coarse fishing?

As the name suggests fly fishing uses an artificial fly to imitate what the fish are feeding on. The flies are tied using natural and man made materials like feathers, animal fur, wool etc. Fly fishing is an art, the first thing you need to learn is how to cast the fly which takes time but is very rewarding when you get it right. Fly fishing targets mainly game fish like Trout and Salmon. 

Coarse fishing is much easier to learn, the casting can be learnt very quickly. Coarse fishing uses completely different rods and reels and bait like maggots or worms, targeting coarse fish like Carp, Pike and Tench.

 

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Fly fishing courses, for beginners, novices and improvers

My Fly fishing instruction for beginners course covers all the basics from tackle explanation and selection, basic fly casting, fly selection, how to find the trout, to how to play and land the fish. I also offer a novice / improver course for those that have already started fly fishing and want to improve their casting or learn advanced fly fishing methods.

Available at multiple stillwaters across Somerset, Devon and Dorset. All tackle supplied for free. For a maximum of two people at a time if you want to bring a friend or relative otherwise its one on one tuition, 7 days a week from February to November  Read more


Fly fishing courses available
25% discount for two people or if 1 person books two days tuition

Beginners Course
£149a day
  • Includes all tackle
  • One 2 One tuition
  • Approx 8 hours
  • Gift voucher available
  • Excludes fishing ticket
Fly Fishing Gift Vouchers
£25from
  • Great for Birthdays and Christmas
  • Can be for full cost or part
  • Valid for 1 year
  • Fully personalised.
Improvers Novices Course
£149a Day
  • Improve casting
  • One 2 One Tuition
  • Learn new techniques
  • Catch more fish
  • Free tackle hire
Boat fishing Course
£149a day plus boat
  • Learn how to fish from a boat
  • How to safely handle a boat
  • How to fish on a drift
  • Drogue fishing
  • Fishing at anchor
  • Plus lots more
Fly fishing gift voucher

Fly fishing Gift experience vouchers - Ideal for Birthdays, Christmas or Retirement gift

Looking for a birthday or Christmas fly fishing gift for the person that has everything? I offer fly fishing lessons / experience gift vouchers, valid for 1 year.

You can either contact me for details or buy online. The voucher will have a personal message from you and details the day ahead. Its two sided and will be emailed to you as a PDF so you can print it off. Vouchers are valid for 1 year and can be either for a full days experience / tuition £149, including any fishery ticket cost, or for any amount you like (minimum £25) so the recipient can make up any balance.


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Customer Testimonials.

Read my genuine testimonials from past guests. Read All Testimonials

Dave - Torquay

"Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value
Had a lesson with James on 8th April at Hawkridge Reservoir Somerset. Not one of his younger students as I won’t see 60 again and prior to the day with James I was able to cast a fly so not a complete novice.

Great day and I can not recommend his patient instructional style enough. Taught me how to single and double haul cast. I had a list of queries regarding what I was doing wrong and problems I had when fly fishing and James took the time to address each of them, regardless if it was about tackle, reels, lines, leaders or flies.

To round the day off caught two good fish as well as losing several others.

Hope to fish with you again when we catch up James.

Thanks for the great day
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Tom - Taunton, Somerset

"Hi James, Thanks so much again for yesterday. It was fantastic fun and I was so pleased to have been able to land one from start to finish!"


Paul - Bridgewater Somerset

"Hi James, Thanks for a great day, really enjoyed it, knackered but loved it!"


Scott - Leighton Buzzard

"Another cracking lesson today, thanks James really appreciated it and yes you are right, I am now hooked on trout (and still pike!) see you again soon! First trout fly lesson!!"


Robin & Kathy - Milton Keynes

"Hi James,
Thank you so much for guiding my wife and me yesterday. Cathy was particularly impressed with the attention you gave to her.
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Locations I cover for fly fishing lessons.

fly fishing lessons in Devon and Somerset

I offer fly fishing courses and tuition in the following areas:

Somerset including: Taunton, Wells, Wellington, Yeovil, Dulverton, Chard, Somerton, Bath, Minehead

East Devon including: Exeter, Honiton, Cullompton, Tiverton, Exmouth, Credinton 

West and South Dorset including: Lyme Regis, Axminster Sidmouth

The trout fisheries I cover and recommend are: Sutton Bingham reservoir and the west pond, Hawkridge reservoir and Clatworthy reservoir. Wimbleball fly fishery


Join me on social media.

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Your welcome to join me on social media, I have a great facebook group, Twitter and Youtube

Facebook group, fly fishing for beginners click here

Twitter click here

Youtube click here


corporate fly fishing days

Corporate fly fishing days and Experiences

I provide corporate fly fishing days for your most important clients / suppliers or key member of staff. Aimed at either beginners or experienced fly fishermen. I provide a high quality picnic lunch and arrange all fishing permits etc, and will act as guide and Ghille for the day.
Covering a 50 mile radius from Taunton Somerset and a huge number of still waters and reservoirs.

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Read my fly fishing blog

Keep up to date with all things fly fishing, including fishing tips, experiences, fly fishing tackle and trout fishery reviews, fishery reports, news and recipes on my blog as well as how my customers got on with their fly fishing lesson. Its updated as and when so keep checking back from time to time.

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fly fishing videos for beginners

Watch my fly fishing videos

I have put together some great You Tube videos for your information, everything from fishing knots, gutting and filleting a trout to some great action videos of Trout being caught on the fly! (please note some may not be suitable for children due to fruity language!)


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