Fly fishing Courses
Beginners fly fishing course, improvers fly fishing course, boat fly fishing course. 

Fly Fishing For Beginners - gift vouchers available just ask.

A course for total beginners or if you have been struggling to learn the basics of fly fishing.

WHERE? At a still water or reservoir of your choice or I can recommend one for you. I mainly cover Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Leicestershire / Rutland. Waters I can recommend for Northants are Elinor, Ringstead Grange, Pitsford and Ravensthorpe. For Cambridgeshire Grafham water, Rutland and in Bedfordshire Gamlingay. Use the map below for a list of stillwaters near you. 

Feel free to contact me and I can give you advice on wish fishery may be best for you. Ringstead and Elinor are again excellent for beginners for bank fishing. The larger waters like Grafham, Pitsford and Rutland are really only worth fishing from a boat, so consider one of my fly fishing boat courses.


What does the Fly Fishing course cover?

A beginner preparing for the first fly fishing lesson

Everything you need to know and learn to fly fish and catch a trout. I will run you through the tackle we use, rod, reel, line and flies. We will then learn and practice the basic casting techniques you need to master. 

Stage 1: Running through the tackle, fly rod, fly reel, fly line, leader and flies, and assembling / tackling up.

Stage 2: The basic roll cast - handy for getting the line out straight before the main cast, or casting to very close fish if the standard cast is not possible due to obstructions behind you.

Stage 3: False casting - learning the timing and technique of the first stage of the fly cast.

Stage 4: Shooting line - Now you have learnt to false cast you will learn to shoot the fly line to get a longer cast.

Stage 5: Reading the water - Learning to look at the water in a whole new way, finding the fish, wind patterns, natural flies hatching, bird activity indicating a hatch is taking place or the trout are feeding on fry.

Stage 6: Fishing! - Now we put everything together, and start fly fishing, gradually your casting will get better, you will naturally learn to keep looking around you constantly scanning the water looking for fish moving.

Stage 7: Catching (hopefully), playing and landing a Trout - The last stage is to hook a trout, play the fish and land it.

In addition and depending on your progess I can cover other casting techniques such as double hauling, reverse casting, steeple casting and cross body casting.

Finally I can also show you how to clean the fish ready to be cooked, how to fillet it if you so wish and even give advice on recipies and cooking. You will also receive full course notes so you can refresh your knowledge at home.

Improvers / Novice fly fishing courses

Improvers novices fly fishing courses

Aimed at those who have already started fly fishing with a few months experience and may be struggling and want to improve their skills. 

Improve your overhead casting. Learn other fly casting techniques such as the double haul, reverse casting and steeple casting. Learn how to tie on droppers and how  to fish a team of flies or buzzers correctly. Or maybe get afloat for the first time in a boat, learn how to drift and find the fish, or just have a "holding hand" on some of the larger reservoirs.

What days of the week and months can I learn fly fishing?

I teach fly fishing 7 days a week, starting in Febuary right through to November when most Trout Fisheries close for the winter. Fishing in the week Monday to Friday is better as the fisheries are not as busy compared to weekends, I however offer fly fishing lessons  I offer either one to one lessons or a maximum of two anglers if you want to bring a friend. However if you book a lesson just for you it will be just me and you learning to fly fish. Check my availability calendar here

How much does a Fly Fishing Course cost?

tim with his first fly caught rainbow trout

 A full days tuition / guiding on a one to one basis usually eight hours costs £125. In addition to this you will have to pay for a fishing permit, this varies from about £20 for two fish killed then catch and release to about £30 depending on the fishery. However a full breakdown of costs will be given to you prior to booking. If you live on the way to the fishery I can even pick you up and drop you home at no extra cost. Be warned though, fly fishing is highly addictive!

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING? I can supply all the tackle you need, quality tackle mind, Hardy, Greys and Airflow rods, Cortland reels and fly lines, flies, nets etc at no extra cost or if you have your own equipment then feel free to bring that with you. In addition you will need a baseball style cap to protect your head from bad casts, eye protection (sunglasses) sun cream in the spring and summer months (you will burn very quickly near water trust me) plenty to drink (no alcohol please) Suitable foot wear and clothing for the weather, and a packed lunch.


Fly fishing gift vouchers

fly fishing gift voucher
I offer a range of gift vouchers for fly fishing lessons which make a great Christmas or Birthday present. The cost per 1 days fly fishing instruction is £125 for one person or £200 for two people. A gift voucher can be for any amount you want although the balance will have to be made up prior to booking if its less than the day cost. A gift voucher is valid for a whole year.

Simply contact me letting me know how much the gift voucher is for, the persons name and whether you want the price shown on it or not plus any special message. I will then email you a PDF voucher which you can print off. I can also include the cost of the day ticket if you wish (around £20) and pay that directly to the fishery on the day.


Course fishing courses, Pike / Carp / Perch / Zander

Course fly fishing lessons for Pike, Carp and Perch.

 Its not just all about Trout, fly fishing for course fish such as Pike, Zander, Perch and Carp brings a whole new dimesnsion to your fishing. Travelling light with just the rod, a few flies and landing net means you can cover a lot more water quickly and easily.

The fight you get on a fly rod is amazing, I offer courses for catching these fish with the fly, all tackle supplied. Just contact me for more details.


Introduction to boat fishing Course - Fly Fishing

boat fly fishing courses

 Aimed at those who have mastered the basics of bank fly fishing and wish to progress to boat fishing. Fishing from a boat is a great way to maximise your catch especially on large waters like Rutland and Grafham. I will show you everything from scratch including how to drive the boat, anchor, drift fish and troll where permitted.

Costs are £125 per day plus fishing permits and boat hire. Again I can supply all tackle for you free of charge and will act as your guide / instructor.

Corporate fly fishing days, treat a customer or employee

corporate fly fishing days

 I am pleased to offer corporate fly fishing days for your most valued customers or to reward a key member of your staff. This is ideal for both beginners in fly fishing (where they will be taught the basics of fly casting and fly fishing) or the experienced fly fisherman (where I act as guide and ghillie). Corporate days cost £300 for one guest, this includes all fishing tickets and boat hire, as well as free tackle loan if required.

I also provide a quality picnic lunch to suit your clients requirments, served from a wicker picnic basket and containing for example, a quality bottle of red and white wine, Smoked Salmon, Crab pate, Granary bread, a selection of cured meats, a cheese selection and soft drinks

I cover a host of fisheries across the UK although if further than a 30 mile radius of Milton Keynes I may charge a nominal amount for travelling. 

To enquire about corporate days please call or email me.

Cancellations and Course booking

WHAT HAPPENS IF THE DAY IS CANCELLED? Sometimes due to the weather (usually high wind speeds which make casting difficult or dangerous) I may advice you to cancel as you will be wasting your time. In this case you can either have a full no quibble refund within 24 hours or book an alternative date, its up to you.

HOW DO I BOOK? Simply give me a call or drop me an email from the contact page, and we can have a quick chat about what you require, the date you are looking to book and where you want to fish, once a price has been agreed I will send you an invoice and confirm your booking.

WHAT DATES DO YOU HAVE AVAILABLE? You can check my availability calendar here

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