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Fishing Lessons for Beginners

Fly Fishing at The Cowdray Estate

River Rother near Midhurst, West Sussex

From £75.00

    • Fly fishing on the Cowdray Estate in West Sussex
    • Fish on a private section of the River Rother
    • The beat is well-stocked with Brown Trout
    • All gear and tuition from estate ghillies included
Based On 7 Reviews

Rutland Water near Leicester

From £125.00

    • Rutland Water fishing lessons with Rob Waddington
    • Coaching available for all levels of fisherman
    • Tuition on the bankside & from motor launches
    • Tourism board award winning fishing experiences
Based On 1 Reviews

Long Crendon

From £79.00

    • Coarse fishing lessons on private lakes
    • One to one tuition to get you started in fishing
    • Hook & bait fishing for freshwater fish like perch
    • Minimum age for these lessons is 12 years
Deep Sea Fishing Brighton

Brighton Marina, East Sussex

From £65.00

    • Half and full day deep sea fishing trips
    • Set sail from Brighton Marina on a catamaran
    • The 33ft 'Brighton Diver' can host up to 12 anglers
    • Take home some of your catch for supper
Exclusive River Thames Fishing Day


From £299.00

    • An exclusive fishing day for one or two people
    • Use traditional fishing tackle & techniques
    • Hark back to the days of the Thames Professionals
    • Hosted by a life-long fisherman and angling coach
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Lewknor, Mursley

From £119.00

    • Fishing on calm waters in Buckinghamshire
    • Lessons hosted by qualified anglers Steve & Ian
    • You will be (hopefully) landing some prime trout
    • Minimum age for these fishing lessons is 12 yrs
Based On 3 Reviews


From £85.00

    • Fishing lessons with David & his personable style!
    • Fishing at a range of lakes in Derbyshire
    • Lakes restocked weekly with trout for you to fish
Fly Fishing North Yorkshire

River Swale and River Tees

From £99.00

    • Go fly fishing with champion angler Stuart Wardle
    • Fish on the banks of the River Swale or River Tees
    • A superb North Yorkshire backdrop for fly fishing
    • Learn the best techniques for the water conditions
Lake District Fly Fishing

Eden Valley, near Penrith

From £120.00

    • Fly fishing experiences in the lovely Eden Valley
    • Learn or improve your fly fishing skills with a pro
    • All coaching in Cumbria is geared to you
    • Your host is expert fly fisher Stuart Wardle
Norfolk Fishing Trips

Brancaster Staithe & Lowestoft Marina

From £70.00

    • Year round deep sea fishing trips around Norfolk
    • Skippered day trips for up to ten fishing
    • Catch tope, skate, cod, mackerel & more
    • Take fish home - subject to rules & etiquette

Is learning to fish as easy as just buying a rod, bait and casting off?

You might think learning to fish is easy. Fishing just involves a rod, a reel, a net, a pair of wellies and some bait all packed in a wicker basket doesn’t it? Then you simply trudge down to the water's edge with, sit down on your folding chair and get fishing. Many people might try this method, but believe us, becoming a successful fisherman or woman takes knowledge, learning, skill and maybe some luck thrown in too.

There are also many different types of rods, reels, lines and baits according to what sort of scaly creatures you want to catch and where you'll be doing it. It's actually like opening a big can of the proverbial worms when you ask a seasoned fisher person what their set up is. They might say: 'When I'm going for Rainbow Trout out on the reservoir on the fly I usually go for a 9ft 6" rod with a number 6 weight, but if it's Trout on a brook I'd go to a 6ft with a number 3.' We won't even ask them the difference between coarse and game fishing then!

Fly fishing - quick to learn, a lifetime to master

You probably won't have a clue what all the fishy talk means, so needless to say, there's a lot to learn. In fact, it doesn't take much teaching for beginner’s to learn a rod sport like fly fishing and to bring in a few Salmon or Perch, but it certainly takes a lifetime to master. And as the experts say, no two days are ever the same, with water flow, weather, the seasons and more all impacting on the schools of fish and your chances of reeling one in.

Before you will get anywhere near the stage of setting up your rods, you will be doing some riverbank training in the essentials of fishing on the fly. You'll be shown a thing or two about fly selection, namely whether you go for imitative where it looks like an actual fly, or attractive, where the bright colours and textures attract the fish to have a 'bite' or to strike). You'll also learn a couple of basic angling knots such as the slip knot and the clinch knot, as well as most impressive bit, casting off.

Fly fishing - the most idyllic of country sports?

This is the iconic image of this genteel sport. A tweed-jacketed gentleman standing in crystal clear, fast flowing waters of a stream in his waders, surrounded by the colourful flora on the embankments. Apart from the swishing sound of his cast, the only sounds are those of the native fauna - maybe some early morning birdsong or the sound of horses neighing in the distance. Ah absolute bliss.

Take a leaf out of one of main fishing coaches Rob Waddington who looks rather pleased with his lot in the video of him fishing on Rutland Water!

Even just writing about these learn to fish experiences makes us feel all peaceful and composed. Whether your day down at the lake proves to be all about tall tales of the 'ones that got away' or your net is stocked to the gills with by the end of the riverside lesson, you're sure to have learnt lots from the skilled anglers and ghillies who looked after you whilst you fished. And you may well even have caught the bug and want to buy all the tackle so you can do it all again!


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