Fly fishing FAQ - If you have a question not covered below just ask me.

Am I guaranteed to catch a fish?

a fly rod bent

No I am afraid not. Whilst my ultimate aim is to get you catching trout on your first day there can never be any guarantee. Even highly experienced anglers like me have blank days although these are thankfully very rare! 

The time of year, weather conditions and other aspects all play an important part in the chance of catching. This is all part and parcel of fishing I am afraid. Like I said I want to maximise your chances of catching so if weather conditions were not favourable i.e very hot and sunny, or strong northerly wind etc I may advice you to cancel. That said 85 – 90% of my customers hook a trout with most landing it. If you are going to become a fly fisherman you will have to get use to "blanking" i.e not catching a fish once in a while.

If I book a fly fishing lesson with you how many other people will you be teaching on the day?

 Just you! I offer one on one tuition, however if you have a friend or relative that also wants to learn I teach upto a maximum of two people per day / lesson.

Do I have to bring my own fishing tackle, flies etc?

No, everything you need, rods, reel, line, flies, leaders etc is provided by me free of charge including a plastic bag to take home your catch if you want to. If you do have your own gear feel free to bring it along if you want.

a cracking 4lb rainbow

Do I need a rod licence?

Yes you do. You need a standard "Trout and coarse 2 rod license" You can buy this online and even get a day licence for £6. Buy here direct from the enviroment agency. In addition you must obey the rules of the fishery, this may include returning all Brown Trout alive, and also any fish over a certain weight for example 6lbs.

Do you offer discounts if I book more than one day with you or there is two of us?

Yes of course, I offer a 25% discount for two guests.

Do you offer Gift Vouchers?

Fly fishing gift voucher

Yes I do, either for the full days fly fishing tuition / experience, to include or exclude the fishery day ticket. 

Or I can issue a gift voucher as part of the price, i.e a voucher for £25, £50, £75

My vouchers are ideal for Christmas or Birthday gifts, are valid for a whole 12 months, and are personalised for you.

See fly fishing gift vouchers for more information.

Do you teach children?

No, sorry even if accompanied by an adult. The minimum age I will teach is 18.

I want to buy my own fishing tackle / equipment what do I need?

fly fishing tackle

I offer free tackle loan for beginners lessons using very high quality rods, reels and lines, its advisable that you don’t buy your own tackle until you know this sport is for you. However if you do want to buy your own I can put a package together for you online at no cost. Don’t forget second hand tackle can save you a lot of money.

As a pointer you will need a 9ft -  10ft fly rod rated 7/8# line weight new price from about £70.

A fly reel suitable for the line, fly reels are really only used to store the line and not for playing a fish (unless the fish is large) so about £25.
A good quality fly line floating 7 or 8 weight, about £40

Backing about £8, (unless your buying a reel with a line already on it) braided loops about £5 some fluorocarbon 6lbs breaking strain £5 and a selection of flys (nymphs, dry flies like sedges, buzzers and lures size 10 to 12) a starter selection will cost you about £40 for about 100 flies. 

A landing net £30 a priest for killing the fish £5 and that’s about it. Oh and a bass bag to keep your fish fresh or just use a cloth bag if you have one.

Ideally you would need a second reel with a sinking line and maybe a second rod so you have both a floating and sinking set up ready to use as conditions dictate. Many tackle shops sell starter kits so the line and backing is already on the reel.

Talk me through catching a trout

four trout lying in a net

Ok, well you might be able to see the fish feeding near the surface, either a series of boils or even see their heads or backs breaking the surface, or they may be deeper in the water and not visible. Either way we cast our fly out and begin to retrieve it.

You have been casting for an hour or so, thinking about what you are going to have for dinner because at this rate its not going to be Trout, or how nice that pint will taste later. All of a sudden you feel that pull, the line goes heavy! a fish, your in!. You are in a blind panic, you forget everything I have taught you and you might even wet yourself a little bit. You raise the rod up sharply and the hook is set. Your heart is in your mouth, you will be shaking if its your first trout trust me.

Your rod is bent and you begin to play the fish. Holding the rod in your right hand and pulling the line in with your left hand, you must keep the tension on the line to keep the fish hooked but allow the fish to run if it wants or the leader may snap, this is done by allowing line to go out at a controlled rate.

The trout is swimming left to right, all of a sudden it makes a dash for it, you allow the line to slip through your fingers under control. Again enough to keep a bend in the rod but not enough to break you. All of a sudden the trout jumps clear of the water, shaking its head to try and shake the hook. A few more runs like this and the fish is tiring and getting closer to you. Your landing net is at your side, when the fish is ready for the net it will lie on its side and you are able to pull its head clear of the water (see photo) and guide it to the net. Onto the bank, you did it!

You will never tire of this, and even now after 38 years that pull on the line is the best feeling in the world and always gets the adrenalin flowing. You can either carefully release the fish or kill it for the table