Fly fishing lessons in the Derbyshire Peak District

Peaks Fly Fishing is run by David Johnson. Our fly fishing lessons take place in & around the beautiful Derbyshire Peak District on our private river or local still water.

Fly fishing lessons

Learn or improve your fly fishing with the attention of an expert game angling coach. Lessons are tailored exactly to suit your ability and objetives

  • New casts and fault diagnosis
  • Distance and presentation
  • Dry, wet & nymph fly fishing
  • Watercraft & fly selection
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Fly fishing experience days

Buy the gift of fly fishing with a fly fishing experience day voucher. Relax and enjoy nature whilst learning the art of fly fishing!

  • Access to private river
  • Valid for one year
  • Stunning Peak District locations
  • Fully inclusive of fishing permit

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Recent feedback

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"Thank you very much for such an enjoyable day yesterday. Catching a fish was a bonus" - Nick 2014
"Hi Dave Just to let you know I had my first days fishing yesterday on a local small water and what a great day I had, caught 8 and missed a further 3, all down to your great tuition, many thanks" - John 2014
"David, Thanks so much for today, I have learnt more today than all my other days" - Simon 2014
" Now I am back in the office I have the opportunity to belatedly thank you for my initial fly fishing experience last Saturday! I really enjoyed the day and your instruction, wise words and patience with a total beginner" - Nigel 2014
"Just to say thank you for a great day today. We were lucky with the weather and also managed to catch something. Thank you for all the advise and help with my questions. I now have confidence to go ahead and try a venue near my home. Once again thank you for a great day. " - Gordon 2014
"Thank you for very much for the wonderful introduction to fly fishing. I thoroughly enjoyed the casting in the River Derwent on Friday and could not have asked for a better location or glorious weather. Your instruction and patience were excellent and I will not hesitate in referring you to friends and visiting again myself before too long." - Paula 2013
"Just wanted to thank you once again for a wonderful day yesterday, your tuition, and all the information you shared with us.We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, and we envy you your proximity to the river" - Ailsa 2013
"This is just a note to thank you for your excellent and very professional tuition on Monday but more than that. We got on well and I enjoyed your company. I shall be working hard at my casting (and striking, if I get the chance!)" - Robert 2013
"Just a few lines to say thank you for such a great day on Friday I had a wonderful experience and hopefully will be able to put into practise on a more regular basis the things you taught me." - Laurence 2013
"Many thanks for a brilliant time yesterday. I found the whole day exhilarating and it has really rekindled my interest in fly fishing." - Karl 2013
"Just wanted to thank you for an excellent day I had on Saturday. I've come away feeling that I have learnt alot more about fly-fishing that I can put into practice and hopefully catch many a fish. "- Rob 2013
"I just wanted to say thanks for a really enjoyable afternoon session last Saturday. I'd never tried fly fishing before, so this was a whole new experience.Happy to recommend your tuition to others" - David 2013
"A huge "Thank you" for a great day on the river - I learnt much from your practical tuition - and very much hope I can practice the tech niches before I forget them ! "- Tony 2013
"Thanks for a great days fishing on the Derwent on Sunday the 21st April, tom and I really enjoyed the day and we learned so much from you on the verious river techniques. It was great to catch a grayling on the home tied partridge and orange wet fly and the wild brownie on the upstream nymph that you gave me." - Eliot 2013
"Many thanks for yesterday. Really enjoyed it and learnt an awful lot. You even arranged good weather! I shall be back, and will be sure to tell friends and colleagues about Peaks Fly Fishing. "- Peter 2013
"Had lovely time week ago. Thank you for all patience and useful advise u gave me. When we get back home I was practicing all knots I learned from you. Went fishing on Friday and used yours techniques and succeed!" - Branislav 2012
"Thank you for a great experience, I will certainly be fly fishing in the future. Whether I catch anything is a different matter though!! You explained everything so simply that it was easy to understand and absorb. Thank you again." - Karen 2012
"Thanks for a great day out last Monday. I learnt a tremendous amount, identified where I need lots of practice and gained wading confidence. - Terry 2012"
"Thanks for today, the tuition and company were great and I enjoyed every minute. It was a good introduction to fly fishing and some of the things I found a little confusing I now understand much better. "- Craig 2012
"Just would like to say how enjoyable my lesson was yesterday, I really enjoyed the day, learnt a lot from your tuition " - John 2012
" Hi, David just to say thanks for a super day on the river on sat,my first Grayling on the fly and targeting that Wiley brown trout that got away . Thanks again totally enjoyed the day will keep in touch. " Darren 2012
"Just a quick note to thank you once again for a great day on the river, I loved every minute. I think I have bored my family and friends to tears. " Ross 2012
"I really enjoyed my day at Barlow with you yesterday.I learned an awful lot, and to land a fish my first time out was the icing on the cake! I have been boring my family silly but I think they are secretly impressed! I appreciated your very patient approach and sound advice, and will hopefully continue to build on the grounding I now have." - Sue 2012
"Just back from my first session at Ladybower, caught 4 released one, fantastic afternoon fishing. Thanks for the excellent tuition" - Mark 2012
"Hello David Just a quick note to say how good yesterday was - great, patient instruction and company, even caught a couple of whoppers!" - Simon 2012

"I'm so glad I took the plunge and booked that day with you as it has opened up a whole new branch of the sport for me." - Steve 2012
" Dear David, Just a line to thank you for a very enjoyable mornings tuition,as far as im concerned it went too quickly.It is really an exact science and I can see how one can get hooked!" - Neil 2012
"David just like to say what a great day i had on the Grayling course on Saturday,i learnt so much in just one day.." - Darren 2012
"We all had a thoroughly enjoyable day, David, thanks to your expert tuition. We will have no hesitation in recommending your services in the future. Once again, many thanks for your patience and advice" - Martin 2011
"Thanks for yesterday, what a day! My first Grayling on the fly and to get three of them - I'm still grinning from ear to ear, my wife thinks I've become slightly unhinged. I really enjoyed myself and found all the advice incredibly valuable" - Adrian 2011
"Thank you for a very interesting day. It was a pleasure to meet you and can I say that for a half day introductory lesson in fly casting this was perfect. As you know I have been with many instructors but you hit the right level very instructive and informative. Thanks very much again." - Mick 2011
"Thanks for a great day on saturday, I loved it. I have already been dropping subtle hints to my parents for my next christmas present, a day on the river with you." - Ross 2011
"Thank you for a most enjoyable and informative day's fishing: without a doubt one of the most interesting days that I have experienced for a long time. My wife is, already, fed up of me talking about fly fishing." - Paul 2011
"Thanks for such a wonderful day on Saturday. Both myself and Sue had a very enjoyable day and to catch some trout and grayling was a bonus (we won't mention the ones that got away). You have a nice relaxing manner which made it all the more enjoyable. I'm sure we will be back for more at sometime." - Mick 2011
"I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed yesterdays course and how useful I found it. I have always struggled casting and yesterday took me on leaps and bounds." - 2011