All our fly fishing lessons are practical and take place on the water, there is plenty of fishing time included for our clients to try and hook the fish of a lifetime!
Our River Fly Fishing Lessons
We provide fly fishing lessons on our tranquil private beat of the River Derwent near the village of Darley Dale in Derbyshire. Wildlife is abundant on this particular beat of the river. Kingfishers make a near-daily appearance with their iridescent blue hue streaking up the river for our anglers delight. Dippers are also a common site bobbing up on the rocks and diving in the shallows. Wagtails, Moorhens & Water Voles are also present, we often find our clients will sit and enjoy the tranquillity and wildlife as much as the fishing!
The river is on private land on the edge of the Peak District with no public access, there are also no roads near to the bank, meaning that our guests enjoy a relaxing lesson away from the hustle & bustle of their daily lives!
The beat contains an excellent head of mainly Wild Brown Trout as well as Grayling. We are also fortunate to be able to catch wild Rainbow Trout in the river which spawn just upstream in the River Wye. Fly life is excellent on the river with good hatches of Grannom Caddis, Large Dark Olives & Mayfly as well as the usual up-wing and caddis species.
Stillwater Fly Fishing Lessons
Our stillwater fly fishing lessons take place at Ladybower, Barlow & the Upper Derwent Valley.
Ladybower Fisheries is one of the finest stocked large still water fisheries in the UK with hard fighting brown and rainbow trout living in the clean, unspoilt waters. Located in the heart of the Peak District, Ladybower consists of hundreds of acres of beautiful scenery and excellent fishing. There are plenty of cosy local pubs nearby for those who wish to stay.
Barlow Trout Fishery is nestled on the edge of the Peak District in a secluded wooded valley, it really is a stunning location with easy bank access and several smaller lakes stocked with rainbow and brown trout. This is a perfect location for as the woodland provides shelter from the wind. Natural food is abundant, and the fish are fee rising throughout the year. It is an excellent venue for learning through the Autumn and Winter months.
In the Upper Derwent Valley, we have exclusive access to over 600 acres of unspoilt wilderness. For those of you who fancy getting away from it all, we can provide fly fishing lessons for wild brown trout at Howden and Derwent Reservoir near the villages of Hope and Hathersage. There are no stocked fish, so you will need to learn the art of wild fishing in truly unbelievable surroundings.
With no roads, shops or sometimes even people nearby, the silence can be deafening, only interrupted by the occasional bird of prey whistling overhead or the distinctive call of the grouse on the moorland edges.
See below for more information on our fantastic lesson packages
Pre Requisites: None
Equipment: Everything provided including waders
Day tickets: Included in the cost of the lesson
Season: April – October
Our introduction to fly fishing lessons are for complete novices or those just taking up river fly fishing who require lessons to get started.
Understanding and set up tackle including rods, lines, AFTM standards & leaders.
Understanding different types of fly and when to use them. An introduction to river topography, basic river watercraft skills and where to find fish.
Learning the overhead cast and how to shoot line. Casting mechanics and fault finding, including how to form tight loops to obtain a good turnover.
River fishing techniques including upstream wet fly, downstream wet fly, nymphing and an introduction to dry fly fishing.
Fishing time, plenty of time to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the river and put your new-found skills to the test!