Stillwater Fly Fishing Lessons In The Peak District

Stillwater Lessons

We are based in the tranquil Peak District. Our still water lessons take place either at Barlow Trout Fishery, Ladybower Fisheries or the Upper Derwent Valley reservoirs. We cater for complete novices up to experienced anglers.

Learning With Us

Whether you are a complete novice or you have been fly fishing for a while, fly fishing lessons will help you improve all areas of your fishing from casting to water craft. Whether it’s just one day to put you on the right track or weekly lessons to improve your skills over a period of time we can help.

If you are interested in fly fishing lessons in Sheffield, South Yorkshire or Derbyshire then please contact us to discuss your requirements. If you are interested in your child having fly fishing lessons please get in touch. David is CRB checked to work with children and has undertaken child protection training through the Angling Development Board. If you wish to get copies of his CRB or child protection policy these are available upon request.

Fly fishing lessons will be tailored to match you ability and learning styles. We are qualified coaches and it’s our job to help you improve!


A rainbow trout caught during a stillwater fly fishing lesson.


A fly fishing lesson at beautiful Ladybower Fisheries.

Your fly fishing casting lesson will be tailored to suit your experience and objectives. Common benefits of fly fishing casting lessons are:

  • Cast distances
  • Increase turnover and improve presentation
  • Learn new casts such as hauling, roll casting & slack line casts
  • Stop tangles & knots
  • Cover rising fish quickly
  • Catch more fish
  • Enjoy your time on the water more
  • Cast in tight spots and under trees

Peaks Fly Fishing are one of the leading fly fishing schools in the UK. We provide high quality fly fishing lessons that are exhilarating and fun underpinned with the technical learning required to help people learn the art of fly fishing.

Our game angling coaches, headed by David Johnson are all highly experienced, qualified & insured. We are committed to excellence and continued professional development and strive to deliver the most fun, engaging and educational fly fishing lessons in some of the most beautiful & exclusive locations in the UK.

We are a UK Limited Company with years of experience delivering game angling coaching, as well as the manufacture and retail of fishing tackle and flies.

You fly fishing lesson can take place at any of our locations in and around the Peak District:

Private River – Darley Dale, Derbyshire, DE4 2EQ

Nestling on the edge of the Peak District in Derbyshire, just a few miles downstream of the Chatsworth House, our private beat of river Derwent near Darley Dale is available for all our clients to learn the art of river fly fishing.

Wild Fly Fishing – The Upper Derwent Valley, Derbyshire, S33 0AX

Get away from it all learning the art of wild fishing in the truly spectacular surroundings of the Upper Derwent Valley on Howden & Derwent reservoirs (approx 600 acres). We have exclusive access to coach on these waters. 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.

Ladybower Fisheries – Nr. Bamford, Derbyshire, S33 0AX

Learn the art of fly fishing at one of the finest waters in the UK. Ladybower is set in the heart of breathtaking scenery of the Peak District near the villages of Hope and Hathersage.

You will learn the techniques for catching the Rainbows and Wild Brown Trout that frequent this water. You can even take a rainbow trout for your tea if you catch one!

Barlow Trout Fishery – Nr. Dronfield, Derbyshire, S18 7TJ

The beautiful village of Barlow lies in a valley skirting the edge of the Peak District National park. The fishery has four beautiful trout lakes stocked with Rainbow and Brown Trout wildlife is abundant especially the grass snakes which are a common sight in the hotter months

Standard Lessons (take place with 1 other angler on river and up to 2 on stillwater

Half day For 1 Person – £130 £98

Full day for 1 person – £199 £169


Half day for two people – £199 £179

Full day for two people – £338 £249

For larger groups please contact us for a price. Our prices include your fishing permit and all the tackle hire for the day including waders.


  • Access to private river where you can learn without distraction (river tuition)
  • All the tackle and equipment you need
  • The fishing permit for the day
  • A discount on further lessons to advance your skills
  • Unlimited phone and email advice

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