Fishing Lessons

Fishing Lessons – Overview

My coarse fishing and fly fishing lessons are suitable for both complete beginners and people with a bit more experience. The locations are in Hertfordshire and London. We can discuss your skill level and areas of interest beforehand, then adapt the session accordingly.

People learn best when they are having fun, so I aim to create a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere. After a safety briefing and an outline of the session plan, you will soon be fishing. Time usually flies once the fish start biting!

Fishing is not difficult, but learning new skills can take time. Also, different people learn in different ways. I have a variety of teaching methods and practice exercises to help everyone make progress. My lessons will prepare you to fish by yourself in future. I can advise you on what tackle to buy and where to go.

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Coarse Fishing Lessons

Coarse fish are freshwater species including roach, tench, perch and carp (but not trout and salmon which are classified as game fish). It is common to catch several different species in a day, using baits such as maggots, pellets and bread. We return the fish to the water rather than taking them home to eat.

The coarse fishing lessons include:

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Who can take part?

Anyone over 6 years old, but please note under-18s must be accompanied by an adult.

Seasonal availability

All year round.

Where can I do it?

Either Rib Valley Fishing Lakes in Hertfordshire (my recommended venue for beginners) or Picks Cottage Fishery in London.

Duration

3 hours.

Price

One person – £60
Two people – £80
Three people – £100

Please note:
– If you have a larger group, please contact me.
– You can extend the fishing lessons for £20 per hour added to the above prices.

Bookings

Please see Bookings page for booking instructions, terms and conditions, what to bring etc.

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Fly Fishing Lessons

Fly fishing is a method where we use artificial flies to tempt the fish, rather than bait. These flies imitate the insects and other creatures that fish eat. Fly fishing is mainly a trout fishing method, but you can catch many other kinds of fish as well.

Fly fishing takes a bit longer to pick up than coarse fishing, because the casting technique is less immediately intuitive. When coarse fishing, we cast a weight of some sort which takes our thin line with it. Fly casting is the other way around – we use a thick, heavy line to carry out the almost weightless fly.

For beginners I recommend a 4 hour course over two days. On day one you will have a 1 hour fly casting lesson and on day two, a week or so later, a 3 hour fishing lesson. Ideally you will practise casting in between. This way you can get to grips with fly casting before trying to catch a trout. If you already have some fly fishing experience then we can put together a tailored session based on your specific requirements.

The fly casting lessons include:

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The fly fishing lessons include:

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Who can take part?

Anyone aged 12 years or over, but please note under-18s must be accompanied by an adult.

Seasonal availability

Fly casting – all year round
Fly fishing – September to May (no fishing over the summer)

Where can I do it?

Fly casting – Broomfield Park in London, N13 or Rib Valley Fishing Lakes in Hertfordshire
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Duration and prices

4 hour fly fishing course:

One person – £90
Two people – £110

1 hour fly casting lesson:

One person – £30
Two people – £40

Please note:
– You can extend the fishing lessons for £20 per hour added to the above prices.
– After the fishing lesson, you can carry on fishing with your own equipment at no further charge.

Bookings

Please see Bookings page for booking instructions, terms and conditions, what to bring etc.

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