Frequently asked questions about fly fishing lessons
If we could encourage you to do just one thing, that would be to call us, talk about a fly fishing course tailored for you, how to progress, or just get started.
Q: Why should I learn from an AAPGAI qualified instructor?
A: AAPGAI are without doubt the most recognised & respected qualifications in the UK. AAPGAI fly fishing instructors have the proven skills to teach you how to fly fish and fly cast correctly. As instructors we are committed to sharing our skills, experience and knowledge with you, helping you avoid many common casting faults and frustrations experienced by many anglers.
Q: I have never fly fished before?
A: As AAPGAI qualified fly fishing and fly casting instructors we are used to teaching beginners and are sympathetic to the needs of each individual. we will tailor the instruction to suit you and ensure you have a memorable introduction to this wonderful sport.
Q: I have done some fly fishing but want to improve?
A: We can take your fly fishing beyond the basic overhead and roll cast, teach you to apply the Single or Double haul, Spey cast with single handed rods, Snake Roll, Snap-T and much more, as well as share with you a variety of fly fishing techniques useful on chalkstreams, rivers and lakes to catch trout & grayling.
Q: How long is the tuition you provide?
A: We offer fly fishing tuition for a minimum of 4 hours (Part Day). We believe this is the least amount of time that would benefit you as a potential fly angler. (Hourly fly casting tuition is available by arrangement for experienced casters)
Q: Will I be in a group or is tuition on a 1-2-1 basis?
A: With the exception of the weekend and masterclass courses, all part, full day and extended fly fishing courses are based on a 1-2-1 principle unless you're actually bringing a friend or a partner.
Q: Where will the tuition be held?
A: We have access to a number of chalkstreams, rivers and stillwaters. Alternative locations can be sought by special arrangement but additional charges may be incurred for fishing permits and travel.
Q: I don't have any tackle or equipment, or a rod licence?
A: Don't worry! - All of your fly fishing equipment and tackle needed for your course is provided by us at no extra cost. You will however by law need to obtain a game & course rod licence, you can pick them up for 1 day, 8 days or a full season. Click here to purchase online or visit any post office.
A: Further more... we would encourage you not to make any purchase of fly fishing tackle prior to your fly fishing lesson, you don't want to spend your money on something that may not be suited to you.
We use only top quality tackle giving you the opportunity to try a variety of fly rods, fly reels & fly lines for any given fly fishing situation. With the knowledge you'll have acquired during your lesson, you'll feel a lot more informed and confident about making your first purchase.
A: Although we can provide all of your fly fishing tackle requirements, as an experienced fly fisher you may have already obtained a selection of tackle, we would thoroughly endorse you bringing it with you to any fly fishing course, we can then have a look at it to assess it's suitability, and because you'll also have the familiarity with it having used it on previous occasions.
Q: When is the best time to learn?
A: You can learn to fly cast and fly fish throughout the year. Many stillwaters stocking rainbow trout remain open so you can continue fly fishing once the brown trout season has closed. For the chalkstream & river fly fisher there's also the opportunity to extend your season by trying your hand at winter grayling fly fishing instead.
Q: What will I learn?
A: Having understood how the fly rod, reel and fly line compliment one another, you'll learn how to fly cast correctly (A number of different styles and techniques will be covered based on your ability & experience as a beginner, intermediate or advanced fly fisher). Watercraft, entomology and all other fly fishing paraphernalia will be covered relative to your tailored individual fly fishing course.
Q: How many lessons will I need?
A: Having discussed and assessed your abilities during the course of your fly fishing lesson, we can inform and guide you as to what further fly fishing tuition you may want to consider going forward.