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All about the Northern Fishing School

Founder: Marina Gibson

Marina Gibson is a truly passionate angler who was lucky enough to spend much of her childhood chasing salmon, trout and sea trout. Following in the footsteps of her talented mother Joanna Gibson, herself a devoted fly fisher, Marina has dedicated a significant part of her life to the pursuit of every type of fish at every available opportunity wherever in the world that may be. 

Marina is a certified Fly Fishers International CI Instructor and 1st4sport Level 2 coach, Marina is a freelance writer who hosts trips worldwide and guides in the UK. She competed in her first World Championships in 2018 where she broke the UK records for the Ladies Salmon Distance with 53.5m and 15.1 Spey with a total of 79.5m and 16ft Spey with 43 metres in a UK record breakers event. 

Marina wants to introduce as many people as possible to the magic of fishing – whatever their age – as the fun, affordable, perfect antidote to stress and the best way to escape the daily grind.

Her mission is to get many more people out fishing as possible and to make it feel like an inclusive sport. Fishing gets you off the sofa, away from tech and into the fresh air away, breaking from the normal day-to-day routine. Fishing days are all consuming, from planning your trip to downloading the experiences from the day. It’s brilliant for families – young children can pick up fishing quickly and with it learn how important our eco systems are and why they should care about littering, global warming, pollution, water quality, farming etc.  

Swinton Park Estate 

Swinton Estate in North Yorkshire near Ripon is a 20000 acre estate and home to Swinton ParkHotel, Swinton Bivouac and Swinton Country Club & Spa.

Swinton Estate has fishing for wild brown trout, grayling and salmon along its 4 miles of single bank River Ure, and the River Burn has over 6 miles of double bank. Leighton reservoir, also on the Estate, is stocked with rainbow trout. For guests staying on the Estate, the Orvis Rod Room in Swinton Park Hotel is well equipped with fly rods and flies, jackets, waders, coarse rods – and a drying cupboard for those caught out in the elements! A refundable deposit of £50 applies for use of rods. Day permits are £25, guided days are available.

The River Ure is a typical “freestone” Dales river and fish can be caught with a wide variety of fly-fishing styles. The most famous style in these parts is the use of traditional Yorkshire Spiders. However, other methods such as dry fly, wet fly, upstream nymph and Czech nymphing can all be used to great effect.

The Northern Fishing School Office & Shop is located at Swinton Estate, opposite the Terrace Restaurant, please email us northernfishingschool@gmail.com if you'd like to pop in and say hello.