2-Day Beginners' Courses

No matter where your fly fishing journey takes you our Beginners' Courses are designed to stand you in good stead by covering all the essential skills you need.

Based at Swinton Estate near Ripon, Yorkshire, we will show you how to set-up your tackle, tie knots and teach you how to cast. You can then put those skills to the test on the water and try to catch a fish; whether that be a grayling, trout or salmon.

If you're unsure which course is best for you then just drop us a line.

Trout: The Basics

This short course is designed for the novice angler and is ideal if you're completely new to fishing and just want to see what fly fishing is all about. 

Venue: Home Lake and River Ure

Here's what you'll learn:

  • Knots: 3x beginners knots

  • How to set up your rod and reel

  • Keeping safe when on the water

  • How to roll cast

  • How to overhead cast

  • Watercraft, entamology and flies

  • The techniques of stillwater fishing

  • How to hook, play and land a fish 

  • Fish welfare: correct fish handling and unhooking

  • Intro to river fishing 

Salmon: The Basics

Few fish evoke more fascination than the Atlantic salmon and this is your first step towards hooking the King of our game fish on a fly.

Venue: River Ure  

Here's what you'll learn:

  • Knots: 2x beginners knots

  • How to set up your rod and reel

  • How to stay safe on the water

  • The right tackle for salmon 

  • Salmon behaviour and flies

  • How to set up your rod and reel

  • Watercraft

  • Skills for hooking, playing and landing a salmon

  • Fish welfare: correct fish handling and unhooking

  • Double-handed Spey casting ​

  • Single-handed Spey casting ​