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: Swinton Estate Home Lake.

Here's what you'll learn:

  • How to set up your rod and reel

  • Keeping safe when on the water

  • How to roll cast

  • How to overhead cast

Trout Fishing

This course is designed to follow on from the basic course and for those of you who have recently started fly fishing.

Venue: Leighton Reservoir


Here's what you'll learn: 

  • A bit of entomology

  • What sort of flies to use and when

  • The techniques of stillwater fishing

  • Hooking, playing and landing a fish

  • Correct fish handling and unhooking

  • How to dispatch and prepare your catch if you're taking it home

River Trout Fishing

For many this is what fly fishing is all about, casting a fly upstream for brown trout. You'll be doing just that on either of our two rivers and testing all that you've learnt on the most wily of fishes.

Venues: River Ure or River Burn

Here's what you'll learn:

  • A bit of entomology 

  • What insects are hatching

  • Selecting a fly or nymph

  • Watercraft and stalking a fish

  • Casting techniques for the river angler

  • Playing a fish in moving water

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: Swinton Estate Home lake  

Here's what you'll learn:

  • How to stay safe on the water

  • The right tackle for salmon

  • How to set up your rod and reel

  • How to roll cast

  • The single & double-handed Spey cast

Salmon Fishing

Having learnt the basics it's now time to put your new skills to the test, and what a test it could turn out to be should you get a pull on the line! 

Venue: River Ure Swinton Estate beat  

Here's what you'll learn:

  • How to stay safe on the river

  • Selecting a salmon fly

  • Watercraft

  • How to fish a salmon fly

  • Skills for hooking, playing and landing a salmon

  • Honing your casting skills