Beginners show off their first fish at Pitsford Water Park.

Courses for beginners to fly-fishing run throughout the year at Rutland, Grafham and Pitsford Water Parks. Cost £80 adult; £60 junior (14 - 17) and includes course booklet and light lunch. Booking is essential.
Here are a few comments from beginners who have attended our course.
"Brilliant course.  Thank you."
"A really good introduction to the sport."
"A great day, learnt a lot and the course was the right pace."
"Excellent tutor - put everyone at ease."
"Caught two fish!"

Additional courses to develop boat handling skills are also available.

Beginner courses

These are run by experienced, qualified instructors, you will receive a full day's tuition covering tackle, casting techniques, presentation, trout behaviour and safety. Use of tackle, course booklet and a light lunch are included for £80 per person. Courses run throughout the year and booking is essential.

After completing the course you will be entitled to buy a Starter Season Permit. This permit gives you access to all four trout fisheries and you can take up to two trout each day with a limit of 75 over the season. You can renew this for one further season and then get a discount if you upgrade to a full season permit. If you attend the course from 1 June there is a pro-rata price for the starter season permit. Please ask at the lodge for details.

Learn to fly fish for pike
This day follows the same format as our fly fishing for trout beginner courses.
Irrespective of what species you are after, the techniques are the same.
Predator tackle will be used at some stage during the day on the pike course. A few pike flies will also be tied.
Course dates for pike are shown in the table below.