Courses

Fresh water

Fly Fishing Course for Beginners

Recommended for beginners, irregular fishers and returnees.

The one day beginners course is held on the lakes at Wessex Chalk Streams. It's a fun day where you very much dictate the pace and direction

What to expect

  • Normally 10am till 4 - 5pm
  • You will need to provide your own packed lunch or visit a local pub
  • Introduction to fly fishing
  • Understanding equipment & tackle
  • Basic casts
  • Casting tuition
  • Practise routines
  • Basic fly selection and knots

The rest of the day will be spent putting your developing practical skills into practice on the lakes at Southover.

What it costs

1 day course £185 including all fishing and tackle.

Intermediate Course

Intermediate courses are aimed at those wishing to improve and extend their skills and for those that are looking to acquire new ones.

The transition from stillwater to river or those wishing to try salt water are good examples

What to expect

  • Normally 10am till 4 - 5pm
  • You will need to provide your own packed lunch or visit a local pub
  • Changes in casting style
  • Understanding equipment & tackle
  • New casts and Casting tuition
  • Practice routines
  • Watercraft
  • Basic fly selection and knots

The rest of the day will be spent putting your developing practical skills into practice on the lakes at Southover, or in the river of your choice or at a S.W. location

What it costs

1 day course £185 (surcharge for river beats applies) including all fishing and tackle.

Advanced Fly Fishing Course

If you are experiencing problems with any aspect of your fishing or just want a day where you can hone areas and pick up new skills. For instance sight fishing with nymphs, watercraft, or using roll and spey casts to fish tricky bits of water

What to expect

  • Normally 10am till 4 - 5pm
  • You will need to provide your own packed lunch or visit a local pub
  • Establishing what you want to cover
  • Adapting equipment & tackle
  • Speciality casts
  • Practice routines
  • fly selection and Entomology

These courses can be held anywhere on a river beat of your choice or on the lakes or surrounding coastline

What it costs

1 day course £200 including all fishing and tackle. (subject to surcharge for some river beats depending on location and season)

Salt water

Flats Fishing for Bass & Mullet

Flats fishing puts one in mind of Bonefish and Permit in exotic locations, but flats are everywhere in the oceans and seas of the world. In the UK there are shallow (flats) that can be fished, targeting Bass, Mullet and occasionally Garfish and Mackerel. Good fun in its own right or an affordable preliminary to a foray abroad.

What to expect

  • Dependant on tides approximately 6 hours on the water.
  • You will need to provide your own packed lunch or visit a local pub
  • Introduction to Saltwater fly fishing
  • Understanding equipment & tackle
  • Basic casts
  • Casting tuition
  • Practise routines
  • Basic fly selection and knots

What it costs

1 day course £175 including all fishing and tackle. (Waders required in cooler months)

Fish Rocky Marks for Pollock & Mackerel

Dorset, and the Purbecks in particular, has a wealth of secluded rocky inlets, longshore ridges and rocky shelves that lend themselves to fly fishing. Fishing into weedy edges and rocky ledges for Bass and Mullet or deeper water for Pollock and Bass. Plenty of variety and lots of interesting fishing.

What to expect

  • Dependant on tides approximately 6 hours on the water.
  • You will need to provide your own packed lunch or visit a local pub
  • Introduction to Saltwater fly fishing
  • Understanding equipment & tackle
  • Basic casts
  • Casting tuition
  • Practice routines
  • Basic fly selection and knots

What it costs

1 day course £175 including all fishing and tackle.

In-shore boat - Fly Fishing

Dedicated fly fishing charter boats are thin on the ground in the UK

My boat "Betty" is a cap cammerat 5.75 , a Boston whaler type, centre consul boat, powered by an environmentally friendly 115 hp out board engine. She is quick over the water and a stable platform when drifting or at anchor, ideal for saltwater fly fishing. In the boat you can explore inshore and offshore ridges and shoals and visit shore areas inaccessible by any other means.

The boat has VHF radio, Sat Nav and fish finding electronics. A full manifest of safety gear, is fully insured, and is MCA coded for charter operation.

We also carry a range of lure fishing equipment.

What to expect

  • For safety reasons fly fishing from the boat is for competent casters only. Double haul is essential, if you feel unsure, please book a casting lesson first.
  • Normally set off from Weymouth Harbor at 9am return 4 - 5pm.
  • You need to provide your own packed lunch
  • Introduction to saltwater fly fishing
  • Understanding equipment & tackle
  • Basic fly selection and knots
  • The boat is also available for lure and bait fishing, though equipment is only provided for fly fishing.

What it costs

Boat, tackle and guide is £350 per full day (6hrs) for 1 or 2 persons and £75 for an additional person. Summer evenings and early mornings sessions (3-4hrs) also available at £175 -£250