Fly Fishing for Beginners

Walton in his Complete Angler claimed that fishing was a life in itself.

See why by learning the principles and skills of tackle, rods, lines and flies.

Practical and demonstration sessions with a fishing trip included.


Week 1
  • Styles (dry, wet, lure, nymph)
  • Types (river, lake, stream)
  • Gear (rods, reels, flys, leaders, traces, indicators, nets, lights etc
  • Establish what you hope to gain from the programme

 Week 2

  • Gear  (setup)
  • Casting (basic skills)
  • Practice
  • Demonstrations
  • Trout Food  (what they eat)
  • Trout Behaviour (likes and dislikes)

 Week 3

  • Gear  (set up and knots)
  • Casting (review basic skills, vary techniques)
  • River craft (where to look, what to look for, time of day considerations )
  • Variables

Week 4

Gear:Check and review your set ups


  • Wet, dry, nymphs, feathered lure
  • Patterns
  • Sizes
  • When and where to use)
  • Use of accessories – flotants, indicators, multiples

Casting Practice:

Nets and other “essentials”

Week 5

Review: Where are we at?   Where do we want to be? 


  • Where Trout lie
  • How to get at
  • Where to cast
  • Sun shadow?
  • Wind considerations?
  • Trout “beats”?
  • Using background “cover”

Casting Practice:


Week 6

River Practicals

  • This can be arranged to suit the group as a whole, (depending on numbers) or on an individual /two person at once basis
  • It does not need to be the last session but could be earlier if the weather forecast is advantageous.  It is most likely to be on the Oreti River.
  • As the time of year is likely to influence river flows and daylight is great, we should be able to fit in at least one river visit.