Teaching Beginners

Getting Started in Fly Fishing

You can fly fish just about anywhere - stillwaters, rivers and even the sea! There are hundreds of Trout fisheries in the country and many other river venues suitable for fly fishing. Many fly fishing venues are day ticket waters and some are owned by local fishing clubs or privately.

Accessible fly fishing is easily found whichever part of the country you live in. However, it is very important you purchase a ticket or have the fishery owner's permission before fishing. Every angler over the age of 12 years in England (except the River Tweed), Wales and the Border Esk and its tributaries in Scotland must buy an Environment Agency Rod License before fishing. You can buy a license at the local Post Office or visit the Environment Agency website.

Fly fishing is the challenge and skill of casting a fly line and then matching the natural diet of the Trout with artificial flies. Fly fishing could take you from a small moorland stream to a large midlands reservoir or the magnificent Salmon and Sea Trout rivers of Scotland.

The closed season for Salmon varies in different parts of Britain; for Brown Trout the closed season is generally during the winter, but this differs by region. There is no legal closed season for Rainbow Trout in lakes and ponds because those fish don't normally breed in such waters. Again, if you don't know for sure, ask at your local tackle shop or the Environment Agency.

The traditional game species of Trout and Salmon are still probably the most popular quarry for the fly fisher, however, just about any fish that swims in UK waters can be caught with an artificial fly. Salmon, Sea Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Grayling are generally considered to be the game species. In recent years fly fishing for coarse fish such as Pike, Perch, Chub, Barbel, Zander and even Carp has increased in popularity and also saltwater fly fishing is widely considered to be a great way to catch many of our coastal species such as Pollack, Mackerel and Bass.

Watch the following video to find out what equipment you need to get you started at fly fishing.

What you need

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