Learning to fish

S&TCUK Beginner Courses

For a number of years branches associated with the Salmon & Trout Conservation UK have held courses aimed at individuals wishing to experience a day flyfishing

The objective of a day course is to give instruction in Fly Fishing for Trout - healthy outdoor exercise and promotes a caring attitude towards the environment. It is suitable for all those interested in fishing from those with little or no experience of fly fishing. Fishing tackle supplied.

Courses typically include:

  • Fishing, Safety and the Law
  • Fly Fishing Tackle
  • Life Cycle of the Trout
  • Entomology and Fly Recognition
  • Watercraft and Fishing Etiquette
  • Conservation
  • Individual and Group Instruction on Fly Casting
  • How to Hook , Play and Land a Fish
  • Handling Dispatching and Returning Fish
  • Free Fishing Time with Casting Clinic

The courses are generally run on small still waters and last for the day. Participants are supervised by qualified, licensed instructors who take them through the basics of fly fishing including: safety, conservation, casting, knots and entomology.

The majority of our courses specifically cater for juniors although we do offer a limited number of adult beginner days. Alternatively you could use a qualified instructor to make those first steps – to access a local coach visit the GAIA website (details below).

For details of courses in your area, click below:

Beginners Course List 2016

Game Angling Instructors Association (GAIA)

For a full list of Qualified Game Angling Instructors throughout the country visit:


Association of Advanced Professional Game Angling Instructors (AAPGAI)

The Association of Advanced Professional Game Angling Instructors offer a wide range of services which include professional fly casting tuition and guided fishing.You will find further details and a full list of Qualified UK & International AAPGAI Instructors on the following link: http://www.aapgai.co.uk