It’s a good idea to have a trial casting lesson away from the distractions of a fishery. This way we can work on the technique and style so that when you turn up at the fishery you will have an idea of what to expect. I find that especially with youngsters, initial excitement falls away if the client is struggling with casting. We must bear in mind that youngsters are underdeveloped in terms of muscles and a gentle introduction to casting is always recommended. I can of course include a session at a fishery with guiding services if that is what you require. This will include fishing and casting, water lore, reading the water, entomology basics. I have links with several local fisheries.
I would recommend that you join a club like Headley Clay Pigeon Club (I am of course biased), you will meet loads of like-minded people and more importantly there is normally an instructor or two around who can help. I suggest you have a 25 ‘Bird’ Basic Training Package or a one to one.
There are many different manufacturers of Fishing Equipment (see a selection of links below)
Generally speaking you can kit yourself out for around £220.00 and for that you will get a basic starter kit, which should include rod, reel, backing line, leader material, a few flies, fly box, priest & landing net. Additionally you should have a decent pair of polarized sunglasses and a baseball style hat.
Refer to links to various tackle manufacturers below.
Hardy Greys https://www.hardyfishing.com/
Fulling Mill http://www.fullingmill.com/
Fishing – To fish any still water in the UK you are required to have a valid EA (Environment Agency) License to fish if you are over 12 years of age. Course Fishers will have a Freshwater and Non-Migratory Trout License and this is suitable for ‘stocked’ trout waters. EA will sell you a day license online follow link below. Licence Cost 1-day £6.00, 8-Day £12.00, 12 month £30.00 – If you require a Salmon and Seatrout (Migratory) Licence Cost are 1 Day £12.00, 8-day £27.00, 12 month £82.00.
Shooting - You need to sign a declaration under section 21 of the firearms act 1968 to be in possession of a shotgun, I will get all students to sign this BEFORE EVERY lesson. To own a shotgun, you must have a valid shotgun certificate issued by the local Police Authority, there is no minimum age for having a shotgun certificate, although you are not allowed to use a shotgun without adult supervision until you exceed the age of 15. Part of our training provision includes the issue of a certificate to confirm that we are happy to have you shooting at our ground and will help individuals applying for a shotgun grant.
Casting Lesson 90 minutes is £45.00 although I can reduce (this pro-rata) to £60.00 if a second person wants a lesson.
Tune Up Lesson for £35.00
Cost for guiding £40.00 per hour including all equipment.
Cost of the fishing should be booked with the fishery however , I can take care of this and seek re-imbursement.
Shooting Lessons should be booked with Headley Clay Pigeon Club (see link under Book Shooting), however due to the current pandemic situation they are not taking bookings currently. I can of course be contacted for advice which can be done over the phone or zoom call.