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Tuition & Courses50 years fly fishing

We have just celebrated 50 years of fly fishing at Nether Wallop Mill; it is quite a legacy.

Originally created by the legendary Dermot Wilson in 1968 literally thousands of would-be fly fishers have cast a line and caught their first fish here at The Mill. As far as I know we remain the only place in the British Isles solely dedicated to fly fishing tuition and I am proud to have followed in Dermot’s tradition for the past twenty years.

Nestling at the head of the Test valley, beside the burbling Wallop Brook and with a well-stocked trout lake we have every facility for wonderful day catching fish and relaxing by the water in our oak, thatched Fishing Lodge with all the tackle and flies provided.

 

In broad terms the season runs from April to October during which time we run a variety of courses and days that are hosted by resident instructors John Stephens, Alan Middleton, Tony King, Mark Bedford-Russell and Bob Preston.

If you are a complete novice I would recommend the Foundation Course. Private Tuition is ideal if you prefer individual coaching or have a group of your own. The Chalkstream Course or the Weekend Course are good choices if you have previous fly fishing experience or perhaps the Grayling Course for something a little out of the ordinary. Visit the Children & Family section for the Father and SonFamily Days and Kids Camp.

The village of Nether Wallop is in Hampshire, nine miles to the west of Winchester and just fifteen miles from the M3. There is a direct train London Waterloo-Andover (9 miles) that takes 63 minutes. We are open every day of the season for individuals or small groups. No experience is required; novices are very welcome with all the equipment provided. Do bring non-fishing guests if you wish.

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Rail Station9m

Acommodation 7m

Pub2.3m

"Great venue for my 'taster' session. ”   “Fantastic day. Lovely setting with excellent tutoring. ”    “The patience of the instructor coupled with the beauty and tranquillity of The Mill.”

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Foundation Courses

 

The Foundation Courses are ideal for novices or anyone returning to fly fishing after a break. The Courses are run from April to October, all the equipment is provided and group sizes are kept small (four pupils) to ensure maximum individual coaching.

This is a very practical course, where we aim to have a rod in your hand and you fishing with confidence in the shortest time possible. Here is a brief, but far from exhaustive list, of the topics that will be covered:

 

• Selecting the right tackle
• Tackling up
• Casting; overhead, roll cast and shooting the line
• Fly lines, knots and tippets
• Flies and fly selection
• Hooking and landing a fish

Each day runs from 9.30am-5.30pm, with a break for lunch. There is a fully equipped Fishing Lodge and a wide choice of local accommodation in Stockbridge, just four miles away.

Location: Nether Wallop Mill

 Season: April 1 - October 31

One Day Foundation Course £195

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Additional dates on request for groups of 3+

Price per person for a full day (9.30am-5.30pm) to include all fishing charges, tuition, licence and tackle.


Weekend Course

 

This is the chance to really hone your skills on both lake and chalkstream as part of a small group on the River Avon.

Led by instructor Kris Kent you’ll spend the largest proportion of the two days fishing but interspersed with a variety of sessions on casting, entomology, fly selection and river craft both as a group and one-to-one. If you want to perfect that double-haul this might just be the time!

This is suitable for anyone who has attended a course previously or has a few days of self-taught fly fishing experience. All tackle and flies are provided as required.

 

Location: Avon Springs, Wiltshire

Dates: June 2021 tba

Weekend Course £375

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Additional dates on request for groups of 3+

Price includes all fishing charges, tuition and tackle. 9.30am – 5.30pm each day.


Private Tuition

 

For those who prefer individual coaching, our instructors are available by the day.

The coaching will be at our fly fishing school at Nether Wallop Mill, on any date to suit, mid-week or weekend. You will be able to fish on both the lake and the Wallop Brook.

A private lesson may be shared with a friend or bring a small group. If you want to make use of the BBQ to cook the catch you’ll be very welcome!

All tackle is provided.

 


Location: Nether Wallop Mill

Season: April 1 - October 31

Private tuition for 1: £325
Private tuition for 2: £375
Private tuition for 3: £425

Private tuition for 4: £475
Private tuition for 5: £525
Private tuition for 6: £575


Prices on request for larger numbers or bespoke events

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Prices are for a full day (9.30am-5.30pm) to include all fishing charges, tuition, licence and tackle.


Chalkstream Course

 

As a fishing guide and instructor, one of the questions I am most often asked is whether chalkstream fishing is more difficult than other types of fly fishing. My answer is no but it is distinctly different, so you will need to adapt your strategies and techniques. That in a nutshell is what this day will help you do.

We take the skills you have learnt thus far and adapt them to defeat the considerably wilier river trout. You will alter your casting, rig your rod and line differently, have a whole new boxful of flies, be more observant of fly hatches and take your cue from the prevailing weather conditions.

You will find it a fascinating and interesting day.

The group is limited to just four, fishing a beat at Bullington Manor on a tributary of the famous River Test. Our highly experienced Fishing Guide, John Stephens, will lead the day , which will cover all of the following with plenty of time dedicated to fishing itself.

• Tackling up for rivers
• Nymph vs. dry fly
• Tactics for brown trout vs. grayling
• What flies and when to use them
• Entomology in a nutshell
• Stalking and river tactics

Each day runs from 9.30am-5.30pm, with a break for lunch. There is a fully equipped Fishing Cabin at Bullington Manor and a wide choice of local accommodation in Stockbridge, just six miles away.

Location: Bullington Manor

 Season: April 15 - September 30

Chalkstream Course £235

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Additional dates on request for groups of 3+

Price is per person for a full day (9.30am-5.30pm) to include all fishing charges, tuition and tackle.


One Day Grayling Course

 

Bullington Manor is a prime grayling beat, the crystal clear water perfect for honing sight fishing using a variety of specialist grayling techniques.

Fishing Breaks guide and instructor Bob Preston is passionate about grayling, having studied their unique ways during the course of his working life on the rivers. He will pass on his decades of experience during a day that will be packed with information and tips.

The day is limited to just four people, running from 9.30am-5.30pm, with a break for lunch. There is a fully equipped fishing cabin at Bullington Manor and a wide choice of local accommodation in Stockbridge, just six miles away.


Location: Bullington Manor

 October 16

One Day Grayling Course £195

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Additional dates on request for groups of 3+

Price is per person for a full day (9.30am-5.30pm) to include all fishing charges, tuition and tackle.


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