fly fishing outing

riverman

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a few years back i had my one and only fly fishing outing to maran lakes ( otherwise known as marston wyse).its in between wetherby and boroughbridge in north yorkshire.this was after answering a thread on a rival fishing forum regarding anyone who wanted to learn fly fishing to come along and give it a go.i'd previously had a fly casting lesson at wykeham lakes nr scarborough and enjoyed the experience.so i went along to bobco tackle and bought a fly rod 5/6 rating and a greys reel.fly line leader tippet and box of flies on internet (sinkers drys nymphs buzzers etc).on the day i met the tutor and ended up with 4 rainbows in a 5 hour session and boy did they hang on.i would love to have another go as i still have the tackle but feel i would have to be with someone with experience and be coached through the session.if theres anyone who fancies a day out with a novice i would be more than happy to join you.i live in leeds west yorkshire.
 

David Gane

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It might be a good idea to say where you live and how far you are happy to travel Riverman. In the meantime, I spend a lot of time at Toft Newton reservoir near Market Rasen where for £30 you can spend some time with the resident pro Andy and get a foot in the door to fishing there. Honestly, you don't need to go there with a fishing buddy, the place is so friendly you'll be chatting with everyone as if you've known them for years within minutes anyway: https://www.tofttrout.com/coaching-guiding/
 

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As you mentioned, Maran Wyse between York and Wetherby is a good place for fly fishing. Fewston reservoir near Harrogate is even better although it's very exposed and casting can be difficult when it's windy.

You could consider paying for professional fly fishing tuition - expensive but you get what you pay for:

It's also worth learning to cast using The Complete Cast by Hywel Morgan. It's on a DVD, it costs £20. I've practised casting on playing fields, and it's an effective way of learning. Here's Hywel Morgan's site:

 

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I was lucky enough three or four years ago to be given a casting lesson with Hywel Morgan as a birthday present from my wife. I visited him at his home and we spent an afternoon in his local park working on my somewhat agricultural technique. He gave me a copy of one of his DVDs at the end and also gave me a tip that is worth repeating here. He suggested that if I got someone to record me casting on my phone and then compared what I was doing with the techniques shown in the DVD I'd be able to spot my own mistakes and work on them. It really does work. I didn't have a moment when I suddenly started to cast better, it was a slow progression over time, but I'm now a lot better than I was and, for example, have doubled my casting distance. More to the point though, if things start to go wrong I can now analyse what I am doing and work out what I need to do to get things back to where they should be.
 

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Thanks a lot for the reply. I'll certainly be in touch come springtime.
 
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