It’s winter, and the clichés are coming in thick and fast. Yes, the clocks have gone back. Yes, the nights are drawing in. Yes, there’s a chill in the air. But none of those well-worn maxims are reasons to stop fishing. At Bewl, you can fish from the bank till mid-February, with boat fishing kicking off again in March. And at Spring Hill in Pembury, bank fishing happens right throughout the year too.
If you’re thinking about learning to fly fish in Kent, you don’t have to wait till the daffodils are coming up. Now is as good a time as any. In fact, if you’d rather learn in peace and quiet, now’s the perfect time. So how does it all work? A typical lesson with Live & Let Fly will take three hours, but it shouldn’t feel like it. Let’s say you’re a complete beginner. First thing’s first: health and safety. The last thing you want is an errant fishing fly in your eye, so I’ll make sure you have a hat and protective glasses. Next, get geared up for the weather conditions on the day: if it’s raining, decent footwear and wet-weather clothing are essential. When it comes to the fishing itself, I provide all the equipment you need, but you’re welcome to bring your own if you have it.
Next, I’ll run you through the basics, covering the rod, reel and line: what they’re for and how they work. From there, I’ll move on to casting techniques, breaking down the cast into manageable sections, then piecing the whole movement back together again at the end. I’ll also show you how to tie on your flies and attach the line to the leader.
Once you’ve mastered the basics, you’re ready to start fishing and learn the next steps: how to retrieve, where to cast and which fly to use – and that’s just for starters. Even better, once your lesson is finished, you’re free to carry on fishing – and catching – on your own. It’s pretty simple stuff, but it takes time and patience to get it right. Once you’ve got it, you never really lose it, although regular practice keeps your technique ticking over.
Talking of clichés, some bright spark has probably gleefully informed you of the number of shopping days left until the big event. You might already have a cast-iron game plan, but if you’re stuck for Christmas gift ideas, a fly fishing tuition voucher can make a great present for a complete beginner or an angler who wants to crank things up a notch. Best of all, Live & Let Fly vouchers come with no time limit, so you’re free to hold on for the spring weather or take advantage of the quieter winter months to get started. To order your voucher, just go to http://www.liveandletfly.co.uk/giftvoucher.html