Fly Fishing Instructor

Richard Wright Professional Fly Fishing Instructor

GAIA certified for single handed rod : Raising money for the Wild Trout Trust

Home waters:

The Derbyshire Peak District

& Essex / Suffolk boarder

What I can provide :

Casting tuition for all levels.

Give your casting a Health Check or help develop it further with Individual or Group Casting Workshops…

Guiding: This is guidance while fishing or “river craft”, not casting tuition.

Advice: For example on choosing tackle or how to choose or find somewhere to fish. (Also see general advice further down).

AND my fees can be donated to the Wild Trout Trust.


Contact me:

A Brief Personal Profile

My name is Richard Wright; a retired GP and life long angler.

I was given my first fishing rod when I was four. I bought my first fly rod when I was eleven. When I was thirteen I started to tie my own flies and have done so ever since.

When I stepped down from full time practice I tried to teach a couple of friends to fly fish. Easy I thought, having been doing this for almost fifty years…I couldn’t have been more wrong.

If you want to do something effectively, be trained by professionals. Happily it turned out that many of my existing skills were transferable.

I chose to join GAIA (The Game Angling Instructors Association) and through their thorough portfolio and mentorship from record casting champion John Reynolds, learnt the skills I lacked.

I hold their Single Handed Professional Instructors Certificate (GAIC) and insurance.

Some general advice and links for beginners:

In England and Wales every angler over 12 years old MUST have an Environment Agency fishing licence, what ever sort of fresh water fishing they do. There’s a big fine if you don’t. It’s easily obtained on line or at a post office. See link lower down.

Fly Fright? : Put off by the complex, scientific latin names, that some people love to spout, about flies? DON’T PANIC, buy this brilliant, little pocket guide and go fish problem solved : “Pocket guide to Matching the Hatch” by Lapsley & Bennett. Published by Merlin Unwin books Ltd (ISBN 978-1-906122-20-1 ). I have no commercial interest in this (I wish I did).

Don’t practice your casting when you’re fishing…you won’t do justice to either.

Casting is a motor skill. Just like learning a musical instrument, little and often works much better than an occasional long session.

If you think you know about your casting action, try standing by a mirror (front and then side on) with 18”/50 cms of broom handle and “practice cast”… see if you’re doing what you think you’re doing …you might be in for a surprise.

Choose an instructor who holds a recognised qualification AND is insured.

GAIA have a list of instructors and much other useful information on their web site: click here

Useful organisation links:

The Wild Trout Trust (an environmental charity): click here.

Salmon and Trout Conservation: click here

The Environment Agency (for your licence): click here.

The Angling Trust : click here

Bakewell Fly Fishing (The quintessence of tradition, a pilgrimage) : click here


Tight Lines……. >>)))c>

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