LEARN TO FISH AT DERWENT RESERVOIR
NOT ONLY IS FISHING AN EXCELLENT SPORT, BUT ALSO MAKES A FANTASTIC HOBBY
'Try it' lessons make it easier for newcomers of all ages to get into this superb sport and learn a new skill that can last a lifetime. The courses are professionally run and aimed at complete novices with our friendly coaches taking you through each stage, teaching you everything you need to know to be able to have an enjoyable day’s fishing.
FREE 'lets go family fishing' sessions in 2018
This year we are working with the Angling Trust and partners to bring you free fishing lessons. Let’s Go Family Fishing events are fun, social and safe fishing days for family groups across our north east fisheries. For further information visit the Get Fishing website.
Saturday 7 April - 11am to 2pm - Fontburn
Saturday 5 May - 11am to 2pm - Derwent
Saturday 2 June - 11am to 2pm - Grassholme - EVENT CANCELLED, RESCHEDULED FOR DERWENT BELOW
Saturday 21 July - 11am to 2pm - Scaling
Wednesday 1 August - 11am to 2pm - Derwent
'Try it' lessons dates and prices
A three hour lesson costs just £15 for adults and £9 for under 18's and all of the tackle is provided.
Lessons alternate between fly and multi bait and are held every Tuesday and Sunday from Tuesday 3 April (see below for further detail on the types of fishing lessons).
To book a 'try it' lesson call 01207 255 250
Children must be accompanied by an adult, who can either pay to take part or attend for free and supervise. Please read and take note of our safety and fishing rules information on our Safety page.
We can also offer try it lessons at our other premier trout fisheries, please call for details.
Types of fishing lessons:
Multi bait lessons
If you have never fished before then this is for you! This is an introduction into the sport of angling using various baits such as worm, PowerBait and spinners. This will include casting instruction, a demonstration on how to set up your tackle and the methods behind hooking, playing and landing a fish properly. All this is done whilst your bait is in the water with the expectation of catching some trout for tea!
Fly fishing lessons
For anglers who wish to learn the art of fly casting using both natural and imitative patterns - then this is the method for you! You will receive casting demonstrations followed by a practical session on the grass. You will also receive an overview of various tactics used to locate, tempt and hook a fish. You will examine different flies and how they can be used in different conditions and at various times of year. This is an extremely popular fishing lesson lead by a qualified casting instructor and has built the foundations for many successful fly anglers.
Olivia McArdle who visited us for a lesson in April 2017 had this to say:
"I thoroughly enjoyed my experience fishing with Northumbrian Water because it was something new, different and really interesting. The staff were great and helped me along the way by teaching me everything to know about fishing. I met some new friends, which is good because I can go again and meet up with people who I've had fun with. Altogether I caught 4 fish and brought some home for tea."