Those new to fishing, or with children/spouses etc, who wish to learn, often ask about the availability of suitable instruction. This can be provided in a number of different ways:

From keepers

Most fisheries have employed keepers of some sort who are normally willing to give some basic instruction, but this will depend on the policy of the fishery, the helpfulness of the keeper and what his other responsibilities are for the day you are fishing. Always check with the fishery beforehand to see what the situation is.

Third party instruction on the fishery

There are a number of qualified instructors in the area, who you can pay to join you on your fishery. However, be sure to check with your fishery/keeper that this is allowed, and if it is, use someone who they would recommend. Never turn up with an instructor without having cleared it first, as this might cause bad feeling with the fishery and/or keeper which won't do much to help your trip.

Local instructors/schools with own water

Some instructors and schools can offer tuition on their own water, either informally on request, or as part of formal courses. These are normally run on waters at off peak times, to save on the cost of fishing, but there are some exceptions to this.

Pre-visit courses outside the area

Some people prefer to receive tuition before they visit the Test or Itchen, so that they can take full advantage of the fishing they have booked. Ask your local tackle shop for suggestions.

Fishing instruction on the River TestAndItchen

River Test at Bossington © David Packman
Image courtesy of Hampshire County Council

Instructors & guides
Graham Waterton

AAPGAI Fly Casting Instructor

Graham Waterton,Hampshire
07702 317215
Graham Waterton can teach you to cast, or for the experienced caster, improve your technique that will help you cast more proficiently with less effort. I offer single and multi person guided fishing on some of the Uk's best and little known Chalkstream rivers.