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The Mill
Heathman Street
Nether Wallop
STOCKBRIDGE
Hampshire SO20 8EW
T: 01264 781988
F: 01264 782590
info@fishingbreaks.co.uk
www.fishingbreaks.co.uk

 

Tuition & Courses

Nether Wallop Mill nestles at the head of the Test valley, beside the burbling Wallop Brook where it has been the home of our fly fishing school for nearly fifteen years.

Created by the legendary Dermot Wilson in the late 1960’s literally thousands of would-be fly fishers have cast a line and caught their first fish at The Mill. As far as I know it remains the only place in England solely dedicated to fly fishing tuition.

 

In broad terms the season runs from April to October during which time we run a variety of courses and days that are hosted by resident instructors John Stephens, Alan Middleton Tony King and Mark Bedford-Russell.

If you are a complete novice I would recommend either the Foundation Course or Half Day Taster. Private Tuition is ideal if you prefer individual coaching or have a group of your own. For children we have the Father and Son or Family Days. Finally there is the Chalkstream Course for when you are ready to venture out on to the river.

The village of Nether Wallop is in Hampshire, nine miles to the west of Winchester and just fifteen miles from the M3. The train to London Waterloo is one hour. We are open every day of the season April to October, for individuals or small groups. No experience is required; novices are very welcome with all the equipment provided.

Foundation Courses

 

The Foundation Courses are ideal for novices or anyone returning to fly fishing after a break. The Courses are run from April to October, all the equipment is provided and group sizes are kept small (four pupils) to ensure maximum individual coaching.

This is a very practical course, where we aim to get a rod in your hand and fishing with confidence in the shortest time possible. Here is a brief, but far from exhaustive list, of the topics that will be covered:

 

• Selecting the right tackle
• Tackling up
• Casting; overhead, roll cast and shooting the line
• Fly lines, knots and tippets
• Flies and fly selection
• Hooking and landing a fish

Each day runs from 9.30am-5.30pm, with a break for lunch. There is a fully equipped Fishing Cabin at the fly fishing school and a wide choice of local accommodation in Stockbridge, just four miles away.

Location: Nether Wallop Mill

 Season: April 1 - October 31

One Day Foundation Course £195


2015: April 4/18. May 3/30. June 12/28. July 11/26. August 22. September 11/27. Dates on request for groups of 3+

Price per person for a full day (9.30am-5.30pm) to include all fishing charges, tuition, licence and tackle.

 

Half Day Taster

 

If a full day is more than you want or if you just have a fancy trying your hand at fly fishing this might just be ideal for you.

Run along the same lines as the Foundation Course this is an opportunity to spend a morning or afternoon under the guidance of a patient instructor with all the tackle provided.

The Taster days are run on a variety dates from April to October. Check the web site for the latest availability.


Location: Nether Wallop Mill

Season: April 1 - October 31

Half Day Taster £125


2015: April 5/19. May 4/31. June 13/27. July 12/25. August 23. September 12/26. Dates on request for groups of 3+.

Price includes all fishing charges, tuition, licence and tackle. 9.30am – 1.00pm or 2.00pm - 5.30pm


Chalkstream Course

 

As a fishing guide and instructor, one of the questions I am most often asked is whether chalkstream fishing is more difficult than other types of fly fishing. My answer is no but it is distinctly different, so you will need to adapt your strategies and techniques. That in a nutshell is what this day will help you do.

We take the skills you have learnt thus far and adapt them to defeat the considerably wilier river trout. You will alter your casting, rig your rod and line differently, have a whole new boxful of flies, be more observant of fly hatches and take your cue from the prevailing weather conditions.

You will find it a fascinating and interesting day.

The group is limited to just four, fishing a beat at Bullington Manor on a tributary of the famous River Test. Our highly experienced Fishing Guide, Alan Middleton, will lead the day , which will cover all of the following with plenty of time dedicated to fishing itself.

• Tackling up for rivers
• Nymph vs. dry fly
• Tactics for brown trout vs. grayling
• What flies and when to use them
• Entomology in a nutshell
• Stalking and river tactics

Each day runs from 9.30am-5.30pm, with a break for lunch. There is a fully equipped Fishing Cabin at Bullington Manor and a wide choice of local accommodation in Stockbridge, just six miles away.

Location: Bullington Manor

 Season: April 15 - September 30

Chalkstream Course £225


2015: April 23. May 8. June 12. July 10. August 28. September 25.
Dates on request for groups of 3+

Price is per person for a full day (9.30am-5.30pm) to include all fishing charges, tuition, licence and tackle.


Private Tuition

 

For those who prefer individual coaching, our instructors are available by the day.

The coaching will be at our fly fishing school at Nether Wallop Mill, on any date to suit, mid-week or weekend. You will be able to fish on both the lake and the Wallop Brook.

A private lesson may be shared with a friend or bring a small group. If you want to make use of the BBQ to cook the catch you’ll be very welcome!

All tackle is provided.

 


Location: Nether Wallop Mill

Season: April 1 - October 31

Private tuition for 1: £295
Private tuition for 2: £375
Private tuition for 3: £450
Private tuition for 4: £525
Private tuition for 5: £600
Private tuition for 6: £675

Prices are for a full day (9.30am-5.30pm) to include all fishing charges, tuition, licence and tackle.


Father and Son Day

 

The Father & Son Day at Nether Wallop Mill is a wonderful way to share the magic of fly fishing and capture that first ever trout.

You will be taught by one of our patient and helpful instructors, with exclusive use of The Mill and the instructor for the day. We break up the day to make it interesting; some casting practice, some pond dipping, some fly tying and of course plenty of fish catching! It is not a rigid schedule so we adapt along the way. Our simple aim is to make it fun, informative and fire the enthusiasm for many future fishing trips in the years to come.

We don’t have a strict minimum age as such but as general rule I have found that children from around eight years and upwards get the best from this day. Nether Wallop Mill is open April to October, with the Father & Son Day available week days, weekends and Bank Holidays.

Location: Nether Wallop Mill

 Season: April 1 - October 31

Father and Sons Day (1 adult/1 child under 16yrs) £295

Father and Sons Day (2 adult/2 children under 16yrs) £375

Price includes all fishing charges, tuition, licence and tackle.



Family Day

 

A fishing day is a great way of getting the family together to share the excitement of a new sport in the young and re-ignite the passion in others.

The Family Day package gives total flexibility as you can mix the number of adults and children to suit your party. You have the exclusive use of our private fishery at Nether Wallop Mill, which has a fully equipped Fishing Lodge, which can also be used by non-fishing members of the family to relax.

And to make it all happen, and make sure you hook a few fish for the lunchtime barbeque, you have a dedicated and patient instructor for the day, with all the tackle and equipment provided.

We don’t have a strict minimum age as such but as general rule I have found that children from around eight years and upwards get the best from this day. Nether Wallop Mill is open April to October, with the Family Day available week days, weekends and Bank Holidays.



Location: Nether Wallop Mill

 Season: April 1 - October 31

Family Day (1-2 parents plus 1-3 children under 16yrs) £385

Price is for a full day (9.30am-5.30pm) to include all fishing charges, tuition, licence and tackle.


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