learn to cast a fly

Tony has been teaching people to cast a fly professionally since 1982, qualifying in 1987 as a NAC Grade 1 instructor (Trout, Salmon and FlyDressing) at Holmepierrepoint, Nottingham. Since then, he has taught literally thousands of people to cast a fly.

Tony is a Licensed Coach through the Angling Trust (No 1085), and also holds the Level 2 award for a Certificate in Coaching Angling (L2CCA). He is also a member of the Game Anglers Instructor’s Association or ‘GAIA’. (No G100128)

GAIA set certain principles and a code of practice by which qualified instructors must operate, and with this in mind, he holds certificates in Safe Practice in Safeguarding Children, First Aid and has also been checked by the DBS unit for game angling.

Lessons will also take you through rigs, knots, tactics, retrieves, hooking, playing, landing, dispatching, catch-and-release, fly selection, entomology, fish physiology, licensing, governance of the sport, bankside etiquette and, perhaps most importantly, where to fish!

Understanding how fly tackle works is key.

Once you actually 'get' the mechanics of how it all works, it's really easy to progress quickly.


Just one or two casting lessons is all you need, but you must put in PLENTY of practice.


Learning to cast well will not only lead to putting food on your table, it will bring you substantial improvements to your physical and mental well-being.

Enjoy learning your new sport!



Tackle included


£48 per hour, extra pupil £12

£30 per 30 minutes



£125 for a three hour session, extra pupil £25

£225 for a six hour session, extra pupil £50


Learn to Fish with Tony Hern on Red Tag Days on South West Lakes Trust venues

£40 plus the local fishing charge (South West Lakes Trust £5)

Includes Rod Licence waiver for the day (A Red Tag Day is a 6 hour event)

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