Fishing Lessons

Not only is fishing an excellent sport but also makes a fantastic hobby!

‘Bitesize’ fishing 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.

Fishing has a number of health benefits so come and try a new skill that can help you:

  • De-stress
  • Get the family out of the house
  • Keep moving and stay active
  • Increase your Vitamin D and oxygen intake
  • Meet new friends

Learn more below about our Bitesize lessons or contact us with any questions.

Please note, pre-booking and payment are essential and costs are non-refundable. Cancellation does not guarantee a place on the course later in the season. We reserve the right to alter the programme if necessary.


"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." - Olivia McArdle

Try it lessons at Derwent Waterside Park - prices

A three-hour fishing lesson costs just £30 for adults and £20 for under 18’s and all of the tackle is provided.

Fishing Lessons alternate between fly and multi bait and are held every Tuesday and Sunday from Tuesday 7 April (see below for further detail on the types of fishing lessons).

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 which you can download below.

We can also offer try it days for £30 at our other premier trout fisheries, ‘adults are required to attend as paying participants to support the juniors.’

To book call 01207 255 250.

Types of fishing lessons at Derwent Waterside Park

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.

Fly fishing for beginners at Hanningfield Waterside Park

Beginner’s fishing lessons at Hanningfield Waterside Park are professionally run and aimed at complete newcomers of all ages to this superb sport. Classes take place on Saturdays and cost £69 per person per day (juniors must be aged 8 or over).

These lessons are a great introduction to fly fishing and extremely popular with children and adults, continuing to go from strength to strength.

The course covers casting, tackle, knots, techniques, trout behaviour and safety. All equipment is provided alongside lunch, all you need to do is come appropriately dressed for the weather. In the afternoon you will get an opportunity to try your hand at practicing what you have learnt.

Improver fishing lessons

Follow up improver sessions are also available throughout the year and cost £22 per person.

To book call 01268 712 180

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