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Casterbridge School of Fishing

Casterbridge School of fishing

Fly Fishing Tuition and Courses
We offer a full range of courses to suit the complete beginner through to the more advanced angler. We can tailor fishing packages to suit your particular needs. If you require some tuition or guiding during your visit, this service is available with fully qualified instructors and guides – either one to one or per party. All equipment can be provided at no extra cost.

Fly casting and fishing for beginners
We will introduce the following essentials to get you started in your fly fishing experience/ journey:

  • Safety when fishing
  • Equipment needs (clothing, rod, reel, line, flies)
  • Tackle – importance of balanced outfit to suit the location and style of fishing
  • Overhead and roll cast techniques
  • Playing and landing a fish
  • Fish welfare

Fly casting and fishing for the more experienced
For those who are more experienced we can build upon and develop more advanced techniques:

  • Single and double haul – why and when used
  • Presentation casting – delicate casting for finicky fish
  • Watercraft – fish spotting, habitat
  • Safe wading
  • Entomology – ‘match the hatch’

Guiding service
We are able to offer a full guiding service on our own fishing.

We have self catering accommodation at the Dairy House should you wish to make it into a short break holiday.

Looking in the Chalk Stream
Looking in the chalk stream is as it says, exploring a chalk stream, a walk by the river with a good pair of polarised sunglasses, looking at parts of the Frome that I have known since childhood, just bring your camera, drab clothing and a sense humour.

  • An introduction to entomology, a look at what makes our Trout and Grayling rather special
  • Observing fish in their natural surroundings
  • A chance to see migratory fish spawning
  • The management of chalk streams

Riverfly taster morning

We had a great morning here with the Dorset Wildlife trust running a Riverfly sampling workshop, a great turn out, of people very passionate about chalk streams and their conservation.

Chalk Stream Talk

The DWT three valleys branch has a talk tonight… See you there!

Mike Ladle – “Life in Chalk stream’s”

7:30 at Herrison Hall, Charlton Down.

Early October

Only two days of the Trout season left, where did that time go????

Autumn is now heading our way, thermal wading clothes, open fires and of course the Grayling, we now have a fair bit of Grayling fishing so please give me a ring for a chat.

We are also very close to putting our program of winter fly fishing workshop’s together, watch this space…..

 We have a lovely self catering base (with endless logs) here at the Dairy House, great for any fishing trips to the Frome valley…….


A passion for food

We have had more than our fair share of cancelled work days this year, purely down to the amount of rain and it is getting a little boring…… But….

My good mate John G of rang and had a spare place on an advanced cookery course with yesterday, what a day, smiles all round, only one thing to say to you all… DO IT…. Starter, main, desert, fine wine….