Grayling on the River Anton

Our specialty fly fishing lessons are a terrific way to extend the season.

Grayling on the River Anton

Details

Are you one of those anglers who hang up their fishing tackle at the end of September and miss out on the joys the "lady of the stream" has to offer? This is a one-day fly fishing lessons for the angler with trout fishing experience, but who wishes to extend their fishing year and learn more of the fly fishing techniques associated with catching Grayling. Tactics and fly selection will be discussed and demonstrated with the opportunity to put them into practice under supervision. Please bring a packed lunch.

We will cover:

Fly casting techniques
Essential/advanced knots
Stream entomology (the science of insects)
Fly selection
How to read the water and currents

Itinerary

Itinerary for the day
9.00 am - Meet at Fishery
River Anton

Introductions

The Grayling
The Grey Lady, Lady of the Stream

Entomology
Fly Choice

Terminal Tackle

Fishing Methods
Dry Fly
Wet Fly Down and Across
Upstream Nymph

Fish Location
Holding Water
Types of Rise, denoting Grayling

Fishing Demonstrations

Fishing Under Instruction

5.30pm - Depart

Activities

Area Activities for Hamphire
Places of Interest

Mottisfont Gardens
Winchester Cathedral
Salisbury Cathedral
Stonehenge
Broadlands in Romsey. Home of Lord Mountbatten.

Walking in the New Forest
Walk the Test Way

FAQs

Orvis Fly Fishing Schools
Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What is the best time of year to fish?

Answer: Any time of the season can be good.

Question: When does the school start and end? What will we be doing and how long will be fishing?
                       
Answer: See the itinerary for the schedule.

Question: What is included in the price?

Answer: All equipment.

Question: Is accommodation included?

Answer: No but we will be delighted to advise on accommodation locally.

Question: How many people will be attending?

Answer: A maximum of 10 with two qualified instructors.

Question: What is the cancellation policy?

Answer: 30 days notice is required to ensure that your deposit it refunded.   However late cancellations are taken on their merit.

 

Why Attend?

Reasons to Attend The Orvis Fly Fishing Schools
Over the years, we have had many students tell us how "attending the fly fishing school has eliminated what would have been countless hours of frustration on learning how to fly cast on my own".

In the Orvis Fly Fishing Schools, you will learn and participate in:
  • The Orvis Progressive Method of Fly Casting – A time-tested method of learning how to fly cast that is adaptable to most types of fly fishing.
  • Choosing the right rods, reels and lines appropriate for the type of fishing you will be doing.
  • Knot tying
  • Fly Selection
  • Reading water
  • Fishing under instruction
Fly fishing is a wonderful sport that gives you a lifetime of enjoyment and takes you to the most beautiful places in the world. Whether you are a total beginner or have been fly fishing for many years, the Orvis Fly Fishing Schools can handle all levels of experience. With a 4:1 student to instructor ratio, you are assured of plenty of individual attention. Let the pros at the Orvis Fly Fishing Schools teach you skills for a lifetime that you will take to beautiful places.

History

The Orvis Story
Fly Fishing Schools from Orvis
To one who has not acquired the art of fishing with a fly, let me suggest that a day or two with an expert will save much time and trouble. There are many little things that cannot well be described, and would take a long time to find out by experience, that can be learned very quickly when seen. It is not easy to tell one exactly how to fib with the fly.

-Charles Orvis
The Need for Teaching
Leigh Perkins, the Chairman of The Orvis Company since 1965, was convinced there had to be a lot of people out there who were just waiting to fall in love with the sport of fly fishing. Whatever their reason for holding back, whether intimidation by experts who made it sound too difficult, bewilderment at the vast array of gear available, or fear of just looking foolish, Perkins suspected that they wouldn't need much prodding to be "converted".

In 1982 Orvis purchased The Mill in Nether Wallop together with the “Ginger Beer” beat on the River Test and the Abbots Worthy beat on the River Test from Dermott Wilson. Astutely, Dermott Wilson had already recognised the opportunity for a fly-fishing school based on the Orvis USA model and when Orvis took over; courses and hourly tuition were already being offered at the Mill. At this time Major Jim Haddrell was overseeing the tuition. In the pre-Orvis days a young Charles Jardine was one of the instructor team (as well as providing amusing illustrations for Dermott’s catalogues).

At this time only two day "beginners" courses and hourly lessons were on offer but as demand increased and the Orvis business grew, more varied and specialised courses were added to the program. These included North Country river techniques with the acclaimed fly-tier and writer Oliver Edwards on the Wharf and Sea Trout fishing on the Teifi with John Slader as well as Spey Casting with Ally Gowans on the Tay.

Teaching those new to the sport however still remains the biggest part of the Orvis fishing schools operation and our team of instructors are some of the best and most experienced in the sport. All of our instructors are excellent communicators with the ability to make each session both fun and rewarding with quick progress being made. Casting is not an instinctive natural action…in fact it is quite the opposite. Therefore it really pays to start with some good tuition as this prevents bad habits being acquired at an early stage. It is not difficult to learn to cast a fly but getting the basic technique right from the very start is crucial. Booking on an Orvis school is the best investment any beginner or someone wishing to fine tune their skills can make in their future enjoyment of the sport.

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    Grayling on the River Anton

    Date:
    Sunday, 2nd November 2014
    Price: £175 per person

    Please contact Orvis Sporting Adventures to book this trip:
    Phone: 01264-349515
    E-mail:
    sportingadventures@orvis.co.uk


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