Fly Fishing For Beginners | How To Choose The Right Fly Fishing Gear

Fishing For Beginners

Fly Fishing For Beginners | How To Choose The Right Fly Fishing Gear

In this video, Tim Gaunt-Baker and Stuart Illsley offer some gems of advice particularly for the fly fishing beginner but also for the seasoned fly fisherman. Together they discuss, reservoir fishing and loch style fishing and give solid advice on choosing the right kit whether you plan on fishing from a boat, the bank or both.

Top UK game angling instructor Tim Gaunt-Baker (AAPGAI) interviews Stuart Illsley at his wonderful fly fishing tackle shop located at Eyebrook Fishery, which nestles on the borders of three UK counties, Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire.

Stuart gives some great tips on choosing the right fly fishing gear particularly when you are a beginner. He emphasizes that you really don’t need to spend a fortune to get started; indeed he says that he can put together a quality rod, reel and line for around £60. He also discusses fishing waders and the joy of fly tying and catching your first trout or salmon. You can contact Stuart Illsley at: for more information on the great services he offers.

Tim is a well known game angling instructor and demonstrator and teaches fly fishing at numerous fishing locations around the UK. He has recently added courses here at Eyebrook and gives a very informative and entertaining powerpoint presentation at the start of all his courses, explaining how and why things work before a student even casts the first line. Here at Eyebrook he offers trout and stillwater tuition from beginners to advanced, on an hourly or daily basis. You can contact Tim at: for more details of his courses.

The water at Eyebrook Fishery is a 400 acre mature stream fed reservoir with 5 miles of easily accessed bank and boasts a charm and ambience typically associated with much smaller waters. It has 4 miles of easily accessed bank and a well-maintained fleet of boats with no other water users to spoil the fishing. It really is one of the best fly fishing locations in the UK.

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