Fly Fishing

At Cotswold Country Pursuits we believe that there is no better way to relax than on a riverbank with rod in hand. Whether you are a total beginner or experienced angler, we are able to help you get the day out that you require. From the salmon of Scotland to the trout in the south of England, we will ensure that the day meets your needs. Beyond this, we can arrange hotels or private cottages to ease your experience. We have a selection of all inclusive packages, details of which can be found further down this page.


Guided Salmon Fishing - £475/ person

  • River Spey       - 11th February to 30th September
  • River Dee         - 1st February to 15th October
  • River Tweed    - 1st February to 30th November
  • River Tay         - 15th January to 15th October

Salmon fishing experiences provide a top performing professional associated River salmon guide for the day (9.30am to 5pm). All the appropriate salmon fishing equipment & salmon fishing tuition on an individual basis or to a private group of up to six guests.

Includes the salmon fishing permit(s) to a productive & well maintained River Dee salmon fishing venue which will benefit from a heated fishing hut, maintained riverbanks & toilet facilities.

Bolton Castle Estate North Yorkshire - Salmon and Trout

3 Beats available on a catch and release basis gillied by an AAPGAI fly fishing instructor (lessons can be arranged). Beats are Thoresby, Bolton Hall and Wensley, these all offer a variety of fly fishing with multiple pools.

River Ure North Yorkshire - Salmon

Several locations available along the river Ure, fully gillied by an AAPGAI fly fishing instructor (lessons can be arranged). Part of the Danby Estate which has both banks of the Ure to fish.

Swinton Park North Yorkshire - Trout, Grayling and Salmon

Also on the river Ure, this beat is excellent for both salmon and trout. Again this is fully gillied by an AAPGAI fly fishing instructor (lessons can be arranged).

Guiding and Gillies for the above (including casting instruction if required)

1 rod = 150.00/ 2 rods = £240.00/ 3 rods = £300.00


We can also offer tuition on any of the above mentioned opportunities.

Casting lessons

Single or double handed cast from £30.00 per hour.


Why not join us for an Introduction to salmon or trout (8 hrs) where you can learn about the equipment, techniques, setting up tackle, basic casting, salmon and the river or trout entomology and match the hatch.

1 rod = £150.00/ 2 rods = £240.00/ 3 rods = £300.00. All lessons include hire of tackle if required

Salmon Fly Fishing Courses

Scotland - Central beats of the River Nith.

3 or 6 days at £545.00 or £1075.00 per person respectively including accommodation, breakfast and dinner.

Rods currently available - 6 of 8

Date: October 2018

River Tweed

3 days at £500.00 per person (August) and £575.00 per person (October), accommodation can be arranged. 6 days at £1025 per person (Monday - Saturday)

Date: October 2018

Topics covered on both courses: Equipment set up and how to maintain it - Wading safely - Roll and Jump Roll - Spey Casts - Snap casts - Line management - Knots - Reading the water - Etiquette - The use of shooting heads and Skagit lines - Fly selection and tying

Equipment can be provided if required with prior notice.

Fly fishing tuition and guided fly fishing in Somerset, Dorset Devon & Wiltshire.

Guided days or fly fishing tuition days for river Brown Trout, stillwater Rainbow Trout, Pike and Carp

Prices start from as little as 1 rod = £200/ 2 rods = £270/ 3 rods = £330

Prices for chalk stream fishing, salmon and seatrout days may be more dependent on the river/beat fished and on the time of the year.

Deer Park Hotel Midweek Packages.

Stay at the glorious Deer Park Hotel near Honiton, Devon and enjoy some guided fishing on the hotels 3 miles of the fantastic river Otter. 1 days guided fly fishing, riverside picnic lunch, 1 night's bed & breakfast with 3 course evening meal - £300 for 1 person, £470 for 2 people and £645 for 3 people.

Guided fishing days only on the river Otter (available 7 days a week) - £200 for 1 person, £270 for 2 people and £330 for 3 people.

Longer stay packages available, prices on request.

Further locations to be added in the next few days so keep looking including trips to Sweden.

Please contact us with your requirements and we will be more than welcome to help.

Fly fishing a brief history

Fly fishing is most commonly for the fishing of salmon and trout with the use of an artificial "fly", however it is not exclusive to the fishing of these two types of fish. It can be traced back to the Macedonian fisherman at the back end of the Second Century. Wool and feathers were used to create the flies. However it wasn't until the 1780's when dealers started advertising a full selection of flies and fly tackle. The version of fly fishing today is widely said to have been developed on the fast flowing rivers of the North of England and Scotland predominately through the 19th Century. Not only the techniques altered in this time, the obvious improvement is that of the kit itself. Reels and rods have dramatically changed since the 19th Century with the development of new materials. The modern angler is likely to be seen with a carbon fibre rod, aluminium or advanced plastic reel and flies consisting of synthetic materials that allow the most intricate of designs to be formed tied to a nylon line.


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