Gift Certificates are available for any of the activity / sessions below. 


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Complete Novice Beginner’s Taster Half Day

£125  pp incl fishery day ticket  at Chigboro Trout Fisheries, near Maldon- 4 Hours. Other venues available but D/T not included.


The course covers a very brief overview on rod and tackle assembly, fly lines, leaders and knots, watercraft, flies, Health & Safety and the basic overhead cast with a chance of catching a trout at the end. This is just a taster if you are unsure if trout fishing is for you whereas the full day course will cover all of the above but in much greater depth and give you longer on the water fishing. 


Children free (not incl. Day Ticket to fish.) with a paying adult plus discounted rates for groups to a max of 4). 

Novice 1 Day Course 


Price £175 per person including the Day Ticket to fish at Chigboro Trout Fisheries. Other venues available but D/T not included. Discounted prices for groups up to a maximum of 3 person.

There is an option to fish a private Essex syndicate water near Chelmsford but with an additional cost of £35.

      This is a fast paced course covering the basics of water craft, fish location, entomology and feeding habits of trout, effects of air pressue on trout, how temperature can effect fish, the effects of wind on the fish and its food sources,tackle assembly, knots, types of artificial flies, tippets/leader material, understanding rod and line ratings and how to make the basic overhand cast. This followed by casting practice on the grass and then actually fishing the lake and guidence on how to net a fish, despatch or return a fish unharmed.

        Children under 14 are free with a paying adult.

        Discounted rates for groups to a maximum of 4 persons.        

Novice 2 Day Course

£300 per person incl Day Tickets at Chigboro Trout Fisheries and should be taken within the same 7 day/week period. There is a discount for groups up to 3 persons.

      Other venues are available but Day Tickets are not included. 

      This is the suggested option if you know that you want to take up the gentle art of fly fishing.

     This is a more in-depth course covering all the elements of the 1 Day Novic Course but in greater detail and at a more leisurly pace and allows more time for practicing the various elements and casting. It will also include instruction and practice of the single haul and double haul casting techniques. It gives the student much longer time fishing and hopefully catching.

      There is an option to fish from the bank or from a boat at a private syndicate water in Essex but the day ticket and boat fee is £41.per day is NOT included  but could be taken as part of the secod day of the 2 day course. Only one to one tuition is available when boat fishing or at the syndicate water and children are therefor not included.


Improvers: 1 Day Course

£175 pp includes day ticket at Chigboro Trout Fisheries.

Discounts are available for groups up to a maximum of three persons. Please contact me for details.

Other venues are available but Day Ticket costs are not included. 

There is an option to fish at an exclusive syndicate water near Chelmsford at an additional cost of £35. but is restricted to only one client.

There is an option to fish a more exclusive syndicated water near Chelmsford at an additional cost of £35 as a guest.

    The course aims to correct faults and improve casting, teaching the single and double haul casts, reverse casts, steeple casts, tackle selection, watercraft, specific styles i.e. buzzer, nymph, lure, dry fly etc. tailored to your wishes. Fly–selection, balancing the tackle to you and the style.

      This is a recommended one on one course, however you may request an extra person at a discount .


Improvers: 2 Day Course

     Total Price £300 inclusive of Day Ticket at Chigboro.                 Discounted rate for two persons £500  

     Other venues are available but Day Tickets are not included. 

    This course includes all aspects of the 'Day 1 Improvers course' which includes improving the overhand cast, single and double haul casting, steeple casts plus insect life & fly patterns, reading the water -water-craft, lines, knots and leaders, types of retrieve, types of strike depending on the fishing method, playing, correct methods of  landing, C&R or despatching fish and includes at least two half days of guided fishing.

    There is the option to fish a private syndicate water on one or both days located near Chelmsford but at an additional cost of £35 per day and is only available for a single client. 



 Improvers Half Day Course       


             A Maximum of TWO persons only on this course

  £125 pp per day including fishery Day Ticket Charges at Chigboro  

 A four hour course looking at casting techniques and developing

the basic overhand cast to single and double hauling. Fishing into the wind and fishing with a right hand wind. Setting up a long leader and droppers. Dry flies and techniques using imitative patterns.




Guided Days (one to one only) Small Stillwater’s

£175 pp including day ticket at Chigboro

For other waters add plus travel expenses over 20miles. and day ticket charges as applicable.

Concentrating on improving technique, watercraft and presentation or any aspect of your angling that you require improvement.

 (At a convenient location of your choice  within 2 hours travelling)

 This could be taken at Great Leighs - a private syndicate water with a day guest ticket price of £35.

Guided Reservoir Boat Sessions (one on one only)



£175 pp excl boat hire and D/T charges as applicable, plus travel and time expenses over 25miles.


At any convenient water or reservoirs within SE and E. Midlands such as Grafham, Rutland, Pitsford or Ravensthorpe and includes entering a boat, safe boat handling, safety, embark/disembarking and boat etiquette; how to set the drogue and anchor. loch style drogue drifting and anchor fishing and if requested back drifting though the devil may take your soul if you do, fly patterns and  reading the water, effects of wind and temperature.

Guided River Fishing for Trout and Grayling

Price on enquiry


This would be out of county for a 2-3 day or more fishing break in the North of England or Wales. Staying at a trusted B&B. 

 This year I have been asked to captain the EPFFA England teams at the Home International in Wales on the River Dee. 

Own waders are required but  all tackle is supplied if requested

Max groups of 2. 

Full itinerary and prices on request. 

Casting Lessons

Covering Overhead, plus Single Haul, Double haul and Steeple Casts as requested @ £25 per hour min 2 hours pp. Discounted rates for groups’ n/e 4 persons. Tackle supplied if required.

Fly Tying Lessons

Covering the most popular patterns @ £25 per hour, min 2 hours with discounted rates for groups. All materials supplied.


General Information

All equipment is supplied for both fishing and fly tying unless you prefer to use your own. There is also the opportunity of purchasing outfits at discounted prices. You will need a hat, glasses/eye protection, suitable clothing for the weather and suitable footwear when fishing.



*All prices are including Day Tickets unless stated (apprx £26- £35)

 Children under 14 years old are free with a paying adult excluding their day ticket..






Not usually available on Mondays due to First Responder duties  with East of England Ambulance Service. 

     All Fisheries have now opened and restrictions have been lifted for teaching fly fishing. With so many people taking up angling as an outdoor exercise it would be wise to book up in advance for a lesson or two.

      For anyone interested in taking up the gentle art of fly-fishing there are many U tube sites on the internet though sadly as a dinosaur I have no idea how to make such new fangled things but there are some very good ones on casting by Hywel Morgan and Simon Kidd from Snowbee Tackle being two of the best in my humble opinion.

      I would also recomend U Tubes by one of the other instructors at Chigboro - Tim Joyce.

      By all means contact me via e-mail for future dates or telephone for a chat about my passion for angling and why fly fishing is such a wonderful way to relax. It is recognized by the medical proffession to help with depression and some mental health issues as well as having benefits in recovery from a masectomy.

      I wish everyone well, keep safe and follow the advice from the the government and I hope to be able to teach many of you now that fishing is once more available to us.  

  Iain Fraser.             




EPFFA National River Champion 2013

2014 England EPFFA Team Internationals in Wales.

2015 EPFFA National River Champion 

2016 England EPFFA River Team member at PSUK Home Internationals N.Ireland.

2017 Winner of Essex EPSA Championship

2018 Winner EPSA Championship

2018 Winner of EPFFA Eastern Region Pairs

2019 Winner of Eastern Region EPFFA Pairs.

2019 Winner Eastern Region EPFFA Memorial Trophy

2020- All competitions cancelled due to Covid 19

2021 - All competitions cancelled due to covid 19

2022 - Captain for EPFFA England River Squad at Home Internationals in Wales.




Iain Fraser 
Area Co-ordinator for Essex Voluntary Bailiff Service - Angling Trust and Environment Agency.

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