Fly Fishing School at Colebrooke Park

Are you an experienced fly fisherman wanting to perfect your skills or are you a beginner wanting to take up this fascinating sport?

Why not try one of our new residential fly fishing courses?

Improve your technique and achieve more from your equipment by coming to Colebrooke Park where we have a very experienced ghillie who is also a fully qualified casting and fishing instructor. Patrick Trotter, a local man of great character, is a member of APGAI-Ireland (Association of Professional Game Angling Instructors in Ireland) and is one of only a handful of instructors in Ireland to have been awarded an FFF Master Certificate (Federation of Fly Fishers) in casting tuition and instruction.

The weekend will start with a lecture on fly fishing equipment, the art of knot tying, river and lake craft and entomology. Each guest has their casting ability assessed and tuition is tailored to individual needs. Initially this is on grass and then guests move to the river, to the lake which is stocked with rainbow trout and to private hill loughs for further practical experience.

The full range of casting is taught from basic overhead, through slack line and mend casts to double haul and long distance techniques. Guests will be taught about the fascinating subject of river wildlife and its importance to the success of the fisherman. This will include the fish themselves, crayfish and the entomology of the insect life in the river. An example of a weekend programme can be seen below. NB: A minimum number of five people is required for residential courses.

Fly Fishing Courses at Colebrooke:

The Weekend Programme could be as follows:

Day 1
18:00
18:30 – 19:30
19:30 – 20:00
20:30
Arrival at Colebrooke Park
Introduction lecture
Allocation of fishing rods etc
Dinner
Day 2
09:00 – 10:30
10:30 – 11:00
11:00 – 13:00
13:00 – 14:00
14:00 – 15:00
15:00 – 17:30
17:30 – 18:00
18:00 – 19:00
20:00
Casting instruction
Coffee break
Rainbow trout fishing and lake craft
Lunch
Introduction to Colebrooke River
Supervised individual fishing
Tea
Lecture on the next stage
Dinner
Day 3
09:00 – 10:00
10:00 – 10:30
10:30 – 13:00
13:00 – 14:00
14:00 – 17:30
18:00
Recap on lessons learnt
Coffee
Casting instruction on river and lake
Lunch
Independent fishing – visited by instructor from time to time
Dispersal

NB: Our programme is totally flexible depending on the ability of participants. Greater emphasis may be placed on the river of lough or indeed salmon fishing if the guests so require it.

Fly-tying instruction may be included if you wish – your instructor would be Frankie McPhillips from Tempo. He was featured in ‘Country Life’ magazine in 1996 as a ‘Living Treasure’ and he ranks amongst the best fly-tiers at present in the British Isles.