Fly Fishing Courses

Fly fishing courses are now in their eighteenth year at Lockwood. When we started them in 1998, we had no idea how popular they would become. A quick calculation suggests that we have introduced around nine hundred people to the sport. Lockwood is proud to be proactive in recruiting new anglers.

Despite their longevity, we have not become complacent; we have listened to attendees over the years and refined content and delivery. Feedback is very positive and we are aware of people travelling from all over the country in order to learn to fly fish at Lockwood. The courses remain very popular as birthday and Christmas presents.

We are determined to continue to offer coaching of the highest possible quality with an emphasis on learning essential skills in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. We firmly believe that several factors contribute to our success:

We firmly believe that a qualified coach is essential…

…to ensure that good practice is established from the word go. Jeff Metcalfe & Mark Gambles will be delivering the courses at Lockwood Beck Fishery. Jeff is no stranger to Lockwood Beck as he has run the Junior events here for several years. He has been an angling enthusiast for many years and for the last nine years a qualified and licensed Game Angling Coach. Apart from running his own fly fishing company Tek2 Fly Fishing, Jeff provides a Coach Educator service for the Angling Trust, is a member of the North Yorkshire County Angling Action Group, Head Coach for the Angling Trust Talent Pathway (Northern Region) and delivers Fly Fishing programmes to Schools and Clubs in the Yorkshire region.

Top quality equipment will be provided for the courses

This is included within the course fee. Current, modern gear from prestigious manufacturers will be specially selected. The fly rods are specially chosen to help you to learn to cast effectively.

Courses are taught in groups of five

Over the years, we have learned that this is the optimum group size. It provides every opportunity for individual attention whilst allowing a genuine group dynamic to develop. Just occasionally there may be an extra person in the class; we will do this to accommodate family and friendship groups.

The course content is comprehensive

Both theory and practice are covered; you will learn the things that are not in the books or the videos.

During the day you will:-

  • Learn about fishing equipment and be advised on what to buy and what to avoid.
  • Learn how to assemble equipment properly.
  • Tie the essential knots.
  • Be taught the essential fly casting skills.
  • Learn the effective ways of fishing at Lockwood.
  • Have the opportunity to fish through the evening at an award-winning fishery.

All this for ONLY £60 – and you get your next THREE visits at half price (must be used by 31st October 2016).

Improvers Courses are also available

Most of our courses are designed for beginners to fly-fishing. However, we recognise the needs of the improving angler. We will offer tuition to meet the requirements of anglers with some experience who want to improve technique. The intermediate courses are also well suited to people who have already completed a beginners, day. We usually find that fly casting skills are central to success. So, the intermediate courses are based upon a close scrutiny of existing individual skills. Once this is established, tuition is channelled to meet individual needs. Common, reoccurring issues are usually associated with achieving distance and presentation. Another common problem is that of safe and effective casting in a breeze. When existing skills allow, more advanced techniques such as double haul may be introduced. The aim of intermediate courses is always to meet individual needs. Details of group opportunities will be posted on the website. Anyone preferring one-to-one tuition at the fishery can arrange this with Jeff:-
All this for ONLY £60 – and you get your next THREE visits at half price (must be used by 31st October 2016).

Fly Fishing Course Dates

Course run by Jeff Metcalfe & Mark Gambles . Environment Agency Rod Licence is not required while you are under instruction from Jeff or Mark. If however you intend to fish on after the course has finished you will require one.

Junior Fly Fishing Course Dates

Cost £10 to be paid on the day.
Start at 10am and finish at 3pm.
Limited availability so booking is essential.

Junior courses run by Jeff Metcalf and the Cleveland Branch of the Salmon and Trout Association.


Early reservation is absolutely essential, particularly if you have limited date choice. Every season, there are people who are disappointed. We really do hate it when this happens, but we only have NINE places on each course. Places are allocated strictly in order of booking. Payment will be due on the day of the course.

The Lockwood Philosophy

The aim, at Lockwood, is to encourage anyone to fish here. We work very hard to engender a supportive and friendly atmosphere; we hope that beginners and newcomers will feel supported by the band of regulars, some of whom are outstanding anglers. We are delighted to note increasing numbers of ladies attending the courses. This is reflected by a growing band of women on the bank. There is a special, fully equipped boat for disabled anglers. By arrangement, free taster sessions are available for disabled anglers.

Don’t worry if you haven’t any fishing tackle, we will provide everything you need at no extra cost.

Kindly sponsored by Vision

Fly Fishing Instructor Sites:
Jeff Metcalfe – TeK2 Fly Fishing:
Mark Gambles – Flyzone:

Rod Licence

Rod licence information from the Environment Agency:

For booking and further information please contact:
Gordon ByersFishery Manager
Tel01287 660501 or Mobile07973 779527

Lockwood Beck FisheryThe Fishing LodgeLockwood BeckLingdaleSaltburn-by-the-Sea TS12 3LQ United Kingdom

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