Who can attend the sessions?
The junior fly fishing coaching sessions are open to children under the age of 16 who are members of Corwen and District Angling Club (CADAC). CADAC membership is provided free of charge to junior fly fishers, and the club funds the coaching sessions, so there are absolutely no costs to pay.
Where are the sessions held?
CADAC's junior fly fishing coaching sessions are held at Llandegla Fishery in Wrexham, North Wales - a 20-minute drive from Chester. Llandegla is a small still water fly fishery that is stocked with rainbow trout, brown trout, tiger trout, and sparctic trout and is ideal for novices and children. It generally fishes well all year round and you don't need to be able to cast very far, so it's great for kids.
Who coaches the children?
After a few years as Assistant Coach under the tutelage of the brilliant Paul Ainsworth, I've now taken over as CADAC's Lead Coach. I'm being assisted by Gary Hedges, an England International fly fisher, and my son, George, who is on the England Youth Fly Fishing team.
What will the coaching cover?
We'll tailor the coaching to suit the age and abilities of the juniors, but they can expect to be taught the skills they'll need to fish with their parents or grandparents, cast better, and catch more fish. If there's anything you want us to coach them on, please just let us know.
Is the coaching open to juniors of all levels?
Yes, it doesn't matter if your child has never fly fished before, or if they're more experienced. The current batch of juniors includes children who've barely picked up a fishing rod of any kind before, as well as a couple of juniors (including George and James Penwright) who both now fish for their National team.
What gear will they need?
CADAC has invested heavily in good quality fly fishing equipment for the juniors to use on coaching days, so the club can provide everything they'll need. Of course, if they have their own gear, they're welcome to use that if they want to.
Is food provided?
Food is not provided, but Llandegla Fishery has an excellent cafe serving great food, so parents and children can get any food and refreshments they need there. The cafe does get busy so it may be worth booking your lunch when you arrive.
Do I need a licence?
If your child is under 13 no licence is required. If they are aged 13-16 you'll need to apply for a free rod licence. You can do this online and it only takes a couple of minutes.
What safety equipment will they need?
Both children and their guardians must wear a hat and a pair of sunglasses to protect themselves from airborne flies. This is really important, as not all of the juniors have full control of their fly lines, so there's always a small risk of getting hooked.
You'll need to make sure they follow the fishery rules and use barbless hooks to prevent injury to themselves or those around them. During sunny weather, you'll also need to ensure your child is covered in sunblock to protect them from getting burnt.
What should they wear?
Llandegla Fishery is at a fairly high altitude so the weather is often colder, wetter, and windier than at lower levels. As a result, it's worth bringing a raincoat and plenty of warm layers, just in case the weather takes a turn for the worse.
Trainers or walking boots are fine as footwear. It's generally not muddy enough to make wellies a requirement.
Do I need to supervise my child?
We'd prefer it if you can please stay with your child while they fish. Not only does this mean you can help keep them safe (watching a dozen children scattered around a lake is not easy), it also means you can share in their enjoyment when they catch something, and we can safely focus on one-to-one tuition safe in the knowledge that you've got your eye on your children.
When are the sessions held?
The dates for the sessions for 2022 are below. They may be subject to postponement or rescheduling according to the weather conditions.
- Sunday, April 3rd, 2022 (Llandegla Fishery)
- Sunday, May 8th, 2022 (Llandegla Fishery)
- Sunday, June 12th, 2022 (Llandegla Fishery)
- Sunday, August 7th, 2022 (Llandegla Fishery)
- Sunday, September 25th, 2022 (Llandegla Fishery)
- Sunday, October 9th, 2022 (Llandegla Fishery)
Sessions start at 10 am and finish at 2 pm, with a lunch break at 12 pm. It's helpful if you can please arrive a little before 10 am so we can get everyone started at the same time.
Do I need to book?
Yes, to help ensure we have enough gear ready and helpers to assist with coaching we'd prefer it if you could please book. Please me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and confirm that you've got a current rod licence (if applicable) and are a current CADAC member. Spaces could be limited, depending on how many juniors wish to attend.
To join Corwen and District Angling Club please visit the CADAC website.
Please note: The courses are now fully booked.