YORKSHIRE DALES FLY FISHING

CLIENT COMMENTS & FEEDBACK

Flyfishing Beginners Course
River Flyfishing CourseStuart thanks for the excellent tuition you gave me on Friday morning considering the weather was pants.
Jan doesn't believe I landed a 3llb rainbow but that's women for you . I must thank you again for your
expert tuition I've got the bug.
Cheers
John


Guided Day River Wharfe
Hi Stuart,
I’m heading back tomorrow. I want to say I was delighted with Thursday, thanks very much. It is great to work with someone who is at the top of his game.
Kind Regards
Turlough


River Flyfishing Course
Hi Stuart,
Thanks again for another informative and very enjoyable days tuition. Please could you send me
the river fishing course notes. As I said yesterday, the first set of notes I received on still water
methods proved very useful, any information on river fishing methods would be much appreciated.
Hope you have a good holiday, I will be in touch later in the year to arrange another day in April.
Cheers.
Steve


2 Day Flyfishing Holiday
Hello Stuart
Brown trout on a River Flyfishing CourseJust to say once again, thanks for two great days, lots of splendid memories. Thanks for the advice
& hints and your patience. I see that you have already entered our exploits on your blog site. What
was the location of where we fished in the Nidd please? Finally, will you please send me those pics
of the of the bigun?
Many thanks again.
Colin


River Flyfishing Course
Hi Stuart
Firstly many thanks for another excellent and enjoyable day's tuition. It really is a first-class
combination of learning and fun, practical fishing. I have looked at the notes briefly and they seem
really comprehensive but well-written and easy to understand, they will be a great help. I have already
started working on family members to give me another day's tuition as a gift so I hope to be coming
again next year! Thanks again for kindly postponing the day from last year to this, it is much appreciated.
I look forward to meeting up again hopefully in the not too distant future.
Kind regards
Jedd.


Grandfather & Granddaughter Flyfishing Lesson
Success on a Beginner's Flyfishing CourseGood evening Stuart
Many thanks for a most enjoyable morning learning the basics of fly fishing. Hannah and I had a really good time and we are looking forward to practicing over the next few months. I will be in contact later in the year for more lessons.
Kind regards
Robert


River Flyfishing Course
Hi Stuart.
Thanks for the days instruction yesterday. It certainly seems to have had a beneficial effect. In a 2 hour session this morning I took 7 fish and had several takes Czech Nymphing. That is a vast improvement for me.
I also got quite a surprise with a savage take from an intruder which has obviously escaped from the Fish Farm (please see the attached).
Regards
Kris
 


River Flyfishing Techniques
Hi Stuart,
Thanks again for all your efforts last week, felt like I learned a lot and am looking forward to putting it into practice.
Your quick lesson in entomology came in useful - I now know the flies hatching were olive uprights and large brook duns - thanks.
Really enjoyed our day and will want to do this again. Still got lots to learn.
Cheers,
Andy


Fly Fishing Tuition River Wharfe
Hi Stuart - thanks again for an excellent couple of days with you. We all learned a lot and, equally importantly, all enjoyed it thoroughly. The river was a joy to fish and your patient expert tuition was first rate. Hope we'll be back to continue our education in future - will be in touch about that next year I hope.
Best wishes
Andrew


Instructor Mentoring Session
Hi Stuart,
Just a note to say thanks for yesterday morning - I really found your input very helpful and it's spurred me on to get sorted!
Thanks again and all the best,
Paul


Group Beginners Fly Fishing Course
Stuart
Many thanks once again for a tremendous day, we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
Adie is now on a mission to get us all to buy gear.
Looking forward to seeing you again.
Maria


River Wharfe Guided Fly Fishing
Dear Stuart,
Thank you very much for two perfectly delightful days of fishing. Yesterday ranks right up there on the amazing scale, and I won't soon forget those tremendous fish, the beautiful river, and a guide who taught me a lot...
...So thanks for more really great memories of fly fishing as it is supposed to be. I hope the rest of the summer treats you as well.
Yours,
Casey


2 Day Beginners River Fly Fishing Course
Stuart
I just wanted to thank you again for the memorable experience this week.
I thoroughly enjoyed it, especially the dry fly fishing, and feel I have a solid basis to work off fishing by myself.
Thank you also for introducing me to some fantastic new places in the Dales.
Please could you send me copies of any of the photos. I'm particularly keen to see the one of the
grayling escaping and need to prove to people that we did catch something!
Many thanks
Best regards
David


River Fishing Tuition - River Wharfe
Hi Stuart,
First of all thanks again for a great day on Monday, I still can't believe how many we caught and that decent brown was a real bonus, even if it was a bit fortuitous!
Cheers,
Iain


Beginners Fly Fishing Course - Full Day
Hi Stuart
Just wanted to say that Peter tells me he had a great day and learned a lot - next stop the tackle shop or maybe your web site for flies galore!!
Thank you for helping him enjoy what turned out to be such a great birthday present.
Gail


3 Hours Stillwater Fly Fishing Tuition
Hi Stuart,
I meant to get in touch to thank you for my lesson on stillwater trout fishing a while back but did not quite get round to it. I have only been out 4 or 5 times since but have caught fish every time, so you certainly made a difference. I had a good year on our club water beats on the River Tone & Axe over 130 fish mostly
brown trout, one small sea trout and a few grayling.
All the best for 2008 and thanks for your fishing advice on my visit to the lovely Yorkshire Dales.
Ken


Full Day River Fly Fishing Course
Hi Stuart,
Just like to thank you for an excellent day at Bolton Abbey last Friday. Its was my first time proper river fishing and I really enjoyed it. I'll definitely be looking into doing more.
Thanks again for all your help and guidance.
All the best for the future.
Regards,
Bruce


3 Day Father and Son Beginners Course
Thanks for a good 3 days, especially your patience with Ryan, possibly me too. We really enjoyed it and the trip home was filled by Ryan planning to river fish with you. I'll leave it a little bit to allow you to recover!
Cheers Phil


Fly Casting Lesson
Hello Stuart,
I can't thank you enough for your expertise and patience during my lesson on Saturday. It was a pleasure to meet someone with the same dedication and desire to preserve the environment and rivers as myself!
I thoroughly enjoyed the lesson and will practice the techniques you taught me.
Best regards,
Matt


River Fly Fishing Course
Stuart - Thanks for a great day last Friday. We both enjoyed it immensely and learned so much in such a short time. Your enthusiasm and patience were second to none.
Regards
Debbie & John W


River Fly Fishing Course
Dear Stuart
A belated thanks for the day spent with Dave at Bolton Abbey at the end of April. He really did enjoy himself, learned a lot and put it to good use in the Lakes, much to the chagrin of the other anglers there! Hopefully we'll be up on the Ure before long putting it to good use again.
Regards
Lesley


Guided Fly Fishing, River Wharfe, Bolton Abbey
Stuart,
Just a quick e-mail to say thanks for your help, we both had a excellent day, followed by another fishing the Bolton Abbey Stretch as you suggested. Very productive, we both had around 8 fish each, with others missed. The morning seemed to be Grayling time, with some good fish. I managed a brownie in the afternoon which was my best ever, definitely over two pounds, from fast water, fishing the duo method.
Denise is now into river fishing, to the extend that She is now the proud owner of a 9ft Streamflex 5# rod, and new reel.
I will definitely recommend your services to others, we both learned a lot which hopefully will produce more fish in the future. Look forward to seeing the photo's
Cheers Bryan and Denise


River Wharfe Fly Fishing Course
Hi Stuart
Thank you for last Saturday, what a great day it was. You are a great teacher that makes it interesting as well. I learnt so much and you have got me exited about fishing again .
Thanks once more.
Barrie


Guided Fly Fishing River Ure
Stuart,
Have arrived back safely and enjoying a cup of tea.
Thank you so much for today, I thoroughly enjoyed it and found it very informative. It was lovely to be introduced to the Ure which I have heard about over the years and I was not disappointed. I will endeavour to work on the points you raised today. I hope my fishing was generally of a good standard.
It was very nice to meet you and I will definitely keep in touch.
Please let me know the dates for Poland when convenient.
Thanks again and best wishes.
Paul


Yorkshire Dales Guided Fly Fishing Holiday
Hi Stuart.
Just to say thanks again. We both really enjoyed it. Already looking forward to next year!!
Will come back to you in the New Year and make arrangements.
All the best.
Simon.


Two Day Beginners Fly fishing Course (Gift Certificate)
Hi Stuart,
Just a quick note to say thank you for a wonderful 2 days fishing, we enjoyed the experience so much. Your instruction was excellent as was your patience!
As yet we haven't had time to pursue it further but will be visiting Hardys soon!
Best wishes
Sheila and Richard


River Fly Fishing Course
Hi Stuart, finally got round to dropping you a message to say thanks for a great day the other week, your instruction is both informative and enjoyable. I'm sure my success over the last few days on the estate is solely your responsibility...
Neil


Guided Fly Fishing Day - River Wharfe
Stuart,
The old Lincolnshire saying about the Yorkshire man definitely does not apply to you. I really enjoyed my tuition and various techniques you showed me. I had another Brown Trout and a Grayling on Saturday afternoon so you must have been doing something right !. I caught them using the North Country Spider / Wet Fly Fishing technique.
Many thanks once again for a most enjoyable day
Kind regards
John T


River Fly Fishing Course (company subsidised training day)
...I had a great day with some excellent tuition from Stuart Minnikin, plus a bonus of
catching my first wild brown trout and my first grayling, I managed  to loose a few as well !!!
The setting for the day on the River Wharfe close to Bolton Abbey was superb, I can highly recommend Stuart to anyone wishing to begin fly-fishing or improve their techniques and catch rate with his tuition. If anyone requests information on fly-fishing tuition in the future I will be glad  to advise and put them in contact with Stuart in Yorkshire.
Thanks and best regards,
Stuart.


Two Day Beginners Fly Fishing Course
Stuart
Thank you very much for a great weekend of fly fishing tuition, all three of us were very impressed with the expertise and patience that you showed in giving us a solid grounding the in the art of fly fishing. The weekend was one we will remember for a long time (not just because of the weather) and thanks to your excellent instruction we are all confident that we can go out and buy some equipment and go fishing!! Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you again when we’ve got some practice in.
Kind Regards,
Dave J


River Fishing Tuition
...The duo method you taught me is absolutely fantastic in all that shallow
water accounting for nearly all the good fish I have had since that sunny
day at Bolton Abbey
Regards Dave


Children's Fly Casting Lessons
Stuart,
We had a great time and the boys went on to catch their bag as well as losing a few. I think the lessons were very effective although I agree George [10] would improve with a shorter rod.
The boys made an unprompted comment that you were a good teacher, since they have never said this about any of their school teachers you can take that as a high compliment. George particularly  liked the way that you were not too strict and didn't rush him. Thomas [15] was casting as far as me with single overhead cast.
Mark


River Fly Fishing Instruction - England Youth Team
Dear Stuart,
Just a quick note of thanks from the squad you helped train earlier this year. England 1 came 5th, 1 point behind Spain. England 2 6th.
Cheers,
The England Youth Fly Fishing Team.


Yorkshire Dales Fly Fishing Holiday
Hi,
Just to say thank-you for a brilliant 4 days fishing, photos awesome.
Look forward to hearing from you soon about next year.
Best Wishes
Christine and Gerald


Beginners Fly Fishing Course
Dear Stuart
Just a short note on behalf or Terrence and myself to thank you for a super day's tuition and fishing yesterday. Despite the variable weather we both learnt a tremendous amount and had a thoroughly enjoyable time into the bargain.  Being able to return with fresh trout added to the experience.
Once again, many thanks.
With best wishes,
Peter W.


Beginners Fly Fishing Course - River Wharfe
Stuart 
Once again thank you for yesterday, it was a great day out. It was important get off on the right foot regards casting, I'll have to come back one day to pick-up more water craft skills. I'll use the water craft skills learnt yesterday not only on fly fishing but also use them in my coarse angling.
Regards
Mark


Weekend Fly Fishing Break
Stuart,
Thanks very much of the very enjoyable day we had last weekend. I learnt a lot. It's a pity the fish were even smarter!.  Your guidance and advice prepared me well for Sunday however. I enjoyed a fruitful day on the Watersmeet beat on the Wharfe and managed to take my limit of 6 fish!
A very enjoyable weekend and one I hope to repeat as soon as I can.
Regards
Alan.


Guiding River Wharfe - Kilnsey
Dear Stuart,
Many thanks for organizing the fishing so well last Saturday. The weather was un-cooperating but we did well. I will certainly rely on you again when I come to Yorkshire Dales for fishing.
Best wishes
Seppo H.


2 Day Beginners Fly Fishing Course
Hello Stuart
Many thanks for the couple of days instruction last week - I really enjoyed it. As I said at the time, the main thing I wanted to come away with was the feeling that I could get to grips with casting (eventually) and would be able to improve - and you achieved that and more!
Anyway, I'm off again this weekend - so I'll have a chance to put the lessons into practice.
I'll certainly be in touch again to get more lessons - maybe some rivers next time.
Thanks again
Simon H.


River Fly Fishing Tuition - Including Czech Nymphing
Hi Stuart,
 Just a quick note to say thanks for last Mondays session. I enjoyed the day thoroughly despite the unseasonable temperatures. I now need to practice the methods you taught me. The important thing is that I can see the reasoning behind the techniques and understand why they should be better than what I have been practising.
Czech nymphing - what can I say, it is amazing. After I left you I went up to where you suggested. I continued with the Czech nymphing and had landed 3 fish in under an hour, one of them a superb Grayling of around a pound and a half. I couldn't believe it considering our catch rate during the day. To continue with my astonishment with the technique, I went down to our club stretch of the Calder yesterday morning and had eight fish in a two hour session, all wild brownies, the biggest at just under 2 pounds - this technique is absolutely fantastic. What's more I was fishing in runs and pools that I had never been able to fish before because of high banking and trees preventing fishing with a conventional backcast, this method has really opened up the river for me.
I will probably be back to you for a refresher or top up course this back end or early next season.
Thanks again
A very satisfied customer ( a bit corny - but true)
Andrew P.


Guided Day River Wharfe, Burnsall
Hi Stuart
Just thought I'd let you know that I was in Devon on business on Monday and I managed 2 hours on the Exe. I had 10 all together, including 5 in 20 minutes on the Czech nymphs! It's a deadly technique - your excellent tuition is certainly paying off!! I'll try and get up for a grayling day in December.
Best wishes
Peter


Guided Fly Fishing River Wharfe
Hi Stuart
I have been out grayling fishing a few times this winter and found the Czech nymphing and upstream nymphing techniques we did at Bolton abbey to be really effective.
At the last trip I caught more fish than my five fellow anglers put together - the short line stuff really works.
Anyway thanks for a great day out and for sharing your expertise so freely.
Have a great 2008 and I hope we will fish together again.
Bets wishes
Richard


River Fly Fishing Tuition
Dear Stuart, Thanks again for a great day yesterday. I went back to the spot where we got the big one and fished exactly where you had suggested (behind that rock) and landed a one pounder on one of those tungsten beaded nymphs. I decided to call it a day after that as I was a bit hot and thirsty. A day to remember.
Danny


Fly casting lesson
Hi Stuart,
Just a quick note to say how much I enjoyed the casting lesson on Tuesday. I felt that I learned a lot and, with some serious practice, will start to iron out some of my faults. I hope to be able to book another lesson with you, in the future, to learn a bit about buzzer / nymph fishing. I will be in touch to check for any availability/cancellations you may have.
Thank you,
Regards,
Dave H.


Beginners Fly Fishing Course
Stuart
Thanks for a great day last Saturday, I will stick with it and bought a new (2nd hand) rod in the week 9' #6 4 piece and have been practising. It is a lot easier with a lighter rod.
Thank you for sending the handouts through they make interesting reading.
Hopefully we can arrange a day on a river in the near future, I will be in touch about that soon.
Regards
Richard


Beginners Fly Fishing Course
Dear Stuart,
Thanks for all your help today, I shall go away and practice. After you left  I caught a rainbow trout! How they fight on such rods! Much more exciting than landing the 10 lb carp from the canal. I then caught another, but after several leaps in to the air it escaped.
Steve.


River Fly Fishing Instruction
Hi Stuart
Just a note to say how much I enjoyed my fishing on Sunday. I learned a lot and can't wait to try out the techniques you showed me. I'll definitely be visiting again.
Thanks again
Tony W.


River Fly Fishing Instruction
Hi Stuart.
Thank you for my day on the river. I really enjoyed myself.
I will be in touch for a refresher soon.
Take care
Peter


River Fly Fishing Instruction and Guiding - River Ure
Hi Stuart,
Just a quick email to thank you for such a fantastic day on the River Ure, it exceeded my expectations by a considerable margin!
I won't hesitate to be in touch to arrange another lesson as soon as I can get our next trip to the Dales sorted out. Maybe the River Wharfe in May next?
Thanks again for your company, expertise and not least your patience!
Regards
Steve


2 Day Beginners Fly Fishing Course
Many thanks for a great experience. We have both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
Katie & Nigel


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