The Durham Fly Fishing Company

The Durham Fly Fishing Company

The Durham Fly Fishing Company
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
For the very best UK Fly Fishing Guide, Fly Fishing Tuition and Fly Fishing Instruction...Welcome to the Durham Fly Fishing Company.... My name is Stuart Wardle, owner of the Durham Fly Fishing Company. Cumbria, Yorkshire, County Durham, Northumberland and the Scottish Borders have some of the best Lakes and Rivers for trout and grayling fly fishing in the UK. The Durham Fly Fishing Company provides an expert and comprehensive range of fly fishing and guiding services for all levels of ability on rivers and lakes throughout the UK. Get in touch and let me "Exceed Your Expectations"
Durham, County Durham, England
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Charlie W
Manchester, UK2 contributions
Jul 2022
I was with a group of five anglers with varying levels of fly fishing experience for a two day guided trip. Stuart was brilliant, his obvious passion for fly fishing was quite clear and infectious. His approach was to ask each of us what we wanted to get from the trip, then casually exceed our goals. His coaching was subtle but logical, so that learning was a pleasure and confidence levels increased when even the most ham fisted of us began to catch fish. Stuart is also great company and I was struck by how much pleasure he evidently took in watching us bring beautiful wild brown trout to hand. We all had a fantastic time and everyone left the gorgeous upper reaches of river Tees absolutely buzzing. If you only ever take one guided fishing experience, take this one.
Written July 4, 2022
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Wow Charlie and the gang, what can I say? It was an absolute pleasure hosting you all for a couple of days and was a blast. Everyone seemed to enjoy the mix of venues and the development and learning of new techniques on a range of rivers and beats I'm already looking forward to your return visit and for the great craic and banter. One of my favourite memories of the trip was when the beginner was catching more fish than the experienced members the smiles said it all. Can't wait for our next trip in 2023. All the very best Stuarr
Written October 6, 2022
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Phil Smith
1 contribution
Sep 2021
I met up with Stuart in the cafe at Piercebridge before our 2 hour introduction to fly fishing lesson having never fly fished before. Very excited for what lay ahead we chatted with a coffee beforehand and instantly Stuart’s knowledge, passion and enthusiasm for fishing had me eager to get started. He had already booked my river permit for a lovely stretch water on the River Tees and the setting was absolutely spectacular.
Within half hour of casting practice we were ready to go and bang what a start. Stuart’s knowledge of the water is amazing, detailing “the runs” where the fish would be, the types of fly they might be looking for, so on and so on I was blown away by his knowledge and then get in, our first bite a lovely little Brown Trout totally amazing.
The time went by so quickly, we caught six fish and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute. The whole morning was perfect and I couldn’t have wished for a better experience..
Written September 15, 2021
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Many thanks Phil, I think the stars aligned for our day and what a great day it was. A perfect introduction into fly fishing with a decent few fish in the net too. I love what I do and have a real passion for t introducing and developing others to the sport. It also takes us to some beautiful places and becvome fully immeresed in nature. Whats not to love. Thanks again for your very kind review and I hope the rest of your holiday and travels went well. Stuart
Written September 20, 2021
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Niall
Durham, UK7 contributions
Sep 2021
Stuart is one of those coaches that will just get the best out of you, and be a great laugh along the way.

As a very new fly fisher, I was recommended to see Stuart through John Tyzack to help refine some of my casting - John did not hesitate to send me Stuart's details and I can see why. Stuart made the time completely dedicated to me and helping me learn whilst making sure the day itself was a great laugh.

In the 4 hours I had with Stuart, I learnt and applied more than I could have imagined and by the end of it, my confidence had shot up dramatically. Stuart may not be entirely the cheapest fly fishing coach, but in my opinion I struggle to see why you would see anyone else.

Top man who I will undoubtedly be booking with again.
Written September 18, 2021
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Wow what a fantastic review, many many thanks. I'm over the moon that you learned loads and better still have an action plan for improving. Fly fishing is one of those activities where you never stop learning but at the same time is seriously addictive. You definitely have got the bug and did extremely well and of course Im more than happy to help with your development to become a great fly fisher. Very best wishes Stuart
Written September 20, 2021
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Tony M
1 contribution
May 2021 • Solo
I was honoured to be given this gift of 1/2 day fishing tuition with Stuart from my colleagues at Macphie when I retired in March 2021.
From the minute you speak to Stuart on phone to the actual day itself he puts you at ease .
Our lesson on River Wear , it was raining a bit, so I thought we might not have a good day, how wrong was I !!
From the outset he is teaching you in a way you dont forget , i thought I knew a bit ,but actually knew nothing like what i needed Stuart teachs you the river, what to look for , flies to use, tackle options etc.
My casting improved 1000% in his company in a very short space of time, I caught 3 fish ,one a beautiful brown trout that put up a great fight, and my first Grayling all safely returned.
Stuart Wardle is a fly fishing " God" very modest , great company and extremley funny.
Amazing day, my Thanks to Simon Jones and my fantastic colleagues at Macphie for this fantastic gift and my grateful thanks to Stuart for his brilliant tuition and company.
Written May 20, 2021
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Wow Tonym !, I've been called many things but that is a first 🙂🙂 Your company and banter was brilliant and I can confirm the game pie you made for me was delicious. It was an absolute pleasure and I'm delighted you had a great experience with The Durham Fly Fishing Company My business ethos is very much client centric and to exceed expectations. I'm over the moon that the experience was great and that yours and Macphie's expectations were exceeded. Im already looking forward to our next day 👍 Stuart
Written May 23, 2021
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stephenhall2017
York, UK9 contributions
May 2022 • Family
Had a fantastic day on learning how to “proper” fish with Stuart. Bring course fishermen we wanted to learn how to fly fish so Stuart taught myself, my dad and my son (7) in a half day session…and it was brilliant. Intuitive teaching and his patience, humour and kindness with my son was great. Had a good few fish and went away with lots of tips and knowledge to get going on our own.

Stuart - I think in Jacob you have a friend for life, he’s not stopped talking about how brilliant you are and all the things you can do, you’re his hero!

Thanks again and look forward to seeing you on the river and we will be booking in for an advanced class in the future 👍
Written May 29, 2022
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Thankyou so much for your review and what a lovely family. The lads were great and took to it like ducks to water. Fly fishing isn't the easiest thing to do however over the many years I've been fly fishing I've developed approaches that make it accessible and easy to.learn and be successful. Jacob and all family are welcome back snytime Best wishes Stuart
Written October 6, 2022
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allisonross
Stockton-on-Tees, UK2 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
I booked two sessions with Stuart for Edward my 17 year old son. He’s fished since he was about 8, but only recently tried fly fishing and felt he needed some coaching

He’s just returned from the first session and has had a great morning.
Thoroughly enjoyed the session, found the coaching really focused and specific . Edward found Stuart’s approach really helped him and he had come away feeling that he’s not just enjoyed himself but learnt an awful lot too.

Stuart is obviously extremely knowledgeable, skilled and passionate about his sport

Ted has had many fishing trips both in UK and abroad and today ranks with the best of them.
Maybe the Wear isn’t quite as warm as the Florida Keys but Edward enjoyed it just as much !

He’s already asking me to book his second session

Would strongly recommend Stuart to anyone looking to try their hand or develop their fly fishing skills in the beautiful ( if sometimes cold) north east waters

Allison and Edward
Written January 25, 2020
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That is so nice Allison, thank you so much. Ted is a real natural and I'm sure he is going to love his fly fishing as he progresses. I've forwarded him some homework to keep him on his toes until our next session and of course I'm here to help at anytime with advice and support. I can't wait for our second session, we are gonna have a great time fishing to rising trout when its warmer with lots of fish and a few laughs too. Once again many thanks for your lovely review. Stuart
Written January 26, 2020
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yan y
1 contribution
Aug 2022
My daughter and I were complete newbies and wanted to have a taster. This is a great way to learn the key techniques - enough to get started - and have a great day out at the same time. Stuart got us casting within an hour and within another 30 minutes each had landed two fish!
Stuart is a wonderful teacher; he is knowledgeable, enthusiastic and nothing is too much trouble. He has excellent kit and prepares thoroughly. Thank you Stuart.
Written August 13, 2022
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Hi Yan, Thankyou for your lovely kind review. It was great to spend some quality time with you and your daughter on the wonderful River Tees and am so pleased you both had a wonderful and fun experience. The trout will need to be extra wary next time !! It's a privilege to be able to share my love of fly fishing with others and to introduce them to such a fantastic sport. All the very best Stuart
Written October 6, 2022
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Paul D
2 contributions
Aug 2021 • Solo
I am (was) a complete beginner but was immediately put at ease by Stuart’s kind nature and unbelievable enthusiasm for what is obviously his passion.
The highest compliment I can pay him is that he made a fly fisher out of me in just a few hours. Despite poor weather and difficult conditions we had a fantastic time!
Written August 23, 2021
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Many thanks Paul, what a lovely kind review. I was a little worried coaching a well known professional golf coach like yourself, however it was great fun, We had some great banter and you picked it up like a real pro. Seriously very well done, a few bigger fish would have put the icing on the cake. Your fly fishing journey is now well and truly started and remember to keep in touch if I can help in any way. I'm delighted to have been able to exceed your expectations. All the very best Stuart
Written August 28, 2021
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Kirsty B
2 contributions
May 2022 • Family
Just arrived home after a fantastic half day fishing experience with Stuart. Having always wanted to try this and a complete novice Stuart was able to help us (my husband and 14 Yr old son) get started. We will definitely have another go using all the tips and help we gained today.
I have some mobility difficulties but stuart was able to make the experience completely inclusive I would recommend anyone give this a go even if, like me, a little nervous.
Written May 14, 2022
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What a great time we had and its lovely to receive such a positive review. All my sessions are bespoke and cadaver to suit everyone's experience and abilities. It ensures we have a great experience but also lots of fun especially when new to the sport. It's fantastic to know that my approach dispelled any nervousness and your recommendation for others to give it a go is very nuchal appreciated. Well done to everyone. Stuart
Written October 6, 2022
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Sue W
York, UK14 contributions
Jul 2021 • Solo
Spent the morning with Stuart on a fly fishing lesson .learnt a lot from him as his knowledge is amazing. The whole experience was fantastic. Stuart went out of his way to make sure I had the best fishing possible despite dry weather and low river conditions. Stuart’s a great guy we had a good banter and I’ve now got the fly fishing bug .
Written July 26, 2021
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Thanks Sue W, youre very vety kind and it was great to provide a fantastic experinece for your birthday Sssshh ...dont tell everyone how fantastic fly fishing is !!...we don't want everyone to catch the fly fishing bug Ha Ha. All the evry best and thank you again for your lovely review. Stuart
Written August 28, 2021
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