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Stuart Wardle Durham Fly Fishing Bio:


Stuart Wardle A fanatical fly fisherman and licensed coach who has been lucky to have fished with some great fishermen in many fantastic places around the world. The North of England and Scottish Borders are very special places and have some beautiful and fantastic waters to fly fish. I'm still learning the craft after more than 30years and I hope the flyfishing journey will never end. Fly Fishing Bio: 1967 first perch on a worm 1999 England International; 2002 CEFF Chairman 2006 Team England Rivers Manager; 2010 Commonwealth Team Silver Medal (Wales) 2011 Started The Durham Fly Fishing Company; 2012 Commonwealth Team Silver Medal (Tasmania); 2012 Appointed Head Coach to the Angling Trust/ADB Talent Pathway Programme; 2014 Commonwealth Team Silver Medal (England); 2014 Launch of www.flyfishingvideoguide.com Commonwealth Team Member Canada 2016

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Catch & Release Best Practice & Hot Weather Fishing Tips

June 26, 2018

Catch & Release Best Practice:


Its been a dry season so far and a lot of our rivers are very very low. Add to the fact that temperatures are in the upper 20's with bright sunshine means that it's great for sunbathing and watching the World Cup with a cool one in the shade but not great for us fly fishers or for the trout & grayling either.
I thought it might be useful to share some handy Catch & Release advice just to remind ourselves and make sure we are all doing our best to look after our wonderful trout and grayling. It is just common sense but it doesn't hurt to remind ourselves.
This link takes you to a C&R document  useful for salmon fishers

While on the subject of weather, (a favourite subject here in the UK) I though why not pull together a few tips for fishing when the rivers are low, clear and the sun is beating down as it doesn't happen that often !! Ha Ha !!
Anyway ....here you go....

Fishing Tips for Hot Weather:

  • when out fishing make sure you have plenty of sun protection and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration;
  • spend more time fishing in the late evening when the sun drops .... our rivers have been coming alive after 9.00pm and right into dusk;
  • fish the fast water .... and I mean the hardest, fastest and most oxygenated water. As water temperatures increase the fish search out oxygenated water more than anything else, it also provides excellent cover....  so get the weighted nymphs on and fish the fast hard water;
  • find the deeper channels and drop offs...the water is cooler and the fish feel safe in bright condiations
  • look for shade.... overhanging trees and canopy provide shade and are a great place for terrestrials to drop on to the water e.g. aphids, beetles and other small stuff so a good place for a trout to lie in the shade with a buffet included!!. ;
  • Beware of shadows..... try not to fish with the sun behind you as the shadows will have spooked the fish long before your fly lands 

If you need any help or advice on any fly fishing matter, feel free to get in touch as advice is always free 
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The Durham Fly Fishing Company 2018 Early Season Round Up

May 21, 2018


Eventually things have started to warm up after what all I can say has been a cold, slow, and patchy spring. The hatches have been the best I have seen for a good few years but trout seem to have been reluctant to rise despite the bounty on the surface. Fish have been in great fettle which has meant fishing earlier in the day and early evening to match their active [periods. This last bit of warm weather has really got the hatches in full swing with Hawthorns, Black Gnats, Iron Blues, Yellow ...


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The Durham Fly Fishing Company 2018 Early Season Round Up

May 21, 2018


Eventually things have started to warm up after what all I can say has been a cold, slow, and patchy spring. The hatches have been the best I have seen for a good few years but trout seem to have been reluctant to rise despite the bounty on the surface. Fish have been in great fettle which has meant fishing earlier in the day and early evening to match their active [periods. This last bit of warm weather has really got the hatches in full swing with Hawthorns, Black Gnats, Iron Blues, Yellow ...


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An Interview with The Durham Fly Fishing Company at 2018 BFFI

March 6, 2018


This years BFFI was brilliant and it was wonderful to meet up with clients old and new. I have to say it was one of the best ones I have attended in a good few years. Well done Bridgette, Steve & the Team
The following link will take you to a Blog from my good friend Richard Fieldhouse of Barbless Flies featuring a number of interviews talking about this years British Fly Fair including one with yours truly !!!. Hope you enjoy?
If you havn't been before and get a chance to visit BFFI in Staffor...
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Merry Christmas

December 20, 2017
Seasons Greetings to all DFF Co. Fly Fishing Friends




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What makes a Great Fly Fishing Guide? ....it' s all about the Client

December 10, 2017
Yeah,.... I've won some awards over the years.... 
Yeah Yeah.....  I'm experienced and have fly fished  in many places around the world ....
and Yeah  Yeah Yeah  I'm a qualified Coach, insured etc etc BUT what makes a Great Fly Fishing Guide ???

Well its not for me to say so I'll just leave it to my Clients and what they say makes a "Great Guide"... I think the smiles says it all



 
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It's more about you than me....

November 29, 2017
Thank you so much for the nomination which resulted in The Durham Fly Fishing Company winning the LTG 2018 European Award for Service Excellence for the second year running. To make things even better I also found out this month that DFFCo. has won the 2018 Travel & Hospitality Award for Service Excellence.
As a client, you will always be my principal focus when arranging lessons, coaching, guided days or trips in the UK & other destinations. Seeking feedback is really important so I can revie...
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The Future - Developing Youth Fly Fishing- England Talent Pathway

October 18, 2017

Its something I'm really passionate about and something that I really enjoy, helping people but especially the Youth get into fly fishing. As a qualified Angling Coach, being able to share my International experience while working as Head Talent Coach with the Angling Trust over the past 6 years has been tremendous in so many ways. Introducing Youth to competitive fly fishing through a proper coaching programme has resulted in well over 30 International Caps through the Talent Pathway.

Last ye...

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Health Benefits of Fly Fishing....Nurture your mind & body when flinging flies

September 22, 2017




Thanks to Jon from Outdoor Empire for allowing me to share the following link.

Not that we need another reason to go fishing as we already have thousands however there is an important one that few anglers ever consider:  FlyFishing – is great for your health.

Anytime you spend time outdoors in the natural world, you’ll enjoy the restorative and stress-relieving benefits nature provides, but fishing provides a number of other benefits that you won’t get by just going for a picnic or bird...


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New Affiliation for The Durham Fly Fishing Company with Wilderness Now

June 1, 2017

Charles Mountier (above) the founder of Wilderness Now is fanatical about adventure in the UK and wants to help you get out there.

Wilderness Now and their team, which includes The Durham Fly Fishing Company, are working with the best UK guides offering unique, personal and authentic adventures for you to discover. 

Their community of adventure seekers include city professionals, families, sporty couples and those seeking to discover the outdoors for the first time. 

Man...


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