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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 Commonwealth Team Member Canada 2016

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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 Stafford (its an annual event in February each year) I would seriously recommend it.



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?' 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. 


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A belter of a fly..."Stuie's Perfect Olive" a bit on fly design ...and the trouts window

May 23, 2017
As you all know "The Lifter" is a favorite of mine and many clients go to dry pattern for searching the water and covering rising fish. However there are many times when the fish get locked onto small uprights.
A key trigger is often the wing appearing in the trouts window ( Check out Vince Marinaro  "The Ring of the Rise" which has been a major influence on my dry fly fishing )

So here we have it..  "Perfect Olive" or "Stuie's Olive"   even though my good pal Charles Jardine did credit it...
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Fly Fishing the Upper Tees .... a new Partnership

May 14, 2017
The Durham Fly Fishing Company are delighted to announce a new partnership with The High Force Hotel in Upper Teesdale, County Durham to provide a comprehensive range of Fly Fishing and Tenkara packages for anyone interested in fishing the fantastic Upper Tees in County Durham.

Since Jan & Kevin took over the hotel last year they have completely renovated and refurbished the hotel .. the rooms, the bar, the kitchen... in fact everything to make this a wonderful venue for a fly fishing break o...
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A few of my Fly Fishing Advice Videos added.....

April 18, 2017
Check out three videos recently added to the Tips & Advice section of my site to help answer some common questions:

DFF Co Fly Fishing Tips & Advice Videos

They cover :
1. Fly Fishing for Grayling with Dry Fly;

2. Imitation v Representation in Fly Choice and Design;

3. Developing your Fly Fishing Approach ....Developing a Game Plan 

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Stuart Wardle Fly Fishing Guide


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