Friendly & enjoyable courses introducing you to the essential skills of fly fishing.

The programme is delivered in a range of formats, from professionally developed courses to single come and try days and social events.

Local experienced anglers and instructors will share their knowledge and experience with you, helping you to learn new skills and catch some fish along the way.

“Fly fishing offers many recognised social, health and well being benefits.”

what's included...

When you join an event all the tackle and equipment for fishing is provided, you simply need to turn up with your own hat and sunglasses and enjoy.


Our come and try days are normally free and give you the opportunity to experience fly fishing in a safe environment with help at hand.

A great starting point to see if you think it is something you would like to take further…

Check out an event near you in the calendar and reserve your place...

FF50 Courses

The courses are structured to help give you the skills you need to become a self sufficient fly fisher.

Delivered over a period of weeks there is often a small cost for joining one of our courses

  • Salmon fishing Course
  • Trout fishing course
  • Pike fishing course

Example FF50 course


Session 1

  • Safety - Staying safe on the water
  • Tackle - What you need to know about tackle
  • Set up - How to set up your tackle for specific angling environments
  • Introduction into Casting - Basic Casting techniques
  • Go Fishing

Session 2

  • Casting Mechanics - The 5 essentials in fly casting
  • Breakdown of Casting - To help you improve and diagnose faults
  • Cast Efficiently - Cast further with less effort
  • Go Fishing

Session 3

  • Knots Leaders & Flies - The essential Kit list
  • Entomolgy & Waterside Ecology - Just the basics of what you need to know
  • Watercraft - Be aware of your quarry how spooky they can be
  • Go Fishing

Next Steps

By joining the FF50 Initiative the support doesn’t just stop there...

Afterwards you will have made friends with fellow members of the course and perhaps join them for a day's fishing in the future.

Benefits of joining FF50:

  • You will be introduced to your local network of anglers, fisheries, instructors and tackle shops.
  • A whatsapp group between the group and volunteers is set up giving you an instructor in your pocket for any questions you have whilst out on the water.
  • To take your fishing further you will have contacts ready to introduce you into different forms of fishing, whether you want to step into technical river fishing, or try your hand at a different species or want to fish abroad.

Joining FF50 events gives you the support of a community
dedicated to growing
angling development

The ratio of instructors was superb. Everybody was very encouraging and supportive. It was great to have patient and willing instructors sharing their vast collective knowledge. The time spent across the three lessons was split up well, with short, informative activities and a good amount of time spent on the water. The evening times were good (18:30-21:30). The fly tying demonstration on the final night was fascinating. (Aberdeenshire FlyFish50 participant)
   The ‘staff’ were extremely helpful and accommodating especially in respect of my two boys. Nothing was too much effort. The group was welcomed to the facility and I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would.
Ailidh Hay

FlyFish50 is a fantastic resource for anyone interested in getting into fly fishing. It is also the perfect resource for groups who want to run angling events in their area. There is a wealth of information, ‘how-to’ guides and a wealth of experience in these pages. Come and join us.

I have been involved in angling development since 2014. We really wanted to move things up a level and create a structured programme for new anglers in both trout and salmon.  we created Aberdeenshire Fly Fish 50 and developed a suite of resources to support and encourage people new to the sport. It all hinges on our amazing volunteers, they make everything tick.

Fly Fish 50 has allowed us to connect with many like minded individuals who are dedicated to growing the sport of fly fishing, sharing notes of types of events and how to deliver has helped us to fine tune our courses to ensure we can deliver the best possible angling development days.

….It’s just a bunch of enthusiasts with a real passion for fly fishing….

FlyFish50 is a fantastic vehicle for getting folk into fishing.  I love the fact that it’s open to all, regardless of age, ability, past experience, background or anything else.  It’s just a bunch of enthusiasts with a real passion for fly fishing who are keen to get others involved and share the benefits of a sport that’s clearly given them so much enjoyment through their involvement in it. Personally I get a lot out of introducing people to the sport and seeing enthusiasm grow as participants learn more about it and all the aspects involved

Andrew Tweedie

Being involved with FlyFish50 has been very rewarding! Watching complete beginners progress to become competent anglers in their own right is what this initiative is all about.

Craig Flemming