We can arrange various levels of ‘messing about on rivers’ : from small children finding minibeasts to adult casting lessons on the lakes (with fish to cook later at your yurt!), to advanced and solo casting with waders at Adhurst (with our without instruction). Our fishing is catch and release only but if you’ve booked a session on the lakes with Gilly fish can be caught.
Fishing must be arranged in advance of your stay. Various levels of instruction with Gilly Bate are available for 12 years and up. Click to read more about Gilly.
Based in Hampshire on the world famous chalkstreams, Gilly qualified and worked initially as a Guide/Instructor for Orvis before joining Fly Odyssey on the UK side of the business. She has been fishing for over 25 years with 16 years of teaching and guiding on the chalk streams in Hampshire.
Gilly has fished for Salmon in Scotland for the last 20 years on the Spey, Dee and Findhorn. She has fished around the UK
and Iceland for Wild Brown Trout. Overseas has taken her saltwater fishing in Los Roques, Maldives, Seychelles, Mexico, Miami and Cuba. She has also fished for Bass on the South Coast and Cape Cod.
Gilly’s qualifications are with single-handed rods and she is a member of GAIA, AAPGAI and level 2 coaching. Gilly has also demonstrated at Country Fairs, written for the Field Magazine, won the Ladies Distance Casting Competition at the Game Fair and given presentations at various Clubs including the renowned Fly Fishers Club in Mayfair.
If you are a novice (min age 12) it’s best to have private lessons at the nearby lakes in Harting. Gilly can take one to two persons at a time. The lakes are not open to the public (and nor is the river at Adhurst). Fly-fishing lessons are £70 per hour and a half-day experience of casting and fishing (4 hours) for two persons is £250. Each person is allowed to catch two rainbow trout which they can bring back to Adhurst to cook. Casting tuition, all equipment, explanation of tack with entomology and understanding of basic fly selection included in lesson.
You will need your fishing licence and ideally waders. We will show you one of two beats by the River Rother. Solo fishing at Adhust is only open to Syndicate members and residential guests at the yurts and cabin. You will be the only person on the beat as syndicate members have the beats on every other day – so if you wish to fish the second beat you will need to wait until the next day. We can provide a telephone number if you require specialist advice on what to expect. Catch and Release only. Must be booked in advance. A day is £50 and during mayfly period ( 15th May to end of June) it is £75.
We advise short rods such as 7 ft and 1 – 3 weight maximum. Leaders length 9ft . 4 lb breaking strain however if you are using small flies in the size 16 – 20 range then add tippet of 3 lb.
Dry Flies: CDC F Flies in olive and black, size 14 – 18, Greenwells glory size 14, blue winged olive size 16, Black gnat size 16, griffiths gnat size 14, sherry spinners size 16, Cream and black sedge, size 12 – 16, red sedge, size 14.
Nymphs: Pheasant tailed nymph size 14 -18, Gold ribbed hairs ear size 14 – 18, small shrimp patterns size. No gold heads but small tungsten.
During the mayfly period: emerging mayfly and grey wulff size 10 – 12. French partridge.