Rhyl and St Asaph Angling Association "Introduction to Angling" days are
popular events hosted at our trout lake near Denbigh. 

"Introduction to Fly Fishing" Days


Our next Intro Day is on

Saturday July 9th 2022


Click HERE to register your place
Please read the T&C's before completing the form.

We are keen to get more people, especially youngsters, involved in the sport of angling. 

Tuition is given by our experienced instructors and the events are open to all ages and all abilities.

It is Free for members and juniors (u-16) and the cost to adult non-members is just £10 which is refunded if they later decide to join the association.  The days usually start at 10.30 a.m. and finish about 3 p.m. 

Following initial casting tuition, you will then be fly fishing for our feisty rainbow, blue and brown trout in a spring-fed lake.

One rainbow trout (if caught) may be taken home. Bring suitable clothing and lunch - but all fishing equipment is supplied. 


Click photo below to view gallery of photos taken at previous Intro Days.



The weather was kind to us for our first "Intro to Fly Fishing" day of the season at the Association Lake. Wind is never good for beginners but today fairly still conditions prevailed while our student fly casters were showed the basics by head coach Dave, followed by one to one teaching with our three coaches in attendance on the day.

The event was very well organised by head coach David Gartside ably assisted by Rich Roberts and Glyn Williams

The learners all got on very well with their first try at fly casting. Definitely some potential on display. Not everyone caught fish but those who did enjoyed the great sport that our lake offers but star angler of the day was young Noah who caught a blue trout, then a superbly spotted brown, followed by a rainbow!



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If you are an angler or fisherman you already know why it's a great activity and one that will particularly benefit the younger members of society.

Teach a kid to fish, and they'll be happy for a lifetime...

For so many of us, fly fishing provides the ultimate escape from the noise of everyday life. Here are some reasons to join us and pass this superb sport on to the next generation:

Fly Fishing teaches PATIENCE. 
In a world where instant gratification is everywhere, there is something about thrashing your fly line on the water, scaring every fish in the neighbourhood, that teaches you to be persistent. With practice, your technique will inevitably improve, and that makes it all the more rewarding when you finally land that first fish on the fly.

It puts YOU in touch with nature.
As our world becomes noisier, the need for detachment becomes greater. There is no better place to relax and re-centre yourself than to the tune of a trickling stream and a breeze blowing through the trees.

It's a fact and a great shame that many children today have no connection with, and little or no knowledge of the countryside and wildlife. Yes you can learn about wildlife online, but how can viewing a video compare with the first time you witness the silent azure flash of a kingfisher just yards from you!

Fly fishing emphasizes self-improvement. 
It can be humbling. Every fly angler knows that they must relentlessly learn from their experiences on the water. What patterns were working? Where were the fish holding? With every day out on the water, they will learn to make adjustments based on past experiences.


It is intellectually engaging.
The most effective fly anglers become experts on stream biology, and understand the complex workings of the ecosystems where trout are found.


This hopefully reminded some of you of the reasons you love fly fishing. So teach a kid to fly fish. Neither of you will regret it. And if you can't teach that youngster, bring him or her along to one of our "Introduction to Fly Fishing" events and let our qualified casting coaches work their magic!

A success story:
One of our newer junior members learned to fly-fish in 2018, then joined our fly-tying classes in November and is now catching trout on flies he has tied himself.

He has also included Fly Fishing and Fly-Tying as part of his Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award!