Rhyl and St Asaph Angling Association "Introduction
to Angling" days are popular events hosted at our trout lake just outside Denbigh.
2020 "Intro" Days
Sunday April 26th
Sunday 27th September
We are keen to get more people, especially youngsters, involved in the sport of angling.
Tuition is given by our three trained instructors and the events are open to all ages and all abilities.
It is Free for members and the cost to 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 trout in a spring-fed lake.
One rainbow trout may be taken home. Bring suitable clothing and lunch - but all fishing equipment is supplied.
You must book in prior to the event.
For further information, to check start times, directions etc. and to book in please contact
David Gartside on 01745 824231 or email
From Dave G, our head coach.
Dear all, just a line to thank everyone for their efforts on Sunday. (September 29th 2019) It’s not possible to run these events, especially with a full complement of attendees without support and we always seem to get it!
The conditions were not great towards the end but it was great to see everyone out there till we finished. Special thanks to John who took all the wet stuff including the reels to dry out, where would we be without him!
An under-statement there from Dave - towards the end some of us were drenched but nobody moaned about the rain - it was forecast after all - and all of the beginners landed fish and went home damp but happy! In those sort of conditions sometimes you get past the point of worrying about the weather and just enjoy the company!!
Fifteen fish were landed and five kept - all in lovely condition and fought like sea trout. CP
SUNDAY APRIL 28th 2019
Our first "Intro to Fly Fishing" day of the season at the Association Lake was very well attended - over-subscribed actually and we can't wait to get our potential and very eager 4th casting coach up and running!
The event was very well organised, as ever, by head coach David Gartside ably assisted by Rich Roberts and John Davidson. Good to see support from other committee members and Wally Wallis who also managed to get some fishing in!
The weather was very kind to us considering Storm Hannah had paid a visit the day before and thanks to our riparian owner for clearing leaf the trap on the overflow.
Despite the heavy rain the water was crystal clear!
We were pleasantly surprised by how well the newcomers got on with their first goes at fly casting. Definitely some potential on display. Not everyone caught fish but those who did enjoyed the great sport that our feisty rainbows provide. There were some notable catches however including superb fish of 6 lb, 4.5lb and 3.5lb.
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2018 INTRO DAYS
A huge thank-you to our lead coach Dave Gartside and his fellow qualified coaches John Davidson and Rich Roberts. Without them these excellent and professionally-run events would not be possible.
JULY 22ND 2018
Another very successful and thoroughly enjoyable "Intro" day yesterday at our trout lake. A huge "thank you" to our three qualified coaches - Dave G, John D and Rich R without whom it couldn't have taken place - because we limit the number of attendees to these events, they (the three musketeers) are able to devote plenty of time to each of the beginner fly fishers. None of yesterday's class had cast a fly before, and by the end of the afternoon all were getting a line far enough out to have a chance of catching a fish. Not that it was easy to tempt the trout yesterday as it was warm and bright most of the day with barely a ripple on the water. Still, some nice fish did come to the net. (See photos on our Facebook and Blog pages)
INTRO DAY MARCH 2018
"The above Intro Day was a great success so many thanks to all who helped out on the day. Special thanks to Rich and John who made great efforts to ensure everyone had at least one fish!
We had 12 attendees with a good mix of young and old, the wind was awkward but fortunately the excellent fish were cooperative and several people had more than one fish and quite a few had multiple pulls and tugs to add to the excitement.
DR was also in attendance to encourage non members about the advantage of joining and seemed to be at his networking best!
We had a couple of new/newish members who came along including Stuart who had never caught a Trout on a fly. He did of course and by the end was casting a good 15-20yds and also had plenty of pulls and fish on and off!! He's definitely hooked!
A very successful day due to the great support we are now getting.
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!