Welcome to the Fly Fishing Academy

We offer a range of relaxed informative tuition, recognised angling qualifications, interventions in education, immersive excursion itineraries and memorable fly fishing adventures.

How it all started...

Richard & Phillipa Winser live on the shore of Grafham Water in Cambridgeshire and have extensive experience fly fishing in the UK and overseas including South Africa, France, Alaska and Slovenia. Both are voluntary game angling guides for disabled, special needs and terminally ill children; in 2023 they received The [Kings] Coronation Champions Award, a nationally prestigious (Royal) award for these endeavours. They also instruct and assess for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, have professional indemnity and public liability insurance, are qualified as Ambulance Service level 3 Community First Responders [first aid] and hold enhanced Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) Certificates. They are both qualified licenced Angling Trust (Sport England L2CCA) Game Angling Coaches, and work within a variety of schools, pupil referral units and alternative educational settings. Richard additionally has a diploma in Entomology.

All Abilities

Whatever your experience, you can expect them to impart a wealth of practical advice and make it a whole lot of fun.

Phillipa Lenwade

The Academy

They formed the Fly Fishing Academy in 2018 and teach at all levels. Most notoriously, they deliver a range of courses to teach beginners and fly fishing newcomers, which includes: The Angling Trust qualifications, contextualised education packages and their popular Angling Skills Activity Award.

Your fly fishing journey starts here

only you confine where it might possibly end… Please email; kingfisher.10@btinternet.com to discuss your requirements and make further arrangements.

Our Packages



Angling Skills Activity Award

This package can be delivered by a blend of remote tutorials and face to face tuition. A great foundation qualification that covers a spectrum of aspects.



Blast & '3 Fly' Cast

Our popular and social combined days consist of a 50 ‘bird’ English Sporting Clay Pigeon Shoot at a commercial shooting ground followed by three hours fly fishing.



Excursion Days

We arrange a small number of Excursion Days at a number of private and commercial venues for our students each season. A wonderful way to gain experience.




Our Sundowner excursion evenings combine three hours late afternoon, dry fly (only) fishing and are ‘capped off’ with drinks served at the waterside.


A range of hosted excursions, angling instruction and educational interventions all available.

Fishing Quotes

Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not the fish they are after.

Henry David Thoreau

Most of the world is covered by water. A fisherman’s job is simple: Pick out the best parts.

Charles Waterman

My biggest worry is that when I’m dead and gone, my wife will sell my fishing gear for what I said I paid for it.

Koos Brandt (reiterated by Walter John Haddow)