The following talks, presentations and workshops are given by Stuart. They are aimed at fly-fishing clubs and syndicates, fly-tying groups and any other interested societies. Each presentation is geared to your requirements but a normal evening presentation would typically start at and close at with a short break. My standard fee is £100 plus travel at cost (either fuel or train fares), to discuss your needs and for up-to-date information on availability please contact Stuart via email at:
A RIVER ANGLERS YEAR
This presentation takes you through a typical year in the life of a river fly-fisher, seeing the seasons come and go along with them the ever changing diet of the fish. Stuart takes a critical look at the food the fish eat and how we, as anglers, can adapt our techniques and tackle to make the most of each and every part of the river angler’s year.
SEX INSECTS AND FLY-FISHING
A two-part presentation based on river fly-fishing and how we can all improve our catch rate by having a little extra knowledge on the habits of the natural food that trout and grayling feed on. In part one Stuart looks in detail at how different types of insects and their life-cycles can make them more or less vulnerable to the fish. In part two Stuart gives you further evidence on the actual food on which the fish feed and how this varies with both the time of the year and the time of day.
TRAVELLING INTO FLY-FISHING
is Stuart’s own story about his fly-fishing journey, from where it all started
to where it is going now. It has information on his involvement with the
rebirth of his beloved River Don and his time representing
A presentation that has been five years in the making, with countless rewrites! It is a combination of my own observations and study and the study of a myriad scientific papers and books. And, you would think after that lot I would know everything there is to know about them – BUT NO, science is not like that. I still have my head full of questions. The presentation is not just about the “angler’s mayfly” that appears on many waters in late May and early June but also covers other native species that are equally interesting and important.
INTERACTIVE FISHING PRESENTATION
A new venture and one that appears to be going down quite well! It is based simply on how to improve your fly-fishing. Audience participation and feedback is key for this presentation to work, therefore Stuart needs a good enthusiastic audience. On evenings like this we all learn from each other and it may even lead to us all catching a few more fish!
PUT THE FLY BACK INTO YOUR FLY-FISHING
A presentation looking at how to read the signals given to you, the angler, by nature as an aid to decide the best methods and fly choice while fly-fishing on a typical river. This is full of new information and hopefully will make the complex world of entomology, rivercraft and fly-fishing all a little easier to understand.
A presentation that is a direct spin off from Stuart’s research projects. In this presentation Stuart takes you into the secret world of caddisflies. There are lots of thought provoking images and information totally new to the fly-fishing world.
Stuart is a very practical fly-dresser and has developed some novel and relatively simple fly patterns that represent food items found commonly inside fish caught on rivers. During these evenings Stuart will tie some of these flies and talk on how best to use them.
These are one day workshops in which everyone gets the chance to tie and cover in detail some of Stuart’s favourite patterns. Each workshop is tailored to suit the group involved with the patterns and material lists all arranged before the day. These have become very popular and are ideal to do on wet and windy Saturdays outside the fishing season.
ENTOMOLOGY WORKSHOPS (bug hunting days!)
The various bugs and beasties that live in our rivers & streams (that make up the natural diet of the fish we are trying to catch) fascinate most fly-fishermen. During these basic entomology all day workshops Stuart will come to your local river fishery to take samples of these creatures that are then examined by everyone to see what there is. Stuart will bring along all the sampling equipment and insect identification keys. All you need to supply is a sample area of a river and a base to return to (such as a village hall, river side gazebo or the back room of a pub!) where the catch can be studied in comfort. Groups of six to ten are ideal for this type of day with late spring and early summer being the ideal times to sample a river.
ENTOMOLOGY DAYS (more bug hunting!)
These are based on the Entomology Workshops described above but are on a one-to-one level with Stuart. He will go with you to your local river and look with you at what is living in it and how this fits in with the sport of fly-fishing. He will supply all the equipment to catch and hopefully identify what you have. These days can be tailor made to your requirements and perhaps can be combined with a “guided” fishing day, give him a call to discuss your requirements.