I am Malcolm (Mal) Hunter, an accredited ADB Level 2 angling coach, fully CRB checked and I hold a current first aid certificate, so you can be sure that you will be in safe hands while on the bankside or water. I also hold Advanced Professional Game Angling Instructors Certificates (APGAI) for both single- and double-handed rods, ensuring the highest degree of proficiency in all aspects of casting.
I have over 30 years experience of fly fishing, having lived in the UK and United States, where I have caught game fish in both fresh and saltwater. I'm equally happy fishing rivers or lakes since both offer different challenges and lend themselves to different methods/techniques.
River fishing: The limestone fed waters of Yorkshire's River Wharfe provide some of the best trout and grayling fishing in the UK. For guiding and tuition I generally use the stretch controlled by the world renowned Bolton Abbey Estate, though I also fish the Nidd, Ure and Aire. The trout fishing season in Yorkshire begins March 24 and extends to September 30, whereas grayling, being classed as coarse fish, can be targetted from June 16 until March 14 - there are only 2 weeks in each year when the keen fly angler is unable to ply their trade on the river.
Stillwater Angling: Kilnsey Park is situated in the heart of Wharfedale and is the best venue on which to learn how to cast a fly and catch trout. The Washburn Valley reservoirs, Fewston & Swinsty, are only 20 miles from Leeds city centre but this proximity belies the beauty and solitude of these waters which are surrounded by coniferous forest. To enjoy loch style fishing from a drifting boat we need to travel further afield; my favourite destinations are Malham Tarn in North Yorkshire, Stocks reservoir, in Lancashire, or the midlands reservoirs, Rutland and Eyebrook, where the relatively long journey is more than compensated by the quality of the fishing. I can offer guided fishing to any of the above waters depending on your taste and weather conditions.
Fly casting tuition: I am an APGAI qualified Professional Fly Casting Instructor in both single- and double-handed disciplines and can teach you everything from the basic roll and overhead casts through to more advanced techniques, such as double-hauling and Spey casts. The basic casts are best taught on stillwaters, whereas rivers require a greater range of casting skills, many designed to cope with limited space for the back cast. Improving your casting is the surest ways of increasing both your catch rate and enjoyment of fishing.