A new session plan for 2019

Well. It’s been another good year for flyfishingsussex.com Although It’s been full on with other projects there has still been time to meet and introduce many keen anglers to the world of fly fishing. The season is coming to a close now and I’ll soon be finishing tuition sessions until March 2019. I plan to introduce a new half day session to include all the usual casting techniques, about tackle flies etc. but to be carried out at my new trout venue, So there will be an excellent chance to catch a brown or rainbow trout on your first lesson. Over the winter I will put up a new page on the website offering this new half day session. The cost will be around £130 inclusive one to one tuition, permits and use of quality fly fishing gear and good chance of a fish or two. Also what a great gift it would make for someone. Already interested? Contact me: howie@flyfishingsussex.com

“Tight Lines” Howie


Sometimes nice to release a good fish

The hot summer and lack of oxygen levels in our lakes makes trout fishing difficult for the angler and the trout. This fine fish fought hard and long. If it was to survive, I had to get it back in the water as quickly as possible. After maybe ten minute supporting the fish in the water it luckily revived, gave a good kick and was safely away.

Releasing a rainbow

Houseboat “Bunty”now ready for holiday lets.

After a lot of restoration and hard work our little houseboat “Bunty” is finally ready and taking bookings. Located in the river Adur estuary at Shoreham by Sea. This is a great location for the beach, water sports and fishing, South Down walks and cycling. Railway and buses to Brighton and London. Great eating and riverside pubs to enjoy in Shoreham town. Tailored fishing breaks can be arranged. With a large double and a single bed Bunty sleeps up to 3 guests.  One can book through Airbnb or contact me directly through this site on the contacts page.   Happy days. Howie.


Bunty 1

Bunty 2


Location BN435YH




Another happy fly fisher

Howie Dodson was recommended to me by an angling guide and friend. I’ve been fly fishing a few years now but had never had any casting tuition. A corporate day and 20 minutes group instruction along with a lifetime of coarse fishing had armed me with the ability to just about put a fly on the water and for a while that had been enough. Of recent though I’d been getting more and more frustrated at my inability to present a fly well at range or come to that present one badly at range. Of course the harder I tried the worse it was.
Enter Howie. We met at Shoreham and after introductions i was asked to warm up by making some casts …. across the grass of a park next to the river. After a few minutes Howie came over and basically told me I was trying to aerialise too much line rather than shoot the line, he demonstrated and then it was my turn….revelation number one, i was immediately casting further with less effort. We then worked on rod position and trajectory to tighten the loops…more distance and more control.  Next it was body position, my instruction on day one of picking up a fly rod had me standing square on and casting directly overhead, nothing had moved on from there. Howie now had me stood at more of an angle and doing so opened up my stance, my body movement and crucially the ability to watch the back cast and that was a huge revelation, a real ‘Hallelujah’ moment, throw in some line hauling and all of a sudden I’m casting a full fly line bar a couple of meters.
Howie achieved all of this along with some tweaking in an hour, he asked me if I was happy to finish at this point or would I like to do some more work on the water, now I’d never managed a roll cast and opted to have some more practice and tuition. Needless to say it wasnt long before I was roll casting and then roll casting into a full cast and achieving good long casts again.
I’m still not the worlds greatest fly caster but I am considerably better than I was before tuition and I’m now armed with the tools and knowledge to move on, practice and improve further. Howie was a great teacher who swiftly identified my issues,  broke down my cast and rebuilt it, but showing me what I was doing wrong and what i needed to do to correct it,  while keeping things light hearted and logical. I’m completely happy that it was money well spent, i will thoroughly recommend Howie to anyone I can and wont hesitate to use him again should the need arise.
Many thanks Howie.

Paul Coventry.