The Arundell Arms Hotel, Lifton, Devon, PL16 0AA +44 (0) 1566 784666
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Arundell Arms Hotel & Restaurant.

Four Day Beginner's Course

A four-day course in trout fishing for beginners from age 11 upwards. Our most popular course. Complete beginners, handling a fly rod for the first time, can come on one of these courses and be led gradually, stage by stage, to the point where after four days they will be able to fish for river and lake trout reasonably well by themselves.

The course involves a day’s casting instruction followed by a day’s still-water fishing at Tinhay Lake, leading to two days’ fishing on the rivers. This in-depth, practical instruction is combined with workshops and lectures on tackle, safety, fly-tying, entomology, river-craft, fish behaviour and much more.

This course  - while continually updated - has been run at The Arundell Arms for over 60 years and has been the starting point for thousands of fly fishers .

Adult  - £495 per person
Under 17  - £300 per person

2020 Dates 

Fri 10th - Mon 13th April (Arrive Thursday) 

Mon 11th - Thur 14th May (Arrive Sunday) 

Mon 1st – Thur 4th June (Arrive Sunday)

Mon 7th - Thurs 10th Sept (Arrive Sunday)

Tuition, guiding, courses and fishing day tickets are all available to non-residents of the hotel. The course and tuition prices include all fishing charges and tackle hire, but not an EA rod licence* or any accommodation, unless otherwise stated. For accommodation charges please see hotel tariff. A ‘full day’ covers a minimum of four hours with an instructor; plus fishing on the beat for the day. A ‘half day’ covers a minimum of two hours with an instructor; plus fishing for the remainder of the morning or afternoon session. Deposit: We request a 50% course fee deposit per participant on booking. This deposit will be returned if you give us more than 31 days notice of cancellation.

* The Environment Agency have reviewed the way fishing licences are sold, and are ending the system of Retained Agents. As from 1 April 2017 the Arundell Arms will no longer be a licence agent. The responsibility to have a licence is that of the angler. Licences must be obtained before fishing, and can be obtained from the Post Office, by phone on 0344 800 5386, or from