Testimonials

Just some of the feedback from my guided trips and tuition.

“Excellent starter session. Level was good for Ewan being a first timer holding a fly rod let alone using one. Knowledge passed on was invaluable – especially as it resulted in a nice rainbow being caught and eaten that night!
More sessions will definitely be booked next year – even for me to try and keep up with him.
Thanks again”.Ewan C

“A great beginner session at Marton Trout pools for my 14 year old son Ewan. Tuition was excellent and at just the right pace. Results were a nice 2lb rainbow trout which was enjoyed that night.
We’ll definitely be booking more lessons in 2018.” Stuart C

“I just wanted to say what a great day I had and how much you restored my faith in myself after I thought I’d lost the touch! I’d happily recommend to anyone to go fishing with Phil, even if you don’t need the guidance services (which are excellent, what he doesn’t know about fishing isn’t worth knowing) you couldn’t find a better more enthusiastic guy to go fishing with!”
Thanks again Phil, hopefully I’ll see you again soon!” Bob W.

Hiya Phil. Thanks for the pics of our brilliant day, lovely shots. What a day that was, we learned so much and I don`t think it could have gone any better, I have still got my head full of those beautiful fish. Thanks again, Dave.”

Thank you for the pictures to remind us of our day with you and your Dad. I learnt a lot about the techniques the patterns and the species, now having the confidence to take these methods further on my own. Your dad’s input on north country spiders was interesting and has made me realize that these patterns are more than worthy of consideration alongside the more “progressive” patterns ! I thought the structure of the day was excellent, nice and relaxing with the information fed to us at at a sustainable pace and of course the results were far beyond expectations with you putting us on to all these amazing fish. I know Dave feels the same as he said to me afterwards “That was a good call of yours, a guided day at Grayling.” Absolutely!  and something I would have no reservations recommending to anyone from beginner to expert. If big Grayling are your dreams then a day with Phil Ratcliff will give you an excellent chance of realizing those dreams. Once again a big thank you to you and your dad for such a memorable and successful day made all the more enjoyable by the fantastic weather.” Stuart M
Clear, Knowledgeable instruction.  Specific Issues addressed and concerntrated on” Alan P

Superb, Really good day” David R.

“Phils instruction is second to none, i was having issues with my Spey casting and after a few hours with Phil covering the technique in finer detail I was in the zone, just what i needed for my trip to the Esk later in the year, Thank you” Roger P

Very informative, interesting lesson” Mike W

It is one thing to have expertise, quite another to be able to impart it on another.  It is no exaggeration to say that Phil has been wholly responsible for turning me, an enthusiastic novice fly fisher, into a more able and confident specimen.  Phil pays close attention to learning technique, suggesting improvements that need to be made in a patient and encouraging manner.  This is balanced with an informed knowledge of the entomology associated with fly life so that one is left understanding not just how to cast the line, but also which fly to tie onto it!  In short, Phil is not only a great tutor, he is a pleasure to fish with.”   Richard D.

Taking a lesson with Phil was money well spent.  His level of knowledge is second to none. His passion for the sport is very evident when he’s passing on his methods for fly fishing.  I enjoyed myself throughout” Mark G 

Excellent teaching technique with the right balance of practical and theory. plenty of time to learn the techniques of casting” Chris K

Excellent Lesson, Fly casting made easy! ” Chris W

“I thought I could cast a dry fly to temp the finicky trout on my home river, but when Phil puts you through your paces and spends time on drag free drift techniques, it really does open up a whole new world. Brilliant day and I cant wait to try what Ive learnt on the Trout this spring” James P