Meet the instructors

Our instructors are all fully qualified and are excellent teachers. If you would like to book an instructor for your visit to Thrunton Long Crag, please contact us for more information.

Stevie McCann

Steve has worked for Chris and Jill Blythe for the last 30 years. He has been a keen angler since he was 10 years old and has recently qualified as a level 2 coach in Game Angling.

Steve is able to help beginners to develop their skills, from knot tying and casting, to line and fly selection. Steve is qualified to work with children (CRB checked), and holds a current First Aid Certificate. He has been heavily involved in the development of Thrunton Long Crag Trout Fishery and has extensive knowledge of the site and water.

For a private lesson contact Steve Mob: 07765395072 Fishery: 01665574400.

Joe Dewhirst

Joe is a member of the team at Thrunton Long Crag Trout fishery and knows both lakes at Thrunton very well. He has been an enthusiastic and active fisherman since the age of 5 and he became a Level 2 UK Game Angling coach (UKCC) at a young age .

Joe is trained and experienced to cater for all ages and abilities including beginners, children or the more experienced angler wishing to develop their casting skills. He can also provide fly tying tuition, knot tying or fly selection. All fishing tackle and equipment will be provided for the lessons.

Joe holds a nationally recognised emergency first aid certificate and is DBS enhanced.

To book a lesson please contact Joe on Mobile: 07799112644 or Fishery: 01665 574400

Lucy Bowden

Level 2 UKCC game angling coach, Lucy has been going fishing since the age of five, following in the footsteps of her Dad.

Having worked at world renowned fishing tackle manufacturer, Hardy & Greys in Alnwick for nearly ten years, Lucy believes that anyone can enjoy the sport no matter their age, race, gender or ability. Her aim is simple - to offer everyone the opportunity to try fishing in a safe and supportive environment.

A female angler herself, Lucy's dedication to encourage more females and children in particular into the sport has inspired many to give it a go.

Lucy offers instruction at Thrunton Trout Fishery focused on beginners and those wishing to brush up on their skills. Lucy can provide all equipment, is CRB checked and holds a First Aid certificate. Her partner, World Fly Fishing Champion and England World Team Manager, Howard Croston also teaches more advanced anglers at the fishery.

Mob: 07890519392


Barry Mitchell

Barry is a fully qualified casting instructor with the Flyfishers International and GAIA in both trout and salmon casting, and he is also a guide on the river Tyne and also rivers in the North East and Borders.

With over 50 years of experience in game angling he has a wealth of knowledge on the subject and can provide tuition and guiding at Thrunton Long Crag to individuals and groups in a relaxed and friendly manner.

He has a current first aid certificate, CRB enhanced disclosure, trained to work with children and is fully insured.

He can be contacted on 01670 512281 or visit or email

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