The Swanswater Cygnets is a club for junior anglers
aged 18 and under which was set up in September 2000 and
is based at Swanswater Fishery. The aim of the club is to
promote the arts of fly fishing and fly tying to
youngsters. It was the brainchild of Tom Postlethwaite,
a retired gentleman with a lifetime's experience in
angling both for pleasure and in competitions, who started
giving lessons at Swanswater in the summer of 1999.
In September 2000 the Cygnets Club was started.
The Club Constitution states that the members are to be
encouraged to take group responsibility for running the
Club and they have a healthy input in all decisions.
There is a friendly atmosphere within the Club although
the members are very competitive and like to do their
best! However it is nice to see older members helping out
some of the younger ones who have not been fishing for
The club meets on Sunday morning between March and the end
of October for fly fishing classes, run by UKCC qualified
coaches and other volunteers.
The club also has a large quantity of fly-tying materials
and the members are encouraged to tie and use their own
In the past, some of the more experienced members of the
Club have taken part in outings to other local fisheries
although there were no such outings during 2015.
All young people who are interested in learning to fly
fish, or who wish to improve their skills, and would like
to join the club should contact the Fishery on 01786
814805 or email
for further information.
The last Cygnets’ session of 2015 was held on Sunday 1st
November. The session took the form of a catch
and release competition, which was won by Euan Beattie
with Josh Moody the runner-up. The youngsters
then enjoyed lunch before spending some time practising
their casting accuracy by trying to burst balloons with
Well done to all the youngsters who have attended Cygnets
this year. The two blocks of sessions were
well attended and some great improvement was seen with
several newcomers learning to cast and fish competently.
Thanks go to all the coaches and waterside assistants who
voluntarily give their time on a Sunday morning to pass on
their knowledge to the Club members.
Cygnets are reminded that they are welcome at the Fishery
at any time and we hope to see you over the winter months
if the weather is not too bad. Details
of next year’s sessions will be circulated in the spring.
Previous info from old Blog -
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Final Cygnets’ Session 1.11.15