Posts Tagged ‘APGAI’

Autumn Spey Casting Course

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Ken Muter APGAI a Hardy Academy member and I run an annual spey casting course.  This years course is on the Tay at Newtyle.  We always have a great time and this year if we get rain we should get some great fishing.  Details are to be found here .  I am never sure why we do these days as we will never get rich doing them, I guess that we do them because we enjoy the instructing and especially when things go right and it is an excuse to be on the river bank.

GAIA Ireland

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

What a weekend, I have just returned from a great 3 days in Ireland, Clonmel to be precise fishing the Suir and Blackwater and helping with GAIA assessments for Ireland.  First thanks to Phillip Maher who went out of his way to ensure that we were all fed, watered and for some of us to catch a salmon.  Phillip leases water on the Suir and Blackwater and runs a successful tackle business; he is also one of the best casting instructors that I know.

River Suir in Spate

The plan was for GAIA members to collect, carry out assessments of candidates and fish for salmon, we fished from day break until dark on beats allocated on the Suir and Blackwater.  The Suir firstly which was out of sorts and running about 18 inches higher than acceptable and coloured.  I did however “meet a fish” briefly on and off but I did get to see it.  Great expression that “meet a fish” Uncle Willie the ghillie used it all the time, I liked the idea that I would “meet” a fish.  Some of the lads caught a few fish but mostly on flying C’s or prawn.  The Suir is total catch and release and single hooks only, somehow whilst I was happy to fish singles I would have felt more comfortable with a double or treble to secure that fish.  Silly really as carp fisherman seem to do remarkably well with single hooks.

River Suir on an autumn day

Next day I was on the Blackwater at the top of the tide, at low tide at Cappoquin county Waterford. First time down the pool and I hooked a 12lb fish.  That was my day off to a great start and as far as I was concerned complete we returned for breakfast then spent the remainder of the day on the Suir.  I returned the next day to the Blackwater with Willie Holmes.  Willie runs a fishery in Northern Ireland and a guiding service to Canada so if you want to catch a sturgeon he is your man. As it turned out he also was a pretty good salmon fisherman with two that day.

Mark Patterson ran the assessments for GAIA approximately 7 in total trying for their GAIC and APGAI qualifications I think in the end there were 3 passes.

Mark Patterson with a Suir fish

It was a great weekend and one that I look forward to going back to in 2011

A Blackwater fish of 12lb


Steve Rajeff

Friday, June 18th, 2010

I have fallen behind somewhat with my blogging but I plan to catch up in the next couple of weeks.

Last evening I went to watch Steve Rajeff do some casting for Loomis at Willowgate Fishery in Perth.  I figured that I was not likely to get to the Golden Gates Casting Club in California so I had best take the opportunity to watch him in Scotland.  A bit like a golfer going to see Tiger Woods, Steve is at the top of the tree and world distance record holder.  I was not disappointed his casts were fantastic and on talking to him he says that his secret is a really tight back cast which he practiced and practiced.  Other points to note about his casting was a comparatively short stroke, no 170 degrees and perfect tracking with a very upright style.  I plan to practice and get it sorted before the BFCC meet in Glasgow in 2011.


Willowgate is also worth a visit it sits under the motorway bridge in Perth and has café facilities so if you want to break a journey going North call in here.

Steve Rajeff and Andy Murray

GAIA @ Tweedswood 13th March 2010

Monday, March 1st, 2010

GAIA (Game Angling Instructors Association) have a spring meet annually in Scotland. We say spring but it always seems to be bitterly cold and we have even been known to have snow.  For the last few years I have organised the event this year the numbers have grown and we are anticipating about 50 members and guests to be present.     

The week end is used both for assessments and continuous professional development for existing members.   Assessments is an opportunity for new recruits and associate members to sit the GAIA certificate for both Trout or Salmon casting and fly dressing.  This would enable them to become full members of GAIA.   Existing members are also encouraged to develop their skills by undertaking an Advanced Professional Game Angling Instructors (APGAI) assessment in the above disciplines.

Part of being a member of GAIA and a game angling instructor is that you also commit to continuous professional development (CPD) in order to maintain and develop your skills.  This year this takes place on the 13th March and we have arranged a full program.   2010 program

Our CPD day is also open to non members, an opportunity for anglers interested in either being an instructor or wanting instruction to come and observe.  We also guarantee them a casting lesson from one of the countries finest instructors, the charge for non members is £55 for the day it includes attendance at all the workshops and lunch.

Gary Scott Spey Casting Workshop 2009

Ronnie Glass Grayling Workshop 2009

If you get an opportunity get along,  for directions and details of the fishery go to