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Tweedswood Spey Days with Hardy & Greys Academy

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

We had a great time once again at Tweedswood  for our Spey casting weekend with Hardy & Greys and instructor Ken Muter.  We had a good turn out although we were also affected by the Icelandic volcano we were a pupil down as they were stranded abroad.  Weather conditions were perfect a high over the UK which no doubt was the main reason that a volcanic ash cloud sat above our airports.

Thanks go to Kevin Paterson, ghillie at Tweedswood who always does a great job of making us feel welcome

The format also worked well of using the Sunday for casting coaching and the Monday for fishing and more coaching.  It was a great way also to try Hardy & Greys rods and lines  which certainly impressed

Marion Matthewman

The next course is June 20th and 21st we do have a few places so book early if you want to be sure to be there.

This is what one of our pupils said about us;

“A personal thank you for an excellent weekend of casting in good company.  I can only say that this was the best two days of learning I have experienced, and appreciate all the additional notes and handout hints, plus numerous other mini conversations about fish and fishing which threw up nuggets of information.

A great venue and of course the every helpful ghillie who manages to dot the T’s and keep us in order.  I look forward to joining you on another session sometime this year.”

Tweed plecoptera or stonefly

Tweedswood Day Two 13th March

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

Andrew Toft with tight loops

Another great day on the Tweed day two of our GAIA meeting.  Brilliant weather sunshine strong wind, very bright and cold, 60 GAIA members and guests assembled for a day of development and fun.

Further successes from yesterday were Dudley Hosfield and John Symonds GAIC Salmon, Richard Jacques, Mike Lonsdale GAIC Trout congratulations to them all they worked hard to achieve their success.

Tweedswood Viaduct

Back to today we had arranged workshops with Ronnie Glass Scottish Rivers team member on Grayling fishing, Kenny Galt from the Tweed Foundation who gave interesting discussions on Tweed fly life.  Gary Scott was Salmon fishing and Andrew Toft was Fulcrum Casting.  Peter MCCallum and Wendy Gibson were our fly dressers they were joined briefly at lunch by Pat Stevens of Flytek.  Louis Noble and Mark Roberts were giving APGAI casting overviews and the master of spey casting Peter Anderson gave a demo over lunch always a joy to watch.  Finally Ray Morris discussed customer service before dinner.

The casting was well received some of my pals from the Glasgow casting club were bowled over and I know were inspired to join GAIA  and plan taking a GAIC assessment next time around which is great.

Gary Scott

We also had some boys over from Ireland who were amazing and gave freely of their time Philip Maher, Mark Roberts and Leslie Holmes.  Leslie is a Mullet fisherman with a fly and I have planned to go fish with him in June of this year which I am looking forward to doing.  Other invites include a trip to Waterford in September for an FFF meet which I will do.

Other notes for me to remember are Loop Opti Lake  and the Michael Evans are lines for me to get hold of as they cast a treat and the Sage XP 4 piece 5 or 6 is a great rod that I have to look out for so if anyone wants to sell one please get in touch.

Peter Anderson holding court!

Finally a big thanks to Kevin Patterson ghillie at Tweedswood who was patient with us all for two days
and who helped me organise the event.
These photos incidently are by kind permission of a successful candidates John Symonds who obtained  his GAIC double handed  assessment.

GAIA Weekend

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

Well the weekend has now arrived and we are on the banks of the Tweed at Tweedswood near Melrose.  What a fantastic river the Tweed is and what a beautiful fishery.  GAIA members from all over the country and Ireland North and South, have collected to carry out assessments of new members and to develop their own personal skills.  This is the largest collection of GAIA members ever to assemble in Scotland.  What I like about this organisation is its willingness to assist all its members, no matter how experienced, they are always willing to help.

Mark Roberts and Allan Carter

Something like 18 guys lined themselves up for assessments in single handed and double handed casting in both GAIC and APGAI, we had 10 pass.  These tests are nerve racking no matter how experienced you are.  Three of us were reassessed myself Alberto and Brian McGlashan in single handed trout and Philip Pledger in double hand salmon all three of us passed.  Alun Reece is a new APGAI trout and Scott Loudon and Ray Morris GAIC trout I will get more names tomorrow. 

 Tomorrow is a CPD Day and we are expecting approximately 60 guys to come learn and play

Happy Scott Loudon and Brian McGlashan

Sunset at a busy Tweedswood

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

New Web Site

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

A new web site  that we have tried to keep simple will go on line shortly for Game Angling Scotland.  It has taken a long time as my life has been preoccupied with the ADB’s Coach Educator program and arranging the GAIA Scottish meeting on the 12th, 13th and 14th March at Tweedswood.

Sadly I have had to attend a number of funerals of late my Mothers, she died on the 27th January and George Haywood from Grantown on Spey a very keen casting instructor on the 9th February.  I will miss my mother greatly.

Grantown surpised me yesterday with almost a foot of snow in the streets.  It bodes well for the Spey spring run, the snow  melt will keep levels up well into May.