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We strive to provide professional instruction to all our clients, as a Professional Game Angling Instructor with GAIA it is very rewarding when clients leave us with such positive feedback following their lessons, here are just a few testimonials from a selection of happy clients.


Really good course, content & delivery enjoyed the day. Ian was full of useful tips, guidance and info.

Andy W.


Second time on one of the residential courses and it was excellent.

David SM.


Just what I needed - the coaching/advice was excellent, the guiding very good would recommend this residential course to others. Tied my first salmon fly during the course - the tuition and guidance was excellent, well done to both of you.

Doronwy T.


Residential Course was perfect - achieved all that I wanted.

Dave P.


Residential Course - Good explanations of various element of Overhead/Roll casts before moving onto more complex Spey type casts. Constructive support & guidance to mistakes and errors, thoroughly enjoyed it.

Andy S


Very professional & helpful, excellent tuition from start to finish.

Jag L


Loved the residential course, great location, instruction delivered well. Probably be back next year.



Thank you so very much for the video, I can not begin to tell you how you have given me so much more confidence in my casting, I am so pleased. It was indeed a pleasure for Peter and I to meet you too and we sincerely hope that we see you again next year on Friars Carse.



It was enjoyable meeting up on the River Nith at Friars Carse & sharing your time & knowledge it was a big help to us as we'd never fished the beat before, thanks again.

Mike M


Ian is very knowledgeable about the methods he was teaching. Enjoyed the lesson & the company. I will recommend Ian as an instructor to my associates & friends.

Ian T


Ian was extremely good with patient instruction a really good two days that have encouraged me to find a club/ association when I get back home.

Martin from New South Wales, AUS.


Very good day, informative and at a relaxing pace, now to practice what I've been shown, thanks Ian

Michael M


40 years corrections noted, fantastic day boat fishing looking forward to the next trip

Ross Selby


Very informative, every thing explained in an easy to understand way.

Peter B-M


Thanks so much for today, Oliver has loved it, you were fab with him.

Tania B


Patient & knowledgeable with full explanation of aims of the exercises. Good company

Keith H


Excellent tuition. I could see the improvement from the start. The lesson on equipment was comprehensive and very useful. The practical exercises on casting really helped and took me with confidence from a very basic level to a good understanding of and ability to perform a range of useful casting techniques on a regular basis. It gave me  a level on which to build with practice.

Fred H


I found it very enjoyable, frustrating & fulfilling. Teaching was appropriate to my needs  and I enjoyed the process. It was scary coming on my own but I found it friendly and welcoming.

Fiona A


It was a little confusing having so many experienced anglers together in the venue using 'jargon' & abbreviations that I will need to get used to. The names (specific & generic) will fit in when I have a book in front of me.

Tutor excellent for making us feel comfortable.

Andy Mac


Very interesting and Ian is very patient with a complete novice.

Steve S


Excellent tuition, felt I learnt and progressed. Very satisfied.

Jim B


Great day

Richard Rogerson


I thought Friday’s event went well and people appeared to have a good time. I would be grateful if you could email any photos you have. If we repeat the fishing next year then I will be sure to contact you directly in the first instance.

Russell Armstrong


Just a quick email to say a big thank you for yesterday. You have encouraged me to take it to the next stage. You were patient and thorough in your training and I would have no hesitation in recommending you.

Thoroughly covered all aspects required being an absolute novice - Thanks.

Adrian Maskrey


Beginners Day - Friars Carse Hotel

Excellant introduction to Fly fishing. Informative day from experienced gained through fishing. Would reccomend to all. Above all 'Fun'.

Carl Wood


I just wanted to thank you for the great tuition you gave me. Being able to do the jump cast and roll cast is a massive help. As I told you the tigth banks restrict my range so these cast will improve my catch rate. Never to old to learn the right way to cast are we. Look foward to more tuition so. Kind regards

Ray Dry


Thought I was a competent caster until Ian put me right, still a long way to go just need more lessons & practice.

Paul T


Ian was very clear in his instruction and gave so many useful tips in terms of arm & rod positions etc. Ian was happy yo go at my pace and was suitably patient! only disappointment - no fish.

A great day, thanks.

Alistair M


Hi - just a quick note to say "thank you" for fly fishing tuition this week. It really was an excellent day on Monday and I  learned a great deal - far more than I had learned by reading numerous books/looking on line etc! Ian was a brilliant tutor and I appreciated his patience and his ability to put things over simply and without getting too technical. We covered everything I had hoped for. It has really whetted my appetite and I look forward to trying my hand in the near future up at Curleys and will catch up with you then. Many thanks



Excellent! above all I enjoyed it. Learned so much and covered all that I needed initially

Mike L


Well paced and comprehensive introduction to fly fishing

Phill B


Really enjoyed the lesson, well informed instruction. Clear & very patient instructor

Dave S

Patricks first ever rainbow.


Alistair M on the hunt.

steve s

Steve S casting out.

Jim B

Jim B mastering technique

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