Spey Casting Courses 2017
Fly Fishing and Fly Casting
Learning the art of Fly Casting with Instructor Andrew Toft.
Fly Fishing lessons with Andrew Toft. Andrew is one of only a few master qualified instructors in Scotland and is based in Kilsyth between Glasgow and Stirling. He provides tuition on all forms of Fly Fishing. Andrew is a life long friend and former pupil of Peter Anderson. Peter is a well-known instructor and World Champion caster who lives in Kirkintilloch near Glasgow. Andrew received lessons from Peter for many years and went on to gain the Scottish Game Angling Award. This was shortly followed by completion of all the AAPGAI Casting qualifications, some to Masters Level. In addition, Andrew also gained sponsorship, travelling to many International destinations to successfully represent Scotland at numerous Fly Casting events. This included winning the first World Spey Casting Championships with standard fishing tackle in 2010 in Fagerness Norway. Travelling to International destinations also gave Andrew an opportunity to also complete the FFF THCI and Single Handed Master’s qualifications while in the USA at the Golden Gate Casting Club, San Francisco. He was the first person in Europe to hold the THCI qualification. Fly Fishing equipment for Salmon and Trout fishing has evolved a great deal in recent times. This has also brought about innovations in fly fishing and fly casting techniques.
Being involved in product design and traveling to many distant destinations to assist in FFF certification and testing has allowed Andrew to keep up to date with the most modern Spey Casting and Fly Fishing methods. This has also provided many excellent opportunities to import and share knowledge from some of the best Fly casting Instructors from around the World and improve his technical and practical ability. Andrew is also part of the Mackenzie fly fishing design team and works closely with Scott on many projects to design high quality award winning tackle.
Fly Fishing Lessons for beginners – Trout
Learning to Fly Fish can provide you with a lifelong passion of spending time surrounded by nature in many beautiful places. If you are a beginner then taking a lesson can not only help you choose the correct Fly Fishing equipment, it can also give you an understanding of Fly Casting skills and effective technique. Learning to Cast correctly can, at first, be counter intuitive as many beginners’ perception of how Fly Casting works will often lead to the same common faults and frustrations. A good instructor should be able to remove much of the frustration for you through simplistic explanations and demonstrations of correct technique. I teach both single handed and double handed techniques on a 1-1 basis or group tuition for beginners.
Beginners can learn how to:
Choose the correctly balanced Fly Fishing equipment
Correctly assemble your equipment
Understand the function of your equipment and how it works
Learn the various casting techniques including the Roll Cast and Overhead Cast
Learn how to Fly Fish for trout
Fly Fishing Tuition for improvers – Trout
If you are a keen trout fisherman then there are numerous different Fly Casting techniques that can be learned. One of the most effective is the ability to double haul correctly. I use various casting exercises which have proven to be very useful and effective when taught with the appropriate knowledge and understanding. In addition I often teach people how to Spey Cast using a single handed rod. This is a very valuable skill to have and it has caught me many fish that I wouldn’t have otherwise caught, had I not been able to cover them quickly using a Spey Cast. There is no requirement for any special equipment and Spey Casts can be used on rivers or on still waters alike.
The majority of the Fly Fishing lessons I do now a day's involves mentoring individuals who aspire to sit one of the various exams or instructors who are already qualified but want to progress their qualifications. If this is something that you may be interested in you will find more information on this page here.
Spey Casting Lessons for beginners - Salmon
Beginners who have had no prior experience in Salmon Fishing or Spey Casting can often make good progress very quickly with the correct guidance. This is because I have the opportunity to explain to them the pitfalls and common faults to avoid. They very soon begin to understand the fundamental points that make Spey Casting efficient. There are no ingrained faults or symptoms of poor technique to unlearn; this helps them concentrate on acquiring a good foundation in technique. It often surprises me how many people buy expensive equipment and do not acquire the knowledge or skill to use it correctly. My advice to anyone who is learning to Salmon fish would always be to take a lesson with an AAPGAI instructor before buying expensive equipment. Most will also be more than happy to provide or to let you use their equipment for the duration of the lesson. They can then advise you on what tackle would be most appropriate for you to buy.
Advanced Spey Casting Lessons- Salmon
I usually start a Spey Casting Lesson with a conversation to establish what experience and understanding my client may already have. This enables me to structure the lesson correctly and provide the appropriate level of explanation and teaching methods to fine tune technique. I can demystify the mechanics of Spey Casting and rectify any faults to help them become a much more efficient Caster. It is very important to have a good appreciation of how the hand, arm and body movements influence what happens at the rod tip. In addition, video analysis is available where appropriate which allows us identify the smallest of detail within the casting movements. This has proved an invaluable tool to use when teaching.
Learn the full spectrum of Spey Casts
Learn to Cast more effectively and efficiently
Learn to Cast and combat the wind effectively
Increase distance when Spey Casting.
Fly Fishing is a fantastic sport but learning to fly cast properly from a qualified instructor will be a long term investment. Fly casting techniques and equipment have evolved over time and expert tuition will give you the required skills and understanding in order to make progress.
Tuition in Spey Casting or Trout Casting is based on £30 per hour subject to availability contact Andrew.
Whatever route your Fly Fishing takes you in the years to come, I wish you the very best of luck and success.
There are also many tourist attractions within a short journey from our location.
An official guide to Scotland's Capital Edinburgh http://edinburgh.org/
Historic Guide to Stirling http://www.destinationstirling.com/
The city of Glasgow https://peoplemakeglasgow.com/visiting
We also run some of our Spey Casting Courses on the River Tay which is located near to the City of Perth http://www.perthcity.co.uk/
For further information please visit https://www.visitscotland.com/
Andrew also provides Spey casting lessons in Central Scotland including Glasgow,Stirling and Edinburgh.
Fly Fishing Courses
Spey Casting Course on the Fishponds beat of the River Tay 8th July
SOLD OUT in 12 hours future events and dates will be added soon.
NOW SOLD OUT
With the water temperatures picking up the fishing is improving with some fantastic fish being landed at Fishponds including this 20 lb plus fish for Mr Paul Little. Myself and fishery manager Iain Kirk will be running our summer Spey Casting Course on the 8th of July 2017.
Following the success and excellent feedback from our spring Salmon course, myself and fishery manager Iain Kirk have secured some excellent Fishing on the river Tay. We will be running our summer Spey Casting Course on the 8th of July 2017 at the Fishponds beat. This has a good variety of excellent fly water on both banks which is also ideal for the purposes of instruction and learning. The emphasis during the course is to help each individual on all aspects of casting skills and fishing techniques. The course is aimed at both beginners and those keen to enhance their technique. Instruction will be tailored to suit your requirements and skill level. All meals and refreshments will be provided in the purpose built fishing lodge overlooking the river.
- Gain a better understanding of efficient Spey Casting Techniques
- Learn new casting techniques & gain more distance
- Lunch and refreshments served in the luxury fishing lodge
- Fish for Atlantic Salmon on the River Tay
- Water Craft, fly selection
- Catch and release
- Try the latest Mackenzie Fly Fishing rods and lines
Instructors - Andrew Toft is a former individual ICSF World Spey casting champion and is an FFF & AAPGAI master certified instructor. He is also a committee member within the Federations of Fly Fishers. Fishery manager Iain Kirk is a fully qualified instructor and guide. He was camp manager in Russia for several years. Both Andrew & Iain are also members of the Mackenzie Fly Fishing product design team.
In association with Mackenzie Fly Fishing
A great opportunity to test the latest exciting Mackenzie Fly Fishing products including the new FX 1 Graphene and some of the exciting new 2017 phased density lines.
The course will be limited to a maximum of 6 persons on the day and due to advanced booking there are currently four spaces left.
Date - 08 July 2017
Cost inclusive of Fishing, Instruction and lunch
£199 per person.
Feedback from our Spring Course.
I had a great time, and I've already booked a day on the beat in early August.
Hi Andrew, the casting course I attended this month was excellent, the day went well with very good tuition and guidance, also, the meal and hospitality was to an exceptional standard, I would highly recommend the course to anyone looking to improve their casting. As a result I would like to apply for a place on your July course if still available
We enjoyed the day and the guidance from you and Ian was excellent, myself and Brooks would like to join you in July.
I had a great day at the course last week. It was very helpful. I haven't had the chance to get a cast yet but I'm sure I can remember most of the tips and new casts you taught me.
If you do run another course I would love to join in again. If you could drop me an email when you confirm the date.
Thanks again for a great day and I'll hopefully see you on the river soon.
Prices for our July Course are £199 per person which includes lunch and fishing and instruction. You can also secure your place with a deposit of £99 via the webpage.
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Contact Andrew on 07793366930
Iain on 07974375474