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Fishing Guides are known as "Ghillies" in Scotland. You will also find plenty of fly-fishing and casting instructors in the area who offer both group and individual instruction.

Tuition and Instruction
Beginners and experts alike can benefit from instruction. If you have never tried fishing before, it only takes about half a day to pick up sufficient skills to stand a reasonable chance of catching a fish on the fly. Without tuition you frankly stand no chance! Fishing with bait and spinning rods is very easy to learn.

Instruction can be in a group or given individually (at extra cost) so be careful what you are asking for.

 

Ghillies and Guides
A ghillie (also spelt gillie) is a vital ingredient to a successful day on the river. The word actually means "man servant" in Gaelic. His/Her (there are a few!) first priority however, is to look after your safety - namely to make sure you don't fall into a deep hole or get swept away.

Then he will try to ensure that you catch fish (his tip depends on it!). This can only be done by intimately understanding the beat, which is achieved by living and working on the river day after day through constant observation. Only then can you understand the lies and how they attract fish in different water conditions. If you are not familiar with a beat you would be well advised to take local advice:

 

Guides, Ghillies and Instructors in Scotland

Damsel Fly Fishing

Damsel Fly Fishing
Sue Macniven is an AAPGAI advanced qualified fly fishing instructor, she teaches both single and double handed techniques. Based in beautiful Dumfries & Galloway she offers full holiday packages including Bed and Breakfast and guided days on rivers and lochs (Sue specifically caters to fishermens needs providing drying facilities, rod and reel washing facilities, late snacks and early breakfasts). Many people like to learn new techniques in private without having an audience. She can take you to quiet locations with hourly lessons near Dalbeattie or half and full days further afield, just with your requirements and general location and she will contact you with some options.

Dumfries & Galloway

Jock Monteith

Jock Monteith
If you want a day/week on the Tay from one of the real professionals get hold of Jock. He is not only committed to his guests, providing a total service, but is also a long standing servant to the river with his conservation projects. Learn to cast with simply understood instruction from one of the best. His beat sits nicely in the middle river to take advantage of most flows.This year he is blessed with a new assistant ghillie in Colin, who is equally competent and caring. Top value for money.

Scotland

Hotchkiss Fly Fishing

Hotchkiss Fly Fishing
Established to provide first class fishing and guiding on premier beats of our renowned chalkstreams to individuals and groups. We have gathered together a team of guides who are all seasoned and expert anglers, all qualified instructors, and most importantly, have the people skills that can communicate to clients their passion for our wonderful sport. In addition the company hosts annual salmon fishing trips to premier beats on the rivers of Iceland, Norway and Scotland and can facilitate wonderful wild brown trout fishing in South Island,New Zealand.

UK

Alba Game Fishing

Alba Game Fishing
Scotland offers some of the best trout and salmon fishing in the world and if you want it done with style and panache try Alba. They offer the finest guidance, tackle, clothing, gourmet food, and luxury transport. Perfect for corporate fishing events, holidays or just a special treat.

Scotland

Gordon Graham

Gordon Graham
Offers an array of salmon, trout and sea trout packages based in beautiful surroundings in Scotland. Packages include the booking of the venue, guiding services, tackle (if required) and transport again if required. Please note packages can be tailored to suit the client’s individual needs. Offers 1 day packages right through to weekly packages, and casting instruction based in the Edinburgh area.

Edinburgh
Scotland

Gary Scott
Garry teaches salmon fly casting to beginners, intermediate and advanced anglers including individuals, groups and corporate parties across Scotland. His qualifications include AAPGAI, SGAIC and GAIA.

Scotland

Tweedguide

Tweedguide
Offers a complete fly fishing package for wild brown trout grayling and salmon
on River Tweed in the beautiful Scottish Borders. From waders to rod they do it all . Caters for the fishing demands of individuals. groups of friends, family and corporate parties. Beginner or expert.

Tweed

Grant Tigwell

Grant Tigwell
Provides everything for a days fishing on Loch Tay, this includes boat, fishing tackle and ghillie. All you need to bring is warm clothing, a packed lunch and desire to catch fish.

Loch Tay

Peter S. Anderson

Peter S. Anderson
Former Professional World Champion Angler, is renowned the world over for his great talent, vast experience and superior knowledge on all aspects of casting and angling. Peter is based in Kirkintilloch near Glasgow, Scotland. Group or individual instruction can be catered for and tailored to ones requirements and previous experience.

Glasgow

Roger Dowsett

Roger Dowsett (Trout Quest)
Fly fishing holidays and short breaks, guided excursions and STANIC-qualified instruction. Salmon, sea trout and brown trout fishing from our base in Ross-shire, with excursions to Caithness and Sutherland.

Ross-shire, Caithness and Sutherland

Keith Snow

Keith Snow
Fully qualified full time Instructor and Guide specialising in Spey casting on the Annan and Nith. Also offers bank or boat fishing for pike with the fly on three venues. Complete packages available. Tackle provided.

Dumfriesshire

Ian Neale

Ian Neale
Ian Neale is an expert fisher, casting tutor, writer, photographer and fishing guide for fishing parties with Spey casting and Salmon fishing tuition, with exclusive lodge accommodation, on the rivers Spey, Avon, Findhorn, Dee and Naver

Speyside

Stephen Smith Highland School of Fly-Fishing

Stephen Smith Highland School of Fly-Fishing
Quality fly-fishing instruction to the beginner and provide coaching to the more experienced angler also guided excursions to some of the best fishing lochs and rivers in the Highlands. Scottish Game Angling Instructor (SGAI), a member of Game Anglers Instruction Association (GAIA) and STANIC registered.

North West

Ally Gowans

Ally Gowans
APGAI and STANIC. Top class instructor and inventor of the Ally's Shrimp. Hosts many casting clinics and gives personal instruction in Scotland and abroad.

Pitlochry

Robert McIntyre

Bob McIntyre
Traditional Tay Ghillie offering a high standard of instruction for Spey Casting and guiding on the upper Tay.

Tay

Mark Wilkinson

Mark Wilkinson (Trossachs Leisure)
'Game Fishing Scotland' provides an exclusive tailor made service for visitors wishing to sample some of the best ‘wild brown trout’, salmon and sea-trout fishing in Perthshire, Scotland. Our aim is to ensure that you enjoy your stay in Scotland whilst sampling some of the best game fishing and hospitality available. We specialise in catering for individuals, small groups and corporate clients.

Loch Venachar

James Coutts

James Coutts
Learn to fly fish. Vacation excursions to fine fishing lochs and rivers set amidst majestic unspoiled Highland scenery, the habitat of Atlantic Salmon, brown trout, Golden Eagle, osprey, red deer, pine marten and otter. Individuals, small groups, families and young people welcome. Instruction, coaching, all fishing tackle and wellie boots included. Fly, spin and bait fishing available

Inverness

Franz Grimley

Franz Grimley
Seven times Scottish River Internationalist and 3 times gold medal winner. Scottish National Rivers Champion. (1996) Scottish World Championship team member, Poland 1998. Current National River team coach. S.A.N.A. qualified instructor. Dry fly specialist.

 

John McCallum

John McCallum
Scottish River Internationalist and gold medal winner. Scottish National Rivers Champion.(1994) Scottish World Championship team member, Poland 1998, Team Captain, Australia 1999. Current National River team manager.

 

   

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REFFIS
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SANA

SANA
Scottish Anglers National Association - Instructors Organisation List of Members

 


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