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3 Day Basic Spey Casting & Salmon Fishing Course

Three-Day Basic Spey Casting and Salmon Fishing Course. 9 places.

This course is structured to take both complete novices and the more experienced fisher wanting technical help and intensive tuition through a full programme of learning to Spey cast and to fish for salmon with double-handed rods.

On this course the emphasis is on teaching and whilst there is always the chance of a fish, the bulk of the time is spent learning rather than actually fishing and so these courses are purposely not held in the prime fishing times.

From 2017 on, these courses will be held at Dalmarnock on the Tay. The beat is ideal for teaching, with both banks, good access, nice easy wading and a very comfortable fishing hut.

Courses are limited to 9 people, looked after by myself, Colin McFadyen, the resident ghillie and a another experienced ghillie who helps when all the places are taken up. There will never be less than one of us to look after three of you, which ensures you get a lot of one to one help.

The itinerary is roughly as follows but is adapted to suit those attending as well as the prevailing conditions:

Travel up night before. Please try to arrive in time for a 6pm welcome in the bar!

Day One – Depart from the hotel at 8.45am

  • Get kitted up at the hut.
  • General talk about the programme, the beat, safety and tackle assembly.
  • Then out onto the river for the morning session which will start with a demonstration of how to wade tactically and safely. Followed by an introduction to double-handed casting techniques with a floating line, including overhead roll and single Spey casts.
  • Instruction and practice with one-to-one tuition.
  • How to fish a typical pool with the floating line.
  • Lunch at the hut (generally provided by the hotel).
  • Hooking, Playing and Landing fish – The theory!
  • Instruction and practice followed by a couple of hours of actual fishing in order to be able to relax and practice the techniques learned during the day.

Day Two

  • Opposite bank for the Double Spey, the snake roll and casting off the opposite shoulder.
  • Instruction and practice with one-to-one tuition.
  • Controlling the speed of the fly.
  • Lunch at the hut.
  • River walk: Salmon fishing tactics/reading the water/where to concentrate your efforts.
  • Instruction and practice followed by a couple of hours of actual fishing in order to be able to relax and practice the techniques learned during the day.

Day Three

  • Casting sinking lines and sink tips/other Spey Casts such as Snap T and Circle C/distance casting.
  • Instruction and practice with one-to-one tuition.
  • Tactics with sinking lines and sink tips.
  • Lunch at the hut.
  • Salmon fishing and casting with single handed rods.
  • Fishing under instruction.
  • Sum up, re-cap and fault finder.

The costs quoted in each course include all fishing and tuition including the hire of fishing tackle should you need it. The cost does not include your accommodation which for my Tay courses is usually at the Royal Dunkeld Hotel in Dunkeld, Tel: 01350727322. The hotel does a special DB&B rates for my courses at around £85/day.

In addition to these courses I also occasionally have some spare salmon fishing to let.

If you are in any doubt about which of the courses to attend please ring the office and ask for some advice – 01342 850765.