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Fly Fishing Tuition On The River Usk: A Testimonial

This was our third fishing trip to Gliffaes and our second under Frank’s guidance. I am 17 and my father takes me on an annual fly fishing trip as a treat. Unfortunately my home county of Essex is flat and so I do not get much time to practice on rivers between visits which is why time with Frank’s tuition and guidance is invaluable.

Fishing With Frank: Casting & Watercraft

We start straight on the water so Frank can see how much progress we have made over the past year. My father pulls out a decent fish almost immediately on a nymph but Frank has noticed Dark Olives hatching so he goes up river with me and we fish some medium running water with the matching fly and a nymph to see if  I can get in on the action. Within 15 mins I have pulled out a nice 9 inch trout. That was the first of 3 that day for me.
The next day we meet Frank early.  On the previous day he had noticed that our casting had become a bit rusty so we spent an hour on the lawn with casting tuition.  Then it was back down to the river where we fished faster water using a duo.  Again Frank showing me how he was thinking.  All the time teaching me watercraft – I pulled out 5 that day and I lost a monster 2 pounder with a broken line.  No one else on the river was even getting a bite!
Frank not only enjoys fishing but loves to teach. He is equally able to teach basic starters through to seasoned fishermen. Frank is also a competitive fly fisherman, meaning that his methods result in maximum action out on the river.
I look forward to fishing with him more over the coming years – I just wish there were more rivers in Essex.
James Wilkinson – Chelmsford, Essex
If you would like a day out with Frank Williams you can get get in touch with him via his website .
Frank is running a series of fly fishing courses, from beginners upwards, at Gliffaes, through out the season. There is another good piece about fishing the Usk at Gliffaes with Frank on this ezine.