We have run the first two of of this year’s three beginners fly fishing courses under the expert guidance of APGAI (Advanced Professional Game Anglers Instructor) Frank Williams.
Each course had only six students to ensure a that everyone got a good deal of individual attention from Frank. The courses are three days in length and run on a pretty flexible timetable to suit the weather and the students with plenty of breaks for coffee and lunch back at the hotel. Frank supplied every participant with a rod, reel and the rest of the tackle to get started – so there is no need to spend on equipment before you have learnt what you really need.
A lot of attention was spent on getting started with casting on the first day, on the lawn to begin with before moving down to the river. On day two Frank began the day with a some fieldcraft and by showing the students all the nymphs and flies that live in and on the river. They were amazed to find so much life right beneath their feet underneath the stones.
It was then on to the serious business of fishing as without putting your fly on the water you are never going to catch a fish.
We will be running more courses in 2012 and I will publish the dates very soon. Register your interest by filling in the form below.
Just a brief note to thank you for an really interesting and
stimulating course last week.
Dawn and I both enjoyed it immensely. Excellent job.
Please note my Email address and ,if you have a moment , we would greatly appreciate a download of your photos.
Again, many thanks.
Here is a short outline of how the three days are are structured;
Introduction to fly fishing equipment and how to set it up, Rod, Reel & Line
Knots and leaders
Casting practice, basic overhead
Fishing wets flies downstream
Casting practice and how to shoot
Entemology, recognising trout food and choose flies to match it.
Fly fishing tuition, Nymph fishing
Rest of day fly fishing practice with individual tuition
Fly fishing tuition demonstration of dry fly fishing techniques
We are still unsure as to when we can re-open. I think it will be around the 24th May.
Gliffaes will not be open for outdoor dining only – I am afraid the numbers don’t stack up for us.
Mark Drakeford, The Welsh First Minister has given no definitive date for the opening of indoor hospitality in Wales.
This matter is further confused by the local elections on the 6th May. If Labour is returned to power he tells us that he will be minded to consider the opening of indoor hospitality on the 17th May and I guess he will give us about a week’s notice taking us to the 24th May.
Online booking is available and reception will be staffed from 9am to midday from Monday to Saturday, so please do call us.
Thank you for all your support and we hope to see you in May and beyond.
James & Susie Suter and all the team at Gliffaes.