Instruction and Guides


Combining your fishing trip with a lesson from a qualified casting instructor will help to maximise your time spent on the water and ultimately, improve your chances of catching more fish.

All forms of fly fishing require good fly presentation in all wind and weather conditions.

Regardless of your casting ability, starting a fishing trip under the expert guidance of an instructor will improve your casting technique and river skills, allowing you the opportunity to safely and effectively present your fly across the stream.

To make your time spent on the water more enjoyable, investing in some casting instruction at the beginning of your trip is money well spent. A list of recommended instructors can be found on this page. For instructors further afield please follow this link


If you want to fish somewhere you haven't been to before, then a Guide can make all the difference between success and failure, especially if the fishery you are going to does not supply its own ghillie or other help for you.

Guides will help you chose the right place to fish, make sure you have the right equipment and use the right techniques. On top of that they will often provide transport, lunch and an endless supply of fishing knowledge, talk and enthusiasm. A list of recommended guides can be found on this page.

Third party instruction on beat

Be sure to check with your ghillie that the beat is prepared to allow instructors and or guides on the beat. Never turn up with an instructor or a guide without having cleared it first, as this might cause bad feeling with the ghillie which won't do much to help your trip.

Local Guides/Instructors in the area.

However we work closely with the following Ghillies who both have incredible knowledge and experience in guiding and tuition (as well as a 'nose for where the fish might be- even in the toughest conditions), from the beginner picking up a rod for the first time, to the more experienced angler looking to improve their technique...

Please contact directly, in advance, for availability & rates:

Dave MacDonald: 01569 764717;

Bill Cottle- Everyman Ghillie Services: 01332 824652; MOB 07748002797

Looking downstream from Bridge of Keig, Castle Forbes

Useful contacts

Where available, names link to websites and telephone numbers link to email addresses.

Local instructors & guides
Everyman Ghillie Services
Everyman Ghillie Services,Scotland
01332 824652
Bill Cottle of EGS offers friendly and knowledgeable help to anglers with over 25 years experience on the river. All ghillie services and instruction from a qualified teacher. Quality tackle from 15ft Bruce and Walker rods to switch & trout rods can be supplied for individuals or groups.