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

Fishing on the River Tweed

Tim Larkman, with a 14lb sea trout, caught on a size 12 cascade at Upper Hendersyde on 22 July 2008.


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. For guides further afield please follow this link

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.

Instruction on the Tweed

Nick Dawson playing a fish with the Tweedswood ghillie in attendance.

Useful contacts

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

Local instructors & guides
FishWild,Stobo Village
Stobo Village
07791 696129
Professional guiding/ instruction for brown trout, grayling, sea trout & salmon fishing. Anglers of all ages & ability welcome. Everything provided, stunning locations & all requirements catered for.
Chasing Fins
Chasing Fins,Northumberland
07515 364007
James Armstrong has been fishing and guiding in the North East of England since he was 16 years of age. His local Rivers are the Tweed Tyne Coquet and Till. Aswell as guiding in the UK James has also guided all over the world including places like New Zealand, America and Russia. His business is called Chasing Fins and he specialises in bespoke fishing holidays and guiding across the North east of England and the Scottish Boarders. Not many people his age know the Rivers as good as him. James is also a Guideline Ambassador.