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Instruction and guiding

From beat ghillies

The ghillies on each beat are always happy to help their guests with casting. Of course, they have other guests and duties to attend to during the day, so their time is limited. Always check with the ghillie beforehand to see what the situation is.

pre-visit Courses outside the area

If you are new to fly fishing for salmon, it is a good idea to consider taking lessons in advance of traveling to the Dee, so you can take full advantage of your fishing holiday.

SGAIC Instructors

AAPGAI Instructors

Third party instruction on beat

Some anglers will wish to take a private instructor/ guide with them to provide individual support and tuition.

It is essential if you wish to take an instructor/guide to your beat, to clear this with your ghillie in advance. The ghillie may be able to offer recommendations. This will also avoid any misunderstandings. If you are unsure get in touch with me Email Us

Recommended Instructors 

Nicol Paton Fly Fishing

Nicol has been involved with training, development and sports coaching across different disciplines and industries to a very high standard for over 17 years and holds his Scottish Game Anglers Instructor Certificate for double handed rods, along with numerous other teaching and coaching qualifications. His main focus is making sure his clients have the best experience possible by providing a very high level of service. Nicol is also a ghillie on the lower River Dee. 

Contact +44 (0) 7833671743

Gary Scott


Gary is recognised as one of the finest fly casters in the world today with global experience in all aspects of game angling. Double-handed Spey casting and single-handed casting can be taught to the highest standards. Contact Gary Scott.


Recommended Instructors

TwinPeakes Fly Fishing

Ghillies, Will and Al Peake are SGAI qualified instructors and teach both double and single handed fly casting. They run a fly fishing school on the river at Aboyne.

Check Out TwinPeakes Fly Fishing to find out more.

Graeme Simpson


Graeme is the ghillie at Birse. He holds the Masters level AAPGAI accreditation for double handed casting and the Advanced accreditation in single handed. He is one of the best in the business. Find out more on his website Get Your Pull.

Craig McDonald

Craig is one of the Glen Tanar ghillies and works at Waterside & Ferrar in the spring and Heandinch & Cambus O May in summer. He is SGAIC qualified to teach double handed fly casting.

Craig also offers private tuition.

mob +44 7786067222

email: Email Us



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