Instruction and guiding
The gillies on each beat are normally willing to give some instruction, but this will depend on the policy of the beat, the helpfulness of the ghillie and what his other responsibilities are for the day you are fishing. Always check with the ghillie beforehand to see what the situation is.
Third party instruction on beat
There is a number of qualified instructors in the area, whom you can pay to join you on your beat. However, be sure to check with your ghillie that he is prepared to allow this, and if he does, use someone whom he would recommend. Never turn up with an instructor without having cleared it first, as this might cause bad feeling with the ghillie which won't do much to help your trip.
Local instructors and schools with their own water
Some instructors and schools can offer tuition on their own water, either informally on request, or as part of formal courses. These are normally run on waters at off peak times, to save on the cost of fishing, but there are some exceptions to this.
pre-visit Courses outside the area
Some people prefer to receive tuition before they visit the Nith, so that they can take full advantage of the fishing they have booked. Ask your local tackle shop for suggestions or look at the list of instructors on the FishPal Instructors page.
A guide showing a client where to fish.
Fly Fish The Borders
Jonathan Morris is a full time guide and instructor based in Dumfries. Guiding on the Nith and Annan rivers for Salmon, sea trout and brown trout. Specialising in teaching individuals or groups from complete beginners looking to try fly fishing for the first time through to anyone wishing to become an instructor. A fully qualified AAPGAI instructor in all three disciplines, double hand, single hand and fly dressing. Residential courses and hosted trips are also available.
Telephone: 07909 968348
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