Throughout the year we offer
Instruction in flyfishing. We teach the art of flyfishing on the river
Annan and hold
casting courses throughout the year. Between March and mid November we
are able to offer guided fishing for
During the winter months we hold
fly dressing courses
in Annan but will travel to other locations. We can teach you how to
dress a Cascade salmon fly or an Allys Shrimp. This is a golden
opportunity for you to learn to tie a fly. There is considerable
satisfaction in catching a fish on flies tied by yourself.
Between November and March we switch to
Throughout the year we offer a full guiding service
for salmon, sea trout, grayling and wild brownies. We have access to
35 miles of the river Annan plus access to the rivers Nith, Tweed, Esk,
Cree, Bladnoch and Eden.
All prices include the cost of your fishing permit. No fishing
licences are required in Scotland. There is no Sunday fishing for
migratory fish. Sunday is a good day to travel. We require the fishing
to be paid prior to accepting a booking. Our interpretation of, a day,
is eight hours. Please see our terms and conditions.
Salmon/Spey Casting Tuition and Guiding
Learn to Spey Cast in Scotland with a qualified professional
Instructor. We offer two day courses on a one to one basis. We
pride ourselves on knowing that after you have attended one of our
courses you will be able to fish for salmon anywhere in the world.
We specialise in teaching beginners and experienced fishers the
art of Spey casting. Every aspect of salmon fishing is covered
including safety, watercraft and how to fish a salmon pool. You
will learn how to perform a single and double Spey cast off both
shoulders, overhead and roll casts, again off both shoulders,
followed by the Snake Roll and Snap T. We would normally recommend
two days to allow sufficient time to cover the syllabus.
Call for availability and prices.
Sea Trout Tuition and Guiding
Come and spend the night with us and learn the magic of fishing for
sea trout. If the water is heavy we will fish during the day. We use
three of the best beats on the Annan for our Clients. Every aspect is
covered from safety to sunk line fishing.
Call for availability and prices.
Brown Trout Tuition and Guiding
We have access to thirty miles of water for some truly amazing wild
brownie fishing. These are truly wild fish. Unlike the Chalk streams
of the south these waters are conservatively fished and the fish
themselves are free risers. On our three day package you will not fish
the same water twice. Great fun but be prepared for a comfortable walk
along flat, grass covered banks, casting to free rising fish.
Call for availability and prices.
Grayling Tuition and Guiding
The Annan has some of the best Grayling fishing in Scotland. You may
also latch on to a 5lb Chub, which should brighten your day. We will
use both dry fly and “Bugs” depending on weather/water conditions.
Call for availability and prices.
All courses include the cost of your fishing
permits. No fishing licences are required in Scotland. In order to secure the fishing we will
require a proportion of the cost to be paid upon booking. This sum is
non refundable as it is paid to the Annan Fisheries Board. The balance
will fall due at the completion of your trip. The cost of
accommodation should be arranged with the provider.
We can arrange a package to suit you. Not everyone
wants a fully guided trip and therefore we will tailor make a holiday
to your requirements. Tell us what your requirements are and we will
offer several options depending on the time of year. We will supply a
written quotation based on your instructions.
SALMON & TROUT CASTING TUITION
Ideal for the complete beginner or those with casting problems.
Offered on a one to one basis or small groups for a minimum of two
hours. For the improver we offer fault finding and correction,
Double Haul, or refresher tuition. Casts include roll, overhead,
double haul, snake roll, parachute, side, reach and waggle. Single
and Double Spey Casts with single handed or double handed rods.
Learn how to cope with windy conditions.
One to One tuition available with a minimum two hours.
Let us quote for other packages/options or we will
tailor make a holiday to your requirements.
WHAT THE CLIENTS SAY....
Spey Casting Course 25th January 2007 River Annan
Members of the Upper
Annandale Fly Fishers attended a Spey Casting Course
provided by Keith our local AAPGAI Instructor. The day was a
joy. It was instructive and full of humour, nothing seemed
too much trouble to Keith who showed infinite patience with
this cack-handed absolute beginner. I have tried watching
video's and reading books but nothing came close to this. By
the end of the day I was Roll casting, single Spey and
double Spey casting by being shown very clearly the
fundamentals and being encourage to practise them. My
colleagues were of the same opinion ... "a day well spent".
Hi Keith, I hope the season's going well. .
Thanks again for the tuition. It was really fun - you're a great
instructor, and I enjoyed it more than many a day I've spent
fishing. I'm keen to make progress...on the Water of Leith this
winter. Best wishes. Tony Prior. Edinburgh
I just wanted to thank you for looking after me earlier this week
and for letting me experience a few days on the river Annan. I had
a great time and very much enjoyed your company, banter and
advice. I really did learn a great deal about fly fishing and
rivercraft. I am sure with a bit more practice and experience.
All the best and thanks again for a really enjoyable couple of
Vi Grime. London
Thanks again for a great couple of days. I really feel you gave me
a first class understanding of the basics, on which I can
hopefully build with as you say, practice, practice and more
Hope we can fish together again soon.
Robin Smith Surrey
I had a great day and I have learnt a lot. The most important
thing was the imcompatability of my rod and the line. I found the
way you explained all the casts especially the Snap T's and Snake
Rolls much easier to understand and now it is down to practice.
John Ross Edinburgh.
Thank you for an excellent two days. My father and I really
enjoyed ourselves and learnt a whole new area of fly fishing. The
way you showed us each cast made it simple for us to leanrn how to
fish the 15' salmon rod. You are a very good teacher. Your own
casting is pretty good as well.
Hope to see you in 2008.
Lansen. The Netherlands.
We are able to recommend a variety of accommodation
including local *** hotels, Guest Houses, Farm Houses, Self Catering
and B&B’s. Please call for details.
We can provide quality tackle including waders.
If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to call
us. We like to talk fishing.
ANNANDALE AND BORDERS FLY FISHING .
The following conditions are to ensure no
misunderstanding results from your visit. We have very, very few rules
and regulations. Very rarely do we have any problems, we just want you
to have a fantastic time with us and come back for more.
The majority of our fishing is booked through
and their booking conditions are available from their web site. We are
required to accept and comply with their booking conditions. All of
our fishing/tuition is directed towards fishing with the fly. There
are times during the season when the river height makes fishing the
fly impractical. During such times we will offer you the opportunity
to spin. It is however your decision. We fully appreciate that some
people are totally adverse to spinning.
We reserve the right to cancel tuition/guiding if the weather dictates
that the conditions pose a danger to you. We are the sole arbitrator
on the subject of safety. We actively encourage you to use a life
jacket and wading staff. Safety glasses are also provided for your
protection and we advised wearing a hat and suitable clothing.
In keeping with general practice we will not refund fees paid for
fishing/guiding spoilt by inclement weather conditions or poor water
conditions. We will have already paid
and they impose a similar condition on us. In the event that we have
cancelled the fishing/tuition we will re-arrange the fishing/tuition
or refund the cost excluding the fishing costs. If you cancel the
fishing/tuition then our total fee is payable within fourteen days of
the date of cancellation.
Our policy is that all brown trout are released to compete again when
they are older and wiser. Commencing 2008 the Annan Salmon Fishery
Board recommends that only two sea trout be taken in any 24 hour
period and all fish over 3lbs are to be returned. We fully support the
Board in trying to conserve the sea trout stocks. All red, gravid or unclean salmon must be returned unharmed to
the river. No salmon may be killed before the 1st June. Even fish
which are bleeding badly must be returned to the river in accordance
with The Annan Salmon Fisheries Board Regulations. To be caught in
possession of such a fish will almost certainly result in an
appearance before the Sheriff at Dumfries.
Rods are not permitted to be shared and you may not re-let the rod
without permission of
www.fishscotland.com . In Scotland it is illegal to fish without
written permission. We will have the written authority to fish with us
during your visit. If you would like a copy we will send one by
We fully support the Fishery Boards in preventing Gyrodactylus Salaris
from infecting any of the rivers we use. If you have fished outside
the UK within three months of visiting us you must tell us in order
that we can arrange to have your fishing tackle sterilised. Local vets
charge for this option. Alternatively you may use our fishing
Riparian owners on certain beats forbid dogs accompanying anglers,
normally because live stock are in the fields. Please check with us
before arrival to avoid any problems.
If you have a problem with the fishery please tell us immediately and
we will contact the Ghillie or fishery manager. It is important that
you inform us immediately and certainly before you leave as otherwise
it will severely hamper any chance of redress on your behalf.
We reserve the right to immediately withdraw fishing/guiding/tuition
without compensation from anyone who breaks these or associated
conditions, or who flouts normal standards of behaviour or fishing
Whilst we supply tackle for your use during your tuition, we will make
a charge for any breakages to tackle and lost spinning equipment.