Salmon Fly Fishing Course – Friars Carse Hotel, Dumfries – 16th – 14th April 2014

Would you like to reserve a place on this fabulous

Salmon Fly Fishing Course in Dumfries, Scotland ?

 

 See also>>> WINTER GRAYLING FISHING – FRIARS CARSE HOTEL,  DUMFRIES – FEB 26 TO MAR 2, 2014

Friars Carse Fishing Breaks

 

 

Some of the Subjects Covered During the Course

  • Equipment set up and how maintain it
  • Wading safely
  • Roll and Jump Roll
  • Spey Casts
  • Snap casts
  • Line management
  • Knots
  • Reading the water
  • Etiquette
  • The use of shooting heads and Skagit lines
  • Fly selection and tying

 

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Course Dates

6th – 14th April, 2014

 

Location & Directions

Location:  Friars Carse Hotel,  Dumfries

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How to get there

From the south - take the M6 & M74 to Gretna Green.

Take the A75 to Dumfries and after the third roundabout, take the A76 to Kilmarnock.

Friars Carse is approximately 7 miles up this road on the right.
From the A1 - take the A66 to Penrith then the M6 and M74 to Gretna Green.

Take the A75 to Dumfries and after the third roundabout take the A76 to Kilmarnock.

Friars Carse is approx 7 miles up this road on the right.

 

 See also>>> WINTER GRAYLING FISHING – FRIARS CARSE HOTEL,  DUMFRIES – FEB 26 TO MAR 2, 2014

 

For Further Details & Booking Information

Contact Tim Gaunt-Baker at Norfolk Fly Fishing here

 

Tim Gaunt Baker

Winter Grayling Fishing – Friars Carse Hotel, Dumfries – Feb 26 to Mar 2, 2014

 Fishing & Guiding, 

followed by a competition

with Tim Gaunt-Baker A.A.P.G.A.I – Hardy Greys approved guide.

 

 

See also>>> Salmon Fly  Fishing Course –  Friars Carse Hotel, Dumfries – 16th – 14th April 2014

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Details

Arrive Wednesday night 26th February, 2014

Fishing 27th February to 2nd March

Tuition 27th – 28th

Competition on 1st & 2nd March

 See also>>> Salmon Fly  Fishing Course –  Friars Carse Hotel, Dumfries – 16th – 14th April 2014

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Cost

4 days – £298 including Dinner, Bed & Breakfast and Fishing

2 days – £148  including Dinner, Bed & Breakfast and Fishing

Extra night – £46 per person per night.

 

Friars Carse Fly Fishing Trip

 

Directions

From the south take the M6 &M74 to Gretna Green.

Take the A75 to Dumfries and after the third roundabout, take the A76 to Kilmarnock.

Friars Carse is approximately 7 miles up this road on the right.
From the A1 take the A66 to Penrith then the M6 and M74 to Gretna Green.

Take the A75 to Dumfries and after the third roundabout take the A76 to Kilmarnock.

Friars Carse is approximately 7 miles up this road on the right.

 

See also>>> Salmon Fly  Fishing Course –  Friars Carse Hotel, Dumfries – 16th – 14th April 2014

To Book Your Fishing Trip

 

Contact Tim Gaunt-Baker at Norfolk Fly Fishing here

OR

Contact Nick Brown at Friars Carse Hotel  here

 

We look forward to seeing you there! :)

Tim Gaunt Baker

 

Saltwater Fly Fishing | Norfolk, UK

Saltwater Fly Fishing Trip – 15th September – There’s So Much More To It Than Just Fishing!

The early morning drive across north Norfolk is always an absolute pleasure: the mist in the hollows and the light as dawn breaks over the sea on the horizon is a sight that never fails to fill you with awe and wonder.

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As you motor through the villages, where the day has yet to start for most of the inhabitants, down the narrow roads leading to the coast, the wildlife simply abounds:

the rabbits on the verges pay little attention to you and the pheasants and partridges barely bat an eyelid as your noisy car roars by. It’s not uncommon either to spot an impressive Marsh Harrier gliding over the fields in search of some suitable morsel to feed her hungry young.

So what has all this got to do with saltwater fly fishing you may well ask? Well actually a great deal!  You see fishing is not all about catching fish; that’s just part of it. Indeed, the memories of the day are far more than that.

It’s all about the journey we take from traveling to the chosen spot in the early morning  right through to the glass of ale in the pub with your fellow anglers at the end of a great day’s fishing on the open sea, don’t you agree?

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The Right Fishing Gear For The Job

I was on my way to Morston quay to meet my students for a long awaited saltwater fishing experience. The conditions for fishing sea bass, our main quarry for the day, were excellent. The wind that had been blowing onto the shore for almost a week but had dropped overnight and the weather forecast was talking of a bright day with just light onshore breezes. Great! Just what we wanted.

I always like to get there early and set up the rods ready for the party. Most fisherman bring their own saltwater fly rods, but for those who hadn’t I put up the Hardy Zane and the Greys Platinum XD 9 weight rods complete with cold saltwater intermediate lines and Zane reels.

Yes you can use cheaper fishing gear but in my experience you need gear you can rely on. When a large sea bass is hooked it tends to want to sprint off to Holland! In fact, I have lost both sea bass and sea trout on lighter equipment, so I now tend to play safe with the top end fishing gear.

I made a quick call to our boat skipper, James, to make sure all was well and we arranged to leave the quay at 8.30 AM to catch the tide.

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The Fishermen Arrive

At 8 AM Nick and Ben arrived and started putting on their chest waders and getting their rods and gear out ready for the fray. They were closely followed by Vic and Laurence.

The usual flurries of questions followed: “Which line shall I use?” “Which flies are best?” “Shall we take our spinning rod as well?”

“How many will we catch today,” came the final question. “None,” I replied, “But the prospects look very good!” Well it was better not to raise their hopes too much, just in case; sea bass can be quite fickle when it comes to taking the fly!

Once all the questions had been settled we made for the boat to catch the tide. “Hang on a minute! Dave and his companion haven’t arrived,” I thought to myself.  However, as tide and time waits for no man I got the guys on the boat with James so that he could take them out to Blakney Point to start fishing.

Meanwhile Dave rang to say they were on their way. When we finally met up we had a brisk 25 minute walk along the coastal path to Stiffkey; all good exercise!

We then crossed the Stiffkey river and walked out across the marsh to meet (skipper) James, who had come to pick us up. He had left the others on the point fishing from a sandbank.

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The First Catch Of The Day

As we approached the point, we could see there was great excitement from the shore as Nick was clearly playing a fish. Indeed, he’d already hooked himself a fine 3lb sea bass.

The tide was now going out fast, so we started fishing from the exposed sandbanks, which are always great spots to fish from. The channels between these sandbanks are just the right place to find bass as they feed on sand eels and small crabs.

We spread out along the channels covering all the likely places to catch something. The flow is quite fast there and this is when an intermediate line is at its most deadly; but it is important you get the lure right down to the fish.

“I have got  one!” cried Nick, AGAIN, “It’s heading for Holland!” he shouted. Sure enough, this fish was hauling the line out to sea, but Nick managed to hang on to the slippery little fighter and eventually the fish was landed; a whopping 6lb sea bass! After the photos had been taken, it was returned to the sea to fight another day.

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Moving On - More Fishing At Cley Next The Sea

By now, the tide was falling very quickly so we moved further out to the Blakney Point following the fish. There, several fish followed the fly but sadly failed to connect, so it was time to make for the shore.

We intended to beach the boat at the mouth of the Stiffkey river but we had run out of time and had to leave the boat further out to be picked up later. We took a long walk back across the Marsh to the coastal path at Stiffkey and then back to the car park at Morston.

After a sojourn at the Anchor pub in the village for some light refreshment, all the gear was piled in the cars and we moved on down the coast to Cley Next The Sea to fish the incoming tide.

Cley beach is a great spot for sea bass at this time of year. The bass were all about there and well within casting distance. Moreover, the Terns (diving birds) were taking the baitfish about 25yds out, which is always a good sign.

At this particular part of the beach you must follow the tide and work your way towards Blakney Point, casting at 30/45 degrees to the shore and working the lines in until they are level with you.

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A Perfect End To A Great Day’s Saltwater Fly Fishing

We fished here for another couple of hours before retiring to the George at Cley for a well earned supper and a glass or two of local ale or was it something stronger?

A truly memorable day was had by all, but the honors of the day really must go to Nick for his fantastic catch -  it really was a perfect day.

If you like the sound of this day, feel free to contact me about forthcoming salt water fly fishing trips – I’d be  more than happy to accommodate you and your friends.

Also, I welcome your comments below; feel free to tell  me about your saltwater fishing experiences either in the UK or elsewhere in the world.

Update Feb 25, 2014 :   2014  Salt Water Fly Fishing Trips Now Confirmed – Check availability and book your place here!!

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Salmon Fly Fishing Course – River Nith, Dumfriesshire, Scotland

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3 Days For Just £375 Inclusive

To be held at:

Friars Carse Hotel
on the River Nith in Dumfriesshire, March 26th to 28th, 2012
Tim Gaunt Baker

This course is designed for both newcomers to the sport and those who have taken it up recently and need to learn more about fishing for Salmon. If you have never done it before or you have trouble covering the river effectively this is course for you!

We will be covering all of the following topics over the 3 days and you will be fishing the river with all the casts we will show you.

  • Equipment set up and how maintain it
  • Wading safely
  • Roll and Jump Roll
  • Spey Casts
  • Snap casts
  • Line management Knots
  • Reading the water
  • Etiquette
  • The use of shooting heads and Skagit lines
  • Fly selection and tying
  • Other methods  used for fishing for Salmon

You will be using the casts we teach to cover the pools we allocate and  there is a chance of a Spring Salmon or a Kelt, so be prepared.

The cost of the course is:

  • £375  inclusive of 3 nights Dinner, B&B and  all tuition and fishing.
  • Hardy & Greys rods lines will be available for you to use.
  • Bring your trout rods as you will also have some Grayling fishing whilst you are here.
  • There are only 6 places available so book now to avoid disappointment.
  • Your lead Instructor will be Tim Gaunt-Baker A.A.P.G.A.I

 

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Itinerary

Day 1

  • Introduction to Salmon fishing and the river Nith a Power point presentation
  • Understanding the mechanics of the Rod and line, Reel set up etc.
  • A group session covering the Roll Cast and the Jump Roll (Accelerated Roll cast)
  • Split into pairs and practice these two casts.
  • We will be around to help you perfect these.
  • Move on to the Single Spey cast if appropriate.
  • Evening workshop- Leaders and Knots

Day 2

  • Look at lines and their uses, Floating, Sink tip, Intermediate, and Sinking Lines
  • Group session on the Single Spey from both banks
  • Work on the Single Spey cast, from either Bank. Understand the faults.
  • Group session on the Double Spey cast
  • Move on to the Double Spey and work through your allocated pool
  • Evening session- Flies for all seasons

Day 3

  • What to look for when fishing –Reading the Water
  • Some other methods used for fishing for Salmon.
  • Followed by a Group session.
  • Snap casts and their uses.
  • Shooting Head and Skagit Lines: where and when to use them.
  • Practice the Snap casts, Use the shooting heads and Skagit lines.
  • Final session we will go through all the casts, one by one and sorting out any problems as we progress. A CD with all you have learnt and casting notes will be available for you to take home.
  • Close and depart 5pm or if you wish to stay a further night and fish the next day this can be arranged.

This is what it is all about!

salmon fishing

Where You Will Be Staying

Friars Carse Hotel – Dumfries

Set in a 45 acre estate including woodland extending to the banks of the River Nith, the 3 star country house hotel, with its magnificent panelled entrance hall and elegant staircase, offers guests a warm welcome with a well-furnished spacious lounge with views over the garden and river, a comfortable bar and a panelled snooker room with full sized table. The hotel has a lift to all floors.

The 21 en suite bedrooms have remote control television, telephone, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities.

Friars Hotel Dumfries

Contact me here to book your place on this course.

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