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Fly Fishing Expertise

The Game Angling Instructors’ Association (GAIA) is one of the oldest and most respected fly casting and instructing organisations. With more than 350 members throughout the UK, Europe and the USA, there is a vast wealth of experience in all aspects of game angling. Whether you are a total beginner who wants to learn the correct techniques from day one, an experienced angler looking to iron out a small casting niggle, or you simply fancy some fine-tuning before an upcoming trip, having a lesson with an experienced GAIA instructor can save you frustration and wasted time. All Full Members of GAIA hold the Game Angling Instructor's Certificate (GAIC) and some, additionally, hold the higher certification of Advanced Professional Game Angling Instructors’ (APGAI). So you can be assured that all GAIA instructors have been tested to a very high standard of technical and practical knowledge, ensuring you receive the finest quality of tuition to make your fishing experience more pleasurable, successful and safe.


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What you might learn from a GAIA Instructor

• Understanding the importance of a correctly balanced outfit, the correct casting techniques and methods required for river, bank, boat, reservoir and saltwater angling.

• Learn how to present a fly accurately, even in difficult conditions and with limited casting space.

• Understand how to achieve distance with the double haul and learn other advanced techniques.

• Spey casting including the roll cast, jump roll, single spey, snap-T, double spey and snake roll.

• Learn how to make your own flies on demand, using unusual or otherwise unobtainable patterns.

• Help with keeping up to date on the latest fishing techniques and tackle advice.


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River and Stillwater Guiding and Fishing Club demonstrations.
GAIA members hold open days as part of their continuing professional development.  Come along and watch a casting or fly-tying demonstration or have a go at both in a friendly atmosphere. 

If you would like a GAIA Instructor to help you put theory into practice, use Find An Instructor below to get in touch with your local GAIA instructor and have a chat about your requirements.  

Enter a city, town, place or postcode into the box below to find nearby GAIA Instructors.

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