Andy Hathaway: Fly Fishing

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Andy Hathaway

Andy Hathaway

Qualified Instructor and member of AAPGAI & GAIA

I provide expert fly-casting tuition with single-handed and double-handed rods throughout London, Hertfordshire and Essex.

Qualified Instruction Link to top

I hold the APGAI qualification in the trout and salmon categories and I am a member of AAPGAI (Association of Advanced Professional Game Angling) and GAIA (Game Angling Instructors Association). I have a comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of game angling. Here are some of the services I provideā€¦

  • Casting lessons
  • Start Fly Fishing days
  • Demonstrations and masterclasses
  • Guided fly fishing

Salmon Preparation Days Link to top

I specialise in preparation days for those who do not go salmon fishing very often and want to brush up, or for those going at short notice and for the first time and want a rough idea.

Learning to cast - a unique approach Link to top

All casts rely on a single principle, namely that the long, thin flexible weight we call a flyline must be drawn slowly through the air in a straight line under constant tension. To achieve this, the caster has to develop a certain feel, which once achieved can be applied everywhere. This is why there are so many effective casters with very different actions. I have devised a set of simple drills which enable a caster to rapidly develop this essential feel.

Why it's so important to cast well Link to top

  • Good casts are relaxed, non fatiguing, aesthetically pleasing
  • Good casts enable good non-frightening presentation to the fish (you catch more)
  • Good casts enable fishing in most wind conditions
  • Good casts reduce tangles, especially the dreaded 'tailing loop'
  • Good casts avoid repetitive strain injuries like frozen shoulder and tennis elbow
  • Good casts go further - more distance