GAIA (South Wales) Mentoring Day

GAIA in Wales Mentoring Day - Double Hauling Principles

Saturday saw the gathering of a number of instructors from the South Wales area, as well as a great number of our instructor-cousins from across the border in England, at the Gwent Angling Society waters of Ty Mawr. The day was open to any/all GAIA members who wished to further their personal development and understanding of fly casting mechanics and principles, and for both single and double-handed rods. These ‘Mentoring Days’ are fantastic affairs and, as such, are undertaken in order for out instructors to be able to continue offering our clients and customers with the very best instructional experience.

A variety of different workshops took place throughout the day and which consisted of such topics as Slack-Line Casts, Efficient Casting with Straight Line Path and Rod Tip Control, Adapting to Conditions, Hauling and Achieving Distance, and Spey Casting.

Mentoring Days cane sometimes be a little mentally exhausting, but hugely rewarding. It doesn’t matter what level of casting ability you’re at, you can’t fail to learn something from these events.

A special thanks to the events’ organiser and GAIA in Wales Contact, Alun Rees, for such a successful day; to Mark Roberts for helping to host the event, our usual rabble from South Wales and, of course, to the special bunch from over the border (Chris Aldred, and Berny and Phil Ratcliffe).

A fantastic day guys, and I’m looking forward to catching up again sometime very soon!

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A couple of photos from a great day (click to enlarge).

Phil Ratcliffe shows us the benefits of a nice, efficient, straight-line rod-tip path during windy conditions…
Phil Ratcliffe shows us the benefits of a nice, efficient, straight-line rod-tip path during windy conditions...

Alun Rees demonstrates the principles of SLP, convex/concave rod-tip paths, etc…
Alun Rees demonstrates the principles of SLP, convex/concave rod-tip paths, etc...

Yours truly showing that tight loops on the back cast are easily possible…
Yours truly showing that tight loops on the back cast are easily possible...

…just as they are when executing a tight-loop in the forward cast. Efficiency is key.
...just as they are when executing a tight-loop in the forward cast. Efficiency is key.

A few of the double-hander gang…
A few of the double-hander gang...

About Gareth Lewis

Hailing from the base of the beautiful and picturesque Brecon Beacons National Park, South Wales, Gareth Lewis is a qualified Professional Game Angling Instructor specialising in small stream and river fly fishing techniques for both wild trout and grayling, and provides guided fishing trips, fly casting tuition, and high quality fly tying services. Read More >>

2 Responses to “GAIA (South Wales) Mentoring Day”

  1. Phil Ratcliffe March 1, 2011 at 7:09 pm # Reply

    G,
    A great day had by one and all, we really had a cracking day. You boys are a credit to the organisation and it goes to prove that GAIA is the place to be. Thank you once again.

    Great pictures and nice tight loops mate in such conditions. I can spot a bit of slack on my back haul …tut tut, must sort that !. Look forward to the next get together.
    Cheers
    Phil

    • Gareth Lewis March 3, 2011 at 10:12 am # Reply

      Thanks for coming down Phil, was a cracking day! Hopefully you’ll be able to pop down to a couple of the GAS Summer Casting Clinics too. You never know, we could try and fit in a little fishing in one Sunday, then do the clinic on the Monday evening…sounds like a plan to me!

      See you soon mate,

      Gareth

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