Posted by: AAPGAI | October 24, 2010

AAPGAI Autumn Assessment Weekend

October saw the second of this years AAPGAI Assessment Weekends. Guests, senior assessors, current AAPGAI instructors progressing further, and wannabe instructors taking Provisional exams for the first time all gathered at Caerberis, Builth Wells, Powys.

Over a 3 day period and with favourable conditions, each candidate was scheduled to take to the river (Wye) in front of their team of assessors and deliver their chosen Syllabus. An excellent turnout saw a pass rate this year of 62%… a great result from some very well prepared and skilled candidates.

Amongst those successes were… (Congratulated by Illtyd Griffiths – Chairman)

P1020969 Sam Franklin (Provisional Salmon)

P1020970Gerald Spires (Provisional Trout)

P1020971Lee Gallant (Provisional Trout)

Dave WiltshireDave Wiltshire (Provisional Trout)

P1020973 Oskar pal Sveinsson over from Iceland (Provisional Trout)

P1020974Steve Kemp (Advanced Trout)

P1020975Derrick Jones (Advanced Trout)

P1020976Kevin Styles (Advanced Trout)

P1020977Ian May (Masters Trout)

P1020978Jim Williams (Masters Trout) 

Following the 3 days of exam assessments, we concluded with our popular Open Day on Saturday the 16th. This is a great opportunity for ‘would be’ instructors & the general public to watch and participate in fishing, fly tying and fly casting demonstrations in one form or another, as well as receive 1-2-1 instruction from one of the many AAPGAI instructors in attendance throughout the weekend event.

PA160132 Jim Williams starts Saturday off with a Light Line & Long Rod Nymphing Demo

PA160133  Roll casting maestro Vic Knight does his thing

PA160137Oskar doing a great demo on fishing the riffle hitch with a single hander

Additional demonstrations from…

  • Sue MacNiven – Injuries that can occur through fly fishing
  • Paul Little – Spinning with Multipliers & Fixed Spool reels
  • Tim Smith & David Pilkington – West Country Sea Trout Fishing
  • Ian May – Teaching the Double Spey on grass

… all well attended & received by an enthusiastic audience.

Congratulations to all the successful candidates and participants during the weekend, we look forward to seeing you next time… HERE