Posted by: AAPGAI | October 30, 2012

AAPGAI Autumn Weekend

A big thanks to everyone attending the recent AAPGAI Assessment and Open weekend for making it yet another truly memorable one. We had a number of special guests and visitors from our home counties and across the water from Ireland & Germany.

Our busy assessment timetable concluded with an Open Day on Saturday where we invited the general public to see what AAPGAI are all about. As well as them receiving some 1-2-1 instruction, we were all treated to some superb demonstrations from exceptional and internationally renown fishing instructors and fly casters.

First up was Paul Arden demonstrating accuracy and distance techniques for those interested in competitive casting. Competition casting it may be but he has a knack of making it all relative to the everyday casting and fishing instruction as only he knows how.

AAPGAI Autumn Weekend

Next up was Bernd Zeische. Bernd had passed his Masters Single Handed Rod assessment the previous day and was cajoled into providing us with a superb demonstration on the 6 Casting Essentials.

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Ian May followed next with a great demonstration on casting strokes, the length, the speed and everything else associated with it before handing over to Clive Mitchelhill below who took to a double handed rod and extoled the virtues of spey casting.

Clive’s in there somewhere

AAPGAI Autumn Weekend

Oh!… there he is

AAPGAI Autumn Weekend

Concluding the Open Day demonstrations was Gary Champion… presentation casts personified, Gary ran through mends and curves with a single handed rod, onlooker participation guaranteed, many were made to wear a fly line necklace during his very entertaining demo.

Finally to the presentation evening: Special congratulations go to the following successful candidates who pulled out all the stops to gain qualification as AAPGAI Instructors.

Keith Passant with AAPGAI Chairman Illtyd Griffiths – Provisional Single Handed Rod

AAPGAI Autumn Weekend

Lee Gallant – Advanced Single Handed Rod

AAPGAI Autumn Weekend

Graham Waterton – Provisional Double Handed Rod

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Paul Becher – Provisional Double Handed Rod 

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Bernd Ziesche – Masters Single Handed Rod

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Karl Humphries – Masters Fly Dressing

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Gary Champion – Masters Fly Dressing

AAPGAI Autumn Weekend

On behalf of everyone at AAPGAI, thank you all for your participation, congratulations to all of the successful candidates and commiserations to those that were unsuccessful this time round.

Here’s looking forward to our next Spring Event in Cockermouth, Cumbria on the 14th, 15th & 16th March 2013details

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