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The weather forecasts leading up to today suggested bitterly cold Northerly winds. The very strong winds which swept through the South East last night made me think that many participants would drop out from today Beginners Day at Brick farm lakes. However I needn’t have been as pessimistic as the man upstairs come through yet again. The drive to Herstmonceux was undertaken in sub zero temperature which made the journey on the wet road through Ashdown Forrest interesting, however on reaching Brick farm lakes the temperature had risen to zero degrees, the wind had died right back and the sun shone. The water looked inviting and it was great to see rods a bending as the early birds located the trout. A warm welcome from Keith and Sophie plus a hot beverage in front of the blazing wood burner preceded the 09:00 hrs meet and greet for the ten participants. The H&S brief and the introduction for today’s session fell to Brian Smart. Following the introduction the participants paired up with the five Instructors / Coaches on hand – an ideal ratio – and commenced practice casting with yarn tag. Matt and Baz, my novices soon picked up the basics and progressed to fishing the fly and it was not long before both had healthy bends in their rods and fish in the net. By 13:00 hrs both had released several other fish and expressed a wish to return to Brick Farm Lakes. The sum shone all morning, the breeze was slight and the temperature rose to a balmy 6 degrees. This, the first of the Beginners Days in 2013 proved to be another perfect day at this superb fishery. I thoroughly recommend the fishery to anyone seeking tuition or a venue for a corporate event.

Alan

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2013 Season

Well, 2012 was certainly a better year for me than 2011 with many customers booking follow up lessons and many new clients booking up for lessons. It was great to resume the corporate work, run the Casting Arena’s at Highclere Castle Country Fair, South of England Summer Show, the Sussex Game and Country Fair, the Wilderness Festival and to maintain and enhance my skills and technical ability by attending CPPD events organised by my Professional Bodies, the Game Angling Instructors’ Association over the weekends of 9 – 11th February & 25 – 27th October 2012 and the Angling Trust on the 25th October 2012, albeit at the expense of maintaining the FF4Y Blog!

Clive and I attended a First Aid Course on the 18th November and an Equity in Coaching Workshop on the 27th November. The First Aid course was run by Jackie Hoyle. Probably the 16th or 17th first aid course since I attended my first First Aid course at the age of 18. Jackie’s course was one of the most informative and enjoyable that I have attended. Jackie has a thorough knowledge of the subject matter, an easy engaging style of getting the message across coupled with the ability to encouraging each participant to engage in activities. A rare skill indeed. If you are in need of a First Aid course I can thoroughly recommend Jackie and will be pleased to pass on her details should you contact me. The Equity in Coaching workshop was thought provoking and professionally delivered.
The 2013 Season promises to be challenging with the Diary filling fast with one to one lessons, beginners courses and corporate events.
The first of the Beginners Courses is to be held on Thursday 7th February at Brick Farm Lakes, Herstmonceux.

Diary to end March 2013
07/02 Beginners day – Brick Farm Lakes
10/02 GAIA Mentoring – Holbury Lakes
24/02 GAIA Mentoring – Holbury Lakes
10/03 GAIA Mentoring – Holbury Lakes
17/03 Casting Clinic – Crawley Fly Fishers
24/03 GAIA Mentoring – Holbury Lakes

Tight Lines
Alan

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