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2015 Tuition Gift Ideas

Opening a gift on Christmas Day is always exciting but when that gift is a course or tuition day the enjoyment is prolonged with anticipation in the build up to the day itself.

Learning the basics, brushing up on forgotten or rusty skills or simply joining an expert in their field for a course on a new and exciting or challenging venue are all options and we asked our Tuition Manager, Tom Festing, to pick his top ideas for Christmas tuition gifts…

Scott Mackenzie

Visit Sportfish Reading on the weekend of 7th/8th June 2014 and get a half hour speycasting lesson with three times world champion Scott Mackenzie. Spaces are strictly limited to fourteen half hour sessions over the weekend so hurry and book in advance. These one to one lessons are only £30 so we expect them to go quickly. Only one lesson per person can be booked.

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When it comes to choosing a Salmon rod I am in an enviable position as I have access to the worlds finest fly rods, having said that, this makes the choice even more difficult!

I fish for the elusive silver tourist on the River Wye on a weekly basis. The Wye is not a big river, with the exception of a few beats, so I wanted a smaller rod but with the capability of casting a reasonably large tube fly if needed.

When choosing a rod my criteria are simple. I wanted something that I could cast with ease and with the minimum of effort. I am no casting instructor, or casting guru, I am a fisherman. Sounds simple, but I had been searching for a while!!

Until……. the day Lief Stavmo, Guideline’s rod designer, introduced the Guideline Reaction series.

The first time I picked up the Guideline Reaction 13ft 7in # 9/10 it was a wow! The balance was perfect and the rod was very light in the hand. You could feel how the best American and Japanese graphite cloths, together with the most advanced guides and reel seat components, achieve this balance and lightness.

The Reaction is put through it’s paces on the Tyne