Test Valley School of Flyfishing (TVSOF) instructors are all friendly, experienced, knowledgeable, qualified, and patient!
Following the principles established by school founder and former Chief Instructor the late Jerry Wakeford, TVSOF instructors pride themselves on being able to pass on their expertise to all levels of pupils, from beginners to advanced, and from young to old, and use the same general teaching methods and approach. In your flyfishing course, the instructor will:
- Teach/demonstrate everything you need to know to move to the next flyfishing skill level. This may take you from beginner level to basic competence, or perhaps from intermediate to advanced.
If you already have some flyfishing experience, the instructor will assess your current level and tailor the lesson accordingly.
- Help you adapt your fishing techniques for use on chalkstreams, if desired.
- Give you a host of tips on casting and fishing.
- Tell you what flies to use, and the natural flies that the local fish go for.
As most of them are keen naturalists, the instructors can also tell you all about other wildlife that you can expect to see in the area. Former Chief Instructor Jerry used to occasionally do casting demonstrations at local events and shows so, especially if you live in the Test Valley area, you might have come across him at one of these. See first video clip. In his last few years of teaching, Jerry also did a lot of research perfecting a technique to help beginners to master the basics of flycasting, using a simple plastic garden chair (!)
as shown in this second video clip (note: video may not display on some devices; we’re investigating!).