The Association was formed in 2003 to enhance the practise and enjoyment of fly fishing and fly dressing by anglers of all ages and ability levels. We achieve this through providing a high standard of tuition in single handed, double handed and fly tying techniques; plus the mentoring and assessment of potential new instructors. AAPGAI is now an international organisation of over a hundred full members (male and female), the majority of whom are located in the United Kingdom. We also have representatives in the Republic of Ireland, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Russia and the USA.
AAPGAI instructors are highly-experienced game anglers, many of whom have fished all over the world in pursuit of a wide variety of fish species. All have undergone extensive preparation with and rigorous examination by the Association, in order to be certified as qualified, current and competent in the organisational, health and safety, casting and fishing (or fly dressing), and teaching skills required by AAPGAI. They are also fully insured, First Aid qualified and trained in up-to-date risk assessment and child protection procedures. Our assessors also hold recognised Assessment of Competence in the Work Environment (ACWE) qualifications, as part of the Association’s commitment to professionalism and fairness in the training and examination of those who wish to join us.
In addition to their own individual tuition and guiding activities, AAPGAI members also teach, demonstrate and speak at a number of UK game fairs, country shows, environmental conservation meetings and local angling association events. They also appear at many fly fishing-specific events worldwide. Some are full time instructors and guides, whilst others offer their services alongside working in a wide variety of other jobs and professions.