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We offer Residential Casting and Fishing Courses on both the river Spey and River Deveron 

Inverallan House [Castle Grant, River Spey] 11th -16th March 

Our Residential Casting and fishing courses provide our clients with a unique highland experience like no other.

I have found this the best format for Casting Courses, and better than One to One Casting Tuition.

The course is for a maximum of 6 rods which is ideal for a 3 day residential course. I use the word residential because the package comes with all food and accommodation. I get a lady to come and do evening meals but I do breakfast. The kitchen will be stocked for you to make a packed lunch for yourself. The course itself is very much based on the individual and although we have a few group demonstrations on the river, 95% of this will be what you want to take from it personally. You will be fishing a pool either on your own, or with one other rod [depending on river height and Ghillies instructions] and I will come along and give you 15 -20 mins at a time. Each guest will get an equal amount of my time. I find this the best way to learn as over 3 days the information is more likely to stay with you if absorbed bit at a time. Otherwise you just end up with information overload. This is a tried and tested method I have used to very good effect over a long period of time. 5 or 6 people on the course works very well .


Those three day Salmon Fishing experiences, fully hosted by Ian Gordon, combine learning to cast and fish with Ian's intimate knowledge of everything that is Speyside. From the history of fly fishing to the region's strong links with the whisky industry, enjoy a cultural and historical experience in the company of one of Scotland's most knowledgeable salmon fishing guides and racontours. 


Enjoy a casting and fishing experience on all of the Castle Grant Fishing in the most beautiful private surroundings - After a nice day on the River Spey, relax with Ian over a dram in the comfort of Inverallen house, talking tackle, technique or fishing. or simply soak up the highland culture listening to stories of big salmon caught and lost. Ian will keep you entertained over the 3 days and offer the best in both casting and fishing tuition. Breakfasts will be served riverside lunches and evening meals in the lodge. 

11th - 13th March [Mon - Wed] Full

14th - 16th March [Thurs - Sat] Full

Please contact Ian here or email direct at to book or for more details. 

Because of so much demand I'm going to look at another date and will let me know here when confirmed.

Inverallan Lodge Grantown on Spey

Inverallan Lodge Grantown on Spey

Inverallan Lodge Grantown on Spey

The Manse Pool Castle Grant

The Manse Pool Castle Grant Beat 2 

Deveron Courses

The Deveron Courses

Join Ian at the beautiful Waterside Lodge on the river Deveron on one of his residential 3 day courses to be held @ Deveronside fishings

29th April - 1st May 24 - Full

2nd - 4th May 24  - Full 

6th - 8th May 24 - Full

9th - 11th May 24 - Cancellation 1 Rod Available

Waterside Lodge River deveron

Deveronside fishings 4 miles of double bank fishing for up to 6 rods on what is one of Scotland's hidden gems when it comes to fly-fishing. Although the aim and main part of the course is built on casting, there is very much plenty fishing to be done here. Late April and early May offering the chance of a spring salmon, as well as some fantastic Brown Trout fishing. 

The Lodge has 3 double and two twin rooms, all with En-Suite or private bathroom. Non fishing guests sharing a room are very welcome at a supplement. 

The course is aimed at people who have fished for some time and feel they are not getting the best from their equipment, knowledge or fishing in general.

The course will consist of between 4 and 6 people. The ghillie, Carl, is an excellent salmon fisherman and top level Trout angler, he will be on hand to help throughout the time on the river. Because this has excellent potential for trout fishing, anyone interested in this will love the variety of the fishing and service we provide.. 

This Residential course focuses very much on the individual, their particular fishing as well as casting and tackle. 


  • Single Spey Cast with Sink Tip

  • Double Spey Cast

  • Circle C

  • Snake Roll

  • Casting off both shoulders


Experienced or a beginner,  this course is designed to focus on casting and fishing, utilising Ian’s wide knowledge of both and covering tactics that will make you a better Salmon and Sea Trout Angler as well as a proficient caster. This is a small rod river with much focus on today's popular rod lengths of rods between 11' and 13'6".


Over the 3 days we will look at the following - 

• Casting off the opposite shoulder - Why?
• The principles of casting with sunk lines and sink tips. Tactics - Why?
• Teaching you to Fault Find.
• How to fish a typical pool with the floating line.
• Lunch at the hut.
• Hooking, Playing, and Landing fish – The theory!
• Instruction and practice followed by a couple of hours of actual fishing in order to be able to relax and practice the techniques learned during the day.
• Knots, How to tie flies and leaders. 

• Those Residential Casting and Fishing courses give everyone lots of time for casting/fishing/tackle theory with questions and answers. Although light-hearted, those sessions I find invaluable in the overall development of individual understanding.


Early Salmon tend to run to the middle and upper reaches of the Deveron at this time and is the first weeks of the season where, given good conditions [Water levels] there is a chance of a fish. 

Our bespoke fishing and learning packages are designed to suit individual requirements and expectations.

Contact Me Here 

Unfortunately there is no dogs in the Lodge but there are Kennels and dogs are welcome in the Annexe.

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