Below you will find a selection of some of my testimonials.  I would love to hear your feedback so please feel free to contact me

I was able to book Robbie through Scottish Borders Fly Fishing for a days tuition on the River Whiteadder which is a tributary of the River Tweed in the Scottish Borders.  As a fairly experienced still water fly fisher I was keen to hone my skills on rivers and I must say that I was pleased to have booked with Robbie for the day.
I found him approachable , knowledgeable and very detailed in his coaching style which I found excellent. He provided a good lunch and refreshments that we enjoyed together on the beautiful river bank with Robbie sharing some of his life stories for entertainment. 
Robbie is a great man with a life’s experience of river fly fishing and I was very happy that I was able to learn from him and gain that extra bit of knowledge that I needed to improve my river fly fishing skills.
The entomology, river craft and various fly fishing styles have opened my eyes to the way I approach the this side of the sport 
Thanks for a fantastic day Robbie and next time I’m in in your neck of the woods I hope to have the opportunity to again wet a line with you.
Tight lines 
Nick Bull

Dear Robbie,

I cannot thank you enough. You go above and beyond my expectations, be it for Knowledge and Passion for your sport or simply working so hard to teach.

I have learned so much on and off the water with you. Your infectious love of Fly Fishing creates two questions for every one answered.

Not a bad thing.

David Forgeron St. Catherines.   Ontario.  Canada


I just wanted to thank you very much for Callum’s lesson. He enjoyed himself so much and learnt more than he can remember!!

Sara Barcham.



Robbie has been of considerable help to the Tweed Foundation and has assisted us with many aspects of our studies into the Whiteadder Trout and Grayling, always contributing enthusiasm and support as well as good old fashioned hard work. He has assisted with Invertebrate Sampling, Electro Fishing and Stream Renovation. We have no doubt that the health of the Whiteadder’s fish populations are of great importance to him.

His considerable fishing skills and experience have proven particularly useful for our tagging and scale sampling studies where angling is the only method which can be used to catch fish. Without Robbie’s ability to catch fish in even the toughest conditions our sample size for such studies would be considerably smaller.

Kenny Galt,   Tweed Trout & Grayling Biologist


Hi Robbie,

A big thank you for the one to one tuition you gave me, invaluable in getting me off to a good start, and already I can see an improvement in my skills.  Having only just started to fish recently, we began with a casting lesson, and then spent 4 hours on  the River Whiteadder, concentrating on up stream fishing techniques.  We covered Czech, French and European nymphing,  then dry and wet fly methods. This produced good results , and I caught several brown trout.

Your knowledge of the rivers gave me a good insight into the importance of river craft. I am now more able to ‘read’ the river. You also introduced me to entomology, essential when trying to match the fly to the hatch.  We then spent half a day at Coldingham Loch boat fishing, learning boat handling skills, fishing from an anchored boat and also drifting.  We fished with both floating and sinking lines, different types of leaders and fly patterns. Again this produced good results, catching 3 rainbow trout.

Once I have had time to practice, I will be back to learn more from you.

Thanks again.

John Harrison


Hi Gareth & Carmel ,

I would like to thank you for a fantastic welcome and all the help and advice. A very enjoyable stay.  

I would also like to mention Robbie who I asked to coach me on my fly fishing skills ( limited)

He talked, showed me tackle, and tactics.

He was able to improve my fishing greatly from not knowing what tactics to use when the fishing was hard to catching 11 rainbows in one day as well as missing many takes.  So thank you Robbie.

You can teach an old dog new tricks 
Many thanks

Ian Anderson (Coldingham Guest)


Thank-you for your generous offer to serve as our coach for the WFFC in Norway next summer. I’m very excited and sincerely looking forward to the time that we’ll be spending together in Norway (both on and off the water). I’m certain that your years of coaching and experiences in the world of competitive fly fishing will be invaluable for our team’s efforts at Norway’s WFFC, and ultimately, the key to our success. Thanks again for stepping forward and being such a loyal friend to the Canadian teams!

Todd Oishi        (Canadian World Team Member and former Canadian National Champion)

Hi Robbie

Thanks for yesterday on the River Whiteadder. I really enjoyed it and you were very patient.
I will be trying some of the techniques you showed me when I get on the Wear at Finchale.
Geoff Dowsett
Many thanks for the fine photos of the Loch, and for a memorable and enjoyable day.The trout is now resting in the fridge, ready to be served up for dinner on Friday evening!With best wishesPeter