Some of you may have met me at the British Fly Fair International, The Spring Flyfishing Show, at The Fly Dressers' Guild evenings, or perhaps at a European or American fly show. Others of you may have fished with or against me on the riverbank, lakeside or more likely in a boat during the “Loch Style” competition season, or in friendly outings run by clubs like Fishing For Fun.
I’ve been fishing for as long as I can remember and flyfishing for over 25 years. The world of flyfishing fascinates me, and as family and friends will testify, I’ll take every opportunity to fish for trout, salmon or other species, on rivers, lakes, reservoirs, or the sea, in the UK or other parts of the world ...
Fly tying was a logical progression from flyfishing, so I started tying flies almost as soon as I began to flyfish, learning from books and from exchanging ideas with other fly tiers. I really enjoy the challenge of developing and tying new patterns, and then making sure they work. Well, you have to, don’t you?
I am a current Level 2 coach in Game and Coarse fishing, An Angling trust and Professional Anglers Association coach and a member of the Game Anglers Instructors association. This means I am fully insured and licensed to coach all ages and am available for individual group or corporate sessions.
In 2006, Whiting Farms signed me up as a member of their Fly Tying Pro Team, giving me access to some fantastic materials which I hope to be able to share with you from time to time.
In addition, in May 2010 I completed the Orvis-endorsed fly fishing guides course at Clearwater Lodge in California, USA.
Since retiring from the Metropolitan Police in 2008 after 33 years of service, I’m able to dedicate more time to fishing and flytying, and would be more than happy to share my experiences with you. So if you’re interested, do please get in touch.