I have been a fisherman all my life and a fly angler for nearly 25 years.
I began fly fishing at Barn Elms reservoir in West London and progressed via small stillwaters to the large reservoirs, becoming a successful competition angler
I then moved on to the challenge of chalkstreams before fishing further afield in many “destination fisheries” including Alaska, Chile, Argentina, California, The Bahamas and Florida. I fish for trout at least twice a week in the season and also hunt Pike on the local stretches of the River Thames.
I started tying my own flies some 20 years ago. I was self taught and quickly realised the value of good instruction and how scarce it was so became an Instructor under the S and TA STANIC banner, later becoming part of GAIA. Since then I have taught privately and also in Adult education at my local college.
My favourite flies are Chalkstream dries and Irish Loch flies but I love tying all styles and regularly tie Saltwater, Salmon and Pike flies too.
I am a member of the Fly Dressers Guild and chairman of the Surrey branch,
I have been a Whiting Pro team tier since 2005, I am a member of the newly formed e Partridge Pro team, I am also on the pro tiers team for Nymph head products of the United States and recently joined the “Bug Bond” team too.
I give regular talks at Fishing clubs and branches of the Fly Dressers Guild.
I have been guiding on Bewl water, Farmoor and to a lesser extent on the southern Chalkstreams, where I take anglers to the public stretches such as Wherwell on the Test and the Lower Itchen fishery. I also run or help out at corporate days on local waters.
I regularly demonstrate fly tying at shows in the UK and abroad and was in Holland for the Dutch fly show over the May bank holiday weekend In July I got To go the Irish fly fair at Killyleagh and then will finish the year after BFFI at the Somerset ,New Jersey, Fly tying Symposium
I am looking forwards to helping out any tier who has a problem with any aspect of their tying. Feel free to ask any questions, there are no silly questions and I’ll try not to give any silly answers, If I don’t know how to solve your problem, I bet I know someone who can.