Has fished for over fifty years. Born in Scotland, he began his fly fishing life on the River Tay before moving to Wales in the late 1970s. About thirty years ago he became involved in competition fly fishing with the highly successful Llanilar Angling Association.
During the last three decades he has represented Wales in numerous International Loch Style matches, the highlights being winning a team silver medal in the World Championships in Ireland and captaining the Welsh team in 2003 at the last International match ever to be fished on Loch Leven. While still competing, he has also held the position of Coach to the Welsh Senior teams for the last four years. He was nominated as Performance Coach of the year in 2007 at the Welsh Sports Awards in Cardiff following the success of the National teams.
If he no longer went fishing, George say’s he would be just as happy tying flies. He prefers to tie in the Traditional style using fur and feather in the time honoured way. He writes regular monthly articles on fishing and fly-tying for the popular FF&FT magazine and Field Sport’s Quarterly. He also ties around the FDG circuit and at the many Fly Fairs in the UK and in Ireland in particular, where there is still a huge interest in traditional fly tying methods.
At the British Fly Fair this year he will be demonstrating and simplifying the mysteries of how to cloak Dabbler wings and how to incorporate modern materials into traditional patterns. More importantly he say’s, he will be looking forward to meeting again with the band of International Tyers at this years show, meeting friends old and new and hopefully not breaking too many threads.