I’m 33 and from Huddersfield West Yorkshire I’ve been fishing since the age of 8 when I was taken pike fishing by my dad’s friend guess the love of pike all stemmed from the first childhood memory of fishing.
I’ve fished most styles but found my love for fly fishing approximately 6yrs ago as I’d never caught a grayling and wanted to catch one on a fly rod, in between getting to the river I tied a monstrosity of a lure (if it could be called that) and went out targeting perch, low and behold I caught a 2lb perch within the first several casts.
I’ve always made my own tackle through whichever branch of the sport I’ve persued be it jerk baiting for pike with airbrushed lumps of wood or delicately whipped floats for trotting on the river, I found myself obsessed with tying flies though pike flies, nymphs and dries to start with although I only really tie nymphs and dries to refill spaces in my box from lost flies these days.
Now I just tie pike flies and trout streamers and came up with what is now known as Martins minnow after appearing in an article in total fly fisher last spring, I was possibly one of the first to tie baitfish patterns on jig hooks with slotted tungsten beads, things progressed and I ended up selling them for a bit of pocket money and donating a few here and there.
Earlier this year I was invited to join the funky fly tying team and jumped at the chance as I’d been using funky fibre since before Toby had a website, the invite to join the bug bond team followed shortly after and again I was more than happy to be on 2 teams with products I believe in.
I’ve just recently added a couple of step by step videos onto YouTube which have been accepted well with positive comments as I’ve no editing software and they were done on my phone I had to try communicate with the viewer for the full process. I tie allsorts of pike flies from baitfish to big streamers through to stacked deer hair mice and frogs then trout streamers from my simple minnow pattern through to the current trend of large articulated streamers and have good success on the rivers.