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Jo Stephenson - England

Jo Stephenson IFF 2019

Jo Stephenson Pike Flies

Jo Stephenson IFF 2019

Jo Stephenson IFF 2019

My introduction to fishing was with lure fishing for pike when I was 17, it was a way to spend time with my boyfriend! My love for fishing grew when we travelled for a year and planned our trip around fish we could catch. It was whilst I was in New Zealand where I discovered fly tying and fly fishing and that’s where a real passion developed. In my home county I fish for pike, perch and chub from kayak in my local rivers and bass from our beautiful coastline.

I have developed my tying skills over the years and now focus mainly on predator and saltwater flies. I work primarily but not exclusively with natural materials as I just love the movement and profile they provide.
My passion for predators and saltwater fishing has allowed me to guide on my local rivers and I have hosted trips to Belize and Christmas Island. Additionally, I hold my L2 coaching certificate through the Angling Trust which I hope to use to introduce more people to discover this challenging yet rewarding sport which I am so privileged to be a part of.

In 2015 I was selected to compete in the BBC 2 fishing competition Earths Wildest Waters: The Big Fish. The competition took me to fishing destinations all over the world and I battled all the way to the semi-finals.
For two seasons I managed a salmon lodge in northern Norway which was an amazing experience and incredibly hard work. In between looking after all the guests, I was able to develop my own salmon fishing abilities and take advantage of the awesome saltwater fishing available. I hold the Norwegian record for fly caught Halibut at 44kg, one of my proudest achievements in fishing.

I am really looking forward to returning to the Irish Fly Fair this year to see all of the amazing fly tying and casting talent and feel honoured to be asked to be among them.
Jo Stephenson salmon IFF 2019

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