I grew up in Cornwall where, like many boys of my age, I was inspired by Bernard Venables’ book ‘Mr Crabtree Goes Fishing’ to take up the sport. I fished on the moors for wild brown trout and when I moved to Scotland in my early twenties, I fished its lochs, rivers and streams. I’ve been fortunate enough to have fished in Norway and, more recently, in Bosnia. I now live in Oxfordshire and if I’m not at home, can be found fishing for trout and grayling in the heart of the Cotswolds.
A horticulturalist by profession, I have a strong interest in the wider context of angling such as wildlife and conservation. For several years I have undertaken a monthly invertebrate survey on the Coln, reporting to the River Fly Partnership and Environment Agency.
My interest in fly-tying started when I was a young lad working in a fishing tackle shop but I didn’t take it up more seriously until around 6 years ago when I joined the Thames Valley Fly Dressers Guild. At the FDG I’ve made many friends and as well as having been invited to demonstrate at various events. Under the umbrella of the Guild I have tied at the BFFI, Sportfish Show, various game fairs and more recently RHUG Country Fair.
I am on the Deer Creek pro-tying team.
As a passionate angler myself, I am keen to see fishing thrive and I try to put something back into the sport: I’ve run fly-tying workshops in Cirencester for Trouthouse Fishery and recently qualified as an Angling Trust Level 1 Coach.
I’m predominantly interested in catching trout and grayling and so most of the patterns I tie are small flies using cdc patterns.