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 horticulturist 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 and have just undertaken a course identifying invertebrates down to species level.
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. Over the last year, I have been very fortunate to have tied at the Irish Fly Fair, the BFFI. The London Fly Fair, Sportfish and RHUGG Country Fair in Wales. That said, I am absolutely thrilled and honoured to be tying again at this years 9th Irish Fly Fair in Galway. Such a great show and the people are just amazing.
I am on the Deer Creek pro-tying team and seeing as I only tie on Partridge of Redditch hooks, I am delighted that I participate in the Partridge of Redditch Commercial Programme.
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.