I have fished since I was 10, so 63 years now, and since 1972 have been professionally involved in fly fishing. First as a Fly Tying Instructor, then as a River Keeper, Casting Instructor and Guide. I have also been active in Fly Fishing Tackle Retail for over 20 years. I hold the APGAI qualifications in Single Handed Casting, Double Handed Casting and Fly Dressing. I also hold a Level 2 Coaching Certificate. I have run trout, salmon and coarse fisheries in England and have set up and run a wild brown trout hatchery to help restore a stream seriously damaged by drought and abstraction. In recent years I worked first as a Casting Instructor for Sportfish in England and then as a fly fishing guide on the Limestone streams of Derbyshire as well as Carsington Water. I have two books already published. I have regularly written for Emap/Bauer publications over the years, in particular Trout and Salmon and Practical Gamefisher and have produced three well received fly tying videos. Hopefully I will be producing more in the near future. Because of my work on the Trout streams of England I am best known for my river fly patterns, especially my 'Hatch Stage' Dry Mayflies and small stonefly patterns but I tie all styles of fly from Classic Salmon flies to Salt water flies. I am currently living near Galway and getting to know the fantastic wild Brown trout of Corrib and Carra.
An introduction to the basic tools and techniques in Fly Tying.
Devaux style Green Peter
Step by step tying of the Devaux style Green Peter caddis with CdeC body and underwing. Tied on a size 10 dry fly hook rather than a long shank hook to keep down the weight the fly has a long wing and is designed to sit on the CdeC wing which represents the rear half of the body. The tying thread should be either Olive or Burnt Orange flat thread such as UTC or Petitjean rather than a round Uni-thread type.
Body: Dark Olive green CdeC
Underwing: Dark olive green CdeC
Overwing: Mallard duck flank feather
Thorax: Fiery brown Hares fur mix
The Hatching Mayfly
Step by step instructions in tying my own Hatching Mayfly. This fly is my go to pattern at the start of the Mayfly hatch and it has caught literally thousands of trout over the last 30 years, both for myself and those I have tied it for.