My interest in fishing started as a child on the Hythe military canal. My introduction into fly-fishing started much later during a holiday to Scotland; the rented cottage on Loch Shiel came with a boat and an opportunity to try and catch brown trout on a fly. The local gillie sold me some Bloody Butchers and after a lot of time, luck and a very poor casting technique I managed to catch a small trout. That was the beginning of my passion for fly fishing.

On returning home, a friend arranged a few fishing trips to Bewl Water and Lake Down. I was eager to learn but unfortunately it became apparent that my mentor who had years of experience had limited knowledge. It was at this point that I started reading books, magazines and talking to others anglers asking them for their advice.

I do not proclaim to be the best or most knowledgeable fly fisherman in the world (I am still learning), but what limited knowledge I have I pass on freely to anyone who has just started fly fishing, interested or keen to learn. Tight lines!


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