I started tying my own flies some 30 years ago. I was self taught and quickly realised the value of good instruction and how scarce it was, so after a few years I became an Instructor under the Salmon and Trout association STANIC banner, later becoming part of GAIA. I am currently licensed coach for Angling trust and the Professional Anglers Association offering classes in trout fishing, coarse fishing and of course fly tying. I also help run my local Fly dressers guild tying classes.
My favourite flies to tie are Chalkstream dries and Irish Lough flies, but I enjoy tying all styles and regularly tie Saltwater, Salmon and Pike flies too. I travel the world tying flies and regularly demonstrate in Europe and the United States. This year I will be tying in Germany, The Netherlands, Italy and of course the UK.
I am the General Secretary and a life member of the Fly Dressers Guild, and part of the editorial team of Flydresser magazine writing articles on classic flies and famous fly tyers.
I have been on several pro teams but now limit myself to representing Partridge hooks and Regal vices.
I always enjoy shows in the Netherlands and look forwards to catching up with old friends and new.