Lucky 7 Mini Lure

This mini lure was shown to me in a boat match at Hanningfield water way back in the late 80’s. I was fishing with one of the guys from the Queen Mother reservoir and found myself losing ground badly as he caught a succession of fish on what was obviously an orange lure but of a pattern I didn’t know. Despite ringing the changes in my lure box none of my orange flies worked. Finally my boat partner took pity on me when I was 5 – 0 down and gave me one of his lures. Of course I...

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The Pardón De Meana and the feather of the Gallo de León by Luis Meana Baeza The Coq de León is well known to fly tiers as a bird that produces wonderfully stiff, well marked feathers that are mainly used for the tails of fine dry flies. This book will extend your knowledge of these feathers, the birds and the traditions surrounding their breeding and unique qualities. If that isn’t enough there are several step by step patterns demonstrating the traditional use of the feathers of the Gallo de León (the correct Spanish name for the bird) The author is a passionate angler from Asturias on the North coast of Spain, who has conducted...

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Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice and Arctic Char

Set apart from the rest of Europe at the edge of the Arctic circle, Iceland is a land of myth and saga, tales of trolls and ghosts abound.  Elves allegedly influence the daily lives of many Icelanders and these beliefs are no doubt reinforced during six long months of winter darkness.~ During the summer however, Iceland is full of colour and wonder.  Volcanic features dominate every inch of the landscape and glaciers sparkle in summer sunshine.  This unique geological combination also results in many rivers and lakes which hold trout, Arctic char and of course Atlantic salmon. Traditionally the...

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Clearwater lodge, Fall River Mills

This lodge is in one of the most beautiful and unspoilt parts of California. Easily accessible from San Francisco, Redding or Reno, and lodge is ideally situated amongst some of the best trout streams in the Western Rockies. I have no connection with the owners of this lodge but can highly recommend the food, accomodation and especially the fishing.   In their own words: Clearwater Lodge on the Pit River is a magnificent Arts and Crafts building completed in 1921. Using lava rock and clear fir from the surrounding forests, skilled craftsmen created a masterwork of lodge architecture unique...

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John Goddard: 1923 – 2012

John Goddard was an author , angler and prominent entomologist. His contribution to angler’s knowledge of insects and their representation is unique in Europe. Often jokingly referred to as “God”, John was a n early member and staunch supporter of the Fly Dressers Guild an association which he retained until his death. His books include:- His autobiography, The Passionate Angler, in 2008. His other books include Trout Flies of Stillwater (1969); Trout Flies of Britain & Europe (1991); John Goddard’s Trout Fishing Techniques (1996); Understanding Trout Behaviour (with Brian Clarke, 2001); Reflections of a Game Fisher (2002); and The...

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About Me

I am an all round angler and have fished for many different species all over the world . I regularly compete in coarse and fly fishing matches . I have over 50 years of fishing experience.

I’ve been tying flies and flyfishing for over 35 years and I’m hugely passionate and enthusiastic about both.

I am a Level 2 coach for Coarse angling

I hold the Level 2 coaching qualification for Game angling

I’m qualified as a GAIA Fly Tying instructor

I have also successfully completed a fly fishing guiding course at an Orvis endorsed lodge in the United States

Professional bodies
I am  a member of the Professional Anglers Association (PAA).

I am a member of the Angling Trust coach licence scheme

I am insured with the Angling Trust, under the Coach licence scheme.

I am also insured with the Professional Anglers Association

I hold a current First Aid certificate

I am DBS checked and have completed a Safeguarding course.