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My Mission

To provide a bespoke service tailored exactly to my client's needs, to do everything within my ability to ensure that they receive excellent value for money, to ensure they have a great experience, and to make sure that my clients show great improvement in both knowledge and ability without realising they were learning at all!

About Me

There are casters and there are teachers. My qualifications and experience demonstrate that I can teach fly fishing successfully at the highest level, and being passionate about fly fishing and teaching means that I'm passionate about passing my knowledge on to you.

My experience includes over 4 years as the Lead Instructor at Sportfish (Reading), Britain's leading fly fishing outfitters, where I provided instruction for up to 30 people a day, ran fly fishing courses, fly tying courses and guiding for individuals or groups at stillwaters or famous rivers, provided corporate entertainment and offered casting demonstrations for groups or at large events.

Now that I work independently, I am able to offer a wider range of services with more flexibility and a bespoke programme.

I hold the APGAI (Advanced Professional Game Angling Instructor) qualification in trout and the AAPGAI (Association of Advanced Professional Game Angling Instructors) advanced certificate in salmon. This is the highest standard of fly fishing qualification, it is both rigorous and exhaustive, and the standard is continuously upheld. I am immensely proud to hold these qualifications, and by having these qualifications you can be assured that my instruction and guiding will be of the absolute highest standard possible.

I have a degree in Natural Sciences, so my knowledge of watercraft, ecology, oceanography, science and nature will have that added element of depth and understanding.

Further Details:

  • Public liability insurance
  • Licensed sports coach
  • CRB checked by the police
  • Trained and cleared by the NSPCC to work with children
  • Qualified first aider
  • 30 years fly fishing experience
  • Professional instructor since 2003

I am enthusiastic, professional and have been told I am an excellent teacher by many of my clients. I hope I can teach you too.

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