I live in a village in West Wales called Talybont, seven miles from Aberystwyth. The Snowdonia National Park lies only a few miles to the north and the Cambrian Mountains begin almost on my doorstep - both areas are peppered with wild brown trout waters - some large and some small, some good and some bad - but all I require to go fishing.
I was born in Aberfeldy in Scotland and have been fishing for well over sixty years. Apart from the odd fish for the dinner plate, I fished solely for pleasure for many years until, in the early 1980's I was invited to join a local angling club. There, I gradually became involved in competitive matches at both National and International level.
During the last thirty odd years I have been heavily involved in all aspects of competitive angling in the UK and Ireland. I first represented my adopted country Wales in an International match in 1988 and have been a regular member of the Welsh Loch-Style fishing teams during the four decades since.
I captained the Welsh team in 2003 on what would sadly prove to be the last international match ever to be fished on Loch Leven, the most iconic wild brown trout fishery in the world - Scotland hang your head in shame! In 1996 I was a member of the Welsh World Championships team that fished on Loughs Corrib and Mask and finished in silver medal position. I was also nominated for Welsh Sports Performance Coach of the Year in 2007 during the five year period I coached the Welsh Senior Loch-Style Teams. I was elected to serve as Chairman of the Welsh Salmon and Trout Angling Association for two years, 2012 and 2013 and also during 2013 I had the honour of being President of the International Fly Fishing Association.
My first love is to fish and tie flies that catch me truly wild brown trout. Ireland is my favourite fishing country - just to drift the Great Western Loughs such as Corrib, Mask and Conn, to my mind, represents the ultimate challenge to the wild trout angler.
During the last ten years or so I have written over one hundred features for numerous fly fishing magazines in the UK and Ireland. My personal method and style of tying traditional wet flies has been much influenced by the writing of Dr, E. J. Malone and Tommy Hanna and the obsessive self belief that the use of mobile hen hackles in their construction helps create a more lifelike and effective wet fly. I regularly demonstrate my fly tying methods and techniques at many of the major international shows, such as the BFFI and the Irish Fly Fair at Galway and at many clubs on the FDG circuit in the UK. For the last few years I have held a consultancy position with Fulling Mill and have tied and provided fly patterns for inclusion in their competiitive catalogue. I also demonstrate regularly for Venniards, the major fly tying material supplier in Europe.
I am the self published author of the highly acclaimed, best selling book on Classic Loch-Style Wet Flies "At The End of the Line", launched at the Irish Fly Fair in Galway in 2016.