Find your inner peace
Fly-f ishing has become a signif icant part of my life, so much so that my wife and I now run a successful f ly and tackle business so I never escape it. That’s just a small part of it. What drives me to get up to go fishing? What keeps me awake all night before any f ishing trip even after nearly 40 years? It 's extremely hard to explain. It started when I was young and I used to go f ly-f ishing with my dad. We holidayed on the River Spey in Scotland and it was there that the love of nature was instilled. Yes, I am extremely competitive in f ly-f ishing but with f ishing you get to appreciate natural surroundings. I’ve been lucky to travel the world and see some amazing sights. At my local Rutland Water, it’s abundant with wildlife. From ospreys diving to catch a f ish to hearing small nightingales’ creative tunes as they sing their hearts out in the peninsula woods. It 's these things that I believe would help so many of today’s children who are often locked in front of televisions or computer games. With f ly-f ishing ever y thing is at hand. That anticipation of the line tightening in your tensed-up f ingertips is something I can’t explain but avid f ly f isherman will know exactly what I mean. It 's an art to cast a f ly to a trout and catch it. The art of f ly-f ishing can be done from lake shores, drifting boats, rivers, the sea, it can be done on any water and for any species. It 's a sport where you build friendships quickly. Catch loads of f ish and anglers will come and speak to you about your secrets. Don't catch many f ish and someone will likely come and help you. It 's a passionate sport where you’ll grow a circle of friends who share your same passion. I've competed for England across the globe and there's not many continents where I wouldn't have a bed for the night, all this just from f ly-f ishing. I started as just a typical boy who wanted to go f ishing. I used to catch eels, perch and pike from a local river. This progressed to f ly-f ishing as this was my dad’s passion and at weekends we’d often go. I progressed and was spotted by England legend Brian Thomas who now lives in the Orkney Isles. He entered me into the England Youth Championships and I progressed from there to be the individual World Fly Fishing Champion in 2009. This sport is special. You’ll be close to nature; it 's a great escape in this ‘rat race’ of life; it brings lifelong friendships but most importantly it brings self-satisfaction, inner peace and an exhilarating passion for the sport. Our numbers are dropping. It 's too easy to place a child in front of a screen and as many trout f isheries close the nearest one can be far away as opposed to a local river where children can coarse f ish. We can all do our part. Take your child and one of his friends f ly-f ishing. Take a friend or another family member and help transfer this passion and you’ll make friends for life.
“The anticipation of the line tightening in your tensed-up finger tips is something I can’t explain...”