About JT

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My life changed dramatically in the July of 1978 when my dad returned home from work one evening with a fly fishing rod for me. Later that summer, I caught my first trout on a Partridge and Orange on the River Wharfe at Bolton Abbey and was completely ‘hooked’ as surely as that little fish had been.

Since then my passion for fly fishing has taken me all over the world to a great variety of rivers, reservoirs, streams and lakes. I have fished throughout the UK and Ireland, across much of continental Europe (including France, Spain, Portugal, Slovakia, Poland, Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic) and as far a-field as Australia, the Bahamas and the USA.

In 1997 I entered my first fly fishing competition and in 1999 I qualified to fish for England in both Loch-Style and River Home Internationals. Since then I have represented England a total of fourteen times at home international level (3 loch-style; 11 rivers), four times in the European Fly Fishing Championships, eight times in the World Fly Fishing Championships (winning team bronze in 2014) and twice in the Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships (individual bronze and team silver 2012, team silver 2014).

I was captain of the England Rivers fly fishing team in 2003, 2006 and 2009 and have won the English National Rivers Championship an unprecedented six times. I was also International Rivers Champion in 2002.

Since 2004 I have been a full-time professional fly fishing guide and instructor, offering a variety of fly fishing-related services throughout the UK. Guiding services are provided on a wide variety of venues, from tiny streams to huge rivers, and small lakes to vast reservoirs.

I hold the Advanced Single Handed qualification from AAPGAI (The Association of Advanced Professional Game Angling Instructors).

I am a strong supporter of the various associations and societies which look after the fishing that I enjoy so much and I am a member of, among others, the Salmon and Trout Association, Angling Trust, Wild Trout Trust and Grayling Society.