I was a relative late starter to fishing at the age of 15 when a group of us at school decided that the new cool fad was trout fishing. This was with trotted worms or Mepps spinners in my local Rivers Irvine and Annick, which contained a mix of stocked and wild brown trout.
It wasn’t until I had completed my studies in Quantity Surveying that I turned my attentions to competition fishing. This began with my local Dreghorn Angling Club, where I became the first angler in its’ 30-year history to win the Dunlop Cup with the fly, whilst competing against bait fishers and spinners in the first few weeks of the season. This success was replicated a few seasons later with me becoming Club Champion, all achieved with the fly.
Local club success allowed me to enter National competitions and in 2000 I had my first taste of International competing at the Home International Rivers Championship on the Welsh Dee.
Rivers are my passion, whether that be watching my dry fly like a hawk for that emerging nose or nymphing with a 3-weight rod in the fast stuff. The Tummel, the Tay and the Clyde are amongst my favourite rivers to fish and both Loch Leven and Lake of Menteith are amongst my favourite still waters.
I have been a part of Scotland International teams on 10 occasions with 4 of these at Commonwealth championships. My highlights are being in 3 Gold winning Scottish Teams, the most notable in New Zealand in 2008 and a very hard-fought Team Silver in Canada in 2016. From 8th place with a session to go, to second was a good feeling!