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Chris Reeves - England

 

I have been a fisherman all my life and a fly angler for almost 25 years.
I began fly fishing at Barn Elms reservoir in West London and progressed via small stillwaters to the large reservoirs, where I fished many of the large competitions with some success.

I then moved on to the challenge of chalkstreams before I started  fishing further afield in many “destination fisheries” including Alaska, Chile, Argentina, California, The Bahamas and Florida. I fish for trout at least twice a week in the season and also hunt Pike on the local stretches of the River Thames. I still occasionally coarse fish at a local lake but fly fishing and fly tying are the real attraction. I now own a house in Florida and fish there as often as possible, the species may not be trout but at least it never snows!

I started tying my own flies some 30 years ago. I was self taught and quickly realised the value of good instruction and how scarce it was, so I became an Instructor under the Salmon and Trout association STANIC banner, later becoming part of GAIA. I am currently a member of the professional anglers association offering classes in trout fishing, coarse fishing and of course fly tying. Since then I have taught privately and also in Adult education courses at my local college. I am currently running a course at Hampton rugby Club in SW London. As well as teaching disadvantaged children to fish with Wandle Valley School.

My favourite flies to tie are Chalkstream dries and Irish Loch flies, but I enjoy tying all styles and regularly tie Saltwater, Salmon and Pike flies too.
I am a life member of the Fly Dressers Guild, currently the general secretary and also on the committee of the Surrey branch,
I have been a Whiting Pro team tier since 2005, I am a member of the Partridge Pro team, and demonstrate using their products.

I have just returned from trips to Tasmania (fishing) and Arkansas (Fly tying)  I always enjoy trips to Ireland especially Killyleagh and look forward to this event, meeting some great new friends and enjoying a Guiness or two.