Ians Dad took him on his first fishing trip before he was old enough to attend school. As a teenager he had a go at and became addicted to fly fishing. Happily he didn't find a cure for his addiction and now enjoys all aspects of the sport. About 10 years ago he became interested in Italian style casting. When he realised that FFM would be demonstrating the style in Yorkshire he made it his business to attend. He's glad that he did. Apart from casting, he ties his own flies, helps with fishery improvement works, as well as carrying out insect monitoring for the worlds oldest angling society – Salford Friendly Anglers Society. He's also a member of several other angling clubs. He enjoys sharing his passion for all things associated with fly fishing and cane rods – which contrary to popular belief are not expensive.
Philip has fly fished for over 30 years on the Australian mainland, Tasmania, New Zealand, Canada, USA and the United Kingdom. He is a former guide in Tasmania where he specialised in wilderness fishing for wild brown trout. As an accomplished fly tier, he has become hooked on the traditional fly patterns made famous by the North Country School of fly fishermen in England. He is the author of “The little book on how to fish traditional hackled flies” which he self-published.
Philip was the inaugural President of the Australian Trout Foundation, a past president of the Victorian Fly Fishers Association and Council of Fly Fishers in Australia. He represented trout fishermen on a Victorian Government Working Body to overhaul the management of recreational angling and the formation of a new Peak body. He has received various awards for his services to both fly-fishing and recreational angling while living in Victoria.
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Manu was born and raised in the North West of Italy very close to the mountain streams of the Alps where he cast his first fly at the age of 10. His father was a rod builder and a fly fishing shop owner.
After chasing trout and grayling in the boulder strewn rivers of Northern Italy for almost two decades he then moved to Scotland. The Clyde, Tummel and Tweed became his fly fishing playground. After several memorable years he then moved to East Yorkshire, which he now considers to be his home. Pickering Beck, the Rye and the Yorkshire Dove have now become his home waters for the last 5 years where the fishing can range from being very good to spectacular. His passion is river fishing for trout and grayling with wee dries.
Massimo is one of the most talented fly fishermen in Italy. He was a student of Roberto Pragliola before developing his own style of Italian Casting. With his thirty years of experience Massimo has become a point of reference in fly casting in Italy and abroad. He collaborates with some of the most important Italian fishing magazines like Fly Fishing, Fly Line and Pescare. He has written a book called “Torrenti & Dry Fly” a book on dry fly fishing in small streams, which comes with a tuition DVD.
He has also published other videos like: “The Italian Casting Technique” a real visual manual on casting; “Specific Casts for Fly Fishing; and, “Casting, Flies and Strategy. He has recently produced the English version of the DVD “La tecnica di Lancio italiana” – “The Italian Casting Technique” that is very successful among British fly fishermen.
Today Massimo is a technical consultant and marketing spokesperson for many rod manufacturers for whom he has designed various pieces of equipment.
Dave started fly fishing at the age of 14, stopped and returned to his love of fly-fishing after 20 years. His passion is for river fly-fishing, particularly dry fly, using imitative patterns (He often fishes with CdC flies as small as size 30). Grayling are his favourite fish. He is obsessed by the search for perfect presentation of the fly, which is why he is an avid Tenkara addict. Presentation is the reason that in 2012 he became fascinated by the Italian Style of casting. Dave is also passionate about protecting our rivers and is a member of the Wild Trout Trust, Grayling Society, Yorkshire Wild Life Trust and a trustee of the East Yorkshire Rivers Trust and local coordinator for the River Flies Monitoring Initiative for which trained angler-entomologists sample their home rivers every month to check the health of the water. He is vice chairman of the Pickering Fishery Association and chairman of the East Yorkshire Fly Dressers club. He also regularly write articles for Fly Fishing and Fly Tying and the Grayling Society Magazines.
Dave has fished all over the world; Austria, Slovenia, Belgium, Sweden, Poland, New Zealand, USA and Canada. Dave is proud and very honoured to have become a Basic Level Instructor with FFM in November 2013.