I started fly fishing at the age of 14, stopped and returned to my love of fly-fishing after 20 years.My passion is for river fly-fishing, particularly dry fly, using imitative patterns (I often fish with CdC flies as small as size 30). Grayling are my favourite fish. I am obsessed by the search for perfect presentation of the fly, which is why I am an avid Tenkara addict. Presentation is the reason that in 2012 I became fascinated by the Italian Style of casting. I  am also passionate about protecting our rivers and am a member of the Wild Trout Trust, Grayling Society, Yorkshire Wild Life Trust and am 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. I am vice chairman of the Pickering Fishery Association and chairman of the East Yorkshire Fly Dressers club. I also regularly write articles for Fly Fishing and Fly Tying Magazine and the Grayling Society Magazine.
I have fished all over the world; Austria, Slovenia, Belgium, Sweden, Poland, New Zealand, USA and Canada. I am proud and very honoured to have become a Basic Level Instructor with FFM in November 2013.

My Dad took me on my first fishing trip before I was old enough to attend school. As a teenager I had a go and became addicted to fly fishing. Happily I not found a cure for my addiction and enjoy all aspects of the sport. About 10 years ago I became interested in Italian style casting. When I realised that FFM would be demonstrating the style in Yorkshire I made it my business to attend.  I am glad that I did. Apart from casting, I tie my own flies , help with improvement works, as well as carrying out insect monitoring for the worlds oldest angling society – Salford Friendly Anglers Society. I am a member of several other angling clubs. I enjoy sharing my passion for all things associated with fly fishing and cane rods – which contrary to popular belief are not expensive.


Massimo is  one of the most talented fly fishermen in Italy. He  was a student of Roberto Pragliola with his thirty years of experience 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.​

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​​Phillip Bailey

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.

I was born and raised in the North West of Italy very close to the mountain streams of the Alps. My father was a rod builder and a fly fishing shop owner. I cast my first fly rod at the age of 10..
After chasing trout and grayling in the boulder strewn rivers of Northern Italy for almost  decades I then moved to Scotland. The Clyde, Tummel and Tweed became my fly fishing playground. After several memorable years I then moved to East Yorkshire, which is what I call home nowadays. Pickering Beck, Rye and Yorkshire Dove have now been my home waters for 5 years and the fishing can range from very good to spectacular. My passion is river fishing for trout and grayling with wee dries.