The Authors

Brian Chan

Brian Chan is a professional fisheries biologist a member of the Freshwater Fisheries Society of British Columbia, a fly fishing author, video producer and lecturer.

Jonathan Boulton

Jonathan has a double Major in Zoology and Geography and has been involved in eco-tourism and conservation management in South Africa and Botswana for many years. After working as the Estate Manager at Walkersons Country Manor and Millstream in Dullstroom, Mpumalanga, he started his own Flyfishing Consultancy.

Theo Pike

Theo is a Trustee of the Wandle Trust taking a lead in restoring South London’s River Wandle. He’s also Senior Vice President of the Wandle Piscators fishing club, and can be contacted via his website at

Ian Colin James

Ian was the first certified instructor and full time guide on the Grand River, and has been guiding for over 30 years. He is the author of The Bestseller: Fumbling with a Flyrod and is the resident tying expert on the TV show: The New Fly Fisher.

Bruce Sandison

Bruce is a writer and journalist and author of nine books, including the definitive anglers’ guide, The Rivers and Lochs of Scotland. He has contributed to most angling magazines over the years and his work has also appeared in a wide range of UK newspapers and journals, and on BBC radio and television.

Rabbi Eric Eisenkramer

Rabbi Eric Eisenkramer is the author of the blog, The Fly Fishing Rabbi, It contains musings about trout, God and all things Jewish, updated weekly. When not on the cold water streams searching for trout, Rabbi Eisenkramer is the associate Rabbi at North Shore Synagogue. He lives with his wife in Queens, New York.

Peter Smitham

Peter is a key member of a team working to support residents of a muinicapal residencial care home. Besides work he’s been an angler for over forty years, fly fishing for nearly thirty of them, and making trips all over the British Isles.

Tim Holschlag

Tim Holschlag is a long time writer and angling instructor specializing in smallmouth bass. Tim has over 40 years of smallmouth experience – “he’s explored and fished more bronzeback water than virtually any other angler”. He runs the fly-fishing school Smallmouth

Sue Macniven

Sue Macniven is an Advanced Professional Game Angling Instructor teaching and guiding fly fishers in the UK and Norway.

Peter Arfield

Peter is an Advanced Professional Game Angling Instructor based in the Peak District National Park, UK. He owns and operates Bakewell Fly Fishing Shop, and runs Derwent Valley Fly Fishing Tuition.

Andrew Petherick

Andrew Petherick has had various professional roles in the fly fishing industry. He has been European Sales Manager for Cortland Line Company, was the founding editor, and later a writer for, Today’s Fly Fisher. He is a traveled and experienced fly-fisher and photographer.

Kevin Cornell

Kevin Cornell is a leading illustrator and designer based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His article here at FFR, first published on his website in January 2007, is published here with the authors permission.

Raif Killips

Raif is the editor of Fly Fishers’ Republic. He’s been fly-fishing and tying for over thirty years now. His home waters are the clear streams of the Peak District National Park, and the reservoirs of the Midlands, UK.

Mathew McHugh

Mathew is founder of Fly Odyssey a UK based fly fishing travel agency specialising in unique fly fishing adventures throughout the world. A trained aquatic biologist Mathew has spent years fly fishing the fresh and saltwaters of New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific and is now combining his passions for fly fishing, travel and conservation by helping fly anglers find their ideal fly fishing destinations.

Norm Crisp

Norm is owner and head guide of Stream Side Adventures. Stream Side Adventures guides in the North Platte River Valley under terms of special use permits issued by the Medicine Bow National Forest and the Rawlins District of the Bureau of Land Management. For more information about Stream Side Adventures and Wyoming fishing Norm’s website.

Peter McLeod

Peter has had a fly rod in his hand since he was seven years old. After working in the tackle industry during school holidays in his mid teens, he became a salmon fishing guide in Norway for Roxton Bailey Robinson until leaving university. He joined Frontiers International in February 2000 where he remained for the next five years. For twenty years Peter has fished extensively around the globe including Argentina, Belize, Mexico, Bahamas, Russia, Norway, Iceland, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Seychelles, Mozambique, Botswana, Zambia, Namibia and Cuba. His passion for fly fishing, tackle, techniques and overflowing enthusiasm for this sport is without limit. He now runs Aardvark McLeod.

Jerry Giles

Jerry Giles fishes with the Fly Fishers of North West Florida.


Steve Yeomans

Steve’s fly fishing passion is for stalking sighted fish on lakes and rivers. He believes that this style of fishing provides the greatest thrill and challenge modern fly fishers can experience.