World Spey Casting Champion and Fishing Tackle innovator!
Ian began fly-fishing aged 8 and has spent most of his 50 years fishing and guiding on the River Spey and Deveron [Scotland] and has a huge passion for the sport. He comes from a long line of fly-fishers, with his Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather having an interest in the River Spey dating back to the 1860s.
Specialising in Double Handed Rods, particularly Spey casting, he is one of the world's most respected Spey Casting instructors, His comprehensive knowledge of the Double Handed rod not only comes three generations of salmon fishermen but a keen interest in Physics and biomechanics.
Success in winning numerous competitions, including the Musto in the UK and the Jimmy Green Spey O Rama in the US, is testimony not only to his ability as a caster but also as the designer of today’s most radical cutting and edge fishing tackle. He has a keen interest in physics which has led to his scientific approach to both casting tuition, as well as the design of fishing tackle. His radical design on the Carron Spey line has been copied by almost all good spey-lines over the last 20 years.
As well as an individual champion, he is also part of the current World Spey Championship Winning Team, designing the line used by everyone in that competition. He is currently involved with on-going design work on all double-handed rods, as well as lines for Hardy/Greys, designing their award-winning Zenith and Zephrus double-handed rods, and has been the company’s main consultant in this field since 2007.
He is proud of the fact his teaching has helped raise the benchmark and understanding of Spey casting, with students from Europe, USA and Japan all benefiting from his simple approach to both teaching and demonstrating.
He runs a fishing school on the river Spey, teaching all aspects of fly-fishing as well as ecology and heritage of the River Spey. He also organises and hosts fishing trips and casting courses on some of the best fishing beats in Scotland.
He is committed to and is passionate about the conservation of Salmon and Sea Trout and in 2015 fronted a petition that helped see the ending of mixed stock net fishing from around the Scottish Coastline.