Richard started fishing from the age of six, each year his family caravan holidays were timed to coincide with the start of the coarse fishing season on the River Great Ouse in Cambridgeshire.
He grew up in Hertfordshire, near to the River Mimram and could frequently be found lying prone, on several small footbridges, trying to entice a trout with a worm bated hook, during his primary school years.
Not much has changed since then…
This fishing obsession progressed to him being a Specimen Chub Angler as a teenager and taking up fly fishing, some twenty-three years ago.
Richard joined the British Army after leaving school and retired from a career within the Police Service in recent years.
He now lives on the shore of Grafham Water in Cambridgeshire, with his wife and daughter, who are also keen and accomplished fly-fishing anglers.
Over the last eleven years Richard has dedicated his time and expertise to assist fishing charities that enable disabled, special needs and terminally ill children to experience the ‘therapeutic qualities’ of angling or those that provide recuperative fishing experiences to servicemen returning from operational deployment.
Richard has also developed fly fishing training packages for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and the [local] Scouting Association.
He said “I thoroughly enjoy teaching, it’s almost like you are experiencing things for the first time through another person. When they catch their first fish, you relive how you felt, undergoing the same experiences when you caught a fish for the first time”.
Richard joined the Fishing for Schools team in 2019 for the Eastern Region, in his own words “it is the best job in the world, extremely rewarding, fishing has opened up so many opportunities for me. I am extremely fortunate that fly fishing is also a family endeavour, as a family we now travel all over the UK, to many different countries and ‘far flung’ places, all in the pursuit of fishing adventures”.
In closing, he added “I would encourage anyone to give angling a try; for me fishing is about so much more than catching fish, it’s about being outside in a natural environment, challenges, a constant learning process, adrenalin, forging friendships and absorbing your surroundings”.
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