I started fly fishing and fly tying in my first year of high school and have been passionately hard at it ever since.
In my early twenties I began working in Fly fishing retail at Laxton’s Hunting and Fishing in Illovo Jhb, becoming a shareholder after a few years. At this time, I fished extensively for yellows on the Vaal and I logged hundreds of hours for Stillwater trout in Mpumalanga and small stream trout in the many Berg streams, rivers becoming my passion.
From retail I moved to wholesale and represented Bluewater flies, a local fly producer and distributer. At this time, I focused on fly fishing for the little known Largemouth Yellowfish and, with a group of fellow addicts, pioneered methods and flies to catch these elusive fish on the Vaal River, registering a world record 21lb Largemouth Yellowfish in 2005 with the IGFA.
I left Bluewater to try my hand at professional guiding, completing my R.E.F.F.I.S and Theta qualifications and becoming a certified fly- fishing guide. For nearly four years I guided for yellows year-round and at Sterkfontein during the summer. During my guiding period I started writing for The Complete Fly Fisherman Magazine first as a contributor and later as a field editor. I currently write a bi monthly fresh water fly column and contribute several full-length articles a year.
I quit full time guiding to take up a sales manager position with a fly fishing wholesale distributer and was involved in development and testing of new fly tackle and selling product. During this period, I completed a certificate course in aquaculture from the University of Stellenbosch, before leaving to work for a leading seller of general fishing tackle.
I am excited to finally be representing a great brand like Xplorer and am looking forward to using my experience to grow the brand to new heights.