Well what an amazing 3 years and 5 months that was. We are now back in the Staffordshire Moorlands after having an amazing adventure on the Isle of Islay, the longest Fly Fish Islay trip yet!
I moved to Islay in July 2012, lived in a lighthouse keeper's house for 3 months then in the exciseman's house at Caol Ila overlooking the Sound of Islay (Caol Ila) and the Paps of Jura.
I moved to Islay when I was appointed Brand Home Manager of Lagavulin and Caol Ila distilleries, a job I enjoyed greatly which mostly involved talking all day every day to visitors about all things Islay and whisky. After just a year I was moved up to Caol Ila as Manager which made me very proud given that Caol Ila has always been and will remain my firm favourite single malt whisky.
I'm now working at a great Craft Brewery which makes some of the world's best beers. This means now able to get back to fishing my favourite Staffordshire and Derbyshire rivers with trips back up to Islay for Fly Fish Islay events.
I'm about to bottle one of the casks that we filled back in 2005 (See top pic) which is creating a lot of interest, so get in touch if you would like to reserve a bottle.
I'm a keen angler and whisky enthusiast. I'm lucky enough to have lived and worked on the Isle of Islay in the Scottish Hebrides, angling and dramming paradise! I fish for wild brown trout and sea trout whilst up North, back in Leek in the beautiful Staffordshire Moorlands I like to meet up with my pals and fish for wild brown trout, grayling and other river species in the Dane, Dove, Churnet, Manifold and Wye.
(firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to contact me)