I'm a 26 year old fly-fishing obsessive currently completing a PhD in history on the introduction of brown trout to New Zealand. When I'm not researching trout in archives or old newspapers I'm either found miles up a backcountry river with a pack on my back or huddled over my vise with a strong black coffee.
My focus is on trout flies designed for New Zealand's demanding backcountry trout; subtle and natural flies tied on good strong hooks. I particularly enjoy taking classic worldwide patterns and adapting them to New Zealand conditions. To my surprise, in the past couple of years the act of tying the fly has become almost as enjoyable to me as fishing the fly. Almost.