Roy grew up beside a small stream in North Antrim, UK; started fishing when he was five years old.
Living within yards of the water he spent many hours each week of the season learning the habits of the trout which
lived there and the food they thrived on. It did not take long to work out that the majority of commercial flies were unrelated to trout food.
This spate river had long spells of low water each summer and here, finding the trout extremely difficult to deceive, Roy developed his own
fly designs and presentations to force success in difficult conditions.
Working with dry flies which only worked on a sunk tippet presentation in low water, he became the heron of the stream.
Practising catch and release since 1963 Roy has fished in many rivers across Europe and the US where he has refined his designs in
imitation of the insect species of those far off places. These opportunites became available as a by-product of tying his original designs at shows across many countries.
He says that trout are the same everywhere and that they may be deceived by finesse and fishing the microcosm.
Preferring to fish flies which mimic the available food, he ties imitative flies from size 6 to 24 in his own designs.
As the inventor of the Reversed Parachute emerger, Flat Spent Spinner, EasyPeasy USD and Flat mating midge among other designs Roy is of course
a member of the school of 'presentation over recipe', on the principle that fish will prefer to accept the footprint of food in the taking zone, rather than eat
a piece of silk, fur and feather wrongly presented.
Living in England for many years Roy has developed a passion for grayling fishing and had had fish to 53 cms besides trout to 11 lbs on his designs.
He has now returned to his native streams to concentrate on further development of trout fly design.
Published by the Fly Dressers Guild, Fly Fishing and Fly Tying, Trout and Salmon, The Grayling Society, Trout Fisherman, Fly Tier, Fish and Fly, American Angler, Fly Fisherman, Total Flyfisher, Yale Anglers Journal and in Australia's Freshwater Fishing magazines and in Tying Emergers by Schollmeyer and Leeson. Modern Midges by Rick Takahashi and Jerry Hubka. He tied the commemorative files for the bicentennial of Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson in 2005 for the Salmon and Trout Association.