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Graham Waterton

Two wonderful careers have distracted Graham from a life of fly fishing.

The first was a decade in the British Army which took him around the world to meet interesting people and catch the occasional fish and the second was 25 years in property which not only gave him the opportunity to fly fish widely in the UK and abroad, but also a practical knowledge of the sale and purchase of fisheries and fishing rights. Between these two careers he spent a year as a chalkstream river keeper for The Piscatorial Society.

A lifelong obsession

The fishing bug was caught as a small boy but it was learning to fly fish as a teenager which started a passion which has never weakened.

Graham has fly fished extensively on the chalk streams of Berkshire, Hampshire, Wiltshire and Dorset and the exquisite moorland fed streams of the South West and in Wales for trout, sea trout and salmon. His pursuit of salmon has taken him to many rivers large and small in Scotland where in particular he has over 20 years experience of fly fishing for salmon and sea trout on his beloved River Spey.

Fishing Abroad

Away from the UK he's fly fished in New Zealand, both for trout and in salt water, in Iceland for salmon, on the east coast of the US for striped bass, in The Catskills for trout and the salt marsh flats of South Carolina for redfish but some of his most absorbing overseas adventures have been chasing shadows on the flats of The Seychelles and The Caribbean.

When not fly fishing, reading about it comes a close second ... sometimes even first. See Fishing Words

Graham is a member of the Pro Staff for Tacky Fly Fishing and the Editor of The Piscatorial Society Journal.