Stuart Watson

Pike Fly Fishing Association Chairman

Dear fellow pike fly fanatics,

Well where do I start.... a little about my angling career; I started fishing when I was a boy drowning worms for perch in my local ponds. At around 8 years of age a family friend Jim Jones decided that it was time that I learnt to fly fish, under his tuition I started along the path to become a fly fisherman and Fly tier. Living just outside Chester, North Wales has always been my angling playground from chasing Brownies and Grayling on the Welsh Dee to stockies at Lynn Brenig. Through my teens and twenties I found the Salmon bug, chasing the silver tourists across the UK and Canadian rivers. I still have a love for Salmon fishing and I guess I always will. With salmon stocks across the world in such a sorry state I had to find another side of fly fishing. A good friend invited me to join him chasing the mighty Esox. Stood on the banks of a reservoir in North Wales in late spring I heaved out a white and silver bait fish pattern on my under gunned Grey GRXI #8, began the strip..... strip - strip - strip - BOOM! Jack of about 8lb engulfed my fly and tour off across the bay like a bone fish! I was hooked from right then!

Going on from there I took to the boats and float tube chasing the big mammas in the deeper water. I concentrated all my tying on Pike flies and I am now part of the pro teams for Ahrex hooks and Deercreek. I currently have Pike personal bests of 21.5lb from the float tube and 27.2lb from the boat but I am still chasing that magic 30lb!!

I am very proud and excited to be your chairman and with the help of an amazingly passionate and hard working management team the PFFA is going to progress to be even better than it already is. I want to also stress that my views on what this group should be are the same as my predecessor - this isn’t a group to promote products. Adverts or abusive behaviour to other members will not be tolerated. This is a group for like minded passionate Pike Fly anglers to share ideas, experiences and generally a community to enjoy the sport. 2020 is going to be an exciting time to be in the PFFA, my door is always open to suggestions on how we can improve our club, so feel free to contact me anytime.

All the best and Tight lines!