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This website is dedicated to the noble arts of flyfishing and flydressing.

tony hern

Tony began fly-fishing at the age of 9, on the streams and rivers running off Dartmoor.


Fernworthy reservoir in the Teign catchment was a favourite venue during the 70s, fishing such fabled patterns as the Red Tag, Peter Ross and Teal Blue and Silver.

It quickly became clear that it wasn’t always possible to obtain flies of the right calibre, size, weighting ....... and quality, so, fly dressing moved on to the agenda!


He has also been extremely fortunate in having been able to intertwine fly-fishing within a career in fisheries management, throughout his working life.


In that time he has been able to compile a set of patterns to include in a tried and tested flybox for brown and rainbow trout.


Tony's work portfolio began in 1979 as an underkeeper on the River Test on the Leckford Estate at Longstock, Hants.

A two year college course followed at Sparsholt (Winchester, Hants), with complimentary work on the family fishery at Watercress Farm (Chudleigh, Devon), before moving on to manage Rockbourne Fishery at Fordingbridge, Hants.


Since 1992, Tony has been employed as fishery manager, developing the

Albury Estate Fisheries in Surrey.

Tony's choice of fishing venue now tends to take him away from stocked waters, to areas where catches are less predictable and high on challenge.


His favourite fishing still returns him to the streams and rivers running off Dartmoor holding brown trout and sea trout.

Meanwhile, on the coast, there are great opportunities to explore with a fly rod.........

Charity Fly Fishing - Fishing Days for struggling Forces veterans.........


Tony stepped down as a FishabilityUK trustee after 5 years in August 2017, being totally opposed, as were many donors, to a double arrestee of Operation Yewtree became heavily involved. Disturbing!


So, in September 2017, he formed  'The Flyline Fishing Charity'.

So, for your individual fly requirements, information on flycasting instruction, fishing on the Albury Estate, helping with charity flyfishing, and much more,
please get in touch.

I very much hope you enjoy visiting my website............and Tightlines !



Tony Hern




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