Martin James, MBE

Years Fishing?


Years Guiding?


Who introduced you to fly fishing?

Uncle Len who was home on leave from Middle East in 1942 and also my Grandfather.

Can you tell us a little about your home waters and the fish you pursue there?

I fished for all species in fresh and saltwater from small wild trout in tiny streams to sharks in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, I have at some times in my 70 odd years of angling fished many rivers and lakes in England Scotland Ireland and Wales, also Europe Scandinavia, many waters in the USA from the west to east coast, Canada and South America, I also fish in saltwater in warmers climes including the Arabian Gulf and Indian Ocean Caribbean and Atlantic etc etc

What's the height of the season for you? What time of year is your personal favorite?

I enjoy the full year of angling, often on the water on Christmas Day, start of trout fishing April 1st is also a highlight, as is June 16th the start of the coarse fishing season in the UK

What are your favorite travel destinations? What's on the bucket list?

At 79 I've achieved all my dreams of fishing exotic locations, I now fish my home waters in the UK.

What you like most about Thomas and Thomas rods? Which rods do you fish?

II rate the quality and action of the T&T rods, for dry fly fishing I love the fibre glass models, all my pupils both in the UK and Dubai where I also have a fly fishing school are taught to fish with T&T rods, they are then encouraged to purchase their rods from the USA.

What's your current go-to fly?

I don't have one, I use a fly to match the hatch that is happening at the time.

Other than fly tackle, what piece of gear do you find indispensable?

My polarized glasses.

My favorite thing about guiding is:

Watching a complete novice cast a fly then catch their first fish, I find ladies make the best pupils, they listen learn take notice practice and don't know it all like so many guys.

From the angler’s point of view, what do you see as the main value of going on a guided trip?

Your get to learn about the best way of fishing the water in question your being guided on, rather than struggling on your own.

What can new fisherman expect to get out of a guided trip? My favorite thing to teach a client is ...

Knowledge of the aquatic life wildlife how to fish different areas of water from slow deeps to fast turbulent water,handling fish also how important it is to enjoy their surroundings also all forms of the art of angling

What's your ideal lunch when on the water? What do you actually pack?

Jet boiler for making tea and coffee, having checked what my guest enjoys to eat boil in the bag meals, no dishes just eat of the the bag then stuff it in the waste bag.

What fly fishing blogs/magazines do you read regularly?

Coarse Angling Today, Trout and Salmon

When I'm not fishing you'll find me:

working for my two charities the ABF The Soldiers Charity and Crossroad Care, also helping youngsters to fish also under stand the life in rivers and ponds.

Contact Info


44 (0)1200 441-276



Kingfisher 13, Meadowside

Grindleton, Lancashire BB7 4RR

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