Joe Stitt

I Started fishing in the late1940s as a schoolboy with worms. I graduated to flyfishing as a teenager and after a long period of trout fishing became a purist in my pursuit of trout, fishing dry fly first choice and upstream nymph as a close second, as described by one of my heroes - Frank Sawyer.

I started to tie flies at one stage, these were very crude to say the least, probably due to lack of tuition in those times. This led me in later life to want to achieve better standards and got involved with instruction, first though STANIC in Trout and fly dressing. These two diciplines inspired me on to APGAI with Gaia, AAPGAI Master in Tout and seatrout, APGAI Ireland Trout and Fly Dressing and Federation of flyfishers CCI and Masters in single casting instruction.

My actual fly fishing has taken me to most of Europe in pursuit of trout and grayling, Salt water fly fishing in Florida, in the sea of Cortez for Roosters, Bonita and Dorado, the Pacific for Sail fish and Marlin with the climax of my career fishing for Browns and Rainbows in New Zealands South Island at least once and sometimes twice per year over a thirteen year period. This experience has made a very big impact on my fly dressing opinions