Hailing from the base of the beautiful and picturesque Brecon Beacons National Park in South Wales, Gareth Lewis is a professionally qualified game angling instructor, ex-river fly fishing guide, fly dresser, and writer/contributor to various fly fishing magazines and publications.
Gareth’s fishing is firmly rooted in small stream tributaries and the larger free-stone waters of South Wales, UK, and calls the Usk and Monnow his home rivers. However, Gareth is happy to fish wherever trout are found in running water and is a self-confessed trout and dry fly addict. Gareth’s fly dressing matches suit, imitating trout food in a generalistic sense, with Gareth preferring size and silhouette over exact copy, with an emphasis on presentation and drag-free drift, and working to ensure food imitations are presented as naturally as possible in places where trout expect to find them.
Introduced to fly fishing by his father when he was ten years old, Gareth caught the fly-tying bug a few months later. In the thirty-plus years that followed, Gareth passionately guided and taught fly fishing for ten years and continues to demonstrate fly dressing at a range of international shows (British Fly Fair International, Irish Fly Fair, Fly Fest, Welsh Fly Fair, North Wales Country Fair), as well as supporting numerous Fly Dresser’s Guild chapters and fishing club events. Gareth is currently the Secretary for the Gwent Angling Society, a premier fishing club located in South-East Wales, and focused on promoting ethical fishing practices on the Usk, Monnow, Wye, Llynfi, Sirhowy, etc., and are committed to the environment, with all waters managed for the benefit of our environment and future generations of anglers.
Gareth is also a passionate writer and author and writes/contributes to several international publications (which have included Fly Culture Magazine, Fly Fishing & Fly Tying, Trout & Salmon, etc.), and has been a member of multiple promotional teams over the years, including Partridge of Redditch, Semperfli, Deer Creek and Fulling Mill.
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