We're absolutely stoked to announce that Chris Aldred has joined the Epic family as an Epic Brand Ambassador.
Hailing from the United Kingdom, Chris is a highly regarded (and accomplished) casting instructor, fishing guide and all round good bastard.
Chris has attained multiple international fly casting qualifications in both the single and two handed rod - we're very fortunate to have him on the team!
Chris reckons he looks like an Axe murderer in this shot - we think it's more of the "toking parson"
Chris has been an avid angler from an early age.
Since picking up a fly rod 25 years ago, he has fished for all kinds of species in all kinds of waters around the globe – but river fishing remains his true passion.
Chris has been a qualified instructor for many years and holds the Fly Fishers International (FFI) Master Casting Instructor and Two-handed Casting Instructor qualifications. In addition, Chris is also a mentor for the Game Angling Instructors’ Association (GAIA) and holds the advanced qualification (APGAI) in both single and double-handed disciplines, and is also a qualified fly dressing instructor.
Chris can often be seen demonstrating throughout the UK at clubs and shows and has taught many leading instructors on their journey.
A previous pro guide for some of the world’s other leading tackle manufacturers, before finally finding his spiritual home with Swift Flyfishing and Epic rods.
Keep an eye out for Chris's casting and fishing articles on this Blog.
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Fly Fishing Emergers. A semi-sunk fly projects more visible stimulus than a high and dry pattern, so it makes a lot of sense to use a design that penetrates the surface film as a ‘searching pattern’, rather than the high-riding flies usually recommended for this job like the Royal Wulff, Humpy or Elk Hair Caddis. For me, the old dry hackle jobs have been moved well down the bench, even for fast broken water.