April 19, 2018 1 min read

Introducing Chis Aldred

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.


2 Responses

Chris Aldred
Chris Aldred

April 30, 2018

Hi Mark, thanks for the message, a few questions in there, I’ll see if I can answer them. The Epic rods are a quality rod, you’ve picked a few known premium brands to compare them to, rightly so as the Epics more that hold their own against them, superb build quality and not designed for a specific purpose.

I have used 8130 with a 500 grain Mid bellly spey line, 510 skagit line plus t10 tip and a 540 grain shooting head, it handles them all superbly, I’ve even stepped up and put a 570 grain spey line into it and it performed very well, so a rod for all occasions.

As you know we can be quite clumsy, car doors and rocks coming into contact with our gear ask the time, a huge advantage is the spigot system, break a section and the are no issues in getting a perfect fit with your replacement section.

I’m based in the North West of England, if you’re ever around please give me a shout and we can go and have a play with any of the rods you like.

Chris

Mark turnbull
Mark turnbull

April 30, 2018

Well done Chris landing new job good to see someone out uk doing it and what spey rods does he think best represent epic rods to uk salmon anglers what does he like compaired to other leading brands what make epic stand out from your loop s1 sage x sage method Scott McKenzie rods why epic rods.

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