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Ian Whitelaw

Ian Whitelaw is a freelance writer living in British Columbia, Canada. A keen angler since the moment he caught his first trout, fishing with his father in Wiltshire, England, at the age of eight, he has fished rivers, lakes and the ocean in the UK, Canada, Kenya, India, Belize, and Mongolia. Twelve years ago he and his family moved from England to Vancouver Island, where he works as a realtor and spends as much time as he can enjoying the wealth of fly-fishing opportunities in the Pacific Northwest.

Julie Spyropoulos is an artist and illustrator living in the south of England. She has a BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art and a Diploma in Botanical Painting from the English Gardening School at Chelsea Physic Garden. Julie has painted for the Hampton Court Palace Florilegium Society and for the Bedgebury Pinetum Florilegium Society.

Author Articles

"Sol Duc Spey"

When Syd Glasso began tying his first steelhead versions of Spey flies in the late 1950s, he gave birth to an entirely new family of flies, one that still thrives more than half a century later. Glasso’s attention to detail and careful selection of just the right materials made his flies outstanding works of art. While the Spey form is still evident, the...

"The History of Fly-Fishing in Fifty Flies:" The Royal Coachman

The Royal Coachman Year: 1878                    Fly Tyer: John Haily                 Location: New York, USA The Original Recipe Hook: Down eye wet fly, #10-16 Thread: Black tying silk Tail: Golden pheasant tippet fibers Body: Peacock herl Central Body: Red tying silk or floss Throat Hackle: Brown hen hackle Wings...