Pro Staff

Dominic Garnett

Fishing author Dom Garnett is a passionate fly angler, guide and photographer who handles Turrall’s digital marketing. His best-known book is probably “Flyfishing for Coarse Fish”, which became an Amazon Bestseller. He has worked closely with Turrall to design our special range of flies for roach, rudd, chub, dace, perch and pike.

Based in Exeter, Dom can be found fishing and guiding in the southwest for just about anything that swims. He has written over 200 articles for titles ranging from the Angling Times to Fly Fishing & Fly Tying and the Mail on Sunday, while also appearing on the Sky Sports and National Geographic channels. You can see more of his work and photography at www.dgfishing.co.uk while he also runs the annual competition and site flyforcoarse.com

 

Chris Ogborne

Chris is a highly respected figure in the fishing world, both as an angler and also for his fishing business consultancy.  He has represented England on the International stage for over twenty years, winning a host of awards at the highest level including two National Championships and a hatful of World Championship medals.
These days Chris lives in Cornwall where he enjoys wild river and saltwater fly fishing, also guides others in this hugely popular and ever-growing sport from boats, beaches and streams. He has played a key rile in developing a range of saltwater flies for Turrall based on sandeel and baitfish patterns. His current project is a fundamentally different approach to river flies, with the ultimate shortlist that will catch fish on any river, anywhere in the world.
Watch “River Fly Fishing Tips with Chris Ogborne”. His website is:  www.chris-ogborne.co.uk

Duncan Keir

An avid fisherman with an eye for a deadly fly pattern, Duncan Keir is a key part of Turrall’s team of fly designers. Based in Devon, he has a particular passion for reservoir fly fishing on waters such as Kennick and Roadford. He loves tinkering and experimenting with new fly patterns, having worked wonders with some of Turrall’s  UV reflective materials. His aptly named “Kennick Killer” has proven deadly for stillwater trout and continues to be one of our bestselling flies.

Wes Ower

Big game angler, Fly Fisherman, Fly Tyer and FDG instructor has been fishing since his youth, where Marlin, Tuna and other big game species were regularly in his sights. In his more than 30 years of fly fishing Wes has been very active in developing new patterns and devotes a lot of time to his other passion the Fly Dressers Guild, having founded the Roadford Branch where he is currently Chairman. Wes is also a qualified FDG instructor and devotes much of his time promoting and developing fly fishing when not supporting Turrall.

 

Gary Pearson

Based in the West Country Gary has previously been a member of the England fly-fishing team and currently fishes for one of the top still-water teams in the country. An avid angler who when not competing can be found fishing around the UK for salmon and seatrout and abroad for bonefish. Guide and accomplished fly tier Gary is very much involved in bringing new designs and twists from the competition circuit to the Turrall range of trout flies along with some exciting new bonefish patterns.

g.pearson@turrall.com

 

Tony Baldwin

Tony is among other things a lifelong angler and for the past decade a passionate fly tyer and active member of the Fly Dressers Guild. He joins Turrall with the aim of igniting that passion in others and inspiring future generations of game anglers and fly tyers. With a career background in design he will also be working with Turrall to explore new fly patterns and ideas for the future. He is a native New Zealander and used to Brown Trout fishing. Tony is an ‘opportunist’ angler and might be found wetting a line in such diverse locations as the local reservoir or canal to a mountain tarn or a coastal estuary.

 

Chris Watson

Chris has been demonstrating fly tying and running workshops for over thirty years and is a familiar figure on the UK fly tying circuit.  He has had his work published in numerous magazines and fishing programs with the BBC and Sky TV. If you were to venture to the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum in the States you will see some of his work on display. He is a member of the Fly Dressers Guild and acted in a consultative capacity on their Fly Tying Award Scheme.  He is a Gold Standard Instructor and Assessor for the scheme.  He is also a life member of the Prince Albert Angling Society.

“Over the years I have had the immense privilege of tying with some of the world’s leading fly tyers and am lucky enough to be part of the worldwide ‘fly tying and fly fishing family’.” Turrall are please to be able to welcome Chris to the team as our resident Hemingway Pro and we have many exciting things to come.

 

Rodney Wevil

Rodney has been fly fishing for 45 years targeting grayling, wild trout and sea trout from the age of 10. In more recent years he has switched his attention to saltwater and pike fishing on the fly, but if it swims, he is ready to cast to it.

Rodney has travelled with his fishing and is a great supporter of Mexico after chasing bones, permit, tarpon and all that the West Caribbean coast has to offer there.

Rodney is the vice chairman and England RO for the Pike Fly Fishing Association organising events and helping teach fish welfare within the pike fly fishing arena and wider community. Also running Team Fluff Chuckers organising other fishing events/competition in the UK and the Fluff Chuckers – Fly Fishing Fanatics group on social media.

Rodney works closely with Turrall in developing  flies to tempt the Esox Lucius in order to bring some well proven patterns to anglers.

Rodney is based on the Devon/Cornwall boarder and is always open to giving advice and help to others where he can especially if its Pike or Mullet on the fly

https://www.instagram.com/fluff_chuckers/?hl=en

www.esoxfivepercent.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/groups/191126341370979/

Fluff Chuckers – Fly Fishing Fanatics

 

Liam Thomas

Residing on the isle of Anglesey and having fished from childhood after wild trout on the streams of the island to then progressing to the fertile lowland Cefni Reservoir fishing for stocked rainbow trout and quality sized wild brown trout.  Liam is very fortunate to be very close to some of arguably the best wild trout fishing available.

He confesses to always having been competitive and trialed for the welsh junior team at Llyn Trawsfynydd where he gained a second place and a welsh youth cap to represent wales at the 2007 youth international at Lough Conn Co. Mayo Ireland where the team gained a silver medal.

More recently he trialed for the senior team in 2017 and in 2018 and qualified for his first senior cap at Grafham in 2019 where Wales achieved a Bronze medal at the spring international.

If not fishing he’s usually tying flies or will be working on a local shoot with the dog hopefully gaining some natural feathers for the fly tying bench.

Liam has a great knowledge of the fishing the North Wales area provides and is a young and modern competition angler with a bright future ahead of him.

Brian Kerr

Brian has been fishing since an early age and competition fishing since the age of nine, entering sea, shore angling competitions with his dad. As a junior he won a number of trophies, was junior club champion and was awarded several medals for specimen fish.  In his early teens he got a Saturday job in a tackle shop which was owned and run by lifelong angler and highly respected fly-dresser, Ken Middlemist. Ken was a former fly dresser in the famous House of Hardy, the job would become a full time job at sixteen and it was here that Brian did an apprenticeship in fly dressing with Ken which in turn fueled his interest in fly fishing. Since then almost all of his fishing time has been devoted to fly fishing on rivers, lakes from the bank and lough style lake fishing. When he is not fishing Brian loves to be dressing flies and has dressed flies for several top International anglers. Brian is an avid competition angler and has represented and qualified to represent Ireland and Northern Ireland at International, Commonwealth, European and World Team level and is the former Commonwealth Champion having won the Individual and Team Gold Medals at the 2018 Championships. The team won Gold again at the 2020 Commonwealth Championships in New Zealand and Brian was fourth placed Individual.

Brian’s recent achievements include:

Qualified to represent Ireland at the next European Fly-Fishing Championships to be held in Norway

Qualified for the next Stillwater Bank International to be held in Wales.

Northern Ireland Team Gold in the 2020 Commonwealth Fly fishing Championships in New Zealand and 4th placed individual.

2018 Ireland Team Member at the 2018 World Fly fishing Championships

Team Gold in the 2018 Commonwealth Fly fishing Championships

Individual Gold in the 2018 Commonwealth Fly fishing Championships

Coach to the 2019 Silver medal winning Irish ladies team at the Ladies International Fly Fishing Championships held on Draycote Water and is the current Coach to the Irish Ladies Team for the next International to be held on the Lake of Menteith in Scotland.