After a painful divorce, a beautiful new lady appeared in my life and we set up home together. We’ve now been married for nearly 20 years and together for over 30. A record for both of us!
Fifteen years ago there was another pivotal moment in my life. I was due to have my annual lunch with my brilliant financial advisor Sean Scahill. It had been a very hard week dealing with three difficult clients and I asked Sean a life-changing question. ‘When can I stop this bollocks?’ He said ‘I keep telling you…’yesterday’…but you’re not listening!’
Within six months I’d passed the company on to my co-producer, sold the property in Soho, told my agent that I was taking a well earned sabbatical, and retired to the country to dust off my fishing equipment and indulge myself in my passion for vintage tackle collecting. At the time, we were living in a mill on the River Rother in West Sussex and TV angler Paul Young with his director Ricky Walker came to make a half hour TV show, catching some of our giant Chub on the fly. Ricky asked me to join in with the filming and it turned out to be a really enjoyable show. Four weeks later he called and asked me if I would like to make my own series for the Discovery Channel. We made ten half hour shows under the ‘Just Fishin’’ title, three of them in Alaska while living in a tent! They still show them occasionally on Discovery Shed.
During this time I was writing regularly for Waterlog magazine on fishing in general and the more bizarre in particular. At the same time I was covering the world of vintage tackle for Angling Times and Trout and Salmon magazine. I have written three books, the details of which you’ll find on the books page.