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Meet the team
Run by anglers, for anglers
SAM CARLISLEHEAD OF FISHPAL
Sam caught his first fish at the age of 5 on the Isle of Lewis. It was a tiny brown trout, taken on a worm. From that moment, angling has played a central role in his life. His undergraduate dissertation was on Izaak Walton’s ‘The Compleat Angler’, and after his degree he completed a diploma in sustainable aquaculture. His main love is Atlantic Salmon, and he is fortunate to have pursued them in most countries where they swim. Prior to joining FishPal he worked as a lobbyist for the Countryside Alliance, campaigning on behalf of shooting and conservation.
Favourite fish to catch: Atlantic salmon.
Favourite fishery in Britain:
Middle Mertoun on the river Tweed.
Bucket list destination: The river Alta in Norway.
ANNE WOODCOCKMARKETING MANAGER
Anne has spent her life involved in fishing and is devoted to using all aspects of angling to benefit individuals. Well known within angling and country-sports communities, Anne has been particularly active in connecting more women with angling. Ladies Fishing UK, which she founded in 2008 organises not for profit fishing events for women. Anne has been at FishPal since 2010 when the name FishPal was chosen. As marketing manager it was her job to ensure that FishPal was at the forefront of anglers minds. She loves being out on the river visiting beats, taking photographs and video footage. This year she has organised fishing days on the River Tay for women. She will be covering the FishDee 24 fund raising event in June, sharing live coverage, photographs and videos across FishPal's social media.
Favourite fish to catch: Atlantic salmon.
Favourite fishery in Britain: I have visited so many beats with knowledgeable and friendly ghillies, guides and boatmen who go the extra mile to try and put you in front of a fish. We are spoilt for choice!
Bucket list destination: The Miramichi river is new to FishPal and considered to be the mother of all Canadian salmon rivers.
SALES AND SUPPORT MANAGER
Alisdair works from his home in the north east close to the banks of the River Dee. The north east has multiple first class rivers synonymous with Atlantic salmon & sea trout which he enjoys exploring whenever possible. As well as fishing for salmon Alisdair spends endless hours tying flies during the off season, it is a great feeling catching fish on your own concoctions!
Favourite fish to catch: Atlantic salmon (I really enjoy early spring fishing in particular).
Favourite fishery in Britain: The river Findhorn, amazing scenery up and down the river.
Bucket list destination: Helmsdale or Oykel, around June time and in spate! Would also love to get a big un’ on the Alta.
Like many children, Gail was first fascinated by fish when catching minnows and sticklebacks with a “baggy net” and a jar from the local river, or crabbing and catching flatties at the nearest beach. She was lucky enough to spend her formative years at Makerstoun on Tweed. Gail has been with the original company since the 1980’s and has seen the introduction of the original dial up remote computers run in house which were strategically placed in hotels and tackle shops to serve Tweed River anglers. Right through as FishTweed grew to be franchised to other Scottish rivers and therefore changed into FishScotland. Then FishSalmon, FishTrout and FishGrayling were born when the first English rivers joined and needed a more encompassing name. FishBritain came when other home country rivers signed up and finally after all the changes, it was decided on the FishPal name and the current FishPal website which is now global in its coverage. Throughout it all, the basic principle has remained the same, trying to bring available angling within the reach of everyone and getting the next generation excited to be out in our rivers and lochs too, they after all are our sports future.
Favourite fish to catch: Hard fighting fresh Hebridean sea trout.
Favourite fishery in Britain: Where I live on the Isle of Harris, I’m surrounded by the sea, sea pools and hill lochs, where else would I want to be?
Bucket list destination: Got a couple which I’d like to return to; The Coquet at Felton and Upper Makerstoun on Tweed. But Bucket list, got to be Fly fishing in New Zealand, they have some beautiful looking rivers.
COUNTRY MANAGER: IRELAND
Stevie Munn is from County Antrim. He first started fly fishing at 7 years of age when his father George Munn, who was a fanatical and tremendous fly fisher, started teaching him how to cast and pursue wild trout and salmon on rivers and loughs. He has been a professional guide in many countries for wild trout and salmon, and also for grayling in Norway. That said, he will fish for any fish that will take a fly and loves the rich history of fly fishing and angling. In his mid-20s he began working in the angling sector at game and country fairs throughout UK and Ireland, giving him the opportunity to fish many new rivers in England, Scotland and Wales. Stevie is now an ambassador and designer with Cadence Fly Rods, working with his old friend Ian Gordon. He regularly gives fly tying and fly casting demonstrations and is an APGAI master casting instructor. Stevie is enthusiastic about conservation and was a founder member of The Lough Neagh Dollaghan Trust, and a member of the NSN conservation group, which lobbied the Irish and Northern Irish Governments on drift netting.
Favourite fish to catch: Wild Trout on dry flies. The eyes have gone so fishing mostly by smell - thank God for varifocals!
Favourite fishery in Britain or Ireland: So many good memories from a lot of places and would like to return too many…
Bucket list destination: I have been lucky and fished a lot of places, but i would have loved to try New Zealand. That said, I’d probably stay in Ireland for a 10lb brownie on the dry on Sheelin.
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