Meet the team
Ian begun fly-fishing, taught by his father aged 8, and has spent most of his 50 years fishing and guiding on the River Spey and Deveron [Scotland] and has a huge passion for the sport.
His experience in fly fishing begins as a 12-year-old on the Forglen beat of the River Deveron, this was followed by a 25-year apprenticeship as a Ghillie for the Wills family on the Knockando beat of the River Spey. Ian now runs fishing and casting courses for beginners to more seasoned anglers. He also organises fishing holidays in Scotland, Norway, and Iceland.
His interest in physics led him to both rod and line design where he began by helping the late Ken Walker with the actions of some of their most popular rods such as the Double Spey, Powerlite, and Norway Speycaster. He then went on to design the original Carron Jet-stream line before moving to Shakespeare to redesign the Oracle range of double-handed/Spey rods. At Partridge Ian designed the Ian Gordon range of double handers, introducing one of the first, fit for purpose, Six-piece salmon rods to the market. The Ian Gordon range of Partridge rods, reels, and lines, were extremely well received in the tackle world. The popularity of those Ian Gordon products led to Ian being approached by Hardy where he joined the team in 2007 and was instrumental in putting together their best selling range of rods ever, the Hardy Sintrix Zenith double-handed range.
After 13 years at Hardy, Ian left to pursue a project he has had in his head for a long time and is currently working on this with his old friend, James Robbins, and a new Company called Cadence. Ian describes this concept as the most interesting, radicle, and innovative project of his long career.
Ian is a lifelong Conservationist, Champion of the Atlantic Salmon, and as well as his Speyonline Blog [Link], is a regular contributor to Trout&Salmon and Fieldsports magazine.
Link to cadence
Tom first came for lessons in the late 1990s and quickly I could see real potential with regard both teaching and looking after clients.
Toms easy going and laid back personality make a day in his company a real tonic for anyone.
He has worked with me now for a number of years, both teaching and hosting groups of fishers and I can say without a doubt, he is one of the finest and fun people you are likely to meet on the river bank.
Based in Perthshire, Tom is now very well respected in the world of salmon fishing in his own right, a real professional with an eagerness to excel in anything he does.
Clients can book Tom for lessons on the river Tay where he has good relationships with a few key beat owners and ghillies.