Jim Lees

Born, raised and still living near the banks of the river Clyde in Scotland I started my fishing life on one of its tributaries 30 years ago and started tying flies at the same time. With no local fly shops there wasn’t really much choice and as the only anglers I knew all tied their own flies I just assumed if you wanted to fly fish you learned how to tie your own flies.

Early on I developed an interest in the riverside insect life; their life cycles and behaviours. How and when the different species became available to Trout as food. This interest led me away from traditional Clyde flies and on to experimenting with new materials and new fly designs and to this day flies for Trout are Grayling are my primary focus. Flies that are open to tyers of all levels, flies that catch fish.

With the rivers Clyde, Annan and Tweed on my doorstep I have access to some great Trout fishing during some heavy hatches. My first love, and where I spend a lot of my fishing time, is on the many small overgrown tributaries where the casting is tight and the fish are often fussy due to the rich insect life. When I have the choice I’ll always fish dry flies and, while I do enjoy tying and fishing nymphs, when the conditions suit, Streamer fishing comes a close second to the dry fly. Streamer fishing offers a different way of approaching a river, a completely different mindset, and for the last 10 years I’ve enjoyed trying to provoke the Trout’s predator response. My tying reflects those choices.

Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to fish on some fantastic rivers around Britain and Europe and I’m also proud to have been invited to demonstrate fly tying at fly fairs in Sweden, The Netherlands, Ireland and around the UK. I’m honoured to join the Partridge pro team and looking forward showing my flies on the best range of hooks on the market.