Matthew Pate

Hi, I’m Matthew I’ve been fishing in the small waters and rivers of Wales since the age of eleven. I have also tied flies from the very beginning too. Being a self-taught fly tyer and a quick learner, tying flies became a massive part of my hobby and it quickly turned into an addiction, just as important as the fishing itself.

In 2014 I gained my first welsh cap in the small Still Water International, which was one of the greatest honours I will probably achieve. In close second was coaching the 2015 Team in their match in Ireland. Smallwater fishing is my passion. I learnt my trade on my club water which is just ten minutes from my home (LLYN FAWR). So this is the discipline where I spend most of my time fishing but I do also fish river and the big water when I can to keep things fresh.

I don’t really have a specific type of fly that I like to tie but I do cover a lot in my tying, everything from big gory lures to little delicate dry flies but given the choice a particular type of fly that I’d like to try, would have to be Nymphs.