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One of John Bailey’s great privileges and pleasures is to be your leader on Angling Travel courses and amazing foreign fishing adventures. He is one of Europe's best known fishermen, a lifelong angler.


John leads numerous guiding expeditions abroad and short courses and private fishing days in the UK for Angling Travel. He is much loved for his fun, infectious enthusiasm, and his extraordinary relationship with and understanding of fish, waters and the natural world.


Twenty plus years ago, John decided to make fishing his life and, accordingly, left his job as Head of Sixth Form at Norwich boys’ school. The catalyst was his role presenting ‘Casting for Gold’, an award winning film, frequently shown worldwide, set in the Himalayas in the pursuit of mahseer.


Since then, John has made nearly a hundred appearances on both satellite and terrestrial TV. For many years he was one of the presenters with Joy of BBC2s Countryside Hour and A Week in the Country and since then his remarkable On the Fly series has won awards and has been shown in many countries continually on Discovery and Sky. John has been an advisor for Channel 4’s Screaming Reels team, and Radio 5's Dirty Tackle. His book “The Fishing Detective” was the inspiration behind the BBC series Tales from the Riverbank which was broadcast in 1997, and for which John was the presenter and consultant. He is also the author of the book about that series.


John is currently filming two different series revolving around the legendary Mr Crabtree figure. And a new project for BBC 4.


John is one of the country’s best known fishing authors and has published 50 plus books on fishing, many still in print Click Here for further info about books. He is a weekly columnist for the Angler’s Mail and the Eastern Daily Press and writes frequently for The Field as well as many other coarse and flyfishing magazines both here and abroad such as The Flyfishers Journal in the States. He also contributes regularly to the national press, notably the Daily Express and the Mirror and occasionally The Independent and The Times.

John manages the Kingfisher Lakes and river in mid Norfolk and is responsible for the company’s PR there. John is  also a consultant, writer and photographer (sometimes underwater), for Hardy Greys, the world’s most famous tackle company.


John has guided for the last 20 years and has taken many groups to the most far-flung destinations, notably Greenland, Siberia and Mongolia. John has fished in over sixty countries worldwide for over 100 species of fish. He loves to guide on his beloved home waters in Norfolk and the UK.

It is possible that he is best known, however, for his many ongoing trips, mostly as expedition leader for Angling Travel, to areas of India. John travels annually to the south of India but has also recently begun to return to the Himalayas and the quick, clear rivers that he loves there.

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I loved John’s ability to convey an enormous amount of knowledge in such a light, easy way. We all had a memorable and very special time. Norfolk is far more exciting than I realised and we will be back to visit those timeless, idyllic places again with John next year.


Tom Watkins, Islington

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