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
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 Herefor 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.
Profile of John Bailey
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.