Albury Estate Fisheries team
Tony Hern, Michael Hancock and Cameron Craigs – Albury
Tony learned to fish on the rivers and lakes of his native Devon. After river keeping on the River Test he graduated from Sparsholt College with distinction in Fisheries Management before running Rockbourne Fishery in Hampshire for ten years. He is a professional fly tyer as well as a fly casting and fly tying instructor (L2CCA, STANIC & NAC Grade 1). He is responsible for the day to day running of Albury’s four waters, Weston, Powder Mills, Vale End and Park Syndicate.
Michael studied amenity horticulture and arboriculture locally at Merristwood College before becoming a self employed tree surgeon. He has fished regularly in his spare time being a keen specimen angler and assisted in the management of Godalming Angling Club.
Cameron joined us in January 2013. He studied at Sparsholt College for two years gaining a Foundation Degree in Sports Fisheries Management and Aquaculture. Cameron went on to work as Fish Farm Manager at Avington Trout Fishery for five and half years. He also holds a Degree in Horticulture. Cameron has a wealth of fly fishing experience and is a Level 1 Angling Coach.
Andrew Allen and Julian Pharoah – Syon Park
An ex Guards drill and weapons instructor, Andrew caught his first trout whilst travelling in the mountains of Australia. After gaining full time experience in forestry, deer stalking, game and river keeping in Scotland and the South of England he graduated from Sparsholt College in Game, Wildlife, Habitat Management and Conservation with distinction winning the Richard Seymour Cup for Fisheries Management. Andrew is ably assisted by experienced local anglers Julian Pharoah and Mick Flaherty who manage the fishery on Andy’s holidays and days off.
Richard King – Albury Estate Fish Farms
Richard managed a trout fishery before reading Fish Farming and Fisheries Management at Sparsholt. His wide experience of fish farming includes producing carp and tilapia in Israel and running Portugal’s largest ornamental fish farm before returning to England. He has since increased production from the estate’s two trout farms to in excess of 40 tonnes of fish per year.
Peter Cockwill, Albury Game Angling
Peter is a life long fly fisher who has one of the few shops which are fly only. He has run a syndicate fishery for 23 years and is a recognised authority on the sport. A regular feature writer for Trout Fisherman and many other periodicals, he also arranges and escorts foreign fishing holidays. Books, TV work, fishery committees, club presentations and charity work keep him busy. His skills as an instructor and his wealth of experience make the shop an invaluable asset to the Albury complex.