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.
Mackenzie Cotterill and Conor Duffy – Syon Park
Born in Australia and a qualified chef, Mackenzie worked in hospitality for many years. He moved to England and managed a sports pub before starting work at Syon park as an Estate worker, progressing to become an Arboriculturist. Mackenzie has been a keen angler from a young age enjoying all methods of fishing.
Conor on the other hand was born and raised in London and worked with the Canal and River Trust for two years after university. He came back to join us from part way through a working holiday in Australia. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree with Honours in Fisheries Management from Sparsholt College, is a Level 1 Angling Coach, and fishes for all species using artificial lures and flies.
They are both ably supported by Mick Flaherty who provides holiday and weekend cover throughout the year.
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.