James is well known across the North East of England and the United Kingdom for his guiding skills and a wealth of knowledge when it comes to fly fishing. He has represented England at World Level and travelled the world to fish since he was a teenager. He has Guided for some of the best lodges in the world including New Zealand, Russia, America, and the Outer Hebrides. He has owned and ran Chasing Fins for over 12 years now and will do his best to make your trip unforgettable. He looks forward to welcoming you to fish some of the beautiful rivers we have to offer hear in Northumberland and the Scottish Borders.
Tom started fishing at a young age pursuing Brown Trout and Grayling on his local river, The Pont. Since then his angling has taken him in different directions focusing on saltwater angling – both bait, lure and fly – in the UK where he has competed at a national level in SAMF competitions as well as winning Open Shore Competitions and fishing on the Army Team. He has travelled extensively in the UK and abroad in pursuit of his fishing passion including to Norway, the US and the Far East. More recently, under the coaching and tutelage of James, Tom has switched his focus to the many varied rivers of Northumberland and the Scottish Borders honing his skills for salmon and Seatrout on the fly! Tom has a real passion for the Northumberland and the Borders and their natural beauty will endeavour to make your trip unforgettable.
A specialist freshwater expert focused mainly on the river Coquet. Chris has well over 30 years experience targeting salmon, seatrout & wild browns on his local river Coquet and the surrounding rivers in Northumberland. Competing in the first and second Youth World Fly Fish Championships in 1998 & 1999, Chris won the silver medal for individual runner up and a team silver medal whilst fishing In North Wales & Western Ireland. One of Chris’s main passions is fly tying. As an expert tier, Chris can match the hatch for ‘picky’ trout or tie superb salmon and seatrout flies which are sure to catch fish. A naturally gifted all-rounder and well-seasoned angler, Chris will do his best to make your time on the river bank unforgettable.
Mark has fished for something or other for as long as he can remember, but has spent almost the last 50 years specialising in game fishing in all its varied forms.
He has spent nearly 20 years Ghillieing on the tweed as a freelance Ghillie. Mark still works as backend Ghillie on Ladykirk Fishings on the lower Tweed.
He continues to fish extensively at many different locations at home and abroad and has fly fished in Alberta and British Columbia in Canada, and in California and Oregon in North America.
In his spare time and in the close season he is to be found on the beaches and rock ledges of his native Northumberland, trying for the many different sea species, with occasional excursions to his favourite marks on more distant locations along the U.K. shoreline.
He looks forward to joining the team at ‘Chasing Fins’ and meeting new clients and sharing the wealth of his knowledge with them.
Naomi (James/ Fiancé)
Cook & Admin
Naomi has been part of Chasing Fins since she met James around 5 Years ago.
As well as being a mummy to there new born son Hugo and a local Nurse at Alnwick Hospital she does her best to look after the Admin and Marketing side of Chasing Fins aswell as organising the packed lunches and freshly baked produce on a daily basis. Her homemade Quiche and Chocolate Fudge Cake have always been favoured by most of our clients.
She is a keen fly fisher lady and caught her first wild brown trout while visiting James in the Hebrides last year.