Fly Fisherman, Author
Charles Jardine is a well-known fly fisherman, artist and author on the sport of angling. He has fished and taught fly fishing and tying techniques all over the world, including Slovenia, Italy, Denmark, Africa, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Cuba, the Bahamas and of course the UK and USA. He lives in Dorset amidst Thomas Hardy's timeless Wessex and the fabled and unique English chalk streams.
Charles’ past positions include Chair of the Game Angling Instructors Association, the Vice President of Fly Dressers Guild, International Director for the Federation of Fly Fishers, a regional Chair for the Salmon and Trout Association, and a board member of the Angler’s Conservation Association and Get Hooked on Fishing – Midlands, also chairing the Telford GHOF scheme.
Jardine has served as the Angling Director for the Countryside Alliance, bringing educational resources on aquatic ecosystems to classrooms, work for which he was awarded the Goodson Wickes trophy.
Charles caught his first fish at age 3, his first with a fly at 6. He has won competitive tournaments, both individually and on teams representing England. He has been a part of Team Sage for nearly fifteen years and assisted companies like Shakespeare, Simms, Rio, Fulling Mill, and more recently Patagonia, Airflo and Thomas and Thomas fly rods and Abel reels. Jardine is now the game consultant for Hardy&Greys, the famous British-based, internationally renowned fly fishing company.
He has worked as an angling columnist for the Daily Telegraph, as well as a contributor for Trout Fisherman, Game Fisher and Trout and Salmon. He has authored numerous books, including “Sotheby’s Guide to Fly Fishing for Trout,” which has been published in five languages and is widely regarded as one of the all-time bestselling titles of the genre. He also crafted the smaller accompanying volume the “Fly Fisher’s Catch,” widely used in both the UK and USA by newcomers as a comprehensive guide to the sport. During the late nineties together with Chris Ogborne, Peter Cockwill and Terry Griffiths, Jardine helped create the ground-breaking magazine Stillwater Trout Fishing for IPC.
As an illustrator, he has worked on fishing books by Poet Laureate Ted Hughes and Bill Currie, among many others, for which he received the prestigious Society of Wildlife Artists accolade.