Born and raised on the border of Derbyshire and Staffordshire, Andy's first angling memories are of watching his father casts a split cane rod to wild trout on the river Dove. Bewildered and entranced by the rhythm and beauty of the fly casts, rivers and fish, he fell in love with everything fly angling entailed.
Roll forward twenty five years and that love has taken him on some epic angling adventures. A year spent living out of the boot of a car in New Zealand in his early twenties opened his eyes to just how special fishing for wild fish can be and while the memories of living the “Trout Bum” lifestyle have remained with him, the seed that this trip planted was one of how wild waters and wild fish can make the experience of angling far more rewarding and special – this is now something that he am entirely focused on and conscious of.
He has held a number of jobs in the angling industry including three years at world famous country sports retailer Farlows in London, and a spell working as a fly guide on the exclusive and remote Desroches Island in the Seychelles for bonefish, permit and giant trevally amongst others. He also writes articles for a number of different angling publications and has created video content for the angling media, as well as writing for his own blog, The Incompleat Angler.
Various angling adventures around the world have given him the opportunity to broaden his skills and experience many styles of angling. He has fished extensively in Slovenia, caught a multitude of flats species in the Caribbean and even pioneered fly fishing for giant wels catfish on fly fishing kit in Florence, Italy. Andy has caught some huge predatory fish on flies as well as a number of different coarse species too - it's fair to say that he is a real fly fishing all-rounder!
He has put all of this experience in to his Derbyshire based guiding business Andy Buckley Angling Service, guiding clients of all abilities on the historical rivers of central England. Using a multitude of flies and techniques, and specialises in teaching clients using modern techniques such as the french leader, without forgetting deadly classics like North Country Spiders.