About Me

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About me
American born living in northwest england I love fly fishing and fly tying. I'm a retired cctv operator and had 40 years of security work before that following eight yeasr service in the US Air Force in Japan, Okinawa, Vietnam, West Germnany, North Dakota and Washington state emigrating here to england in 1971. I also enjoy listening to 1960s and 70s music, do oil and watercolour painting and wildlife sketching. I'm celebrating 42 years of marriage on August 30 th with a daughter who lives in north London with her husband and seventeen month old grand daughter Jessica and a son who emigrated to Brisbane, Australia in 2007 with his wife and two daughters Chloe and Abbiegail. I have an older half sister who lives in eastern South Dakota and a younger brother who lives in eastern Washington.

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City / Town
United Kingdom


Types of Fishing
Fly Fishing for trout and pike. Spinning for pike
Years Fishing
Level of Fly Tier
Years Fly Tying
50(had 30 year break 1977-2007)
Byron Thiel
Byron Thiel
Sorry I haven,t been active on here for some while, but I realised when I was very nearly killed in a car crash in London a few weeks ago I,d better keep in touch with the few friends I still have. Nothing,s changed otherwise as I still have no one to take me fishing, but I still enjoy tying flies though it seems counter producitive just now. In an ideal world things would work out, but alas no!
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Jim E.
Glad you're good, Byron!!
Sunday, 23 September 2012 05:10
Jim E.
Like they say, Byron-"God is great and beer is good, and people are crazy." Sorry about the way you were treated. It's their karma, not yours. Best to ya'!
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 12:26
Chris Schumacher
Very sorry to hear of your misdealings elsewhere. I don't understand how these things happen. I guess people just take life, (online life) too seriously. Take a deep breath, have a beer, tie a fly, or otherwise chill out and life will be better soon. :)
Tuesday, 03 April 2012 22:59
Byron Thiel
Not sure who would supply them-don,t think Cabelas would so will look up a few links over here in england-they,re pretty cheap-come about fifty to a pack for around £1($1,50).
Thursday, 22 March 2012 11:05
Chris Schumacher
Hey Byron,

Trying to gather in what you said in your post. I have never heard of "boilie bait" before or boilie stops so that threw me off for starters. But apparently they are like bead chain? This sounds like it could be a good story. So, where do we get these things over here in the colonies?
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 23:33
Byron Thiel
Chris-no way-Debbie has offerred to photograph some flies if I send some to her so I,ll do that and then you can see some of mine that way.
Debbie HDebbie H on Wednesday, 04 April 2012 23:45

Hi Byron. I tried to make album for you in here under your name, but it won't let me. I can open one here but it will be under my name....

Saturday, 10 March 2012 16:52
Chris Schumacher
Have you figured out the camera/uploading thing yet?
Saturday, 10 March 2012 13:42
Byron Thiel
No fishing this w/e Steve as went out last Sunday and nearly frose-getting ready to go to London next w/e for youngest grand daughetr,s birthday-probably get out on the first when the FFF plan an outing at Ladybower res in Derbyshire. Will be tying flies this w/e-aqll sorts of flies. Byron
Saturday, 10 March 2012 13:12
Mad Man Steve
Byron.. good day ma8. How are you today? Doing any fishing on the lakes this weekend?

I'm stuck indoors.. Guessing i'll do some tying all weekend, for when i can get out i'll have some flies.
Saturday, 10 March 2012 12:42
Chris Schumacher
Point and shoot! Upload to your computer and from there upload to the site. If you need, I can walk you through the steps over the phone. Wait...you're in the UK don't know if my plan includes international calls. You can call me if you like. Let me know and I can send you my number.
Friday, 09 March 2012 19:45
Chris Schumacher
That's great Byron. Things have been very quiet here up til now but for some reason they have just exploded and there has been a great deal of activity. I think we have a great opportunity to build a good community here.
Friday, 09 March 2012 14:38
Mad Man Steve
Friday, 09 March 2012 00:26
Mad Man Steve
Hello Byron..How are you? Nice to see you actively on the site :o)
Friday, 09 March 2012 00:25
Byron Thiel
Must be doing something right. Went to a small reservoir last Sunday called "Barnsfold Water" near Goosenargh which is near Preston, Lancashire. Hot day with green algae scum on top of the water, but managed to take a small rainbow on a dry griffiths gnat and three nice rudd-a shad like coarse fish before they switched off. Taking a lunch break I was advised by locals to try shuttlecocks as they were taking fish just Under the surface. Got lots of takes. but kept missing them. Angler next to me gave me a foam black dressed unsinkable shipmans buzzer he said he was catching with. On the very next cast with him watching hooked and played my best rainbow in 42 years-went 4 pounds 2 ounces on his net scales as he landed it for me. All went dead after that. A very enjoyable day out with good friends, though and looking forward to more. Tight Lines
Friday, 09 September 2011 12:42
Byron Thiel
Well afraid even though I began fly fishing back in the 1950s my fishing was very curtailed due to family commitments and then I had all my tackle stolen from my garden shed in 1979-some items which had been given to me by my mentor the late Louis Davis who died very painfully of stomach cancer back in 1960 when they didn't even have good pain-killers. Put me off fishing for 28 years. Due to the generisty of forumites on the FlyFishingForum(flyforums.co.uk) in england I have been going out with a number of new friends this year and have achieved two firsts on the fly so far-first perch and first rudd. Looking forward to taking carp, roach and pike next-maybe even a zander-european cousin to a walleye as they go for lures. You american anglers would find most fishing here in the uk far different and far more Expensive. If you're interested I'll tell you how different fishing in england is.
Debbie HDebbie H on Wednesday, 04 April 2012 23:48

Hi Byron. I'm interested in how different fishing is in England.... Cool.. it'll be like me taking a trip but not.. Thanks Bryon....

Wednesday, 31 August 2011 14:19

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