Meet The Team
Here at Farlows, our team has more than 200 years combined experience in providing you with expert knowledge and advice! Discover what each member of the team can offer you, and if you have any questions please do get in contact - we are here to help!
Max Sardi - Fishing Manager
Max has been living in London since 1995, but is originally from a small town just outside of Florence in Italy. He has been a very keen fly fisherman for over 25 years, gaining most of his early experience catching wild brown trout and grayling on the lakes and rivers of Northern Italy. Max is very passionate about all aspects of fly fishing!
Max is a qualified instructor, and before working at Farlows he worked as a guide in Norway. Nowadays, Max fishes extensively around the world for saltwater and freshwater species. Some of the places Max has visited include New Zealand, Norway, Cuba, and of course our own stillwaters and chalkstream rivers.
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Charl Duvenage - Assistant Fishing Manager
Charl was born in South Africa where his passion for fishing and wildlife developed at an early age.
He grew up saltwater fishing and spent most holidays travelling up and down central, east and west coast of Africa chasing tarpon, tuna, giant trevally, milk fish, bump-head parrot fish, threadfins, goliath tigers, yellow fin and bill fish.
He has been fortunate enough to fish many remote atolls of the Seychelles, Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau on a regular basis at a young age. He also lived in Florida for 4 years where he fished everyday for salt and freshwater species.
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Brian Fratel - Director of Fishing
Brian's introduction to fishing was at the age of 6, fishing for mahseer with his father in the Corbett National Park, Nainital, India. Fast forward 56 years, 42 of them have been spent behind the counter at Farlows.
His passion for angling has taken him all over the globe. He has enjoyed fishing in Belize, the Bahamas, Cuba, Mexico and Florida for exotic saltwater species. Freshwater fishing for game fish has led him to Norway, Canada, Russia, Alaska, Chile, India, Nepal and New Zealand. He has also fished in Australia for a huge range of fresh and saltwater species and is his favourite place to fish.
Sean has worked in the fishing industry for many years. He has also spent several years as the head guide on the Varzina River in Russia and is a qualified instructor.
Sean is extremely well travelled and has been fortunate to fish many of the world's finest game fisheries, as well as being equally at home fishing for freshwater or saltwater. If you're thinking of a new fishing trip abroad, then view Sean's profile to find out more and give him a call!
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Andy Buckley - Fishing Advisor
Andy was born on the Derbyshire/Staffordshire border. His earliest memories are fishing for wild brown trout and grayling on the River Dove. He has fished all over the UK for trout and grayling but has also tackled Welsh sea trout, Irish salmon and many coarse fish.
He spent a year in New Zealand fishing and learning techniques which have helped him become a more accomplised angler. More recently, he has been tackling the largest UK freshwater predator, the pike. He is currently studying for his FFF Casting Instructors qualification and takes great pleaseure in being able to assist fellow anglers of all abilities.
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Angus Cochrane - Fishing Advisor
Angus is one of our new generation anglers, he was only 4 years old when he first spent time on the banks of the River Findhorn. From there his passion grew and his love of the sport developed. Angus landed his first salmon at the age of 10, on the South Esk. He spends a considerable amount of time fishing on the Scottish Rivers, such as the Spey and the Tweed.
In recent years and throughout his time at the University of Newcastle he managed to fish the Tweed most Friday's from spring to early Autumn.He has also fished 2 rivers in Iceland and was lucky enough to fish the Ponoi in Russia last year. His wealth of knowledge is outstanding and he is always willing to pass useful information on. Since moving south, he spends his time chalkstream fishing.
Matthew Holden - Fishing Advisor
To say Matt is enthusiastic about angling would be an understatement! He lives and breathes fly fishing and his passion for it began at an early age after being introduced to it by his dad back home in South Africa on the waters of the Western Cape.
He was chairman of his school piscatorial society and first worked in a fly shop at the age of 16. He was a hatchery foreman on a trout farm breeding rainbow trout and developed an all round knowledge of aquaculture, ichthyology, zoology and emtomology. He's a keen flytyer and has fished for various different fresh and saltwater species in South Africa, England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Italy and Spain.
Mark Windsor - Fishing Advisor
Mark has been a part time member of the Farlows fishing team for 6 years and has been fly fishing since an early age. He is one of our qualified casting instructors and passionate about fly fishing. He has caught salmon in many rivers in Scotland and Wales and also enjoys stillwater and chalkstream trout fishing.
Mark is a regular visitor to Devon and the South Coast and has a good knowledge of fishing for UK saltwater species such as bass, mullet and pollack on the fly. He has also visited overseas destinations in Australia, Mexico and the Maldives chasing everything from Bonefish to Giant Trevally.
Robin Elwes - Casting Instructor
Robin is one of England's top casting instructors - a lifelong enthusiast for the sport! His credentials include resident instructor for the Royal Warrant Holders Association and teaching assignments for the Game Conservancy, The Lawyers Fishing Club and Eton College teaching the boys.
He has been a casting instructor since 1986, having left school to work at the Kimbridge Trout Farm in Hampshire. He has been Farlows resident fly casting instructor since 1988 and has become a recognised authority in the art of fly casting. He has worked alongside Simon Gawesworth, published articles in various publications and travelled to almost every fly fishing location in the world.
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Fred Richardson - Fishing Advisor
Fred's fishing started back in the mid-seventies in Southwest Scotland on family holidays, fishing burns, rivers and lochs. Back home in London he fished the Hampstead Heath ponds and the Grand Union Canal catching coarse fish.
In 1977 he first walked into Farlows as a customer. In 2010 he started working at Farlows and enjoys being part of the team. He can advise on fishing tackle for the UK and abroad. He has travelled the word with fishing friends to Africa, North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
CLOTHING & SHOOTING TEAM
Brian has in excess of 30 years experience dealing with high performance shooting and outdoor country clothing.
With a passion for the outdoors and travel, this led him to Farlows where he has been a fantastic edition to the team for many years now. His attention to detail and expertise have insured him a loyal customer following over the years.
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James Smart - Shooting Advisor
James was raised on a dairy farm in the Cranborne Chase and has a great love for nature and the outdoors. He has followed this passion his whole life through fishing, shooting and also at University to study Ecology and Conservation. His family run a successful driven shoot in Dorset. He has a great working knowledge of all aspects of driven shooting, from the planting of cover crops, right through to hosting a shoot day.
After University he worked on the Reay Forest Estate in Sutherland where he gained a good knowledge of stalking and salmon fishing. He has shot and fished in a diverse array of locations from Devon to New Zealand.
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Nicole Spencer - Clothing Advisor
Nicole works in the men's and ladies clothing department and specialises in ladies wear. She can kit you out in full shooting attire or something casual for a weekend in the country or just around town.
Nicole loves hearing about customer's adventures in the countryside and out in the field on a shoot. As a country enthusiast she loves heading out for long walks and outdoor activities, especially in North Wales.