I am originally from Northern Ireland and have been fishing since I was 4 years old in rivers, seas, and lakes. I owned and operated Stone Falls School of Fly Fishing & Guiding Sevices in Castlerock, Northern Ireland before immigrating to Florida with my family in 2014. I have been fortunate enough to fly fish all over the world from Ireland, the U.K, Australia, Canada, the Caribbean, the Bahamas, and throughout America, and have built up an extensive global network of contacts, clients, and "fly fishing family". I have been fishing, learning and exploring the waters in the Boca Grande, Charlotte Harbor area since 2009.
I am a fully certified USCG Master Captain, and also qualified in the following fly fishing disciplines:
Fly Fishers International (F.F.I):
Master Casting Instructor (MCI) and mentor
Two-Handed Master Casting Instructor (THMCI) and mentor - former THCI Committee Chairman
F.F.I Level 3 examiner
I am a retired Casting Board of Governor (CBOG) for the F.F.I. and was involved amongst other things in developing the EDP program. In 2015 I was given the Mel Krieger Award. This Award is a Fly Fishers International Board Award and is given by the FFI CBOG in recognition of those individuals who have made significant long-term contributions to the CICP by dedicating themselves to fly casting instruction, motivating students, and sharing their knowledge of teaching with others.
Game Anglers Instructor's Association Examiner (UK):
Single and Doublehanded disciplines (SPEY)
Advanced Professional Game Angling Instructor Certifications in both Single Handed & Two-Handed of which I am also a senior examiner.
Leslie is proud to be a Global Ambassador for G.Loomis Fly, U.S.A, and Ballistic Spey Lines Pro Staff.