Hi, I’m Jo.
I’m a mad keen fisherwoman from the shires of East Anglia!
I live in the beautiful county of Suffolk in England with my husband Jonny and our two Labradors, where I am spoilt for fabulous rivers and glorious coast line. I discovered fishing when I was 17 when I met Jonny, he took me on his fishing trips and taught me how to cast a lure for northern pike.
My love for all things fishing has grown over the years, and over the last 6 years I have become completely passionate…or maybe obsessed with fly fishing! Here in the Suffolk country side we have some awesome pike fishing locations, and most weekends I will be out on the two man kayak with Jonny hunting these crocodiles on fly! I just love getting outdoors and enjoying our countryside and wildlife, especially if it’s by the water with my fly rod. I have a great respect of our world and its nature and practice catch and release wherever possible.
I have a great passion for tying flies, and tie patterns for all sorts or species, but I would say I concentrate mainly on predator and saltwater flies. I am part of the Partridge, Regal, Bug bond and Foxy Tails pro teams and have great fun demonstrating at various shows around the UK and Ireland.
I love to travel and target different species, my honeymoon was in Zambia chasing tiger fish and I also was lucky to get a summer job running a salmon lodge in Norway where other than the salmon, amazing perch, brown trout, coal fish and cod, I caught my best fly caught species – a record breaking halibut!
In 2015 after a long application and audition process I was chosen to take part in a BBC TV program called Earths Wildest Waters The Big Fish or The Big Catch as it was known overseas! I traveled to 5 different countries around the world battling it out with other contestants completing 3 fishing challenges in each country! I reached the semi-final before I sadly had to go home.
I am a member of the Hardy fly fishing pro-team and an ambassador for The Angling Trust, and now the Wild Society App!
I really hope to help inspire other women and also young people into the sport of fishing, to pick up a rod and have a go, to enjoy the outdoors and help to protect the future of our waters and fish that inhabit them!
Social media is a fantastic way of getting things out there to help inspire or teach others about conservation, and I am so pleased to have the chance to be part of it.
My fishy adventures can also be found at Jo Stephenson Fishing on Facebook, Instagram, and twitter and my website.
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