BD: Where do you live?
Clare Carter: I live in Nottinghill, London, UK
BD: What do you do for a living?
Clare Carter: I work in sales of legal and financial services.
BD: What are your other hobbies?
Clare Carter: I love shooting, fly tying, and generally anything outdoors.
BD: Who or what got you into fishing?
Clare Carter: My dad got me started fishing for trout and then we chased salmon.
BD: How long have you been fishing?
Clare Carter: We started fishing when I was about five years old.
BD: What types of fishing have you done and where?
Clare Carter: In freshwater, I have fished trout on fly in the UK, Scotland, Slovenia, and Alaska. I also pursued salmon on fly in Scotland every summer until I was 20.
For my 21st birthday present, I went to Alaska. I also made trips to Russia, fishing middle Varzuga for two years, and Ponoi for six years.
My saltwater fly-fishing experience has included the Seychelles. Specifically, we fished the Alphonse Island atoll, Farquhar atoll, Cosmoledo atoll, and the Astove atoll.
I’ve also fished Madagascar (Nosy Be), Cuba, Florida Keys, Australia (Ningaloo Reef), Northern Oman, Abu Dhabi, Fajirah (UAE) for giant trivially, marlin, sailfish, bluefin trevally, tarpon, bonefish, triggers, milkfish, permit, snook, shark, and many reef species like grouper and snapper.
BD: What is your favorite kind of fishing so far?
Clare Carter: I have to say that saltwater fly-fishing in remote locations is the best!
BD: What are some future goals or plans pertaining to fishing?
Clare Carter: That would be telling! Watch this space…FB…I have a few things up my sleeve 😉 I would love to do a saltwater fly-fishing TV show. Something that shows all generations how epic, challenging, and exciting fly-fishing actually is.
The show would also educate people on fisheries sustainability, how to catch and release fish correctly and generally respect the environment so that these resources are there for our grandchildren and their grandchildren to come.
BD: What part of fishing do you like the most?
Clare Carter: I like being in remote destinations, with no cell phone signal, just me, my rod, and hopefully a huge giant trevally steaming towards me snatching my fly and screaming off into the distance. There is something exhilarating about returning from holiday beaten and bruised!
Its the excitement of going to a somewhere, not knowing what you will catch and then returning home with stories of huge fish, special people and mystic destinations that will remain with you forever!
BD: What are some of your proudest moments in fishing?
Clare Carter: The 170-pound black marlin that I caught in Australia was an epic day that I will never forget and the kick-start of my fishing career. It was my first billfish and gave me one hell of a fight on an 11-weight rod and Abel super 11 reel.
The 101cm geet (giant trevally) on Alphonse island (I had been after a meter plus geet for a few years), which was followed by my first triggerfish and then a bonefish.
All caught in the last hour of the last day, making my first ever flats slam!
The huge trigger that I caught in Cosmoledo, with my great mate Tomi Hradecky, it took some very amusing teamwork to land the fish!
The double Geet hook up with my father on Farquhar.
BD: What other “aspects of you” would you like to portray if any?
Clare Carter: That I take great pride in representing some of the best fly-fishing companies in the world. I work with Clutch Rods owner cheeky Lee Janik, a company in the USA. Their rods are awesome, light, fast, and beefy enough to withstand the strength of a giant trevally. I enjoy working with Patagonia, the fabulous Bill Klyn, all of their kit is amazing, especially their range of waterproof bags. They are the only make out there that can withstand the abuse of saltwater wading, especially on coral atolls! And of course Costa Del Mar, without their super-trendy eyewear I wouldn’t see half the fish I chase.