Ian Colin James is a fly fishing guide and a best-selling author,
but above all he has a wonderful ability to look at fly fishing
from outside the box. His unique observations have given him an
intelligent insight, and a whack of material, about the sport he
loves. Quite often his opinions will go against the grain but he
can back them up, and they are based on a solid understanding of
the sport. Ian has never backed away from the tough issues surrounding
the sport like; what shade of black thread is the best shade of
black thread for tying flies, and why do they continue to produce
car doors which have a taste for eating flyrods. Ian tackles the
big issues, he always has an informed opinion, and in case it all
goes wrong he always knows where the nearest exit is when he's on
For Ian a fish, is a fish, is a fish and all fish
are created equally. Although he was the first guide in North America
to specifically target Carp, Quillback and Redhorse, he is just
as comfortable taking clients out for, or talking about, Smallmouth
Bass, Steelhead, Salmon and Brown Trout. He is constantly pushing
the fly fishing envelope and many of the techniques he pioneered
and developed, which were cutting-edge at the time, are now considered
as "standards" in the sport.
In other words, over some 40-years of fly fishing
Ian has picked up a whole bunch of fish catching information on
a whole bunch of fish species, which makes him a shoe-in if you
are looking at hiring someone to lecture or present a seminar at
your fly fishing even.
What you get
More than once, Ian has been billed as "Fly Fishing Comic Relief,"
but his talks also provide the audience with practical and useable
information. Plus it's presented in a clear and concise manner.
To get from Point A to Point B he may have to take a few detours,
especially if someone asks him a skill testing question, but he
will get there in the end. And above all else, the audience will
still be with him when he does.
Ian takes great pride in "customizing"
his talks and making pointed references to the audience. At a Trout
Unlimited event he once opened with, "I guess Brown Trout would
be okay, if it wasn't for all those big ugly spots." Similarly
when MC'ing a poetry night, "I thought this was a pottery night.
It's okay for you lot to laugh, but I've got 200-pounds of clay
and a kiln outside in my Mazda."
Why book Ian?
Ian has a reputation for putting everything he has into a presentation
or a keynote address. Quite often his quick Scottish wit will have
the audience thumping the tables in uncontrollable laughter, but
not the kind of thumping that makes the villagers grab their pitchforks
and head to the hills.
When you mix his Scottish wit with an uncanny ability
to read an audience, plus a dry sense of humor, by the time he leaves
the podium, Ian will have delivered an unforgettable performance.
How to book Ian
These must be booked at least 8 months in advance.
Ian's keynote addresses will quickly let the audience relax and
forget about the oh-hum or boring stuff they have been taking part
in all day, not to mention the dour instructors.
Fly Fishing Seminars:
Lecturers, presentations, demonstrations and seminars on all aspects
of fly fishing should be booked at least 6 months in advance. Each
participant in an Ian Colin James seminar receives a one or two
page handout, which covers the key points of the seminar.
Your event is responsible for making all the travel arrangements
to get Ian to and from your event. Flights should depart from, and
return to, London, Ontario. Ian is allergic to nicotine, so the
hotel room has to be nonsmoking. By the end of his presentations
he will be burned out and all Ian will want to do is hit a clean,
fresh hotel room with a jug of orange juice, and a large pizza with
Fees and Availability
Ian will work with you to make sure that the presentation is the
right one for your group, event or audience. Ian will listen to
your needs and design a presentation for you which will be clean,
laugh-out-loud funny, informative and unforgettable. Plus, he will
try to do it within your budget.
and keynote addresses.
..."Ian is one of the most entertaining
dinner speakers we've ever had. His wit is sharper than a lazer
hook and he had the audience reeling from start to finish."...
Ken Geddes, Canadian Fly Fishing Forum Chair.
..."Trout Unlimited expected
The Carpfather to deliver, and he did. At the TUC Hamilton dinner,
Ian had us in tears, and his passion for conservation got us all
thinking. He's a big man, with a big heart, and a very big funny
Trout Unlimited Canada.
..."All our guests look
forward to coming back to Hooked on a Cure so they can see Ian again!
He's never met a stranger, is always so gracious and funny. And
his knowledge of fly fishing is only surpassed by his untiring willingness
to share his time, talents and humor for a good cause. Our event
just wouldn't be the same without him!"...
April Conrad, Hooked on a Cure, Arkansas.
..."Ian James' funny
bits and sharp jabs kept the Centennial Dinner audience in stitches
Jack MacAndrew, Public Relations, the PEI Wildlife Federation, PEI.
..."Ian is not only
the funniest guy I know, he's also one the best fly fisherman and
nicest guys I know. Ian's way with kids is second to none. They
absolutely love him. At our FFF Southern Council Conclave, if you
wanted to know where Ian was, all you had to do was look for where
the crowd was gathered. His bail bonds are getting a bit pricy though."...
Denis Dunderdale, Chairman, 2006 FFF Southern Council Conclave,
Mountain Home, AR
funny. Very, very funny."...
The Stephen Leacock Museum.
..."Ian is one of
Canada's national treasures."...
City and Country Home Magazine.
mixture of humour and controversy kept the largest crowd of the
year dialled in for the whole evening."...
Bruce Wainman, Hamilton Area Fly Fishers.
..."My guest in
the studio is Ian Colin James a very, very funny man."...
Richard Syrett, CFRB 1010 Radio, Toronto.
include the uncanny fly casting virtuosity of Ian James."...
The Cottage Life Show, Toronto.
..."Thanks Ian for
attending our Elgin Friends of Flyfishing meeting. You dramatically
exceeded our high expectations with your generous sharing of your
formidable expertise in tying. Your genius lies in your ability
to condense and simplify the complex art of flyfishing in all it's
aspects. It's easy to make things complicated; it's brilliant to
make things simple. Even more brilliant is your keen wit and your
knack for making learning fun. Thanks again for your generosity."...
The EFF Committee: Bob, Bob, Hugh, Alex, Ian, Pete and Ron.
..."Ian is a born
storyteller. Never short on words, and always entertaining, Ian
kept the room captivated with tales and truths from his world-wide
fly fishing escapades. Ian was definitely the highlight of the 2005
Grand Opportunities Dinner."...
Steve May, Friends of the Grand River.