A ‘household’ name in Australia, when it comes to discussing fly fishing and fishing media. He’s a writer, photographer and TV presenter , and we’re very grateful to Peter Morse, who takes our Lucky 7 interview this week.
1. What’s your name and where are you from?
Peter Morse born in Fiji in 1954, currently living in Leura in the Blue Mountains.
2. What part do you play in the fishing community today?
I’m a full time professional within the fly fishing community, I am an ambassador for Sage tackle and for JM Gillies as well as a Master Casting Instructor with the Federation of Fly Fishers, writer, photographer and general promoter of the sport of fly fishing. Author of 3 books, television and DVD presenter.
3. What was it that really got you into fishing and how old were you?
5 years old and growing up in Fiji we had several boats, my dad loved to fish and my grandfather was a fly fisherman. My earliest fishing was trolling big metal spoons for coral trout and mackerel. I started fly fishing in 1974 when I inherited a split cane from my grandfather. It was a long learning process that still continues.
4. What is your greatest fishing memory?
5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Alive and still fishing hard, doing exactly what I’m doing today with perhaps a few more books under my belt.
6. What’s top of the “bucket list”?
To enjoy the day of fishing I have coming up in a few hours, to catch a100lb tarpon.
7. Who do you look up to in the fishing community?
All those people, especially the younger people, who take on fly fishing in spite of it initially being ‘a more expensive and frustrating way to catch fewer fish’, I know they’ve been bitten by ‘the bug’.
Jerry Siem, the rod designer from Sage.
Lefty Kreh because he pioneered so much that we take for granted.
These days I think I can look most people in the eye rather than up to them.