Hi I'm Alan Simmons
I was introduced to fishing from birth, often telling the story that my mother reeled up her fishing line and went directly to the maternity home.
I spent my earliest years fishing almost every day after school and on weekends as well as becoming involved in skin diving which was just developing as a sport.
As a teenager and already a keen trout fisherman I went on to work as a Government employed deer culler in the mountains of New Zealand where I used my fishing skills to supplement the venison diet with fresh trout.
Over the years, I have been active in the sports politics through many clubs and organisations.
My articles on fishing and hunting have been well published worldwide as was my hunting book "How to Hunt Sika Deer".
Since setting up my guiding company in 1979 I have had the pleasure of fishing with many wonderful people from all over the world who often have become my life long friends.
It has been an great occupation that has allowed me to meet so many people from so many different places. I look forward to meeting you one day soon.