Angling historian, researcher and writer, Dr Andrew Herd, was born on 7th December, 1959. Although he very nearly became a professional photographer, Andrew qualified as a doctor of medicine at the Middlesex hospital, London, in 1982, after which he wasted what was left of an already considerably misspent youth working as a surgeon at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and as the McIndoe Research Fellow at the Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead. Realising that a surgical career wasn't compatible with an active interest in field sports, he moved north, became a GP and now works four days a week as a doctor and moonlights as executive editor for Waterlog.
Andrew has written extensively on the history of fly fishing, his award-winning book, The Fly, being the result of a decade's research and is the most authoritative work ever published on the subject. His website - www.flyfishinghistory.com - is one of the most visited angling websites. He has a unique writing style that blends facts with fresh and colourful comments on the valuable and sometimes bizarre background material that has somehow eluded other authors. Andrew translated and wrote the accompanying text for the Medlar edition of the first angling book ever published, The Treatyse of Fishing with an Angle.
Andrew lives in County Durham and is married to Barbara, a consultant physician. They have a daughter, two labradors, two horses, a pony, four hundred dependent finches and an ageing goldfish. In his spare time he fishes, shoots, hunts, stalks deer, ties flies, takes photographs, collects fishing books, enjoys wine, tries to keep the hedgehog out of the dog kennel and continues to research the history of fishing.
Medlar titles by Andrew Herd include: