Marina Gibson is a truly passionate angler who was lucky enough to spend much of her childhood chasing salmon, trout and sea trout. Following in the footsteps of her talented mother Joanna Gibson, herself a devoted fly fisher, Marina has dedicated a significant part of her life to the pursuit of every type of fish at every available opportunity wherever in the world that may be.
“Fishing is one of the most mindful sports you can do – the art of fly fishing requires complete concentration, total absorption, and is both exhilarating and relaxing. It is how I find calm and I know others would benefit from giving it a go too. Get outdoors, it’s great for the mind & soul.”
Marina is an ambassador for the prestigious Orvis fishing company, Atlantic Salmon Trust and Fishing For Schools. She is on the ‘Ure Salmon Group’ committee where she volunteers to support and help fundraise for the River Ure conservation projects and hatchery.
A certified ‘Fly Fishers International’ (CI) Instructor and 1st4sport Level 2 coach, Marina is also a freelance writer who hosts trips worldwide and guides in the UK. She competed in her first World Championships in 2018 in Millom. She made the finals for both the Women’s Spey events, ending up in 4th place for both and currently holds the UK record for Ladies 15′.1″ Spey distance with a total of 79.5m.
Marina fishes all year round with her Romanian rescue, Sedge. You could say she’s permanently “Gone Fishing”!
When Marina isn’t fishing she enjoys home cooking. She describes herself as a “reinvented home cook” who loves pies, homely recipes, stews and cakes to feed her family and friends.
Her love for pies derives from when she living in New Zealand whilst working in a bakery, she became so obsessed with cooking the best pies that she wrote her University dissertation on ‘Pies & Debates’. Her main focus is using sustainable and seasonal food, mainly game and fish and loves to bring back a stocked fish or two for the table.