“Mark Yelland is good to watch, which some fly fishers, no matter how good they are, are not, though it’s not something I can easily find words for. I guess with Mark his most important attributes as a fly fisher are his ability to read both the water and the fish and his casting skills, especially in closely confined spaces, like tightly bushed streams.

The really noticeable thing about his casting is it is so unlaboured, so smooth, and so accurate, that it reminds me a lot of a well-oiled sniper’s rifle. But what pisses me off about it all is how easily fly fishing unfolds for him, as if he were just born to it, as if it was all as natural as breathing in and out. When you see that in an angler, take notice!” Tom Sutcliffe on Mark Yelland, our main profile in issue 12 of The Mission.