The Family: A few words from the founders.
Oscar Boatfield - Co-Founder
I have been fly fishing for as long as I can remember, and competitively fishing for the last 11 years. As a youth, I represented England at international and World Championship level. As an adult, I have coached the England youth team, have been a professional guide for the last 8 years, co-authored an award-winning fly fishing book
, built fly rods, and done some embarrassing stuff on TV.
I am now heavily involved in running fishing based charities that work with people with mental health difficulties and increasing participation in the sport.
I started Bear because I want to make products I wanted to us and get more people involved in fly fishing.
Nell Wharton - Co-founder
I was born in the U.K. but grew up in Australia. I learnt to fish on the back of boats, off coastlines and whenever I came back to the U.K., in the river at the bottom of my grandparents garden. When I moved back to the U.K. in March 2018 I wanted to pursue fly fishing as it was a passion of my late grandfather's. Having no previous involvement in the sport and coming from a place of naivety, suddenly being asked what rod weight and size I wanted, different fly lines, which bag of the 150 available, suddenly the idea of taking a rod and just fishing became overwhelming. All I wanted was a simple set up that I could grab and go fishing with.
I am trained as a veterinarian and suffer from some mental health issues (as do many people). Fishing became a way of connecting with nature, switching off and simplifying life for that day. I wanted to be involved in creating products that make this sport easily accessible, simple and informing people of the mental health benefits associated with fly fishing. Bear was created on this basis.
Amy - Bag Maker Extraordinaire
Amy works from a cosy workshop in the stunning Suffolk countryside. She has been making bags for the last 15 years and is a master of her art. Amy makes all our bags start to finish, with a level of care and attention to detail that is second to none.