John Knott started fishing when he was ten years old on the Crystal Palace boating lake in south London, catching the occasional small roach and perch. He moved on to the streams of Kent, Sussex and Hampshire, in particular the Teise, the Rother and the Avon, for coarse fish and trout. An interest in fishing for true wild trout attracted him to the Wilton Fly Fishing Club about twenty years ago where he has struggled ever since. He now concentrates on the Wylye, the Avon, the Nadder and the little river Ebble where he has a small cottage and his own stretch of twenty yards of chalk stream. Why he still lives in south London is a mystery.

Medlar titles include:

The History of the Wilton Fly Fishing Club - a Club formed in 1867 on the banks of the Kennet.