So in your spare time would we find you on the riverbank? Tell us more about your fly fishing expertise?
I started fishing when I was five or six years old – my father would take me to the lake and leave me there then pick me up later. I taught myself to fish. I’m an auto-didact.
Now my fishing rods are always in the boot of my car with my Wellington boots and waders. So sometimes I say to my wife, ‘Oh I need to get something from the supermarket,’ and at the same time I try to go fishing, even for 15-20 minutes. Fly fishing is sort of like therapy for me. Other fishing is just waiting - if nothing happens you get bored – but fly fishing is basically you trying to understand nature all the time. Like learning the wind direction and the temperature of the water, or, if it’s a sunny day today how was it yesterday. So, it’s a very good place to learn something very fundamental.
Sometimes I’ve got problems with my job or my friendships, all sorts of stuff, and I go fishing, and you kind of learn how you work it out. Basically the river is not flat. There are so many things to understand so it is very complicated but I think it is very simple.
And it’s so funny, if you’re stressed you can’t make your knot! If you’re nervous, your fly, the eye is so tiny, you can’t even get that! So I say, ‘Calm down, calm down..I can do it!’ It’s like yoga!
When I was teaching fly-fishing in Paris I had such surprising customers, such a mix – they were from the one and only fishing shop left in Paris. I taught such a mix of people – famous actors, rich people, fashion designers, students – very cosmopolitan. I teach my children to fish sometimes. Their friends say, ‘Your dad’s teaching fly fishing, he’s famous,’ and my kids say, ‘Ooh, Daddy teaches fly fishing, Daddy’s cool!’