As an avid fly fisherman Ad is well known for his many articles on the subject, for his innovative ideas, the remarkable flies he has created and especially for the fly fishing techniques he employs for Northern pike.
Ad’s prowess has not gone unnoticed by the tackle trade and Partridge of Redditch (UK) market a barbless pike hook to his design.
For the 2000 season, the House of Hardy of Alnwick (UK) are to market a special series of pike fly rods, under the ‘Ad Swier Pike Teaser’ name.
Ad is founder and organiser of the famous Dutch ‘Fly Fair’ outdoor event, which celebrated its ninth succesful year in April 2000.
In 1997 Ad was honoured with the award of ‘Pike Angler of the Year’ by the Pike Anglers Club of Great Britain & Ireland.
This was the first time that an angler from outside Great Britain and Ireland had received the award, which was in recognition of his contribution to the work of the club and to the pike conservation efforts in Western Ireland.
Ad considers Ireland his ‘second home’ having visited some 44 times to fish for the various species to be found in this beautiful country.