Charlotte Opperman

Charlotte’s introduction to fishing was on the pristine loughs of southern Ireland – trying to outwit wily trout during the mayfly season.   Although not entirely successful on the fishing front, these trips started an interest in a hitherto unknown (to her) sport.

From here she’s progressed to fishing Hampshire’s chalk streams, exploring the wilds of New Zealand, Argentina and British Columbia, and the salt flats around the Bahamas and Seychelles.

Having spent 20 years working in the world of African safaris she’s enjoyed expeditions on some of Africa’s great rivers too.

Her primary role at Aardvark McLeod is all things marketing – but having accompanied her fanatical fishing husband on many of his trips, she’s also got a keen eye for what appeals to the less avid, more part-time, fisher in some of these gorgeously unspoilt destinations.


Favourite places

Alphonse Island, Seychelles, fishing, bonefish

Alphonse Island Fishing, Seychelles

Combine the flats of Alphonse and St Francois atolls with the 5* star comfort of the Alphonse Island Lodge and you have a destination second to none. The fishing is superb and leisure guests have plenty to enjoy too.

Chongwe River Camp, Lower Zambezi tiger fishing, Zambia tiger fishing, Aardvark McLeod

Chongwe River Camp

As one of the oldest camps in Lower Zambezi, the Chongwe River Camp in Zambia is a perfect destination for the family to game view while accessing the fantastic tiger fishing on the lower Zambezi River.

Mayfly fishing, Wherwell Estate River Test, chalkstream fly fishing, river test

River Test – Chalkstream Fly Fishing

Chalkstream fly fishing on the River Test must be the most famous trout fishing venue in the world. By far the biggest of all the English chalkstreams, 30 miles plus as the crow flies from source to sea, it offers over 100 miles of wonderful fishing.