What can we say? His technical knowledge in tackle production and valuable big fish catching skills makes Lewis an invaluable member of the Gardner team, from his early exploits on Yateley in the 80’s and 90’s to his recent successes at Frimley. A number of 40lb+ Carp to his credit, culminating in the famous Heather the Leather from Yateley’s Car Park lake at a weight of 47lb 12oz. A really well known character within the big fish world, who also has a number of big Barbel, Tench and Bream under his belt, Lewis is in charge of Marketing and Product Development here at Gardner.

Fact File

Name: Lewis Read
Nickname: Mavis or Millhouse
Location: Yateley, Surrey
Date of birth: 06/03/1971
Favourite venue: Hertfordshire Club Lake and Welly
PB: (UK) Leather 47.12Ib, Mirror 52.10lb, Common 54lb, ‘Ghostie’ Common 37.08lb


  • Backleads – Lewis Read

    Backleads – Lewis Read

    If you like to stay discreet and keep your lines away from your cautious prey, then using backleads can give you a definite edge. Lewis Read gives you the low-down on what, where, how and why. With the increase in popularity of fluorocarbon line, you could be forgiven for thinking that the days of the good old-fashioned backlead...
  • Up Close and Personal – Lewis Read

    Up Close and Personal – Lewis Read

    “All my target fish are special” He’s caught some of the most desired carp in the land. Here’s what Gardner’s Lewis Read has to say. LEWIS Read has fished many of the country’s toughest waters, including the tricky Car Park Lake, where he caught his personal best – the famous Heather the Leather at 47lb 12oz. UK Carp spoke to him...
  • Guide To Hooks – Part 2

    Guide To Hooks – Part 2

    Right, in Part One I tried to set out a really solid basis for you, the consumer, to understand the really critical information related to the key specifications that generally govern hook design, strength and […]

  • Guide to Hooks – Part 1

    Guide to Hooks – Part 1

    Just look through any magazine or catalogue and you’ll find a dizzying array of hook patterns available – some of which are designed for specific purposes and some that are based on general fundamental principles […]

  • A Guide to Gardner Tackle Copolymer Main lines by Lewis Read

    A Guide to Gardner Tackle Copolymer Main lines by Lewis Read

    We often get asked what the differences between the different copolymer mainlines that we sell, so we thought it was high time that we offered you a little guidance on the key differences between our […]

  • Paranoiac presentation by Lewis Read

    Paranoiac presentation by Lewis Read

    Despite a lot of rhetoric, it sometimes seems blatantly apparent that a lot of anglers and writers out there don’t realise the importance of the reaction speed of their rig and what is going on […]

  • Micro V’s Massive by Lewis Read

    Micro V’s Massive by Lewis Read

    Rig mechanics is a simple subject really! You don’t have to be an astrophysicist or brain surgeon to tie a rig that will catch a carp!

    After all, through a simple process of experimentation and tinkering […]

  • Lewis Read Q&A

    Lewis Read Q&A

    Gardner’s marketing guru on stars of the future, time bandits, not being able to see and his fear of cows. Yes, cows…

    In your youthful days were you rubbing shoulders with any of the big […]