Chris Yates is an angler, photographer, broadcaster, tea connoisseur, nature lover and prolific writer. He is a former holder of the record for the heaviest-recorded British carp, a 51.5 lb specimen captured from Redmire pool in 1980. Yates is a former co-editor (with Jon Ward-Allen) of Waterlog magazine, and is a regular contributor to The Idler.
Yates is well-known for his preference for vintage tackle, particularly split-cane rods and centrepin reels, and regards cane as superior to any other rod-making material. His books and films place a strong emphasis on the enjoyment of being close to nature as one of the principal pleasures that come with fishing.
Yates was one of two central characters in BBC2's acclaimed 1993 TV series A Passion for Angling, made by Hugh Miles and also featuring Bob James, in which the pair go fishing for carp, salmon and other species across Britain. A Passion for Angling was popular worldwide, shown in many countries including Mexico, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Italy, Norway and Japan.