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Our Top Tackle For Trout Fishing In 2017

18 March 2017 10:25:48 GMT

It's that time of year again! The new salmon and trout fishing seasons are officially upon us, and it's time for us all to be brushing up our gear ready to get out on the waters again - if you've not already done so.

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Many of you may not know this but for over 35 years we have bought and exchanged a large amount of used fishing tackle. If you are ever looking to buy a new fishing rod, reel or even a pair of waders and have some used tackle that you could possibly exchange in the process, don’t hesitate to contact us and we can offer you a quote based on further inspection of the goods. Once we receive any used items we inspect them carefully and grade them as follows to sell on to anyone who is looking to pick up any second hand tackle at a good price – A – Appears Unused B – Superb Condition C – Very Good Condition D – Marked but Appears Sound E – Usable F – Poor Condition, Reflected in the Price In addition to the used tackle we receive, we also have quite a large selection of ex-demonstration fishing rods and reels available at a discounted price for sale. These are also graded using the same system but are nearly always a grade A as many items have never even left the shop. With around 200 items currently in stock, you can find a full list of the Ex-demonstration and Pre-loved Fishing Tackle listed on our website. This list is updated daily however we can’t guarantee all the items are still available as they are sold on a first come, first served basis.
Christmas is nearly here and I am sure that most of us will have finished doing all our shopping for gifts. But for those who have still got a few loved ones to buy for, or if you simply want to pick yourself up a bargain before the madness of the Boxing Day sales begin, come and take a look at our Christmas Clearance Sale now before stock runs out!   Barbour Glenmore HoodyWe have many items of Barbour Clothing currently on offer including the Barbour Glenmore Hoody still available in sizes M to XXL. This casual hoody features Barbour tartan elbow patches and is made with 100% cotton with a fleece light brush inside. Currently on offer for £74.95 reduced from £99.95.     Barbour Ladies Kelsall Wax JacketAlso from Barbour we have the Barbour Ladies Kelsall Wax Jacket featuring a lightweight 6oz Sylkoil wax outer and 100% cotton Barbour tartan lining. Still available in most sizes and also comes with a free lambswool scarf worth £19.95. Sale price is £186.99 reduced from £249.00.     Greys GX500 Fly ReelsWhilst fly fishing seasons are closed for most of the UK’s rivers at present, what better time to grab yourself a bargain on new tackle. In our Christmas Clearance Sale we have the Greys GX500 Fly Reels on sale for £34.99, down from £49.99. These lightweight river fishing reels are supplied in a reel case with two spare spools.     John Norris Polar Fleece Neck WarmerIdeal for the colder weather, the John Norris Polar Fleece Neck Warmer is made with 100% cotton double layered polar fleece for extra warmth and comfort. On sale for £4.99 reduced from £9.99.     Seeland Thermal MugFor a last minute stocking filler, how about the Seeland Thermal Mug reduced from £21.99 to only £6.99! This thermal mug is stylish and made from lightweight, durable stainless steel making it extremely practical when out in the field.     For many more fantastic offers check out our Christmas Clearance Sale now!
Every year we like to spend time searching out the best deals and offers we can and put together a number of Fishing Rod Outfits that suit our customers needs whether they are new to fishing or not. Our collections of Fishing Rod Outfits include Salmon Rod Outfits, Atlantic Outfits, Stillwater and Reservoir Fly Fishing Outfits and much more.  We include a Fly Rod, Fly Reel and Fly lines with our outfits as standard and sometimes include bags, nets and other accessories we feel would benefit our customers and help get them out on the water’s edge at an affordable cost.   Greys GR50 Stillwater and Reservoir Fly Fishing OutfitOne of our most popular Fishing Rod Outfit is the Greys GR50 Stillwater and Reservoir Fly Fishing Outfit currently priced at £204.99 - £209.99. These outfits are specifically designed for the UK’s Stillwaters and reservoirs and features:  
  • Greys GR50 4 Piece Fly Rod
  • Choice of Greys GX500 4/5/6 or 6/7/8 Fly Reel + 2 Spare Spools
  • John Norris Evo Twin Colour Floating Fly Line
  • John Norris Pro2 Clear Intermediate Fly Line
  • John Norris Pro2 Sink Tip Fly Line
  • Backing and Loops Fitted
  John Norris Atlantic OutfitsAnother of our best selling Fishing Rod Outfits is the John Norris Atlantic Outfits priced from £279.99 - £319.99. These outfits have been put together by the John Norris fishing team and have been created to cover every imaginable salmon fishing situation. This outfit includes:  
  • John Norris Atlantic Salmon Rod
  • Snowbee Stealth Reel Featuring Disc Drag
  • John Norris Atlantic Fly Lines to Cover all Salmon Fishing Conditions and Challenges
    Shakespeare Sigma Complete Brook and Stream Fly Fishing OutfitThe last Fishing Rod Outfit we would like to feature is our Shakespeare Sigma Complete Brook and Stream Fly Fishing Outfit currently on offer for £119.99 reduced from £237.89! These outfits have been designed to offer the fly fisher everything you need to get started or looking to try something new. Included in these outfits is:  
  • Shakespeare Sigma 4 Piece Fly Rod with Tube
  • Snowbee Classic Fly Reel
  • John Norris Evo Twin Coloured Floating Fly Line to Match
  • Shakespeare Glider Pocket Bag
  • Shakespeare Glider Scoop Net
  • Snowbee Easy-Vue Fly Box + 60 Flies
  • 10 x John Norris Pro2 Tapered Leaders
  • Loon Fly Floatant and Sinkant
  • John Norris Snips, Zinger and Forceps
  • Backing and Loops Fitted

Win a Hardy Fly Reel Worth up to £549!

29 May 2014 09:26:10 BST

The Hardy’s selection of fly reels are some of the best on the market and you could be in with the chance of winning one. Hardy Fly Fishing Equipment These top of the line products are bought to you by Hardy. Hardy’s was founded by William Hardy in 1872. Hardy’s was originally a gunsmith shop in Alnwick, Northumberland. In 1890, after years of development and intricate alterations the ultimate fly reel came about. They called it simply; The Perfect. This high quality product was an instant success and the firm has built and developed their fly reel – a feat that no other tackle manufacturer can even begin to challenge. The current John Norris range of Hardy fly reels features some of the best from their range. Their Perfect Widespool Reel is an incredible product that features some endlessly useful features. For example the wide spool design allows for better backing capacity and the deep anodised design allows for strength and durability. Hardy Ultralight DD Reels The Hardy Ultralight DD reel is also hugely popular with fly fishing fans. Its slow start up inertia and multi carbon disk brake system makes it truly exceptional. For your chance to own some of Hardy’s high quality product then enter our competition. For a comprehensive look at our range of Hardy’s products then take a look at the rest of our site or request a copy of our Country Sports and Fly Fishing Catalogues today.

River Beauly Fishing Diary

31 August 2011 12:08:20 BST

James Norris’s River Beauly Fishing Diary Week 15-20th August Monday Sean Bennett caught a 6lb Salmon on the Priest Pool on a Golden Willie Gunn, Sage 15ft Z-Axis fly rod, and an old System II 10/11 reel. I got a 5lb cock fish on the Downie Beat, using a 1” Cascade Tube, 14ft Loop Opti Power spey rod and a Hardy Demon 9000 Reel and a Fly line Rio AFS Shooting Head Clear Intermediate. [caption id="attachment_519" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="5lb Salmon Caught by James Norris"]5lb Salmon Caught by James Norris[/caption] Tuesday The only fish caught today was 6lb, caught by one of the ladies in the group fishing, well done Liz. Wednesday Michael Buckman on his second cast hooked a 13lb Salmon, it was released back into the River.  This Fish was caught on the Home Beat on a 1” Cascade Tube, 14ft Loop Opti Power spey rod, Hardy Demon 9000 Reel. This was the second Salmon that Michael has been lucky enough to catch, well done. [caption id="attachment_521" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="13lb Salmon caught by Michael Buckman"]13lb Salmon caught by Michael Buckman[/caption] Michael Buckman also landed a 6lb Salmon using the same Fly/Rod/Reel combination on the same beat some 20 minutes later. [caption id="attachment_523" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="6lb Salmon Caught by Michael Buckman"]6lb Salmon Caught by Michael Buckman[/caption] Thursday I was delighted to be there to watch Edward Bennet, only 12 years old, catch his first ever Salmon, a beautiful 6lb fish.  He caught it using a Golden Willie Gunn size 11  on the Downie Beat.  Look at his smile, it’s so great to see young fisherman getting their first catch and hopefully getting hooked on the sport. [caption id="attachment_525" align="aligncenter" width="225" caption="6lb Salmon Caught by Edward Bennet"]6lb Salmon Caught by Edward Bennet[/caption] I couldn’t understand where a lot of my Salmon flies had disappeared to………..Ben!!!! [caption id="attachment_526" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Ben Wearing my Salmon Flies"]Ben Wearing my Salmon Flies[/caption] Little Ben Jackson thought they looked better on his new fleece than in my fly box. Friday Michael Buckman had a 5lb and 6lb Salmon both on a Golden Willie Gunn he was top rod for the week with 4 fish in total. Michael was very impressed with his new Guideline Dee waders they kept him dry and cool all week as the weather was very warm. [caption id="attachment_537" align="aligncenter" width="225" caption="5lb Salmon Caught by Michael Buckman"]5lb Salmon Caught by Michael Buckman[/caption]

Fishing Tackle Essentials

11 May 2011 14:48:30 BST

The right fishing tackle is essential if you want to catch fish. Here at John Norris we're all experienced anglers, and know what sort of fishing tackle you should be looking at. Here's what you need to think about. 1. Fishing rod Your fishing rod is probably the most important item of fishing tackle, and so you'll want to get it right. Whether you're fishing in a lake, or river, or looking for a budget, or premium fishing rod, you'll want to make sure that you get it right first time. 2. Fishing line Your fishing line needs to be capable of holding the fish that you'll be catching so you should always purchase a high quality line from a leading brand. 3. Fishing reel Your fishing reel doesn't have to be the most expensive, the most advanced or the lightest, but it does have to work well. If your fishing reel isn't as good as it used to be, or you're setting up a different rod, why not buy a new reel too? 4. Fishing flies The rest of your fishing tackle is useless without the right fishing flies. You'll want to make sure that you have the right sort of flies for the fish you're catching, where you're fishing and the time of year. Why not have a go at fly tying too? 5. Brands You might already have some fishing brands in mind. Here at John Norris we stock the leading brands, including Hardy, Greys, Sage, Abu Garcia, Daiwa, Loop, Scott Mackenzie, Shakespeare fishing rods and reels, Cortland, Rio and Scientific Anglers Lines, and clothing from Barbour, Snowbee, Simms and more. 6. Fishing clothing Staying warm and dry is important, as you'll be outside for a long time. If your jacket isn’t waterproof, or your hands always get cold, perhaps now is the time to buy some better fishing clothing. 7. Fishing boots You'll need to make sure that you don’t slip on the wet banks, so having the right footwear is important. You might go for wellington boots, fishing boots, or waders. 8. Fishing box Keeping the small items of your fishing safe and well organised in a fishing box is recommended, so that you don’t lose things, and so that you always know where they are when you need them. 9. Fishing bag A fishing bag helps to keep your fishing tackle together, so that you're not hunting round the house for things, or worse, likely to forget something important when you go fishing. 10. Value for money No matter what items of fishing tackle you need, you'll want to get the right product at the right price. No matter whether you're new to fishing and looking at a budget fishing reel, or an experienced angler looking for the latest high end fishing rod, you'll want to know that you're getting value for money. Here at John Norris, we've got many years experience, and fantastic products, and the knowledge to help you to buy the fishing tackle you need. Find out more by browsing our fishing tackle section, or by calling us on 01768 864211 today.

Fishing Reels

1 December 2009 16:19:58 GMT

Fishing reels have been used in England since about 1650, but if our seventeenth century forefathers could see what technological innovation has become available to us 21st century inhabitants, they’d scream ‘witchcraft!’ (or go day-glo green with pure envy). As we know, fishing reels employ a spool mounted on an axel to deploy and retrieve the fishing line; but there, many similarities end. A seventeenth century angler would have little knowledge of high-tech drag mechanisms, which apply variable pressure to the revolving spool to slow it down (contemporary drag technology always slips the forces below the line’s snapping point whilst placing maximum ‘drag’ on the fish, tiring it to the point where it almost begs to be grilled or pan-fried).
The Lamson Litespeed Reel could easily earn the title of the daddy of fishing reels, even though it’s firmly in the mid-price range (currently available from John Norris at between £250 and £375, depending on model). It’s a top quality reel, with a drag system completely sealed to the elements (including saltwater) and absolutely zero maintenance. There is virtually no start-up torque to the drag, and you can change from right to left hand retrieve by simply unscrewing the cap, flipping the clutch, and re-screwing the drag cap. The Litespeed is machined from barstock aluminium in the US, and for a large arbor fishing reel it’s amazingly light with no compromise to its strength.
Moving on to a veritable Rolls Royce amongst fishing reels, however, you might find yourself swooning before the stunning Abel Super Series QC Reels and Spools. ‘QC’ stands for ‘Quick Change’ and literally years of development have gone into the making of this range. All fishing reels are ‘ported’ or ventilated using a rounded oblong aperture, a design which preserves total rigidity and maximum strength. The brilliant simplicity informing the ‘Quick Change’ design means that anglers can change spools whilst fishing – almost whilst brushing their teeth. All you need to do is ease up on the drag, turn the knob on the spindle – and the spool is loose! Anyone used to fishing in areas where fish are found at different depths, necessitating different lines with different presentations, will find this feature irresistible. This fishing reel series has integral ‘outgoing’ and ‘retrieve’ clicks, radically new to Abel. The series also has the typical wide range of drag settings for Abel products, along with the low start-up inertia Abel aficionados will be familiar with. Simply brilliant stuff!
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