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Fantastic Fishing in Cuba

23 June 2017 12:37:35 BST

Our store manager Julian Shaw recently spent two weeks in Cuba. As well as doing the usual tourist visits, he managed to find time for a spot of fishing (what a surprise!) and by the sound of it, he had a good time!

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Posted in Fishing Fishing Stories Fly Fishing By Richard JNoP

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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Whether you’re a long-time angler or just getting started, it never hurts just to get re-acquainted with the basics of fishing clothing. We’ve put together this handy guide on choosing the right fishing clothing so that you can be all set when your first jaunt of 2017. Take a look!Read More
Posted in Fishing By Adele Halsall
Our very own James Norris, was recently interviewed by game shooting and fishing publication, Fieldsports Magazine. In it he talks about how our business has grown from a small sports shop in a terraced building, to one of the biggest specialist country sports suppliers in the UK. He also talks about his favourite form of fishing and favourite places to fish. As the manager of John Norris, James is responsible for monitoring orders in our Penrith shop; meeting with suppliers and talking to customers about their favourite products. He often spends time testing new and upcoming products and giving feedback based on what he knows his customers want. “With the growth of the internet, especially fishing forums, our customers are really knowledgeable,” James says. “So the challenge for us is to ensure that the products we stock are up to the task. “We spend a lot of time testing and, on many occasions, suggesting improvements to products before they are launched. Every customer wants and deserves the best and we pride ourselves on matching their needs to the best equipment available, whether they are novices or experienced. This is why we listen to our customers Click here to read the full interview, including James’ thoughts on catch & release and the future of wild salmon stocks.
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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). As usual, we've decided to give our anglers a rundown of all the UK's opening and closing fishing season dates (starting here with Scotland, whose season opened on 11th January). Each river  varies, so be sure to check the dates for the rivers you're interested in so that you can plan your sessions accordingly. Remember that there is no salmon fishing allowed anywhere on Sundays by law, and that there is no closed season for rainbow trout or pike as this is available all year round. (The same is true for sea or coarse fishing.) The start of the wild brown trout season is 15th March. For those of you who are interested, some rivers hold Annual Opening ceremonies to mark the official start of the new season. The River Spey and the River Tay are two such rivers - for more information about what to expect, head to their websites.  

Aberdeenshire Dee

1st February - 30th September

Ailort

11th February - 31st October

Aline

11th February - 31st October

Almond

15th January - 15th October

Alness

11th February - 31st October

Amhuinnsuidhe (Harris)

3rd June - 15th October

Annan

25th February - 15th November

Arnisdale

11th February - 31st October

Aros (Mull)

11th February - 31st October

Awe

11th February - 31st October

Ba (Mull)

11th February - 31st October

Beauly

11th February - 15th October

Berriedale

11th February - 31st October

Blackadder

1st February - 30th November

Bladnoch

11th February - 31st October

Border Esk

1st February - 31st October

Borgie

12th January - 30th September

Broom

11th February - 31st October

Brora

1st February - 15th October

Caron (West Coast)

11th February - 31st October

Carron

11th January - 30th September

Cassley

11th January - 30th September

Clyde

11th February - 31st October

Conon

11th February - 30th September

Cree

1st May - 14th October

Creed (Lewis)

1st June - 15th October

Dee (Kirkcubright)

11th February - 31st October

Deveron

11th February - 31st October

Doinard

11th February - 31st October

 

Don

11th February - 31st October

Doon

11th February - 31st October

Dunbeath

11th February - 15th October

Dundonnell

11th February - 31st October

Eachaig

1st May - 31st October

Earn

1st February - 31st October

Eden (Fife)

5th February - 31st October

Ericht

15th January - 15th October

Ettive

11th February - 15th October

Ettrick

1st February - 30th November

Evlyx

11th January - 30th September

Fhorsa

1st June - 15th October

Fincastle (Harris)

25th February - 31st October

Findhorn

11th February - 30th September

Fleet (Kirkcubright)

25th February - 31st October

Fleet (Sutherland)

25th February - 31st October

Forss

11th February - 31st October

Forth

1st February - 31st October

Garry

15th January - 15th October

Girvan

25th February - 31st October

Gour

11th February - 31st October

Gress

1st June - 15th October

Gridie

11th February - 31st October

Grimistra

15th June - 15th October

Gruinard

11th February - 31st October

Hamanavay (Lewis)

3rd June - 15th October

Helmsdale

11th January - 30th September

Hope (River & Loch)

12th January - 30th September

Inver

11th February - 31st October

Irvine

25th February - 15th November

 

Isla

15th January - 15th October

Kannaird

11th February - 31st October

Kirkaig

11th February - 31st October

Kishorn

11th February - 31st October

Laggan (Islay)

25th February - 31st October

Laxay Fishery (Lewis)

25th February - 31st October

Laxford

11th February - 31st October

Laxford Fishery (Harris)

1st April - 15th October

Leven (Dumbartonshire)

11th February - 31st October

Lochy

11th February - 31st October

Luce

25th February - 31st October

Luss (Mull)

11th February - 31st October

Machrie (Arran)

25th February - 31st October

Moidart

11th February - 31st October

Morar

11th February - 31st October

Nairn

11th February - 7th October

Naver

12th January - 30th September

Ness

15th January - 15th October

Nith

11th February - 31st October

North Esk

16th February - 31st October

Obbe System (Harris)

3rd June - 15th October

Orchy

11th February - 15th October

Orkney

25th February - 31st October

Oykel

11th January - 30th September

Polla

12th January - 30th September

Polly

11th February - 15th October

Rodel Fishery (Harris)

1st May - 31st September

Ruel

16th February - 31st October

Sanda

11th February - 31st October

Scaddie

11th February - 31st October

     

Sheil (River & Loch)

11th February - 31st October

Shetland

25th February - 31st October

Shin

11th January - 30th September

Sligican

11th February - 15th October

Snizort

11th February - 15th October

Sorn (Islay)

25th February - 31st October

South Esk

16th February - 31st October

Spey

11th February - 30th September

Stinchar

25th February - 31st October

Strathy

12th January - 30th September

Tay

15th January - 15th October

Teith

1st February - 31st October

Teviot

1st February - 30th November

Thurso

11th January - 5th October

Till

1st February - 30th November

Torridon

11th February - 31st October

Tummel

15th January - 15th October

Tweed

1st February - 30th November

Ugie

10th February - 31st October

Ullapool

11th February - 31st October

Urr

25th February - 31st October

Whiteadder

1st February - 30th November

Yarrow

1st February - 30th November

Ythan

11th February - 31st October

 
BBC Two has announced this week that a new fishing series is coming to our screens. Provisionally titled The Big Fish, it will be presented by Ben Fogle and will have expert UK fisherman Matt Hayes as the judge.   Matt HayesThe series is going to be made up of six episodes and filmed across four continents. There will be eight amateur anglers from the UK who will be under the critical eye of Matt Hayes accompanied by a local fishing specialist who will be familiar with the waters of the host country as they become immersed in the local fishing techniques.           Ben FogleBen Fogle is well known for his worldly adventures and expeditions including rowing across the Atlantic, trekking across the Sahara and hiking to the South Pole, so his experiences are going to be useful as the eight fishermen face tropical climes and sub-zero temperatures in some of the world’s toughest and most challenging fishing destinations.         Matt Hayes at John Norris ShopMatt Hayes has pretty much fished for everything from sticklebacks to sailfish and says “In my role as a judge I’ll be using my experience to cut through to the issues that really matter – watercraft, natural ability, attitude and technique. Sometimes fishing problems are solved in the mind as much as they are with a rod and reel, and that takes character.”             “The series is the most significant media event in the sport since ‘Passion For Angling’ and I am thrilled to be a part of it. It takes the sport into the homes of millions of families and gives them an insight into the skills required to be a truly great angler. It’s going to be a blend of calm and precision mixed with explosive action and sharp teeth. And all the drama will take place in some of the most spectacular locations on the planet.”   The Big Fish is due to be broadcast on BBC Two later in the year.
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Tackle Up for Trout - Expert Advice

28 May 2015 10:00:31 BST

Tackle Up For Trout Fishing

Greys XF2 Streamflex Single Handed Fly Rod (catalogue page 31)

Greys XF2 Streamflex Single Handed Fly Rod

9’ – Line size 4 - weight 3.20 - 4 piece Code: 1326574 £219.99

A word from our expert: “This is an excellent river rod. It’s perfect for the gentle presentation of both drys and nymphs on small to medium sized rivers.”

Guideline Fario CRS Single Handed Fly Rod (catalogue page 34) Sizes available: 8’ 9” or 9’ 0”, line rating 3, 4, 5 or 6 Codes: 18860 to 18867 4 Piece: £499.00 6 Piece: £519.00

A word from our expert:  “The Fario CRS is one of the best river rods on the market. It’s extremely high quality, developed with the most recent technology and is beautiful to cast.”

Lamson Guru Fly Reel (catalogue page 41)

Lamson Guru Fly Reel

Model 1.5 - Line size 3/4/5 - weight 4.70 - diameter 3.15” - Capacity WF4 + 100m Code: GURU1.5 £179.00

A word from our expert:  “With a legendary conical drag system, this is a reel that won’t let you down”

Rio InTouch Perception Trout Floating Fly Line (catalogue page 45) Sizes available: WF3-WF8

Comment: “best river lines going” Codes Camo/Tan/Grey: PEC3 to PEC8 Green/Camo/Tan: PEG3 to PEG8 £69.99

A word from our expert:  “This is currently the best river fly line for all round performance.”

Rio InTouch Trout LT Floating Line (catalogue page 45)

Rio InTouch Trout LT Floating Line

Sizes available: WF3-WF6, DT3-DT6 Codes WF: ILWF3 – ILWF6 DT: DT3 to DT6 £69.99

A word from our expert:  “The InTouch LT is the best line for delicate presentation and small flies.”

Roman Moser Minicon Braided Loops – Trout (catalogue page 64) Code: RMM1 £7.99

A word from our expert:  “These loops are the neatest and smallest on the market. They are the closest you will get to a welded loop.”

GINK Fly Float (catalogue page 65) Code: J1450 £5.99

A word from our expert:  “Gink is a premium fly floatant. You only need to apply it once and allow it to dry and your fly will float all day long.”

Orvis Original Mud (catalogue page 65) Code: 6947 £3.95

A word from our expert:  “Orvis river mud will help remove the shine of leaders as well as sink those high floating tippet materials.”

Frog Hair Co-Polymer Tippet (catalogue page 66) Weights available: 2.8lb, 3.7lb, 4.9lb, 6.2lb, 8.5lb Codes: G0010 to G0018 £4.99

A word from our expert:  “Frog Hair is a subtle, ultra-thin co-polymer tippet material which is perfect when using dry flies.”

Riverge Grand Max Tippet (catalogue page 66)

Riverge Grand Max Tippet

Weights available: 2.4lb, 3.5lb, 4.75,lb, 6lb, 7.5lb, 9.5lb, 12.5lb, 14.5lb, 16.5lb Code: TIPWAKFLUGRA £8.99 for 30yds £22.99 for 100yds

A word from our expert: “This is by far the highest quality fluorocarbon on the market. It’s extremely thin, virtually invisible in water and good for use with nymphs. Grand Max offers excellent knot strength and is my ‘go to’ sub-surface tippet.”

Rio Powerflex Trout Tapered Leaders (catalogue page 67) 9’ Long Weights available: 2.4lb, 3.4lb, 5lb, 6.4lb, 8.2lb, 10lb, 13lb, 15lb Code: TL7 £3.99

A word from our expert: “Presentation is key in all types of fishing. Whenever I fish small flies I use Rio Powerflex leaders to improve the turnover of my fly. They are vital.”

Shakespeare Sigma Tippet Spool Holder (catalogue page 68) Code: 1308984 £2.99

A word from our expert: “Spool holders are very handy to organise the multiple tippets we carry as fishermen.”

Simms Nippers (catalogue page 68)

Simms Nippers

Code: SN1 £32.99

A word from our expert: “These nippers are one of the sharpest available. They are very easy to use, even with cold hands, due to their broader frame design.”

C&F Design Medium 12-Row Fly Box with Two-Sided Sling Leaf (catalogue page 73) Code: CF-25676 £39.99

A word from our expert: “The sling leaf in this box allows you to carry all the flies you could ever need in your jacket or vest.”

C&F Design Medium 9-Row Fly Box with Sling Leaf and Dropper Spool (catalogue page 73)

C&F Design Medium 9 Row Fly Box With Sling Leaf and Dropper Spool

Code: CF-2556N £44.99

A word from our expert:  “This box can contain everything you need to change your flies and leaders easily and quickly while in the river.”

Guideline Reel Bag (catalogue page 74) Code: 70474 £54.99 A word from our expert:

“This bag is a brilliant solution for having all your reels available to you on the riverbank or the boat – you can be prepared for all conditions!”

McLean Short Handle Weigh Net (catalogue page 78)

McLean Short Handle Weigh Net

Comments: “weigh those specimen trout” Code: MLSW £69.99

A word from our expert:  “This extremely well designed net allows you to land you fish safely and also weigh it accurately.”

Costa Del Mar Fantail Sunglasses (catalogue page 81)

Costa Del Mar Fantail Sunglasses

Code: GLACOS580FAN £169.00

A word from our expert:  “The best sunglasses on the market. For fish spotting, use the sunrise lens.”

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