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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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Jim Curry is a renowned AAPGAI master instructor and was a founding partner of Halstead and Bolton Sporting agency. He runs the Yorkshire Fly Fishing School in northern England, offering tuition on the stunning rivers and lakes of Yorkshire, Cumbria and Lancashire. As a trout and salmon instructor with 20 years’ experience, a senior assessor of AAPGAI instructors, a writer and rod tester for magazines including Trout and Salmon and having lead countless international trips to destinations across the globe, Jim is widely regarded as one of thebest and most knowledgeable teachers of fly fishing and fly casting in the UK. We have been lucky enough to get an exclusive interview with the fishing legend, asking about everything from his latest products to his earliest fishing memories! Here’s what happened when Jim encountered all of our questions.   Name: Jim Curry Age: 44 Location:  Ilkley West Yorkshire Job Description: UK and Ireland Guideline Representative Likes: Swinging flies for salmon Dislikes: Bad etiquette on the riverbank - it drives me nuts!   Describe a typical day for you. Every day is different, but always fishing related. It’s been this way since I started in the industry as a ghillie when I was seventeen years old. There are always emails and calls to make to customers, and I’m still teaching, which I love after all these years. Evenings are spent either catching a brownie on the Wharfe or just relaxing at home with my daughter and listening to music. I love my music, but I think I’m the only one!   What age did you start fishing? I started with the fly at around age nine on the Findhorn. Before that, I was dangling worms for little brownies in a stream on the farm I grew up on.   Jim Curry What is your first fishing memory? Catching a trout on a piece of sweetcorn on a family holiday in Cornwall! My mum still has the picture in her house. I thought it was enormous at the time, but it only looks about a pound on the picture these days.   What do you love most about the sport? The people I’ve met, the places I’ve travelled to and the memories I’ve got – and all because of our amazing sport!   Describe your casting style. Relaxed and chilled out. I try to let the rod do the work.   What is your most memorable fishing experience? On my Dad’s 70th birthday in Norway, I watched him hook and land the most perfect bright silver 26lb salmon on the first cast of the first day. He went on to catch way more than me, as usual!   What piece of kit could you not live without? My polaroid glasses! I feel lost if I forget them on a day’s fishing.   What do you still want to tick off your fishing bucket list? The chance of taking a big salmon on a hitch or a dry. Just the thought of a big sea monster rolling on my fly gives me goosebumps!   Any funny fishing tales you would like to share? I’ve seen so many on my adventures around the world. In fact, I’m writing a book with many of them in, if I ever finish it (which is unlikely with the speed I type)!   Jim Curry What would your perfect day consist of? Spending time on a beautiful river, just dropping off and clearing after a lift of water and a good chance of a fish. But crucially, I would be fishing with a close friend. I much prefer fishing in good company than fishing alone these days.   What are you most proud of/greatest achievement? Becoming a father to my gorgeous little girl.   Who or what inspires you? So many people have and still do. I’ve been fortunate to work with many of them these days. Overall I’d say my Dad - not a long caster but a very canny fisher who always gets a fish when the conditions are super tough.   How did you get a career started in the fishing industry? I started as a Ghillie in Scotland. After that, I followed my passion for the sport and I ignored people who said I’d never make a living from fly fishing. I stuck at it, because I’m stubborn like that!   Any advice for fellow anglers that would like a career in the fishing world? Follow your passion always. If you have a passion for anything in life you are very lucky; many people never find what their passion is. Never give in, work hard at your casting and love your fishing. Never think you know it all - nobody does or ever should.     What is the big thing for your brand this year? There are lots of cool products this year. If I had to choose one I would say the Guideline LXi salmon rods, both four and six piece. I just love these rods so much. The 13ft 9in 9/10 is a perfect fit for me and my fishing. Smooth, crisp and great with a fish on.   Can you give us any advice or useful tips? Get your casting up to speed and go to an AAPGAI instructor. You will enjoy this wonderful sport so much more when you understand casting and you’ll catch more fish, especially when conditions are tough. Keep your eyes open on the river and appreciate what a wonderful place it is. The more aware you are of life on the river bank, the more you’ll get out of this amazing sport.   Check out some of the other offers we currently have from our range of Guideline products - Buy Guideline Diver Sonic Seam Waders and Korkers Buckskin Wading Boots together and save £129.00 Buy a Guideline Fario CRS Fly Rod and get a Free Fario Fly Line worth £59.99 Buy a pair of Guideline Laxa Waders and Crosswater V2 Wading Boots together and save £99.99!  

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.”

To request our latest catalogue completely free of charge, visit our Request a Catalogue page now.

Our new 2015 Fishing Catalogue is about to launch and we thought what better way to reward one lucky winner with a £500 gift voucher for them to spend on anything of their choice!   Our gift vouchers make excellent gifts for any of our loved ones who spend a lot of their time out in the field or enjoying fly fishing in their spare time. They are available as £10, £20, £50 and £100 vouchers, more details can be found here on our Gift Voucher Page.   In our new catalogue you will find a huge range of fishing tackle and clothing from all the top brands including Greys, Hardy, Sage and much more.  We have many of the new season products in stock ready to ship, and all at fantastic prices.   If you are looking for a new fly fishing rod to get your season going, how about the Hardy Marksman2 T Series Double Handed Rod – available from £299. This popular rod is a favourite for those who like casting, or fishing rivers which traditionally use, or favour a full line.   To accompany this, take a look at the Greys GX900 Fly Reel – on sale from £119.99. This high spec reel is a competitor in all forms of fishing, from tackling small wild trout to battling large, hard fighting salmon. This reel features a centralised twin Rulon disc drag, tool less conversion from left to right, and has a large arbour design with captive spool release.   If it is a new pair of waders you are looking for then you must take a look at the Guideline Laxa Sidewinder Stockingfoot Waders currently on sale at £199.99. These high quality waders are made from strong Korean 4L Nylon fabric and feature fleece lined hand warmer pockets, articulated 4mm neoprene socks and an elastic wading belt to hold tools etc.   So be sure to visit our Competition Page now and enter to be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize. If you want to pre-order our 2015 fishing catalogue for free then visit our catalogue page where you can fill in your details for delivery.
Sage Logo       With fly fishing in full flow we thought it would be a good time to offer everyone the chance to win fly fishing rod of their choice from our fantastic range of Sage Fly Fishing Rods we currently stock.   Sage was founded in 1980 by the legendary rod designer Don Green. He had one idea in mind when Sage was created and that was – to build the worlds finest performance fly rods. Well, we certainly haven't been disappointed! Performance and power has always been the main focus for Don as experience had taught him that fly rods should never run out of “power”. He knew the best designs were those that always held power in reserve for those extra long casts or windy conditions.   Sage Method Double Handed Fly RodOur current range of Sage fly fishing rods includes all the top models from their latest range of fly rods including the Sage Method Double Handed Fly Rod. This fantastic rod comes in a wide range of sizes ranging from the 11ft 9in, 5 7/16oz weight model available for £769, all the way up to the 15ft, 9 5/8oz model on sale for £919.       Sage ONE Single Handed Fly RodFor those who prefer a single handed fly rod , we have the Sage ONE Single Handed Fly Rod also available in a good range of lengths and weights priced between £669 and £679.   So be sure to give yourself a chance of winning a Sage fly fishing rod of your choice from our latest stock by visiting our Competition Page and answering the simple multiple choice question now!  

Fly Rods

8 January 2010 16:58:31 GMT

Fly fishing requires finesse and technical expertise as well as patience and intuition. Beginners tend to hurl the line frantically toward the point they’re aiming at, whereas veterans have integrated the physics of fly fishing into their bodies, generating the impulse to cast the line through a subtle and precise whisk of the rod, stopping abruptly at just the right moment and watching the resulting loop of energy cast the line satisfyingly to its destination just as a fly would land on the water’s surface. As with all crafts, the tools one uses to achieve one’s goals are all important. John Norris offers a superb range of fly rods, from the basic equipment of the novice to the sophisticated instrument of the master craftsman.
Starting with fly rods for beginners, the ones to look out for will need to be more flexible, generating a slower impulse and making the line easier to cast, as well as softening the presentation of the fly to the water’s surface to appear more like live bait. An excellent and inexpensive beginner’s fly rod is the Shakespeare Expedition series, available from John Norris for between £42.99 and £49.99. There are five models altogether, ranging in length from 8ft 6inches to 9ft 6inches, and they come in five or seven piece designs. Excellent for both freshwater and saltwater, they’re extremely versatile, easy to carry about and just ideal for novices. All models come with Triple ‘A’ Grade cork handles, overslide/push-in joints for ease of assembly, lined stripper guide with snake intermediates and spring-loaded keeper ring. Supplied in Cordura Tube, they’re robust and light.
At the other end of the scale comes the magnificent Hardy Angel 2 DH Fly Rod, available from John Norris for £999.00. Thirteen feet of highly engineered perfection, this rod is perfect for smaller salmon rivers but can be used for big sea trout, as well. Ideal for shallow rivers in the summer, its light line makes for fantastic salmon fishing. This rod took years of development to improve on the excellent original Angel fly rod; it’s an attempt which has definitely paid off. The new fly rod is constructed from no less than eight multi-modulus materials, the effect of which is to take the original Angel to a completely new level. It comes with a unique anodised locking reel seat with Texalium insert and has four sections for ease of travel. Anglers who fly fish for long periods will find its perfect balance a godsend, and its fast and ultra-fast blanks are essential attributes for such a lengthy fly rod. Sheer perfection.
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