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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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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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Fishing on a Tributary of the Eden

26 May 2015 15:06:01 BST

Our Assistant Store Manager, Mark Bendle, was out trout stalking last Thursday on one of the Eden's many tributaries and we thought we would share a few images from the day along with details of what tackle Mark was using. Mark Trout The average size of the brown trout were 3/4lb, taking the Gold Bead Hairs Ear and Micro Caddis, whilst using the New Zealand Duo Style Dry Fly as the indicator on the water surface. The tippet can be tied either over the hook or through the eye of your Dry with a dropper of various lengths with your nymph on the end. Mark Trouting Mark was using a Greys Streamflex 7ft 6 fly rod and all the fish he caught were at rod length out whilst using homemade neoprene knee pads so he could get right down and not spook the fish. Mark Trout1
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.

Salmon & Trout Fishing Seasons in Scotland

13 January 2015 15:33:21 GMT

Christmas is over and 2015 has arrived and from everyone here at John Norris, we would like to wish you all a Happy New Year! January brings the start of salmon and trout fishing seasons for many of the UK’s rivers and fisheries and this year we thought it would be a good idea to post a list of the season dates for as many popular rivers as we can. As there are so many rivers across the UK, particular in Scotland we thought it best to split the rivers up into two or three articles starting with Scotland as they have the earliest season start date of the 11th January. The dates listed are as accurate as I can find following my research but if anyone can see any that need amending, I will gladly update.  

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 - 15th October

Creed (Lewis)

1st June - 15th October

Dee (Kirkcubright)

11th February - 31st October

Deveron

11th February - 31st October

Doinard

11th February - 31st October

 

River Tay

 

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)

15th 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

 

 River Dee

 

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

25th 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

 

 Salmon

 

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

 
It is that time again when our shop manager Julian Shaw and fellow fisherman Dan Atkinson make their yearly visit to Lough Corrib by Galway in the west of Ireland. Lough Corrib is the second largest Lough in Ireland that covers 176 km2 and is renowned for its fantastic brown trout. This year Julian & Dan based themselves at the Corrib View Lodge in nearby Shrule and managed to get out and fish all over Lough Corrib. The weather was mixed showing the many moods of this awesome Lough and at times provided some testing conditions. For the first two days there was some gusty north westerly and north easterly winds that ended up with little success after Julian and Dan tried a number of methods. P5250908 The next two days were calmer with the wind softening and warmer conditions all round. The fish started coming to mainly dry and wet Mays. P5260925 To round off the trip, the final two days provided some phenomenal dry fly fishing with a good number of fish up to 4lb caught and released with several larger fish lost. P5250902 Julian and Dan were using: -          Sage One & Greys XF2 Fly Rods -          Rio Gold & Airflo Fly Lines -          Selection of Mayfly Flies They were wearing clothing from: -          Greys -          Hardy -          Snowbee -          Englands   They would also like to say a massive thank you to Larry and Michelle of the Corrib View Lodge for an extremely pleasant stay and outstanding hospitality.

Rocky Mountain Trout Fishing

16 April 2013 13:11:56 BST

By Martyn Armstrong

Rocky Mountain Trout Fishing

There is a reason that the forestry trunk road that straddles the Rocky Mountains between Alberta and British Columbia is called the Trout Highway. Often overshadowed by the more famous trout seems south of the border in Montana, the variety and quality of fishing available within an hour of the Canadian continental divide remains largely unknown to most European trout fishermen.

Rocky Mountain Trout Fishing

Having fished my way along the Trout Highway when I lived in Alberta some years ago and on my frequent trips back to visit the British Army’s training base, I knew it’s potential and I couldn’t wait to fish this wilderness for its native fish again when I returned last summer. The new fishery regulations had clearly helped and it was even better than I remembered.

On the eastern Albertan slope of the Rockies in addition to the much derided white fish, fly anglers have the opportunity to catch four different species of trout - brown, rainbow, east slope cutthroat and Bull Trout - in wilderness rivers that flow through breathtaking provincial parks and world heritage sites.

Rocky Mountain Trout Fishing

The western slope British Columbia rivers, such as the Elk, Wigwam, Skookumchuck and Lodgepole, not only sound evocative but, as a result of their protected status, undoubtedly offer some of the best dry fly fishing for wild trout in the world. The west slope cutthroat trout, so named for the dramatic orange slash at its throat, is renowned for both its beauty and its readiness to rise to a dry fly and the Elk and its tributaries regularly produce trophies over 20 inches.

Standard trout tackle will be perfect and 2/3-weight rod would not be out of place alongside the 5/6-weight in your luggage, as even many of the smaller tributaries offer a chance to land a trophy. A floating line with plenty of backing is all you need and in the prime summer months the favourite patterns are large dry flies and terrestrial patterns, though a selection of nymphs, including prince nymphs, copper johns, GRHE and Stoneflies, are always worth carrying.

Rocky Mountain Trout Fishing

Anglers typically wear chest waders in the drift boats in the early part of the season, both for getting in and out and for the occasional chance to get out and wade a hot pool, though it is best to avoid studded boots or cleats as they can damage the drift boat decks. In the warmer weather, shorts or quick drying trousers and sandals are a good option when drift boat fishing, but you should not underestimate how cold some of the mountain rivers can be, even in midsummer.

Timing is important, as the melting snow from the mountains, known as run-off, will blow out the rivers in early summer. My favourite time for prime dry fly action is late July to early August though September is also a great time to be on the Rocky Mountain rivers as the trees begin to turn red and gold.

Rocky Mountain Trout Fishing

Excellent, enthusiastic guides will undoubtedly make your trip. With so much water, it’s all too easy to waste time driving around trying to find fishing spots, when the local experts will know what’s fishing best and where and they will put you straight onto the fish. And, seriously, if you need to ask why you need a guide, you’ve never tried to land a 26 inch rainbow in the fast water of the Oldman.

When you are in such stunning surroundings, it’s nice if the accommodation matches the views. Trips are based at Island Lake Lodge, secluded in the peaks above Fernie, British Columbia, above a spectacular (and trout filled) mountain lake and surrounded by 7,000 acres of old growth forest.  Its luxury lodges and spa offer a multi-award winning lodging experience while their culinary team will use local organic ingredients to provide an unforgettable meal at the end of a long day’s fishing.

Rocky Mountain Trout Fishing

Martyn Armstrong, AAPGAI Master fly fishing instructor, will host week-long trips  to the Rocky Mountain streams in this this summer

For more details go to www.halsteadandbolton.com, call Halstead and Bolton on 07973 291367 or email fish@halsteadandbolton.com

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