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Among our selection is a great choice of Barbour shirts, such as the Kirkby shirt. Made of 100% cotton, it’s a wonderful country and sporting overshirt that provides plenty of warmth whilst out and about. Another great purchase is the Barbour Sporting Cashmere shirt - reduced from £99.45 to £49.95, it’s a fantastic end-of-the-line bargain featuring a luxurious blend of 90% cotton and 10% cashmere in a strikingly stylish petrol blue colour.
For those who prefer to wear a shirt rather than heavy jacket whilst shooting, the Harkila Latlan Primaloft shirt jacket has the looks of a smart shirt but all the practicalities of a jacket. Made from a blend of polyester and wool, the shirt also comes with PrimaLoft insulation and CORDURA reinforcement at the elbows, inside cuffs and collar.
Of course we have some great bargains within our own John Norris shirt range too. This Cartmel Fleece-Lined blue check shirt was created for warmth, with a secret micro-fleece lining making it ideal for all manner of country sports. Our Milford short-sleeved shirt is a great staple too, with a subtle check design, 100% cotton material and comfy regular fit. Finally, don’t forget about our Country Tattersall short-sleeved shirt, one of our long-time classic designs that’s pleasantly lightweight and comfortable for casual wear.
Musto’s Ladies’ Country shirt is a great basic layer, made with a beautifully feminine, semi-fitted design that’s not restrictive when doing outdoor activities. With a choice of cotton twill and cotton oxford, it’s designed to be teamed with any other item from Musto’s women’s range.
Finally, our collection is completed by our appealing range of Seeland shirts, including these Burton shirts which come in a range of three colours and are available two for £35.00. Long-sleeved and made from 100% cotton for optimum breathability, they make the ideal hunting and leisure shirt. Then there’s the Seeland Preece jacket, a traditional oilskin jacket with a robust outer for warmth and protection against the elements. Its front pockets also come with convenient drainage holes and quick-load straps, and wearers will also likely enjoy the corduroy trim, 100% polyester lining and storm cuffs. Browse our Big Shirt Sale now and top up your spring wardrobe today.
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1. Safe WadingAfter this winter’s storms and flooding, the substratum of many river beds will have changed - pools that you have always waded in safely may not be so now. The best way to check these changes it to visit the beat, especially in low water. Wear your chest waders and use your wading staff to safely check the depth of the water. Remember new gravel is unstable so be careful at all times. For extra peace of mind why not invest in one of the England life jackets? They are excellent value for money, very lightweight and available in automatic and manual inflation. Julian recommends: Simms Aluminium Folding Wading Staff in 51” or 56” - £99.00
Guideline Folding Wading Staff - £59.99
Snowbee Telescopic Wading Staff - £28.99
Attach your wading staff to a Gear Keeper wading staff retractor, which will keep your wading staff out of the way until needed. It attaches to a jacket or vest D ring with snap clip. (£19.99)
Englands Survivor Braces life jackets – Manual £62.00 – Automatic £67.00
2. Check and sort your fly box.Now is the time to sort through your fly boxes and see what flies are in need of replacing due to loss and general wear and tear. Alternatively, you may want to try some new patterns this season. We have a large selection of trout, salmon, sea-trout and many other flies, and our Pro Team can even advise you on what patterns to use where and how to fish them. John Norris Fly Range We also do a wide range of fly boxes in various shapes, sizes. John Norris Fly Box Range
3. Check your waders.If you didn’t wash your waders at the end of last season then give them a wash now; it aids in the breathability of the fabric and helps the waders perform better. It also ensures they are comfortable to wear – dirty waders can get stiff with grime. And, of course, it keeps them (and you) hygienic and smelling nice! Gore-tex and breathable waders should be washed at least twice a season. It’s also important to wash and dry your waders before any repairs are done.
1. Machine WashingWhen washing waders in a washing machine, there are some very important things to remember: • If possible, take off any loose parts such as shoulder straps or wading belts. Alternatively, fold them inside a zip lock bag to prevent them getting caught inside the machine. • Always use cold water with a cold rinse. • Never use powder – instead you should always use a non-bio liquid detergent. Grangers Wash-In Cleaner or Revivex High Tech Fabric Cleaner and Nikwax are a gentler option, specifically designed for waterproof wader fabric. • Do NOT use any fabric softener. • Hang the waders inside out and let them drip dry. If you want to store your waders, it is VERY IMPORTANT that they are completely dry. Folding up damp waders can cause mould to form, or cause the tape on the seams to loosen and fade.
2. Hand WashingYou can also wash your waders by hand in a bath or a large sink. To do this, simply follow the steps below. • Dissolve washing solution in cool water and soak the waders. • If they are particularly dirty, just scrub them lightly with a soft brush. • Ensure you rinse the waders thoroughly. • Hang your waders up inside out and leave them to dry completely. • Remember to make sure they are COMPLETELY dry before putting them away (see above).
RE-PROOFINGShould the waterproof coating on your waders start failing, don’t panic! There is a simple way to get your waders back to their old selves. Simply follow these easy steps: 1. Hang your waders up. 2. Spray on the Simms Revivex Water Repellent. There is no need to spray it on neoprene or rubber parts. 3. While waders are damp, use a hair dryer to activate the water repellent treatment, and help dry the waders. To check to see if you have any leaks, trap air in your waders and use the top of the waders rolled up to make an airtight seal, then pop in the bath and see if any bubbles show. The best way to repair leaks is with Aquasure. Simply apply a thin layer on the inside of the waders and leave to dry. It’s only £6.99 for a tube.
Remember to check your laces, as they will far be outlived by the boots themselves! Spare sets can be purchased for just £7.99.
4. Fly Lines and Backing.Check your fly lines for any damage, the best way to do this is to pull the full length of the line off your reel and check for any problems. Also try gently pulling your fly line to stretch it slightly - this will remove any memory from the fly line that it may have obtained from sitting on the reel for a while. When checking your line, you should also clean it. Julian recommends the Rio Wonder Cloth that has been impregnated with Agent X; each pack includes five wipes and they are easy to slide up and down your line. They’re also great for your fishing kit when reservoir fishing so you can clean you line easily during the day. Five wipes - £4.99
This is also a great opportunity to check your backing to fly line knot and add a few drops of superglue. The easiest to use is the Zap A Gap brush-on glue, and its only £4.99.
Don’t forget to check the braided loops on your fly line to make sure they aren’t frayed. If they are replace them and if not add a drop of glue.
5. Tippet and Leaders.Check your kit and see make sure you have enough tippet material and leaders and replace accordingly. Monofilament lasts a couple of seasons when it is at its best; with fluorocarbon it should last four years. Always write the purchase date on the back of your spools of nylon or fluorocarbon so you know how old it is. Julian recommends: Dry Fly Fishing Rio Powerflex down to 3.4lb - £4.50 for 30yd
Wet Fly Fishing with Droppers Fog Wet Fly Casts
Profil Casts only £2.49 – wet, dry and salmon.
Salmon Fishing Polyleaders are really popular and give you the ability to change your fishing depth with ease, as you only need to change the leader rather than the whole spool. It also works out much cheaper than having lots of different spools and lines. The Polyleaders Maxima is very popular - I would recommend 12lb – 15lb at the moment and then dropping off to 10lb when it warms up. Seaguar I personally prefer Seaguar as its denser so sinks quicker. It’s also much finer than monofilament and totally invisible.
6. Time to sharpen upAn essential piece of kit I always have in my fly vest is the Eze-Lap hook sharpener for £8.99. I can use it on the go and make sure my hooks are always as sharp as possible, so I’m not left telling tales of the one that got away!
7. Let’s get organised.At the start of the season are you one of those people that has to try and locate your tackle as you can’t remember quite where you stored it?? I have a few simple tips to make life much easier. Do you know what line is on which reel? Always put a sticker on the back of your spool so you know its size and density. A great way to store reels and spools and to protect them is to put them in a reel brief. These are available for 5 or 10 reels/spools. Below are a few suggestions. Snowbee Reel Brief - £29.99 Holds 10 reels/spools.
Simms Headwaters Reel Brief - £59.99 Features two large organiser panels, with six separate pockets that connect out of the way when not in use and made from mesh for easy viewing of contents.
Airflo Outlander Reel Cases – 5 reel or 10 reel from £14.99
8. Fly VestStore your fly boxes in the multiple pockets; pop your tippet material in another; clip on your tools with zingers; attach a floatant and sinkant holder and pop your net on the D ring on the back. With fly vests the options are endless, and you can even keep your favourite flies on your fly patch for easy access. Julian's recommends: The Simms Guide vest is outstanding in every way: design, quality, comfort. Its fits in everything you need perfectly, and I especially like the two storage pockets on the back.
10 March 2016 09:14:55 GMT
Meanwhile, make your boiled egg in the morning that bit more enjoyable with one of our adorable egg cups. Available in varying designs from Sophie Allport and At Home In The Country, they’ll also go great with our selection of hand painted mugs from these same designers, as well as designs from Bone China (perfect for passionate anglers!). As well as these, we also have a variety of glass platters and side plates, which are ideal when entertaining guests or serving up delicious food to loved ones. Each glass platter from Charles Sainsbury-Plaice comes with the name of a famous river imprinted onto the recycled toughened glass, and is ideal for serving up cold meats, cakes or cheeses.
And don’t forget your furry friends! We have a small selection of cat bowls and dog bowls to ensure your four legged pals can be treated too. We’re also particularly fond of these At Home In The Country doggie hangers and wall hooks, ideally suited to hanging dog leads or other simple essentials such as coats and brushes. Finally, Wrendale Designs has a great selection of beautifully hand-illustrated stationary, just the thing to brighten up your home office. Find adorable notebooks, shopping pads, memo blocks, gift wrap and more...everything you need to stay organised this spring.
Our homeware range is certain to have something to take your fancy, whether you’re shopping for yourself or for a loved one. Take a look now and see what you might find!
7 March 2016 10:14:02 GMT
Salmon Fishing: Top Tips1. Always refresh your leader material at the beginning of a new season. 2. To ensure the best hook hold make sure all your hooks are strong and sharp. 3. The depth you fish your fly in spring is critical so have a varied selection of sink tips, sinking shooting heads and skagit lines so you can get the fly down. 4. Choosing the right flies will improve your chances dramatically. A good selection of tube flies, coneheads and large doubles is ideal in the spring, as the fish will be holding deep in the colder water. 5. It is important to respect the river throughout the whole season. A nod to safety equipment like the Englands or Airflo safety vests is wise. 6. A decent set of waders and a wading jacket will keep you dry and comfortable and also allows you to carry all tackle essentials while fishing. 7. Spring mornings can be crisp therefore a set of thermals and mid layers are important to keep warm in the water. 8. Consider the 5 year average of every salmon beat, even if some were lacking in numbers last year they could well provide success this spring. 9. Vary the speed you fish the fly by either casting at different angles or stripping the fly. 10. Cover as much water as possible as after the winter floods pools and holding places will have changed. 11. If you suffer from cold hands try the new Guideline Fir-Skin gloves as these are very thin and don’t impede your casting and are extremely warm. 12. Top 10 flies - Black and Orange Piglet Bottle Tube, Gold Gunn Loop Bottle Tube, Black & Yellow Plastic Tube Conehead, Super Snaelda Conehead, Tungsten Cascade Conehead, Tungsten Black and Yellow Conehead, Glenswood Black & Yellow Shrimp, Glyn Freeman Boyo Salmon Double, Kinermony Killer Double, The Monkey Copper Tube FlySal. Still yet to grab your session on the water? Why not book one with fishpal.com, rodsonrivers.com or tweedbeats.com before the end of May, to really make the most of what the season has to offer.
3 March 2016 09:16:05 GMT
The Seeland Endmoor jacket, meanwhile, offers the right amount of comfort with a classic style and fit. With a dependable Seetex membrane, it ensures complete protection against rain and the wind, whilst also remaining breathable and flexible. Additional details include hand-warmer pockets, front pockets, radio pockets and game pocket. This jacket is available for both men and women, with the ladies’ version offering the same snug tailored fit and functional pockets, along with a flattering faux fur-lined collar and stylish frontal press studs.
Ladies will also love our range of Barbour jackets on offer, including this beautiful Bishopdale jacket, a lightweight shooting jacket with a sleek and stylish fit. Made from 100% polyester outer with a comfortable Polyamide lining, it provides a comfortable, flattering way to stay protected from the elements with articulation to the sleeve for easy movement. For a lighter weight and more streamlined jacket, take a look at the range of Loop clothing including this Akka Stretch Performance jacket. Specially designed for more active sportsmen and women, it cleverly adheres to your body shape and movements, becoming almost like a second skin. Thanks to the 4-way stretch fabric it remains soft, comfortable and breathable, giving you complete warmth and comfort even through the most demanding outdoor activities.
If you’re already set for a full weatherproof jacket and simply want to add more layers to your attire, consider this Simms ADL windstopper fleece vest. Engineered with Simms’ very own WINDSTOPPER Technical Fleece and hydrophobic DWR finish, it offers supreme warmth and flexibility for the chest and torso area, complete with a lined collar, soft-shell neck and side panels where anglers can store fly boxes or tuck away cold hands.
Dedicated waders will love the Snowbee Mini Pack wading jacket, which is a brilliantly lightweight top layer that can easily be packed down into a carry bag measuring 7” x 3.5”. It’s treated with a reliable DWR finish and laminated with high performing Vapour-Tec membrane, keeping you protected from the water while staying breathable at all times.
22 February 2016 09:23:12 GMT
It may be surprising that a wading jacket could be worth such an amount of money. After all, there are plenty of great jackets out there, many of which perform the same or similar role to the G4 Pro and a fraction of the price. So why, you might ask, should anglers choose it? One of the biggest attractions of this jacket may just be summed up perfectly by one particular reviewer who pointed out that it doesn't take many fishing days at all for £499 to sound affordable. In fact, many dedicated anglers will agree, it takes just about half a day! Not only does a warm, dry body lead to increased fishing productivity; having gear that will prevent you from getting wet should you find yourself in the water at any time is just good sense. The G4 Pro also enables you to fish when it's cold; wade in waters that may be slippery and is a good all-round investment for the future. (Put it this way...you rarely hear of owners needing to 'replace' their G4 Pro...!) It may also be worth noting that this worthy jacket contains a total of nine storage pockets, including fly-box friendly zippered chest pockets and a convenient sleeve stash. Unlike previous G4s, this jacket's dedicated gore-tex material is actually 'shake dry' meaning you can dry off quickly and effectively after a cloud burst or being exposed to the water. The Simms G4 Pro is NOT just your ordinary rain jacket. Enter our competition to win one for yourself and see what all the fuss is about! Just head to our competition page and answer the easy question for your chance to win. Good luck!
18 February 2016 09:23:50 GMT
For serious sportsmen, our matching stretch tweed breeks and waistcoat should be an undeniable part of one’s wardrobe. Thanks to their unique blend of Scottish lambskin, polyamide and LYCRA, both the breeks and waistcoat support full freedom of movement and offer impressive protection against the British weather. More strain-resistant than standard tweed, these breeks are designed to Musto’s own high BR1 standard, meaning they are fully windproof, waterproof and breathable.
The stretch tweed waistcoat, meanwhile, offers the same water repellancy and flexibility, as well as added Clarino shoulder patches and a special pocket for D30 Recoil Pad, for protection during gun recoil. You’ll also have easy access to all your cartridges thanks to the in-built bellow pockets, and the side vents keep the waistcoat nice and breathable. For looking good on every shooting trip, there really is no other garment more perfect.
This technical tweed cap is a great head piece when shooting, offering supreme comfort thanks to the lambswool blend and luscious silk lining. And don’t forget that Musto has a fantastic range of ladies’ jackets too – including this Keswick Primaloft jacket made with unique Primaloft Silver Hi-Loft insulation for unbeatable warmth. Add on the high collar for added weather defence, and the stylish faux fur-lined adjustable and detachable hood, and you’ve got yourself a fully dependable jacket that’s lightweight and stylish too.
Take a look at the whole of our Musto range to collect some essential spring clothing at brilliant prices.