Fishing Tackle Advice

Here at John Norris we are asked on a daily basis about fishing tackle and what to use in what weather and fishing conditions, it is crucial when investing in new tackle to get the right info and we are pleased to help. We asked a few people in the fishing tackle business for their thoughts. Here is what Jim Curry from Halstead and Bolton said about fly lines With such a vast array of fly lines now available it is crucial that you match the correct line profile to your fishing requirements. With such a wide choice of line profiles available, time spent understanding the advantages different tapers can give you on the water is crucial. Talking to the expert team at John Norris will ensure your outfit is balanced and crucially improve your catch rate. Jim also believes that choosing the right Spey rod can be tricky as well and here are his thoughts: With so many excellent Spey rods available, all with different rod actions, finding one to suit your style can be tough. After twenty years of teaching casting I know that what works for one caster may not work for the next. We are all built and wired differently and will always develop our own casting style over time. Ask the guys in the shop about the different actions and take their advice or if you get chance take some time with one of the shops AAPGAI instructors and find a rod that suits you, rather than have to change your casting style to suit the rod. Gary Coxon from Sage also gave us some good advice about Cleaning Saltwater fishing tackle, when I read it I thought it was good advice for the care of all your fishing tackle especially if you are putting it away for the winter. This was what he told us: Saltwater fly fishing is becoming ever more popular here in the UK and although there are fishing rods specifically designed for this side of the sport, there is no reason why some freshwater gear will not suffice. Cleaning any tackle is important but after a session in the salt it is essential. Sand is abrasive and saltwater is probably one of the most corrosive elements we come across; so always rinse your rod, reel and line in clean water after use and let them air dry before putting them away. It is also a good idea to apply a little furniture polish to the rod and buff with a soft cloth. Rod tubes and bags are excellent for transporting rods. However, if the bag is damp and the tube is sealed then condensation and mould will cause further problems, so make sure these are also clean and dry before storing. When talking to Rob Melbourne one of John Norris’ technical Fishing Tackle advisors he also commented that one of the best investments you will make when starting fly fishing is casting tuition from a qualified instructor – this and the right line and rod combination will make your learning a pleasurable experience. We know many fishing instructors and guides and can give advice not only on fishing tackle but also where to go for instruction. We would like to hear from you about your experiences when buying fishing tackle. Has good advice gone on to help you catch more fish and conversely has duff advice been a problem for you. If we can help in any way please call us on 01768 864211 or email us at