NEFF Weekly Fly Fishing bargains – 16th February

There isn’t a week goes by where at some point, and usually more than once I trawl through the listings on eBay looking for a fly fishing bargain. And if it’s not eBay, then it’ll be Orvis, GAC, Sportfish, Fishtec or any one of a dozen more online goodie stores. As I spend a lot of idle time staring at stuff I want, but possibly … Continued

NEFF Weekly Fly Fishing bargains – 9th February

There isn’t a week goes by where at some point, and usually more than once I trawl through the listings on eBay looking for a fly fishing bargain. And if it’s not eBay, then it’ll be Orvis, GAC, Sportfish, Fishtec or any one of a dozen more online goodie stores. As I spend a lot of idle time staring at … Continued

Real manufacturing – Hardy Reels History, an interview with the reel design team

After taking a tour around the manufacturing side of Hardy & Greys at Alnwick towards the end of last year, I was struck by the range of machinery used and the attention to detail that went into creating each reel produced at their Willowburn factory. I sent a mail to Hardy the company asking if it’d be possible to visit … Continued

Minke Multi-Tool – first impressions

Way back in August last year, I came across a Twitter message about a funky new tool for tying hooks to line. The product in question was looking for financial backing through Kickstarter, a website where anyone with an idea for a product, game, piece of music, film or artwork can showcase their project in an attempt to raise funding … Continued

How old is my Hardy Rod?

If I had a pound for every time someone had asked “How old is my Hardy Rod?” of this site, I’d have £14.50 now (the 50p is down to someone asking how valuable  their rod was, I decided it wasn’t quite close enough to the original question to warrant a full £1). I usually respond to the curious fisherman with … Continued

My ideas for the top christmas gifts for fishermen (are you reading this wifey?)

I know, it’s perhaps a little early to be writing posts about Xmas 2013, what with Xmas 2012 only just being collected from the green wheelie bin, but I thought I’d get in early. My main reason for writing this post is down to me not owning any of these items and wanting somewhere to keep a list of stuff … Continued

The gear that I use – part 1

It’s always interesting to find out what others are using to do the things you’re interested in, so in the spirit of sharing here’s a list of the things I use the most when out fishing. As you’ll see, I have a barely under control case of “tackletartitus”. I also have a fondness for Orvis gear (as you’ll quickly notice). … Continued

Is fly fishing turning course?

My first experience of fishing was, as with many people, going fishing with my father (I don’t mean many people went fishing with MY father, I mean many people went with… you know what I mean don’t you?). At the time he was very involved with the course fishing match scene, spending most weekends somewhere in the UK fishing a … Continued

Hardy Fishing Tackle Museum, more than just old cane rods…

10 June, 2013 Update  – it’s almost three years since I published this article, all of the stuff below still stands. Since 2010 I’ve had many more visits up to Alnwick and each time I’ve been really impressed with the store and the staff. I’ve just noticed Hardy have a great short story on their site detailing the history of the brand. It’s well worth … Continued

Prescription Polaroids

Are prescription Polaroid’s as good as the expensive ‘non-prescription’ alternatives? I’ve wanting to get myself a set of polaroids for ages now, it’s certainly no secret that they can be a big help when the fish are on the surface. Up to the last month or so all my fishing has been on still waters, not the big fish stalking … Continued