Royal Wulff Products and their UK distributor Fordham & Wakefield are delighted to be the sponsors of the 2018 Troutmasters competition
Introducing Fordham & Wakefield as new sponsors of Troutmasters
FOUNDED by Lee and Joan Wulff nearly 40 years ago, Royal Wulff continue to offer lines for every type of flyfishing, as well as supporting items such as the Wristlok and Fly-O training devices. Apart from the introduction of the patented Triangle Taper line, Lee Wulff also designed the ever-popular Royal Wulff fly pattern, among many others, and was instrumental in the introduction of catch and release as a central tenet of stock conservation. A lifelong flyfisher, educator and environmentalist, Lee was considered one of the original fathers of modern fly fishing. Joan Wulff is an internationally recognised flyfisher and educator, as well a journalist and author of Fly Casting Techniques. She is also co-founder of Royal Wulff Products with Lee and their school of flyfishing on the Beaverkill River in the Catskills, New York State. Among her many innovations has been the two-tone fly line giving a visual indication of when the rod is loaded and helping to eliminate unnecessary false casting.
Fly lines for all occasions
Royal Wulff offer fly lines for every application. As well as the standard Triangle Taper with its patented weight forward shape and light running line, there are spey and saltwater versions and the Bermuda range, specifically designed for fishing in tropical seas and the higher temperatures you find there. Recent innovations have included the J3 coating, built into the line rather than applied after, and offering smoother casting and longer life. The two-tone concept, meanwhile, gives an indication where the head transfers to the running line, while etching of the line size and type at the head end is a very neat convenience feature.
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Quality fluorocarbons, resins and more…
As well as Royal Wulff fly lines, teaching aids and accessories, Fordham & Wakefield are also distributors for Seaguar fluorocarbons, Flex Coat epoxy resins and rod building accessories. Tony Fordham immediately saw the advantages of fluorocarbons to all fishermen but it has been in the game fishing community that they have proved most popular. Unique to the Seaguar brand is the use of a double structure manufacturing process that gives the lines exceptional strength by diameter, improved knot strength and suppleness. Against some initial reservations, Fordham & Wakefield have worked to establish Seaguar as the most popular, and most technically advanced, brand in the UK. All Seaguar fluorocarbons have a refractive index close to that of water and the closest of any fluorocarbon. This, combined with their slim diameter, makes them much harder to see beneath the surface. The range consists of Grand Max in breaking strains between 2.4lb and 24lb in diameters from 0.1mm. Softer than the original Riverge line, it knots easily and has proved to be entirely dependable. The most popular line for trout across all weights, it is also used for salmon and sea fishing at the heavier end. Riverge was the original leader material introduced, and while not as thin as Grand Max it remains popular with anglers looking for a stiffer line when using larger flies, in windier conditions and when fishing with droppers. It is available from 3lb to 22lb at 0.115mm to 0.39mm. Soft Plus is the most recent introduction and adds slimmer line sizes to an even more supple line, as its name suggests! As well as its continued popularity in the game fishing field it has also proved popular with both carp and barbel fishermen, who value its fast sinking ability, lack of stretch and superior knot strength. Ace Hard is Seaguar’s specialist salmon and saltwater offering and continues to be their most popular line. With improved abrasion and UV resistance, formulated for use in sea water as well as fresh, it has a similar stiffness to Riverge. Available on spools in weights from 5.5lb to 52.8lb it is also available as a 10m leader material all the way to 500lb. Seaguar also offer a range of 9ft tapered leaders between 2.2lb and 22lb for freshwater and 6lb to 20lb for saltwater, as well as leader rings between 1.5mm and 3mm. They also offer a mainline, Reel Soft, which is formulated for very low memory and abrasion resistance while retaining fluorocarbon’s low refractive index, easy sinking qualities and resistance to UV. As a rod builder and innovator for 50 years, Tony embraced the advantages of Flex Coat epoxy into his manufacturing process. Able to supply a smooth yet strong and supple finish with outstanding durability, Flex Coat remained his finish of choice until his retirement. With a comprehensive range across multiple applications, including finishing machines, Flex Coat provides a complete rod finishing solution.
The ever-popular Grand Max & Soft Plus. Leader rings.