New spon­sor

Royal Wulff Prod­ucts and their UK dis­trib­u­tor Fordham & Wake­field are de­lighted to be the spon­sors of the 2018 Trout­mas­ters com­pe­ti­tion

Trout Fisherman (UK) - - Contents -

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.


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.

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