DRY-FLY SPE­CIAL

Trout & Salmon (UK) - - Tackle -

WIN­STON AIR £799

The first thing you no­tice about a Win­ston rod is how much thought has gone into its pre­sen­ta­tion, from the hand­writ­ten model spec­i­fi­ca­tion on the tube cap to the qual­ity cream rod bag. The whole pro­duc­tion speaks of lux­ury like the wood-pan­elled dash­board on a clas­sic sports car. The bot­tle-green blank is fit­ted with a sin­gle Nano­lite strip­ping ring and chromed snake in­ter­me­di­ates. The cork han­dle is fin­ished with a burled box el­der wooden reel seat and nickel sil­ver butt cap. This is a pre­mium rod that most fish­ers would be proud to own. It is very light in the hand, a re­sult of a su­per­sil­ica resin sys­tem, which is baked into the graphite and re­moves ex­cess weight af­ter dry­ing. The Air is billed as a pre­sen­ta­tion rod, and it has a pleas­ing medium-fast ac­tion that is ideal for fish­ing dry-flies and lighter nymphs. It bends beau­ti­fully and has a lovely “del­i­cate” feel. The Air works best with a “true” fly-line, one that ad­heres to the AFTMA rat­ing (eg 5 or 6) rather than one of the pop­u­lar lines that are a half-size heav­ier or more. Avail­able in 7 ft 6 in 3 wt to 9 ft 6 wt. Con­tact: Glas­gow An­gling Cen­tre. Tel: 0141 212 8880. Web: fish­ing­mega­s­tore.com

ROYAL WULFF 2-TONE TRIANGLE TAPER £71.99

The clas­sic Triangle Taper line is now avail­able with a colour change, mark­ing the join be­tween the head (ivory) and the run­ning line (yel­low). This will help fish­ers to iden­tify the max­i­mum length of line that can be car­ried in the air. The Triangle Taper is a pop­u­lar line among river trout an­glers be­cause the long front taper im­proves pre­sen­ta­tion, par­tic­u­larly with dry-flies fished on a more com­fort­able leader length of 9 ft or there­abouts. Con­tact: Ford­ham and Wake­field. Tel: 01892 770 344. Web: ford­hamand­wake­field. co.uk

SNOWBEE FOLDING GAME NET £32.99

Try­ing to net a sea-trout in the dead of night is dif­fi­cult enough with­out hav­ing to fum­ble with a net-re­lease mech­a­nism; even dur­ing the day it can be a nui­sance. The sim­ple flick-and-twist ac­tion of the Snowbee Folding Game Net makes life much eas­ier. There is no catch to fum­ble with – sim­ply take hold of the foam grip, swing the head of the net for­wards, twist the han­dle with a turn of the wrist and the net is de­ployed. The teardrop frame is made from light­weight tubu­lar alu­minium and is fit­ted with rub­ber­coated 16 mm mesh. The whole net weights only 20.8 oz. A stain­less-steel clip makes it easy to at­tach to a belt or D-ring. This would be a great net for sea-trout, grilse or reser­voir trout. Over­all length: 55 in. Folded length: 32 in. Frame: 23 by 19 in. Net depth: 20 in. Con­tact: Snowbee. Tel: 01752 334 933. Web: snowbee.co.uk

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