Trout & Salmon (UK) - - FIRST CAST -

Should you set it down in a cool dark place, like a fine wine, or risk fish­ing with what may be­come an heir­loom? The new S&TC Hardy Trout Smug­gler Set, for sale in Jan­uary, is hugely de­sir­able – only 115 have been made. The sets mark Salmon & Trout Con­ser­va­tion’s 115th year and will raise funds for the char­ity’s work to con­serve wild fish and their habi­tat. At S&TC’S re­cent an­nual auc­tion, a one-of-akind Salmon Smug­gler out­fit sold for £10,000 while a Trout Smug­gler Set made £2,200. The Trout Smug­gler set in­cludes a Hardy Smug­gler 9ft five-weight rod, a lim­ited edi­tion Hardy Per­fect reel with a unique ma­chined fin­ish, a Hori­zon five-weight fly-line and a Richard Wheat­ley fly-box with an as­sort­ment of river trout flies. The set is pre­sented in a be­spoke alu­minium flight case. With one sold, there are only 114 left so you will have to be quick. The price has yet to be con­firmed, but be­cause it’s a lim­ited edi­tion, it may ac­crue value. Fol­low Hardy Fly Fish­ing at Face­book or hardy­fish­ing on In­sta­gram or call 01665 602 771.

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