ONE FOR YOUR GRANDCHILDREN
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.