Trout & Salmon (UK) - - FISHING REPORTS -

An ebay seller and a fly-line maker have been given jail sen­tences for sell­ing coun­ter­feit fly-lines. In a case brought by North York­shire County Coun­cil Trad­ing Stan­dards, Ian Bai­ley, from Mickle Traf­ford, near Ch­ester, and North­ern Sport Fish­ing, from Broms­grove, West Mid­lands and its direc­tor Richard Tramer were con­victed of sell­ing in­fe­rior mill-end fly-lines un­der the brand names Rio, Snow­bee, Hardy, Greys and Loop. In state­ments to York Crown Court, Chris Hart­ley from Guide Fly­fish­ing, dis­trib­u­tor of Rio, and Rus­sell Weston, man­ag­ing direc­tor of Snow­bee (UK) Ltd, out­lined the dam­age to their brands’ rep­u­ta­tions and prof­its. Snow­bee es­ti­mate the fraud has cost them £70,000. In­quiries showed Bai­ley had a turnover in ex­cess of £156,000 through his ebay ac­counts “Tele­watcher”, “the line man” and “Hardy­clas­sics”. Bai­ley was sen­tenced to eight months’ im­pris­on­ment, Richard Tramer to seven months’ im­pris­on­ment sus­pended for 18 months and the com­pany was fined £1,000.

Over 5,000 lines were found at the scam­mer’s ad­dress.

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