Guideline Stoked Fly Rod Review

After reading conflicting reports we were excited at the prospect of compiling a Guideline Stoked fly rod review to evaluate how good this product is. It was launched in early 2020 with a very bold statement from the manufacturer.

Stoked has taken entry level fly rods to a totally new level of performance

With a very keen 12 year-old newcomer to fly fishing, this at first glance looks the ideal product for anyone picking up a fly rod for the first time. The Guideline stoked fly rod is also hailed as an ‘eco-friendly’ product which will probably mean that the environmentally friendly features will be matched by other rod builders in time. As a result we were keen to try it out and find out if the product lives up to the fuss.

Guideline Stoked Fly Rod Reviews

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What fishing fly is best for autumn fly fishing?

Autumn Fly Fishing

Before setting off for fly fishing today I was pondering the following question: What fishing fly is best for autumn fly fishing?

I found out the answer in the most enjoyable way. Six great rainbows and countless others missed during a great day of autumn fly fishing at Bessy Beck.

Fly fishing in the autumn is my favourite time of the year. The water gets colder by the day. Insect life is on the decline. The trout become more active and feed aggressively compared to the summer months.

What fishing fly is best for autumn fly fishing?

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Returning to Fly Fishing (thanks to Boris and Covid-19)

From the age of 12 to the birth of our first-born I was a regular visitor to trout fisheries. I was a member of an angling club on the River Ribble and a member of a syndicate with fishing on the North Tyne. My job took me across the UK and I always get a fly-fishing outfit in the back of my car to sample the local fisheries wherever I was. When not working I spent many an hour trying to entice a trout, sea trout or salmon with an artificial fly. I never thought a day would come where I had to consider returning to fly fishing.

returning to fly fishing

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Bessy Beck Fly Fishing

Bessy Beck Fishery in Cumbria attracts anglers from right cross the north of England and beyond. The water is arguably at its best first thing in the morning and later in the evening when an abundant natural insect life is evident to trout fisherman. A trip to Bessy Beck Fly Fishing won’t disappoint.

It is easy to find, located 10 minutes or so from junction 38 of the M6 at Tebay. You’ll find it well signposted on the A685 on the way to Kirkby Stephen. There are decent facilities, with toilets and a small tackle shop. The car park is big enough to accommodate anglers and the venue is always well looked after. The banks are regularly mown and their is enough room to get a cast in around every lake. Not all venues give you a warm welcome but you are assured of a smiling face from the owners.

Bessy Beck Fly Fishing

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Pennine Fishery

Pennine Fishery in Lancashire is rightly regarded as one of the premier fly fishing venues in the north of England for those anglers seeking to catch the fish of a lifetime.

It is plentifully stocked with both rainbow trout and brown trout in excess of 20lb. The fishery record at Pennine Trout Fishery stands at a mammoth 29lb for Rainbow Trout and 25lb 1oz for Brown Trout!

Pennine Fishery

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Kielder Water

Kielder Water in Northumberland is the largest man made reservoir in Europe and at first glance is a rather daunting choice for fly fishing in Northumberland.

Fly Fishing at Kielder
Fly Fishing at Kielder

With over 2,700 acres of water one could assume that locating the wild brown trout and stocked rainbow trout in this awesome fishery is a challenge. This is not the case.

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Fishing Tackle Equipment and Clothing

Fishing on a budget is easy to do with John Norris. Find many fishing tackle items at a discounted price. Some of the fishing tackle is up to 60% off.

Check out the bargain deals under the bargain tab. You will find quality fishing rods below other stores costs. The same fishing rod only not the same price. Put your hard earned money that you save towards something else by shopping at John Norris. Salmon and trout rods are offered as are spinning rods and fly fishing rods. Find your favorite brand such as Daiwa, Loop, Partridge, Pflueger, and Shakespeare in the bargain area. Excellent deals also on Greys, Hardy, and Sage rods.

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John Norris of Penrith

John Norris of Penrith has provided great service to fly fishermen for decades. The beautifully produced catalogues that arrive through my door regulrarly throughout the fly fishing season never fail to entertain me. For hours I will ponder a significant purchase such as a new Sage rod or a more modest gadget that will help to improve my haul. The mail order service is excellent and customer service a joy. The wealth of advice available from the skilled team of angling experts at John Norris of Penrith stands out from that available at other fly fishing shops.

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