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Thursday, 02 October 2008 20:25

British Mayflies Calendar 2007

A CALENDAR? A SUPERB WORK OF ART? OR A REFERENCE BOOK?

The British Mayflies Calendar 2007 is all three.

The 2007 British Mayflies CalenderThis beautifully produced, limited edition, publication is more than a mere calendar – it is something every keen fly fisher will want to keep well after Auld Lang Syne is sung on 31st December 2007.

Photographed by well-known naturalist and entomologist Dr Cyril Bennett, written by Craig Macadam, volunteer coordinator of the Ephemeroptera (Mayfly) Recording Scheme and published by the Riverfly Partnership.

There are 51 species of mayflies in the British Isles, 12 of which are highlighted within the calendar. Each mayfly has been photographed and is shown in great detail. These outstanding images of the dun and the nymph are supported by a distribution map and a calendar strip indicating the months when the species is most likely to be seen in flight.

The Salmon & Trout Association, Orvis and the Environment Agency are cosponsors of the calendar, which enables all income from sales to support work on British Mayflies. The calendar is available from Orvis for just £6.95.

The Riverfly Partnership is a network of organisations whose aim is to promote the understanding and conservation of riverflies.


“World class images supported by informative text” Steve Brooks, Entomologist at The Natural History Museum,

“The essential Christmas gift for every flyfisher,” Pat O’Reilly, author of Match the Hatch.

“An excellent calendar for a cause that all flyfishers can enthusiastically support.”  Paul Knight, Executive Director, Salmon & Trout Association.

“These high quality images really bring alive what we are all working to protect”   Ian Johnson, National Fisheries Policy Manager, Environment Agency


How to order – as an Individual? Individuals can order through the Orvis website on www.orvis.co.uk, in any one of the 20 Orvis Retail Stores across the UK, by Telephone on 0870-066-4177, by Fax on 0870-066-4190, or Email: Customerservice@orvis.co.uk

How to order – as a Retailer? Retailers should phone Orvis on 01264-349501, fax on 01264-349505 or Email their order to HardyH@Orvis.co.uk to receive their wholesale price. We will only accept payment in advance of shipment. Minimum order of 10 calendars.

Source: Salmon & Trout Association UK

Contact: carmel@salmon-trout.org

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Thursday, 02 October 2008 20:21

Born Survivor: Bear Grylls Sahara (DVD)

Born Survivor: Bear Grylls Sahara (DVD)

‘Men don’t come much tougher’
The Sun

‘Bear is the first sex symbol of the post apocalyptic age’
The Times

Bear Grylls is an adventurer, record breaker and real life action hero. Experience his latest adventure from the comfort of your armchair as he braves the blistering heat and deadly sand storms of the Sahara Desert in Born Survivor – Sahara.

Bear Grylls has a built a huge following with his Born Survivor TV Series, originally screened on Discovery Channel, numerous television appearances and best-selling book Facing Up. Born Survivor – Sahara will be available courtesy of Demand DVD
on 28 January 2008.

No stranger to extremes, Grylls become the youngest Briton to climb Everest earning a place in the Guinness Book Of Records, prior to this he was the youngest Briton to climb Mount Ama Dablam in the Himalayaas, a peak once described by Sir Edmund
Hillary as “unclimbable”. And he’s one of the few people to successfully complete the gruelling training for the French Foreign Legion; he also spent three years with the SAS and is a black belt in Karate.

This time, Grylls is heading to The Sahara, one of the most hostile places on earth. This
two-hour feature length special sees Grylls trying to survive in unbearable conditions,
from the shocking heat, the lethal sand storms to the lack of food and water. Resorting
to his skills and unbelievable survival techniques, he demonstrates amazing instinct
and learns new skills from the tribes he meets along the way. Lunching on lizards and
scorpions and drinking water from a camel’s ruman (stomach compartment) adds to the
excitement, and Grylls also demonstrates what to do if caught in deadly quick sand.
The tension will keep viewers on the edge of their seat.

‘For full-on wind in your hair TV escapism, there’s nothing like watching Bear Grylls cavorting on the wilderness like a schoolboy who’s had too much Red
Bull’

Radio Times

Extras: Born Survivor: Preview To Patagonia, Born Survivor: Preview To Panama

Title: Born Survivor Bear Grylls - Survivor
Release date: 21st January 2008
Running time: 120 mins
RRP: £19.99
Certificate: Exempt


Further Information:

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Thursday, 02 October 2008 20:11

Bear Grylls on DVD

Two Awesome new Adventures from Bear Grylls on DVD

Bear Grylls has a built a huge following with his Born Survivor TV Series, originally screened on Discovery Channel, numerous television appearances and best-selling book Facing Up.

 

These two new adventures will keep you glued to your screen in amazement and terror.


Born Survivor: Bear Grylls Patagonia (DVD)

‘Men don’t come much tougher’
The Sun

‘Bear is the first sex symbol of the post apocalyptic age’
The Times

Bear Grylls PatagoniaBear Grylls is an adventurer, record breaker and real life action hero. Experience his latest adventure from the comfort of your armchair as he braves the parachutes on to a treacherous ice field in Southern Patagonia and once again show his amazing survival skills in Born Survivor - Patagonia.

Bear Grylls has a built a huge following with his Born Survivor TV Series, originally screened on Discovery Channel, numerous television appearances and best-selling book Facing Up. Born Survivor – Patagonia will be released as a two DVD set courtesy of Demand DVD
on 18th February 2008 and follows hot on the heals of Born Survivor - Sahara.

No stranger to extremes, Grylls become the youngest Briton to climb Everest earning a place in the Guinness Book Of Records, prior to this he was the youngest Briton to climb Mount Ama Dablam in the Himalayas, a peak once described by Sir Edmund Hillary as “unclimbable”. And he’s one of the few people to successfully complete the grueling training for the French Foreign Legion; he also spent three years with the SAS and is a black belt in Karate.

This brand new, two hour feature length special see Grylls once again demonstrating his survival skills in freezing cold Patagonia, one of the largest expanses of ice in the world. He demonstrates the survival techniques needed to survive avalanches and hangs in the jaws of an ice crevasse. To escape a snow storm, Bear takes shelter for the night in a snow cave before paragliding spectacularly from the mountain range into the beech forest below. Picking his way through the challenging terraine of the Patagonia tundra, Bear grubs around for beetles and worms to eat. He tackles a frozen bog and attempts to and attempts to sail a makeshift raft across an icy lake.

Fearless adventurer Grylls returns with even more action and daring feats in Born Survivor - Patagonia

Extras: Preview To Sahara, Born Survivor: Preview To Panama

Title: Born Survivor Bear Grylls - Patagonia
Release date: 18th February 2008
Running time: 150 mins
RRP: £19.99
Certificate: Exempt


Born Survivor: Bear Grylls Panama (DVD)

‘Men don’t come much tougher’
The Sun

‘Bear is the first sex symbol of the post apocalyptic age’
The Times

Bear Grylls PanamaBear Grylls is an adventurer, record breaker and real life action hero. Experience his latest adventure from the comfort of your armchair as he parachutes into shark infested waters and once again shows his amazing survival skills in Born Survivor - Panama.

Bear Grylls has a built a huge following with his Born Survivor TV Series, originally screened on Discovery Channel, numerous television appearances and best-selling book Facing Up. Born Survivor – Panama will be available courtesy of Demand DVD on 17th March 2008 and follows hot on the heals of Born Survivor - Patagonia.

No stranger to extremes, Grylls become the youngest Briton to climb Everest earning a place in the Guinness Book Of Records, prior to this he was the youngest Briton to climb Mount Ama Dablam in the Himalayas, a peak once described by Sir Edmund Hillary as “unclimbable”. And he’s one of the few people to successfully complete the grueling training for the French Foreign Legion; he also spent three years with the SAS and is a black belt in Karate.

Follow Grylls as he embarks on yet another nail biting adventure, watch as he valiantly dives into crocodile filled waters. In pitch black caverns, Grylls uses vines to swing into the Camino Reale viper pits, one of his personal fears. Once again, Grylls uses his imagination and initiative to fill his appetite, resorting to local wildlife, Bear snacks easily on longhorn beetle and crab. Let Grylls pass on his amazing survival knowledge whilst providing brilliant entertainment in this two-hour feature length special.

Fearless adventurer Grylls returns with even more action and daring feats in Born Survivor - Patagonia

Extras: Preview To Patagonia, Born Survivor: Preview To Sahara

Title: Born Survivor Bear Grylls - Panama
Release date: 17th March 2008
Running time: 163 mins
RRP: £19.99
Certificate: Exempt


Further Information:

For further information, to discuss competitions, clips or any other press materials please contact Hannah Richards at Aim Publicity on 020 8245 7903 or email Hannah@aimpublicity.com

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Tuesday, 30 September 2008 20:32

Barbel Rivers and Captures

'Barbel Rivers and Captures' By The Barbel CatchersClub

Compiled By Mick Wood and Bob Singleton

There have been revolutionary advances in barbel fishing since the publication of Barbel by the Barbel Catchers Club (BBC) published by The Crowood Press in 1988, and the BCC has been at the forefront of these dramatic developments.

This long awaited, and entirely new volume written by BCC members comprehensively covers the modern barbel fishing scene, discusses the size of the fish now caught and illustrates the changes that have taken place in tackle, tactics and baits. There are individual chapters on each major barbel river in England from the smallest streams, such as the Lodden and the Holybrook, to the mighty Midlands rivers, the Trent and the Severn, to the Yorkshire spate rivers and the crystalline waters of the famous Hampshire Avon. Each river chapter is written by an experienced angler with proven success on the river in question and culminates with a fascinating account of the capture of a really special barbel weighing in excess of 10 lb.

This remarkable book provides a wealth of expert information and explores not only traditional fishing methods but also ground-breaking new ideas. Lavishly illustrated with 200 images including photographs, drawings and diagrams, and a colour-plate section, this is an indispensable volume for both the barbel enthusiast and general river angler alike.

Barbel Rivers and Captures is written by the Barbel Catchers Club and provides a vast amount of information about the contemporary barbel-fishing scene. Written by experts, it comprehensively covers all the major barbel rivers in England.

Contents include:

  • Indivual chapters on twenty-nine rivers, or sections of river
  • Detailed and fascinating accounts of the capture of a 'big barbel' on each river
  • Modern Baits-both pellet and HNV specials
  • Scores of photographs, some in full colour, of barbel catches over 10lb
  • Diagrams illustrating rigs, feeders and swims
  • A review of devolpments in barbel fishing since the late 1980's and a consideration of the future of barbel fishing
  • Details of the Barbel Catchers Club River Records and the Clubs 'top fifty' barbel.

The Barbel Catchers Club (BCC) were established in 1977 with the objective of providing a forum for debating key issues and discussing new ideas. Since its formation, the BCC has been extremely successful and has been at the forefront of virtually every breakthrough in barbel angling.

The club is organised by dedicated barbel anglers for barbel anglers and emphasizes the social aspect of the sport rather than its political and commercial divisions. The BCC is divided into seven regional groups, (Chiltens, Midland/Cotswold, Northwest, Southdown, Southern, Wessex and Yorkshire) and has its own website www.barbelcatchersclub.co.uk and its own Magazine entitled Barbus. All members write at least one article each year for the magazine, which also provides a forum for news and views.

To order your copy of this fantastic book, please visit:
www.barbelcatchersclub.co.uk

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Tuesday, 30 September 2008 20:16

The Bamboo Ratchet Brake Reel

THE BAMBOO RATCHET BRAKE REEL

Hand crafted angling gifts from Anglers Gifts

Hi my name is Steve Sheppard, an individual artist/craftsman. I have a keen interest in anglings rich history. The innovation and creativity that went into tackle development all those centuries ago that has evolved into the kit we know and take for granted today.

Around 1750/1770 in England, records began of the Nottingham centre pin reel, one of the first reels to be mass-produced. They were eventually made in large quantities and shipped all over the world. Nottingham’s turn up in auctions and fairs today.

The Bamboo Ratchet Brake Reel superbly hand crafted by Steve SheppardThe Nottingham was a free running reel at that time but individual craftsmen seeing an opportunity as angling slowly evolved into a sport particularly with the upper classes began to look at more sophisticated designs. Materials were limited, machine screws and high tensile springs were yet to be invented however journeymen and skilled craftsmen plied their trades up and down the country. Materials were sourced from basket weavers, leather workers, wheelwrights and cabinetmakers, so specialist items so were available in small quantities.

The Royal Navy was sailing and opening trade routes all over the free world, so more exotic timbers including mahogany, rosewood and bamboo would have been about in small quantities and the craftsmen were quick to utilise whatever they could. It is well documented that individual reels were produced using exotic timbers and innovative ideas but they were individual, not mass-produced and because of that their details are sparse and as they have been discarded or lost with the passing of centuries we can now only imagine their intricacies. These reels would have been multi purpose for coarse and game as the concept of individual reels for specific purposes had not at that time become the fashion.

I have created a reel reflecting that long past era, a reel that uses no springs or screws, using traditional craftsman practices and is a celebration of the reel makers art, a tribute to those long past craftsman. The ratchet brake works by means of a reed of spliced bamboo using a peg and lever system. This idea was used in ancient lace machinery that was popular in Nottingham around the time.

I realise there are thousands of reels on the market, so why would anyone wish to own one of mine? The reels I produce are unique, no two are exactly the same, the disciplines used turning the drums and back plates are different each time to bring out the best in grain and figuring and dependent on the timber used, a little heart and soul goes into each one.

I have a Website at www.anglersgifts.co.uk. Please check it out and read the independent testimonials at the link on the bottom of my home page. If what I have presented interests you, please don’t hesitate to contact me by e-mail or phone number that are found on the Website for a no obligation discussion on your requirements. I am sure you have questions and I cannot explain everything in this brief summary. Thanks for your time; I look forward to hearing from you.

Steve Sheppard: steve@anglersgifts.co.uk

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Sunday, 21 September 2008 13:07

Middy Baggin Wagglers

Middy "Baggin" Wagglers - courtesy of Middy Tackle

Description:
The Middy Baggin wagglers come in two colours, white and camo. They are available in a variety of weights to suit all situations. Pre-loaded, they make casting and shotting a doddle.

  • the camo finish waggler is and ideal float for margin use or for up against reed beds
  • the white finish wagglers are great for attracting carp in open water.
  • interchangeable base weights ensure minimal extra shotting is required.
  • Each float is designed and tested for balance and flight in the air
  • An ideal float for commercial carp fisheries !

Review:
These baggin wagglers from Middy are amongst the best floats I have used at carp and general commercial fisheries.

Casting (even quite long range) is a doddle with the weighted base and with a range of weights available as well as the handy intechangeable base weights, you have a waggler suitable for all types of fishing. Available in straight and insert varieties, the Middy Baggin Waggler is suitable for all conditions.

Score:

Where to buy The Middy Baggin Waggler:
The Middy Baggin Waggler is available from all good tackle suppliers or from Middy Tackle.

For more information or to order these excellent wagglers, visit www.middytackle.com

A big thank you to Middy Tackle for supplying UK Fisherman with these floats for review.

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