We are pleased to give centre stage to the Hardy and Greys brands at this year’s Sportfish show held at our lakeside store in Theale, Reading. Hardy and Greys are arguably the best known manufacturers in game fishing and for the first time will also have rods from their popular coarse fishing ranges for you to try on their stand.
The single and double-handed fly rods are as good as ever offering cutting edge technology at affordable prices. Master rods designers Howard Croston and Ian Gordon will be on hand to discuss their designs and cast the rods with you.
Hardy has a long history in fly fishing. Founded in 1872 by William Hardy as a shop in Alnwick, originally as a gunsmith, the brand has gone from strength-to-strength and is today one of the most popular fly fishing tackle providers around! Although Hardy is no longer a family run business, they stay true to the original values and the founders’ dedication for constant improvement to produce the best tackle and clothing for all anglers.
The Greys brand was introduced by Hardy to provide great tackle to those who have more of a budget to work with. Still utilising the same research, development and testing procedures as Hardy, the Greys family offers a range of reasonably priced but fantastic fly or coarse fishing tackle and clothing products.
Howard Croston – Senior Category Manager at Hardy and Greys Ltd. and Team England fly fisher.
A fly angler since he was 9 years old, Howard has been fortunate enough to fish some of the finest destinations in the world for dozens of species in both salt and fresh water. A former tournament caster, Howard has represented England at World level and has won in excess of 90 professional casting events. Howard later took up Competitive Fishing, representing England 15 times to date; he was part of World Championship winning Team England in 2009. Howard’s individual highlight was placing fourth in the 2012 World Championships.
Howard is the leading rod designer at Hardy & Greys, and his work has been recognised by the Rodsmith’s Guild, who awarded him the title Master Designer.
• Master Designer, Rod Smiths Guild of America
Ian Gordon – World-leading salmon fishing expert, and Hardy & Greys Salmon Consultant
Regarded as one of the world’s leading experts with a double handed rod, Ian Gordon has worked in Salmon fishing for nearly 30 years. A World Speycasting Champion, he holds STANIC and AAPGAI instructor’s qualifications and through his company speyonline.com runs one of the country’s premier fishing/casting schools, also organising and hosting Salmon fishing holidays on various Scottish as well as Norwegian rivers. Ian has also held fly casting schools in Japan, Korea and the US, as well as in almost every European and Scandinavian country. In his latest film, Blue Charm, Ian encapsulates the allure of Salmon fishing in Scotland, exploring the sport of both from a cultural and historic perspective.
Ian is also principal Salmon consultant to Hardy Bros. of Alnwick, designing their exciting range of Zenith and Marksman double handed rods and Mach Spey range of lines.
He is a writer and journalist with the UK’s principle magazine, Trout and Salmon, his in-depth knowledge of the Atlantic Salmon making his views and articles popular with a great many readers of both this and his blog.
Chris Ogborne – Former Team England angler, saltwater angling guide, and Hardy & Greys events consultant
Chris Ogborne represented his Country on the International Fly fishing stage for over twenty years, both as a hugely successful competitor and also as Captain and Manager. He was English National Champion (twice), European Champion and has a hatful of medals from 15 years in the England World Championship team.
Chris is an established author and journalist and is perhaps best known for pioneering ‘the light line philosophy’ in fishing, a style which he currently teaches in his role as a professional saltwater angling guide. He is a true countryman with an obvious affinity for the angling environment, a cause which he champions in all his activities. With a vast wealth of experience, he is uniquely qualified to manage Hardy & Greys shows and events at home and abroad.
Show Details & Getting There
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SATURDAY: 9am to 5pm & SUNDAY: 10am to 4pm
Haywards Farm, Theale, Reading, RG7 4AS