Our Brands

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Greys Fishing Tackle

In 1999 Hardy acquired the rod manufacturer Greys which had been founded in 1968 by Mr Grey when he left Hardy’s employment. Hardy has developed the Greys brand such that it now includes the best value for money ranges of salmon and trout tackle available and top quality carp tackle.

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History Of Orvis

Orvis is a family-owned retail and mail-order business specialising in high-end fishing, hunting and sporting goods. Founded in Manchester, Vermont in 1856 by Charles F. Orvis to sell fishing tackle, the company has changed hands only twice and has had only five CEOs in its 150-year history.

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Snowbee (UK) Ltd., is part of the International Snowbee Group, which was established in Taiwan in 1978. The UK branch has the backing of a large International Group, with offices in Taiwan, Singapore, New Zealand, Canada and the USA, together with manufacturing bases in Taiwan, China & Korea, in addition to their UK manufactured products.

Snowbee’s design team are all keen Fly Fishermen, with between them, over 80 years experience in all aspects of our sport – Single-handed trout fly fishing, 2-handed Salmon Spey fishing and Saltwater Fly Fishing.

Based in Plymouth, in the far south west of England, Snowbee are spoilt for choice in their fly-fishing. A short distance to the north is Dartmoor National Park. Thousands of acres of unspoilt moor-land; the peat moor providing gin clear brooks and streams, full of wild brownies, with lightening reactions. Further down the valleys, these streams combine forces to create the Rivers Tamar & Plym, which border the City of Plymouth to the east & west and feed into Plymouth Sound. These two mighty rivers and their associated tributaries, offer a wealth of Salmon & Sea-Trout Fishing. The moorland streams & rivers flow into spectacular reservoirs, which together with numerous small stillwater fisheries, provide unparalleled loch style & stillwater fly fishing.  To the south of Snowbee is the sea, bordered by a rugged coastline with numerous estuaries offering spectacular sport for the saltwater fly fisher, with species such as Bass, Sea-Trout, Pollack & Mackerel in abundance.

First introduced to the UK market in 1984, the original range of Lightweight PVC Waders has grown considerably to include a full range of Fly Fishing gear – Snowbee’s aim being to equip the progressive, modern day fly fisher from head to toe, with clothing tackle and accessories.

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As the name implies, Waterworks created the V Series reel with just one thing in mind – total victory. And as the “form follows function” zealots they are, it all starts with the world’s smoothest, and now much larger and more powerful drag system. Delivering twice the torque of our previous salt water design, the Waterworks conical drag generates no stick-slip even at the line-snapping rates required by blue water anglers.

To support this kind of torque, a new, much stiffer frame was created — one that transmits extreme loads with a simple, efficient and graceful structure.

The Waterworks V Series 10 and 12 reels are available in a “closed face” version for those anglers who prefer only small porting on a rotating spool.

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C1 Design Group enters fly fishing as the waterworks : 1995 to 1998

Waterworks began to develop product ideas and explore the fly fishing market in 1995. After a long weekend with dead fish in the bathtub, designer Mark Farris emerged with a tool capable of reducing fish mortality by eliminating netting and handling. They called this the Ketchum Release, a play on the name of the home town of Ketchum, Idaho. It was an immediate success.

Following the Ketchum Release and several other accessory ideas, they quickly turned our attention to fly reels. They could see that fly reels were poorly designed. Reels were too complicated; they were using too many parts; drag systems and other running parts were exposed to the elements; reels were too heavy. They began with a blank sheet of paper, and undertook a total re-think of the fly reel.