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Steven Sinclair

Re: General Knowledge - Fly Fishing
« Reply #720 on: July 07, 2019, 10:11:23 AM »
Invicta

 :z18

Steven.

Fred Hay

Re: General Knowledge - Fly Fishing
« Reply #721 on: July 07, 2019, 13:21:13 PM »
How's about 'Invicta' - in its various forms ?

Opps too late !!

Hamish Young

Re: General Knowledge - Fly Fishing
« Reply #722 on: July 07, 2019, 18:14:00 PM »
Invicta is the right answer - well done both  :z16
Someone else can set something now  :wink
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Jim Eddie

Re: General Knowledge - Fly Fishing
« Reply #723 on: July 07, 2019, 20:03:28 PM »
Adams ?

 :z18

Jim
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Terry Coging

Re: General Knowledge - Fly Fishing
« Reply #724 on: July 09, 2019, 09:14:42 AM »
Invicta?

Hamish Young

Re: General Knowledge - Fly Fishing
« Reply #725 on: July 10, 2019, 19:59:38 PM »
The correct answer was Invicta  :z16

Now, would someone else set a question :? Please :!
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Derek Roxborough

Re: General Knowledge - Fly Fishing
« Reply #726 on: July 10, 2019, 21:28:05 PM »
what firm was the fore runner of Greys of Alnwick? Derek Roxborough

Hamish Young

Re: General Knowledge - Fly Fishing
« Reply #727 on: July 11, 2019, 00:08:19 AM »
Technically I think the forerunner would have to be Hardy Bros., Malcolm Grey left Hardy in '68 to form a new eponymous brand that was  'Greys of Alnwick' but most tackle was simply branded 'Greys'.

A lot of the Greys blanks came from Harrison (if I remember rightly) and they made some super fly rods; I have a custom Greys GPRL 10' 7/8wt which is on 'loan' to my Dad and it's a rod I wont part with - excpet to lend it to Dad...obviously. Sure it's slow and heavy by todays standards, but it's a beast  :z13

Anyway, back to Greys.

Things turned full circle when Hardy bought Greys in 1999... but Malcolm Grey came out of retirement in the 00s and formed 'Malcolm Grey of Alnwick' once again producing fine rods. I believe that was wound up in 2015 or 2016.

H
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Mike Barrio

Re: General Knowledge - Fly Fishing
« Reply #728 on: July 11, 2019, 14:57:00 PM »
Quite a few UK tackle brands are now owned by US companies such as Pure Fishing ............. including Hardy and Greys.

http://www.purefishing.com/our-brands/
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Derek Roxborough

Re: General Knowledge - Fly Fishing
« Reply #729 on: July 11, 2019, 17:05:26 PM »
this was a purely cane rod builder, some say better than Hardy,Derek Roxborough

Hamish Young

Re: General Knowledge - Fly Fishing
« Reply #730 on: July 11, 2019, 19:32:21 PM »
this was a purely cane rod builder, some say better than Hardy...
Hmmm.... rubs chin.... that's maybe a slightly different question to the one I answered.

There was Tom Moran (who passed away in 2014) who ended up working for Hardy Greys about a decade ago but had previously sold direct, worked for Partridge and spent a number of years crafting the finest split cane rods in the 'States with Thomas & Thomas. I saw one of his rods once, just a work of art, truly a great craftsman. But he was hardly a forerunner of Greys of Alnwick.

I'd plump for Walker Bampton, off the cuff they're the only company I think of who made high end split cane rods before Greys were formed in Alnwick.

H
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Allan Liddle

Re: General Knowledge - Fly Fishing
« Reply #731 on: July 12, 2019, 13:38:31 PM »
Ha ha, shit yes I totally forgot all about this as I've been so bloody busy recently.

In answer to my original question: Hamish you were close but no cigar as there are two places a good bit further north where a water that eventually runs (under natural flow) into the Moray Firth is within 3 miles of the Atlantic the closest of which is the very head waters of the Upper Cassley above Loch Gorm and the loch directly below this Fionn Loch.  Both have feeder streams that emerge pretty close to Loch Beg, which itself is the upper extension of Loch Glencoul, joining up with Loch Glendubh above Kylesku bridge. 

Anyway no idea on the rod maker so i'll leave this one to you guys, least the thread is back up and running :)

Derek Roxborough

Re: General Knowledge - Fly Fishing
« Reply #732 on: July 12, 2019, 14:51:01 PM »
Walker Bampton, they had the premises before Greys took over, I worked in Alnwick and they were just up the high street, There was another cane builder at Shilbottle and another at Chatton, so you are right Hamish, Derek Roxborough

 




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