Our Maestro Fly Reel and Silk Line by Gary Hazell

Updated: Sep 12, 2019


As the rush hour traffic settled and red tail lights started to move off into the distance I managed to find a parking space outside the Half Moon pub in Putney where I was to meet the enigmatic and charming Chris Clemes. Highly respected for his cane fly rods and hand made reel this quietly spoken and knowledgable young South African is passionate about his trade.


We discussed his recent visit back home, the first for three years and that during his visit there was it seemed little time to fish. I could sense a level of unease and a keenness to get back on the water, like Chris it has been a frustrating winter with weather conditions that have kept us indoors and not on the river bank.


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