You’ve won the lottery, your premium bonds have come in – you’ve hit the jackpot.
The only catch is, you have to blow the lot on fishing equipment.
As your very own IFA (Independent Fishing Adviser) we’d like to share some impartial advice on how to spend your fishing fortune:
Fly fishing rods
Fly fishing is the sport of kings. So naturally you’ll want the best fly fishing rod that money can buy. Now you could go all carbon fibre and high technology, but if you want the best of the best, that still means cane.
The making of a split cane fly fishing rod takes many hours of careful labour. What you’re buying is as much a work of art as it is a useful tool – think the finest bamboo from China, silk thread, nickel silver and champagne grade cork. And there’s nothing that can come close to the smoothness of the cast of a split cane rod either.
Cost wise, a rod from a top maker will set you back £1400 to £1800. There are more expensive fishing rods in the world – but none so fine as a British crafted split cane fly rod.
To mark the Queen’s Diamond jubilee, Hardy Bros released a the Perfect Diamond Jubilee fishing reel with a worldwide run of just 250 examples. The reel also celebrates the 140th anniversary of Hardy Bros. and marks the 100th anniversary of the famous ‘1912 pattern check’.
The reel is a beauty, with an Anodised ‘diamond’ silver hand polished finish. It is engraved with Her Majesties initials and also features a red agate line guard set in a handmade nickel silver housing.
When launched, the fishing reel cost £1500, but you won’t get one for that now. Try the secondary market – but be prepared to pay a premium.
The fabric of choice for the landed gentry, Harris Tweed is a must have clothing item for wealthy followers of country pursuits.
Originally, the woven material was made purely for domestic use by crofters in the Western Isles of Scotland. It wasn’t until the fine qualities of the cloth were recognised by one Lady Catherine Herbert, wife of the 6th Earl of Dunmore, that the fabric was popularised.
Today, an off the peg Harris Tweed jacket will set you back in the region of £350 – engage the services of a Savile Row tailor and expect to pay a more respectable sum for your sartorial elegance.
For luxury transport to the river bank – it has to be a Range Rover. The Royals drive them so it stands to reason that this is the vehicle to which everyone else must aspire.
Today’s models are the last word in understated opulence. As ‘new money’, the aristocrats with whom you’ll now mingle, probably won’t give you the time of day – but at least you’ll look the part.
A 5L V8 supercharged, petrol engined Range Rover Autobiography will set you back at least £87,000 – but don’t worry – you can pay more if you select the higher spec options.
A country estate
The Millden estate in Angus came on the market last year – but sadly was withdrawn by its owner after the sporting property had a particularly magnificent grouse season. But not to worry – the price tag of £17.5 million may have been too much even for you.
The Innerwick Glenlyon estate in Perthshire might well fit the bill though. 5620 acres with two miles of salmon fishing should be enough to keep you occupied. And when you’ve had enough fishing – there’s also deer stalking and grouse shooting to do.
Three cottages, a farmhouse, forestry and a hydro scheme will also bring an income – not that you’ll need it of course. The asking price, a snip at £5,660,000.