A fine Kola Peninsula Salmon
for Dmitiry Kuzmin from Russia.
A fine Brook Trout for
caught in the West Branch of the Two-Hearted River. Michigan.
An 11lb fish caught from the lower beat of the Castle fishings on the middle Nith by William Goldie.
Martin Allday.(25lb Tarpon, Espiritu Santo Bay, Isla Punta Pajaros , Yucatan)
Eric McVicar. with a fresh run
Salmon from the North Esk.
EV2 - 3pce 13' 6" # 9'10
Charles Welsh with 15lb Amberjack.
Ian Coutts. Edinburgh.
9lb Bahamas bone!
9'6" #8 EV3 Saltwater 4pce
Silje Aasen, Norway with River Gaula salmon
18lbs and 7 lbs.
EV1 4pce 15 #10/11
Peter Wilson, Suffolk,
EV2 12' #8/9 4 pce Custom build
18.5 lb. Hen Sea-Trout, Rio Grande,
Tierra del Fuego,
Jonathon Paterson, Kelso, Gaula Silver! EV2 15'4pce 10/11
Peter Higgenbottom and a super
9ft EV2 # 8 saltwater 5pce custom built.
Customers' Comments on Norwich Fly Rods
I am always delighted to receive your comments and photographs of any notable catches taken on Norwich rods. The comments on this page are a minor sample of those received, directly copied and pasted from emails, and date back to 1997, the period when I first started making my own blanks. A big thank's to all my customers who have taken the time to write, phone or e-mail me. It is most encouraging, and is very much appreciated.
EV3 v.4 Saltwater #9
The rod arrived today and looks fabulous.
I just hope i can do it justice and catch some fish. I'll send some pics of the fish if I am successful. If i am not successful i'll send some pics of the beach and sea.
Pleasure doing business with you and best wishes,
Mark Fowler. Tyne & Wear.
EV5 10 CS #7 Competion
Amazing is the only adjective that came to my mind when I pulled the rod out of it's tube. It's stunning! -
I had a quick cast on the back lawn during a break in the rain. My lawn runs for a good 70ft. First cast with one good haul on the forward stroke I put my new Snowbee EXDF over the fence at the bottom of the garden and on to my neighbours patio! I can't wait till the weather gets better so I can use it in earnest.
John Gilmour. Staffs
Blank received today safe and well. I'm extremely happy with it, the strength and action is just as I had hoped and the colour is stunning as always.
Thank you very much for all your help and patience.
9ft 6inch EV5 #7. February 2013.
12ft #7/8 EV4 4pce Salmon Rod. August 2012.
I've used the rod for the first time on Annan. It's just so sweet the way it delivers a line. I'm so pleased that I can't wait to use it again. Hopefully I'll get another few days using it before the season ends..
All the best,
Custom Built 12ft 3pce Grayling Trotting Rod. Feb 2012.
The rod has arrived Simply Fantastic! I really can't wait to use it, gosh it's ******* great (sorry about swear word!) Will give you a bell tomorrow.
Hardy Smuggler Renovation January 2012.
I received my rod, it was well worth the wait. You did a beautiful job, no one will believe that it's 30 plus yrs old. Can't wait to use it on an up come trip to Alaska. Once again, thank you for all your effort.
I bought an 8'2 3/4 wt rod earlier this year, and have used it this past few months in Herefordshire, Wales, Devon and even on the Lima in Tuscany to catch beautiful wild brown trout. Several perfect days, and all the more so for using such a beautiful piece of craftsmanship that I just never tire of admiring and casting with. Off to Florida with the family this Christmas...the 5 piece 6wt is already in the suitcase...
EV4 14ft 4pce Salmon Fly Rod. June 2011.
Has caught on your rod of good fishes on Kola Peninsula. The
Dmitiry Kuzmin .
8ft 2inch EV2 4 pce # 3/4 September 2011.
8ft 2inch EV2 4 pce # 3/4 April 2011.
15ft & 121/2ft EV4 4 pce Salmon rods. April 2011.
Has received rods. That I can tell. The First-has amazed
Many thanks, Dimitry from Moscow."
15ft EV4 6 pce # 10/11. March 2011.
I had my day of spey casting tuition yesterday with Illtyd Griffiths (Welsh sewin and salmon legend and chairman of the AAPGAI). Hard work but I think I learned a lot and, with some sessions on the Thames, should be better prepared for the Helmsdale and the forthcoming season.
At the outset Illtyd asked me what make of rod I had and his ears pricked up when I told him the rod was one of yours. Throughout the day he made various complimentary remarks! He said he used Burkheimer rods and regarded you as in the same league of rod builder, rolling your own blanks and making everything. The actions, he said were not to everyone’s taste with the fashion for fast tip actions, but were to his. He said that the problems I was encountering were entirely “operator error” because your rod is very good!
Thought I should let you know. I think this is high praise, coming from Illtyd.
All the best, Nigel."
Thomas & Thomas saltwater fly rod repair. Feb. 2011
Thank you very much for the excellent new tip section.
The quality of the finish is actually better than the original, which is no mean feat when one considers that Thomas & Thomas factory finishes are supposed to be the best in the business.
I intend to use the rod on my next bonefish trip in March; however I will keep it in the vehicle itself rather than on the Vac-Rac when driving down overgrown tracks!
Kind regards, Nick."
10ft EV2 4 pce # 7/8. Jan 2011.
9ft EV3 4 pce "Flats Hunter" Salwater # 8. October 2010.
Just to let you know Im very pleased with the rod, tried it with the Barrio outcast line which I'd just bought and was throwing the whole thing which is 140ft, (46yds) very nice lines they are.
10ft EV2 4 pce # 6/7. September 2010.
I used my new rod for the first time yesterday. It was all that i had hoped for You are certainly a master craftsman.
The rod handled beautifully and was all that i had hoped for, and as a bonus i managed to catch a trout. Regards,
8ft 6inch EV2 4 pce # 4/5. August 2010.
9ft EV2 4 pce # 6/7. May 2010.
Just a note to let you know the fly rod arrived as promised on Thursday and a neighbour had taken it in.
Hardy fly rod renovation. April 2010.
"Dear David Just to say I received my Hardy Smuggler rod this morning, very pleased indeed with it, the colour and whippings of the new section really blend in excellently and look just like the factory finish. I now have an excuse for a trip to the water this afternoon.
Many thanks S H."
16ft EV4 3 pce # 10/11. April 2010.
Many thanks, A"
11ft 3inch EV2 3 pce # 7/8. September 2009.
am very satisfied with my rod and must put my fishing cap off and say
that your EV2 is very good.
9ft EV2 3 pce # 4/5. August 2009.
John Saltworth. Wiltshire.
rod arrived Saturday - it was worth the wait. It is superb.
Garry Johnson, England, EV2 96" # 7/8 4pce.(July. 2009)
David as you know this was my fourth purchase of a Norwich rod and I have been delighted with all of them. Undoubtedly your rods are as good as it gets on casting performance. This one though is the best yet
12ft 6inch EV1 5pce # 8/9. June 2009.
John McRae. Dubai.
I've already sold one of the Sage rods to fund my next project.
I will give you a call during the day tomorrow to discuss in detail.
9ft 6inch EV1 3pce # 7/8. June 2009.
Stephen Holden. Preston.
The rod arrived the other day safely thank you. I could certainly feel a difference in the feel of the rod to my older rod ,and was a little worried about the faster action as I always fish with a dropper for sea trout. My worries were totally unfounded though - the rod is excellent to cast withand not a single dropper tangle all night in very strong winds . I also caught 3 sea trout so all in all it had a good testing for its first outing and I am sure it will give years of pleasure like the old Norwich rod has for the last 20 years or so thanks.
8ft 6inch EV1 4pce # 4/5. May 2009.
Terry Hindley. Devon.
"David,The rod arrived safely today and I'm thrilled, it was well worth waiting for.
Saturday I will be up on one of my beloved Dartmoor streams and will hopefully christen your work of art with an 8" wild brownie.
thanks and best regards,
9ft Loomis Cross Current repair.
Martin Allday. London. May 2009.
8ft 6inch EV2 4pce #4/5. April 2009.
Nigel Hartley. London.
I had my second days fishing with the 8'6" #4/5 rod on Wednesday. It does everything you said it would! The river I fish, although a famous chalk stream, is not manicured and the fishing includes casting around, under and below trees. So conventional casts are probably only made half the time. Your rod roll casts beautifully. It also works for those unconventional "just get the fly out anyway possible" casts. Where conventional casts are made it is lovely to use, letting me fish without having to think about casting.
9ft 4pce EV2 #6/7. February 2009.
John Bradley. Tyne and Weir.
7ft 6inch M400 Renovation. October 2008
Adair Robson. Cheshire.
15ft 4pce #10/11 HMG-G3 West Lothian Scotland. March 2008.
William Goldie. Strathclyde
rod arrived safely today, once again i can only but thank you it is truly an exceptional piece of craftmanship. When I first spoke to you about it , and we agreed on the finish it can be difficult to imagine what will arrive, and what did was beyond expectations an outstanding piece of work.
Thank you again.
Prof. Dr. Jobst Sievers . 9ft 3pce EV2 #5/6. Kiel, Germany. December 2007
"I don't know how you do it, but this rod really fits my style of casting. It took me only one double haul to throw the whole fly line (90 feet), and even with very careful presentation casts it was easy and a delight to reach any length between 10 and 20 meters. Perfect, congratulations."
email@example.com 10ft M400 Renovation. Scotland. October 2007
... arrived safe. I think I'll keep it in its tube and just look at it from time to time.
Greg Newey. 9ft 6inch 4pce EV2 #7/8. England. June 2007
I just had to let you know the rod is superb and I christened it
Bob Taylor. 10ft 6inch 3pce #6/7 EV2. England. May 2007.
Zoran Marinkovic.9ft 4pce #5/6 Custom Build. South Africa. April 2007
Hi David !
"Sorry I didn't tell you immediately, the EV5 Helium is with me !
Thanks very much, it is an extraordinary piece of human craft !
Thanks, it works !
Rod is amazing !"
Kevin McCabe. Scotland.
Scottish International Team member. A matched pair of EV 10ft 3pce #7 Competion rods. 25th march 2007
"Just one thing to say 1st class the best rods ever! Thanks very much well done.
John Hobson. England. EV2 7' 2pce #4/5. January 2007
Congratulations on a lovely piece of work and I will try to do it justice.
W Goldie. West Lothian. HMG2 3pce 10'6" #6/7. rod kit. December 2006.
"David I took delivery of the blank and kit today , i am stuck for words amazing comes to mind espicialy the finish on the blank. the rings and reelseat are fantastic i can only thank you for your time and help on this project.
Many thanks again",
D Flannigan. England, EV4 DUO Salmon. November 2006.
I must commend you again on the qualities of the Duo in both build and
performance, in finish and fishibility. It is the perfect rod for salmon
fishing on the rivers in the UK,
Dear David"Thank you for making me the EV2 8' Trout Rod. It is a delight to use and own and has certainly "upgraded" from the 8' rod you made for me 25 years ago!"
Hayden Jones, England. Dec 2005.
Custom built EV2 rods 4pce 9' #3/4 and 9' #5/6.
can I say! The build quality, the quality of components and the finish
of these rods are superb. The Struble nickel silver fittings are the
business and your interpretation of my requirements for the custom made
double slideband reel seat was 'spot on'. Even with the heavier
nickel silver fittings they are extremely lightweight. I must say
that I have enjoyed the whole process, from the initial discussions
of all possible options, to agreeing the specifications, to taking delivery of
my new custom built rods - far more satisfying than buying an "off
the shelf" rod."
Eric McVicar. Scotland. Dec 2005
" I finally landed Salmon No 3000 in June this year. You will be pleased to know it was taken using your delightful 13 1/2 ft EV rod that you supplied me in 2003. That rod has now accounted for over 100 fish and due to its lightness - enables me to fish for longer periods despite the problems with my right shoulder. My best day to date using that rod is 10 Salmon, the largest 18lbs. The little 8ft spinning rod you made me has done wonder too taking a 25lb cock fish in October. This rod too has over a hundred fish to it's credit.
For these reasons I would like to place an order for a new Sea trout fly rod........".
Charles Gordon, England. Nov 2005.
EV4 Duo 15/12'9" #9/10
"Dear Mr Norwich, I have had a wonderful season with my Norwich EV4 Duo Salmon Rod. It is just a delight to use. I have for years been toting around a bundle of salmon rods that would hardly fit in the boot of my car. The Duo has made going Salmon fishing a less cumbersome affair. I have used it in Iceland and in Norway as well as some of the bes riverst that Scotland has to offer. I honestly can't fault the performace of either the 15ft or the 12ft 9inch versions, Here is my order for one of your EV2 4 section rods.
With best regards and continued success,
John Dumbrell, England, October 2005.
12ft 9inch 5pce EV4 #9/10.
"Dear David, I am absolutely delighted with the rod. It is exactly what I wanted for small rivers like the South Esk and is beautiful to use. I caught a 15lb Salmon on the first morning and 4 more fish during the week. The three other rods in the party had one grilse between them!! Thank you once again,"
With best wishes,
Peter Higgenbottom, England. July 2005.
9ft EV2 # 8 saltwater 5pce custom built.
"Your 5 piece number 8 performed wonderfully with six pike over 40" and many many others in Canada last week. Carole and I had nearly 200 fish to the boat one day - most of mine on the fly
Next day 50 fish with 9 over 40"- all of my fish on the fly,"
Professor Vaughan Ruckley, Scotland. June 2005.
EV2 Duo 15/12'9"
David just a note to say that the 15' was brilliant in Argentina in
John Graham, Somerset, July 2005: (9 # 5-6 EV2 5pce). "I am just back from a Montana fishing trip.The rod performed faultlessly. The local fly fishermen admired it often. Its a good feeling to own such an exclusive British made high performance rod that would out perform their own rods. I felt really smug!"
Good one David!"
Alan Swann, Hexham, Northumberland, August 2003:
EV2 (9 # 6-7 - 4pce.)
I am very pleased with my new rod- thanks for the time you spent with me at the Game Fair making my choice.
Dr. Andrew Boddy, Scotland, July 2003:
EV2 96 # 6-7 - 3pce.
"David the Rod arrived safely. I have tried it in various settings. I was always happy with my old NORWICH M400, but this one is a real improvement. Even my casting shows improvement, especially into and across the wind.
Ewan Anderson, London, June 2003:
EV4 13 # 8-9 - 5 pce. custom-built)
"Thank you very much for building me such a wonderful rod. Its amazingly light for a five piece, but the big surprise is I can cast just about as far with it as my 15 footer. Having said that its good at close range too, which was my brief".
Charles Welsh, Scotland. EV3 9 # 10 -4 pce. Saltwater rod. Edinburgh, June 2003 :
Im just back from Florida, and as promised here are some photos of fish caught on my EV3 rod. The one in the pic is a 15 lbs. amberjack, and without a doubt if the rod did not break in these tussles, it will probably outlast me!.
John Cook, Kent Feb. 1999: A superb rod ( 96#6/7 ev2).
I bought a top-of-the-range American rod that was nowhere as good as the ev2, and from the start I was disappointed. When it broke through no fault of my own, it took almost 10 months to get a new top under warranty. The assurance that you could repair the ev2 promptly if I had an accident, lets me use the rod to the limit. Keep up the good work, Ill be looking for a salmon rod next year!
Keith Johnson, England,15 #10 3 pce EV2.(Sept. 1999):
On the last day (of my week on the Spey in mid-August) I was speaking with the ghillie. He was admiring the rod and like me, he was greatly impressed with its ease of use. His only doubt was that it may not have the backbone to deal with a big fish in heavy water, and I had to concede that I had landed nothing over 7 lbs that week. Later, I encountered a fish in a pool which has deep, fast water along the far bank and middle of the stream, and shallow water on the near bank, which the fish was reluctant to enter to say the least! Nevertheless, I was able to beach a fish of 22 lbs., proving I hope that any doubts were misplaced. Needless to say I am now even more delighted with the rod and its performance. This was my fifth purchase of a D.N. rod, including trout rods, and I have been delighted with all of them.
All the best,
Dr. Richard Gardner, N. Yorks May 1998:
I received the rod (9 6 # 7-8 ev2 ) on the 20th and have had three days fishing . I am absolutely delighted with it, and as you said, amazed at its performance. It took me a little while to adjust to the action, but I have just come back from the Nith, having thrown, for me, at lot of line without an aching shoulder or wrist, and having been much more accurate than previously. I am very impressed and I must say a bit surprised, as I suspected that the rod might have demanded more skill than I possess.
Many thanks and best wishes,
Richard Gardner .
I am always delighted to receive your comments and photographs of any notable catches taken on Norwich rods. I will try and find time to load some more of them soon.
Hillside Works, Fountainhall, Nr. Galashiels, Scottish Borders. TD1 2SU, SCOTLAND
TEL: 01578 760 310
The content of this website - all text and photgraphs (except where stated) are the property of David Norwich, do not use or disclose the information contained in this website in any way.
The contents of this website may contain personal views which are not the views of David Norwich.
Unless specifically stated.. All material contained in this website is the copyright of David Norwich.
Any written statement or extrapolation of the text in this website is the Copyright of David Norwich unless otherwise stated and is private and confidential.
Permission must be obtained in writing from David Norwich to use the contents for any purpose.
This website has been virus-scanned by AVG Grisoft Anti-Virus Software.
Copyright of David Norwich