Fly fishing level: King.

Yes, he may not be the best fly fisherman out there, but he is certainly next in line to be king. Prince William was spotted using a piece of very interesting apparel. Here’s the story.

Prince wears Hardy cap

A FAMOUS Northumberland fishing tackle manufacturer has proof that its clothing is fit for a king – after it was donned by Prince William.

The Duke of Cambridge was pictured sporting a cap made by Greys, part of renowned Alnwick-based Hardy and Greys.

The company has a long history of supplying fishing tackle to the royal family – including William’s father the Prince of Wales.

Bosses at the firm last night spoke of their delight at seeing the prince wearing their gear and said they hoped he would inherit the royal passion for fishing.

The company, based at Willowburn Trading Estate, set up shop in 1873 and is best-known for its heritage fishing rod brand, Hardy.

During its early glory years the firm counted kings, queens and maharajahs among its clientele.

Clients including Prince Charles have been supplied with vintage reels worth up to £30,000.

The Duke of Edinburgh, a fishing enthusiast, visited the Alnwick site in 2001, to unveil a machine that was to revolutionise the way the company makes its famous reels.

Prince William was pictured on a night out with brother Harry recently sporting an orange coloured Greys 3D Pumpkin cap, bearing the company’s name and emblem: “Born to Fish”.

Last night, Ken Brewster, Hardy and Greys’ sales and marketing director, said: “Hardy and Greys has a long history of supplying fishing tackle to the royal family, we currently hold a Royal Warrant granted by Prince Charles.

“We were delighted to see that Prince William chose to wear a Greys Cap recently and we are hopeful that he will inherit his father’s and great grandmother’s passion for fishing.”


Hardy and Greys supply mainly fly fishing and coarse fishing gear. Here’s a list of their products to look at if you would like to fish like a King too.

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Hardy Bros. Rods

Hardy Bros. RodsView Products

Hardy Bros Reels

Hardy Bros ReelsView Products

Flyfishing Rods

Flyfishing RodsView Products

Spinning Rods

Spinning RodsView Products

Line System

Line SystemView Products


AccessoriesView Products


LuggageView Products


ClothingView Products


WadingView Products

Hats and Caps

Hats and CapsView Products

Hardy DVD

Hardy DVDView Products

Alternatively to pick up fly fishing locally you can equip yourself with the basics and get some training from the chaps down in Tacklebox SS15. The details of the shop are here.
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