Spend the Day with an Expert: Stuart Crofts

Andover, Hampshire: (2nd June, 2006) – The new Orvis store in Bakewell invites you to come and visit on Saturday 22nd July when the store will be hosting world-renowned entomologist and fly fisherman Stuart Crofts. Stuart will be at our store from 10am to 4pm.

Stuart is a Yorkshireman born and bred, has fished since he was a boy and specialised in fly-fishing for 30 years. He is a complete trout bum!

As well as a passionate “pleasure” fisherman, he has also fished in many fly-fishing competitions and represented England on numerous occasions, including three European Championships and six World Fly Fishing Championships. He was also Captain of the gold medal winning England Rivers Home International Team in June 2000. Stuart is proficient in all styles of river fly-fishing, but is especially fond of upstream dry fly fishing on small streams.

Stuart supports and takes part in other field sports and is a keen naturalist with a special interest in river entomology. He is a published photographer and has written numerous articles on fly-fishing and river management. He regularly presents lectures to clubs and societies on fishing-related topics.

We look forward to seeing you on 22nd July!

Orvis Bakewell
The Old Town Hall, King Street, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1DZ
Tel 01629 810226

www.orvis.co.uk/bakewell

Background

The Orvis Company celebrates its 150th anniversary in the US this year (and its 25th in the UK!)

Founded by Charles F. Orvis in Manchester, Vermont, US in 1856, The Orvis Company specialises in fine quality fly-fishing tackle, shooting clothing and accessories, traditional country clothing and unique gifts for the country home.

In 1981, Orvis started a mail order business in the UK based at a converted water mill in Nether Wallop, Hampshire after taking over the successful 'Dermot Wilson' fly-fishing tackle business on Mr Wilson's retirement. Since then, the business has blossomed and the expansion has included the opening of 17 full price and 2 outlet retail stores in the UK with a move to larger HQ and distribution premises in Andover, Hampshire. Orvis is now the largest, truly authentic, specialist country living retailer in the UK with an exciting and unique product offer available from its retail stores, mail order catalogue and website.

PR CONTACT: ANNA WILSON
Tel: 01536 412506
wilsona@orvis.co.uk
The Orvis Company, Inc.
Clearwater House
Unit 28 North Way
Andover, Hampshire
SP10 5RW
www.orvis.co.uk