Welcome to the Rawson & Perrin blog. Here you can find out what we're up to and more information about the things we make.

We might be making split cane fishing rods; traditional style floats such as Avons, Wagglers, Bobbers, Stick floats, landing nets, priests, boxes or anything else!

From time to time we may even fill you in with our own fishing conquests!

We hope you enjoy our blog.

Please visit http://www.rawsonandperrin.co.uk for more information about the things we make.

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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Facebook Page

With the coarse season over and the trout season upon us (or nearly upon us depending where you are!) I've set up a Facebook page to allow us to keep in contact with people easier. Over the coming days, weeks and months we'll be updating the page with current work, photographs, videos, fishing trips as well as offering giveaways and competitions for anyone who likes and shares our page.


Please visit, click like and share and be in with a chance of getting something for nothing.

It's been a busy winter for both Rawson & Perrin with a new births, a house move and a number of orders and restorations fulfilled. Here's to a active spring/summer with plenty of updates.


Tuesday, 11 June 2013

It's been a while...

After much neglect over the Winter months I feel its time for an update, don't you?!

Without going in to too much detail, I thought I'd post a few photos and a video to try and catch you all up on the happenings.

Before I post the photos I'd like to thank everyone who bid on our Wild Trout Trust auction rod and reel, a very worthy cause. Watch the space for details on nexts years lot from us!

After a slow start to the fly fishing season the fish started to come thick and fast!

First of the season

Cracking colours once the sun came out

My favourite stream came up trumps

Spotty chap

The new reel performing well

They're here!

Buttery goodness
To steer away from the 'photoblog' aspect for a minute I'd like to link you to a couple of videos.

First of all, lets take a trip back to the cold of last winter. I put together a short video of me catching predators on a couple of methods, resulting in a decent Pike towards the end of the season. Check it out here: 

Now back to the trout. I have just uploaded a new video in the same vain as the 'Overgrown' videos I shot last year. It's the third in the series and creatively titled 'Overgrown III'. You can find it here:

That'll do for now, thanks for looking, watching, listening...

Twitter: @adsrawson

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Mr. Crabtree...

We all remember the original book and now Mr. Crabtree is set to return! This time he's not only available in book form but a TV series is currently being filmed. The book is now available for pre order and is released soon. I for one cant wait!

Please click on the picture below for information on how to order your copy.

Twitter: @adsrawson

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Word on "The Chevin"...

We've just received an email from a customer who had ordered the "Chevin" I posted about in my last entry. Its always nice to hear from the people who buy from us. Here's what he said:

Hi Adam 
I finally got some time out from the business today to go christen my new rod. Only
one fish but she sure is a picture! At 9 1/2 lbs and she went off like an express
train but the chevin handled her extremely well, particularly as I was using
relatively light ledger gear. I am impressed how the rod taper performed under load
- the cane is such a lovely shock absorber, and the rod Wallis casts well too. I'm a
cane rod newbie and now a convert! 
I had planned to go out after chub, and had a small 1/4 oz feeder with a size 10
hook & 6lb line. But I saw the barbel rolling downstream and put on some luncheon
meat and hey presto! The barbel did several powerful runs but I was able to turn her
by playing her off the butt by keeping the rod low. The rod has plenty of power
there and although the rod was in a parabolic curve I didn't feel that the rod was
over challenged at all- I think applying side strain rather than high sticking is
the key here. I think I would have struggled to land this fish on my stiffer carbon
rods on 6lb line.

Also interestingly the bite was just a gentle little tremble of the rod tip and the
finesse of the cane tip registered this far better than my normal carbon 'barbel'
rod would have done - I think this bite was easier to detect and hit on the cane rod
than it would have been on my other rods.  It has made me think about going back in
for some touch ledgering as I think the responsiveness of the cane is perfect for
this. Perhaps you should look at promoting this benefit on your literature for some
of your existing or future models?... 

All in all it's been an interesting first experience with cane. When I placed my
order with Rawson & Perrin it was because I had been seduced by the beautiful images
on your website- the choice of cane was a purely aesthetic one!  But what I have
discovered today is that the fishing experience is also greatly enhanced in a
physical and practical way too because of the unique properties of cane as a rod
building material. By the way, I found that the shortened handle on my version of
the chevin worked well too, particularly in tight jungle swims. 

I know that rod choice is a highly subjective thing but for me the chevin is a great
choice for small river work and I would feel confident targeting low to mid double
barbel and chub to any size on smaller rivers.
Thanks again for such a great rod - it was well and truly tested today on its first
trip out and has exceeded all expectations.


Twitter: @adsrawson 

Monday, 24 September 2012

Birds, Dolphins and Fishing Rods...

Appologies for the lack of posts recently. I think it's time for a quick catchup.

Going back to when it was still warm (seems a long time ago now!) I visitied the Hawk Conservancy near Andover with family. I'd been before many years ago and had enjoyed it and it didnt disappoint this time either! Its a fantastic day out and I urge you to go if you haven't been before.

a close call with the vultures

bald eagle

This was followed (or perhaps preceeded, I can't remember!) by a couple of days in Cornwall with the wife. A little fishing was done and I did manage the bass that eluded me earlier in the year but the highlight was not a catch but rather a sighting.

After tea one evening we decided to take a stroll along one of the beaches, after 10 mintues or so something caught my eye out to sea. We focussed our eyes and it was clear it was a pair of Dolphins. I'd not seen them before in the wild and it was a spectacular sight. We watched, photographed and filmed them for half an hour or so whilst the light faded. They could clearly be seen eating flatfish and crashing in and out of the water. Have a look at this video I took...

I've managed a few trips to the river, mainly in search of some big Roach spotted earlier in the year. A big Roach has eluded thusfar and its something I hope to correct this winter. A few of these fish were easily 2lb+, with one looking scarily big. Hopefully I can still find them when the weed has died back. 

about as big as I could manage on the fly

Finally, we've been finishing more orders and working on the reels, as well as some hand stitched leather pouches to go with them. Satin finish rods seem to be a big hit lately. Here's a few photos of recently finished rods:

I must also say a big thankyou to everyone that came to say hello at the Frampton Country Fair. A great day and we were blessed with great weather for a change!

Twitter: @adsrawson