Antiques & Vintage Tackle

We have started a Facebook group and an Instagram page for Antique and Vintage fishing tackle. Facebook group Antique Fishing Tackle is for items of tackle that are 100 plus years old. It’s an open group and anyone can post.

The Instagram page is Antique_vintage_fishing_tackle and the idea is to have a new item posted everyday.

Please feel free to join or comment.

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Men of Trent The Story of the Nottingham Winch

Many thanks for all the great messages and support.

 

Thanks to John Stephenson for his review.

 

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Men of Trent The story of the Nottingham winch.

I am please to announce that Men of Trent has been published and we will commence shipping at the end of the week. The books are expected in England on Thursday 14th June.

To order follow the link

https://menoftrent.com/

Men of Trent The history of the Nottingham Winch

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Nottingham Wooden Fishing Reels

Men of Trent will give a history of the Nottingham wooden fishing reel from it’s early beginnings. The book will pinpoint the various developments from the early bush reels, the strap backs, star backs and centre pins.

 

It will endeavour to help  the reader understand this fascinating area of tackle collecting helping to identify the mundane run of the mill from the rare, and consequently valuable stars.

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Men Of Trent – Ebook

Men of Trent book

Men of Trent and an early Nottingham Clamp Winch

 

I have been asked if Men of Trent will be available as an ebook.

Its something I have not thought about but would welcome your opinion.

http://www.menoftrent.com

 

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Men of Trent

Men of Trent book

Men of Trent and an early Nottingham Clamp Winch

Register an interest in a new book on the history of the Nottingham Winch

http://www.menoftrent.com

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The Men of Trent

I would just like to announce that I have finished the book on the early history of the Nottingham Winch.

More details to follow.

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Angling Auctions Chiswick London

This Saturday 2nd October, will be the autumn sale at Angling Auctions taking place at Chiswick Town Hall, to view the catalogue online click here.

You will have to register to view all the lots.

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Mullocks Auction

This Saturday will see the summer sale by Mullocks at the Clive Pavilion Ludlow Racecourse. Unfortunately I will not be there but there are some great items for sale. A friend will be carrying a couple of bids for me.

Hardy Trade Reel at Mullocks Auction

Hardy Trade Reel at Mullocks Auction

John Mullock has revamped the online catalogue and it looks great.

For further details  click here.

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Redditch Review.

I arrived nice and early in the hope of finding something nice to add to my collection but unfortunately despite a few hours looking I could find nothing.  There were some fantastic items including a David Slater made Combination reel in gun metal with its original leather case retailed by Forrest of Kelso. At £450 it was too much seeing as I have three models of the same reel and would in effect be paying only for the leather case.

I have started looking into Malloch Sidecaster reels, having previously given them scant attention, due to the fact that they were not the only people making them. The patent expired in 1900 and having seen an advert for a sidecaster by Smith & Wall I wondered who else made them. Certainly there were a few, the Forrest of Kelso one differs from the others in the fact that there is a rim mounted on off check button. Les Shaw had a Foster of Ashbourne model and Andrew Race had a Reuben Heatons model. Just how many other makers are there? I would be interested in receiving pictures and information.

After the show I joined a friend fishing for carp, well he was fishing as I am a bit of a traditionalist and follow the close season. He has found a great lake where the fish just cruise around and its possible to stalk them. He told me that he uses pet food and visited a site which had a very large selection and somewhat baffling. Eventually we settled on dog biscuits and found a nice advantaged position overlooking the lake and started throwing a few free offering to the cruising carp.

It was fascinating and after a short time Ray baited his hook with a dog biscuit and cast out and I followed with the free offerings, the carp homed in on the bait and it was heart stopping. After 5 minutes all the free offering had been taken but they showed little or no interest in the hook bait.

Two hours later with half a bag of dog biscuits gone we still had not managed to get a carp to take the bait. We discussed it and started crediting the carp with super intelligence, surely they could see that the hook bait was sitting lower in the water than the free offering? maybe.

I will return to this lake and try again possibly with floating bread flake, with a split cane rod and an Aerial reel.

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