Sunday 17th May will see the Spring tackle fair at the Abbey Stadium Redditch and a chance to meet up with old friends again. This is the largest tackle fair in Europe with all the stalls sold out and a chance to look and buy items from a few pence up to a few thousand pounds.
Highlight of the show will be the launch of the long anticipated book by Rupe Attwood on the story of the famous Redditch tackle company J. W. Young. Rupe will be in attendance to sign copies of his book and I know that many people are looking forward to reading this book.
It has been a few years since I last attended Germany’s premier Antique Fishing Tackle Auction organised by Udo Hilderbrant. Last time it was in NordRhein-Westfalen and I went with my son, who was born not far away, to show him were we lived for three years.
Udo has moved the auction but it’s still in North West Germany and he still manages to find some nice items of tackle.
Here is a link to the site with the details of the next sale on 25th April 2009, I just wish I could go as I had three great years living and working in Germany.
For any of you considering bidding Udo speaks almost perfect English, certainly better than my German.
A friend of mine asked me if I knew anything about a proposed law about to be introduced through the back door that would affect anglers?
No, tell me more. He directed me to the UKIP website, let me say politics is something I do not usually indulge in. However this “fringe” party is the only one that is making any effort to overturn this bureaucratic nightmare.
Just picture this scene, some guy out with his children on a typical British seaside Pier catches a fish, BANG the fishing police arrive and deduct his catch from the UK’s quota – idiotic?
I did make a comment about various reel made by Walter Dingley after he left Hardy Brothers and eventually starting his own reel making company.
Someone commented that he had searched google and found no mention of any of the reels that I had listed, the reason? nothing has been posted consequently Google can not pick it up.
So for Willy and Google here is a picture of the Dingley Glen Fly reel retailed by Westley Richards of Birmingham who used the same name that Dingley did.
The scan is from January 1920 and the reel is only in three sizes, later, like the Hardy Unique upon which it was based it would be offered in larger sizes.
After working late nights and long days for the past two weeks I drove to London to view and bid on a few items at Neil Freemans Angling Auctions. The first person I saw as I entered the room was John Andrews who had some great news that he could only tell me.
Apparently he was sitting in a dug out with Brain Clough on one side and Peter Taylor on the other and guess what? they did not know who he was. He would have been better off inviting me along to the conversation then Brian Clough could have been telling his mates about sitting between us two.
The auction was great and a few items were purchased but as always the better items sold well. With the present economic climate it makes sense to withdraw money from the bank and invest it into fishing tackle or wine.
When I got back home I had a nice bottle of wine, gradually the tiredness and alcohol took hold but I had to look at John’s Trade Card as it has a very nice picture of gaff and a Pike. Well at the point that I clicked on his web site an advert came on the TV for a free copy of Julie Andres The Sound of Music, which set my mind off at a tangent to Demis Roussos and a song I remember from my days in Germany Lovely Lady of Arcadia.
Anyway tiredness alcohol can play tricks with your mind but adrewsofarcadia.co.uk is one site I will not forget.
I came across this site recently and I must say it makes great reading the tag line “an antidote to indifference” is very apt. The guys write not only about fishing but the other things that make life worth living and I even managed to list to the Doves singing Caught By The River, technology eh what will they think of next. If they only had a section on Nottingham Forest it would be essential reading.