Saturday 11th July will see the summer auction of fishing tackle at Mullocks Auction at the Clive Pavilion Ludlow. This sale is normally characterised by the large quantity of good usable fishing tackle. This time we have some classic reels with some high price tags to accompany them.
Amongst which is the two Hardy Bougles, one of my favourite Hardy reels which I have had the pleasure of using in the past.
Another fine reel is the Hardy Houghton in alloy, some people think that the Houghton was first sold as a brass faced 2 5/8 inch model only but this reel was originally all brass and later models being alloy. It’s the size which dictates the Houghton- 2 5/8 inch.
For further information and to view the online catalogue click here.
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.