• £13,000 paid for dead birds

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    A batch of of fly-tying materials set a world record at Mullock’s auction today. The top price of £13,000 (excluding 17% commission) was paid for a unique collection of later Victorian materials, while a vintage tying kit containing some rare birds climbed to £8000 and a smaller collection of bird capes sold for £1000 (against an estimate of just £100-£200). These lots were formerly owned by Commander MB Casement OBE, and had been in the family for a century. Most of the feathers and capes were untouched, and they included very rare and exotic birds such as toucan, continga, pitta, Indian crow, chatterer, macaw and cock of the rock. Feathers from these birds, which now enjoy protected status, are in huge demand by fly tyers, especially those tying classic salmon flies. But they are very difficult to obtain and the chance to secure whole birds comes along very infrequently. In  Victorian times it was a very different story. The most beautiful and exotic birds were merely seen as decoration for women’s hats or as material for salmon flies. The sale also saw an Edkin glass-bodied lure sell for £2600 and a 5.25in brass-faced Hardy alloy Perfect for left-hand wind climb to £5600. A solid silver trophy presented to the famed FWK Wallis by Nottingham Wellington Angling Society reached £2000. The club gave the trophy to Wallis because he won it almost every year between 1897 and 1915. A full report of the auction appears in the next issue of Classic Angling.


    Editor and publisher of Classic Angling magazine. Founder member of UK Angling Writers' Association and current chairman. Former winner of Writer of the Year. I wrote a weekly angling column for The Independent for 23 years, having previously written columns for The Guardian and Sunday Mirror. If it swims, I'll fish for it: marlin or mackerel, trout or tench, salmon or snook. I've written several books on fishing, from one for the Duke of Edinburgh's award to the notorious Catchmore Sharks (don't look at the pictures) and Bob Nudd's autobiography, How to be the World's Best Fisherman. I love exotic travel for fishing (been to Mongolia and Ecuador, the Great Barrier Reef and Arunachal Pradesh) and wish I could afford to do such trips more often. My favourite fish? Anything with fins, though I have a special love for mahseer, and I'm chairman of The Mahseer Trust.

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