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    Some fine lures are among the highlights at Mullock’s auction at Ludlow tomorrow (November 10), which also offers online bidding. There is a named nickel silver Gregory Windsor Bee, a pink mother-of-pearl Hardy Devon minnow and an Allcock Paragon, as well as an early 4in leather hand-painted hollow-body bait with lead head and a 4in fish-shaped cast-nickel-on-brass lure with twin diving fins. “I’ve never seen one before,” said cataloguer John Stephenson. The sale also offers the second part of the Mark Ross Collection, featuring a wide range of rare and unusual Malloch reels.These include a 2.5in multipling sidecaster, but there are also multi-mode examples, as well as prototypes and other multiplying models. Reels include a 6in Hardy Alma with its case and a good selection of Allcocks, including Coxons and a dead-black (DB) model. The rods likely to make the highest price are two mint 11ft The Chris Yates Barbus Maximus Mk2 split-cane Avon rods built by Edward Barder. For US collectors, there are rods by Phillipson, Leonard and Orvis, a batch of 160 fishing-related postcards and a George Lawrence Tillamook creel. The oldest creel, however, is an early 18th century leather pot-bellied example with a sunburst decoration on its lid.


    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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