• Hardy Cascapedia hits $22,000 at Lang’s auction

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    A 3/0 Hardy Cascapedia, one of only 39 made in this size, was the star lot at Lang’s latest online auction this weekend. Its $22,000 closing bid was a Lang’s record for an item of Hardy tackle. But the sale achieved high prices in most sectors. Other star reels included an aluminium 6/0 Restigouche by Edward vom Hofe, the only known aluminium example of the Model 423, which closed on $16,500, a Philbrook & Paine marbelised salmon reel that finished on $15,000 and a George Snyder Kentucky reel that took $6250. Among rods, a 9ft split-cane salmon rod made by Everett Garrison in 1967 went for $3200 and a 7ft 6in Thomas & Thomas 3-weight rod and reel, one of 150 sets made to commemorate the company’s 25th anniversary, sold for $2800. A batch of very early advertising calendars with fishing themes drew strong interest, led by a 1915 scene advertising Bristol rods (pictured) that closed on $1600. A carved wooden 12lb 5oz sea trout, the work of Peter Malloch of Perth, leapt to $3600. Other items to excel included a painted minnow bucket that reached $1400, an unused South Bend boxed set of 12 flyrod lures that went for $8250 and a 19in float by the Ideal Fishing Float Company of Richmond, Virginia, which brought bids to $900. Full auction report 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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