• Issues 41 – 50

    Issue 41


    • Zane Grey’s sour reaction to a woman catching a 426lb broadbill, after his own lack of success, proved the catalyst that prompted his resignation from the Tuna Club.
    • Fred Buller has become the world authority on pike fishing, but Buller’s output covers a lot more than just pike. This bibliography of his books has been prepared by David Beazley, librarian of the Flyfishers’ Club.
    • Cased fish may have been the talking point, but some superb American reels were the true stars of the day at Angling Auctions.
    • Plus: –The huge laregemouth bass that would have smashed the 74-year record. -Beach-casting pioneer Leslie Moncrieff was an early inventor of bite indicators with a “nuclear” device for sea anglers.

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    Issue 42


    • Some of the finest angling books to appear at auction attracted heavyweight prices at a London sale. Several set record prices, while two, a 1653 first edition of Izaak Walton’s ‘The Compleat Angler’ and an 11-volume French book on fishes, ‘Traite Général des Pesches et Histoire de Poissons’, both sold for £50,000.
    • The first major book by Chris Yates for 14 years.
    • New version of the Mitchell guide.
    • Pike deadbait mount fights ‘coarse’ image.
    • Where will it all end? Another long, long, weekend, another $1million Lang’s auction. And the flow of quality lots (especially lures) shows no signs of slowing.
    • Plus:  All abourd the Milbro Tackle Train

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    Issue 43


    • Lang’s next auction will the the largest yet, with more than 3000 lots. They include one of the world’s best collections of classic American reels.
    • Neil Freeman looks at big-game tackle from a golden era, when makers created superbly crafted but extremely large reels capable of battling the ocean’s mightiest marlin and tuna.
    • A Frank Benson wedding gift may have headed this sale, but several other pictures attracted healthy prices, helping this auction’s total receipts reach a total of more than $2 million.
    • Plus: – The First US Spring Hook, Dr Todd Larson uncovers the fascinating Sockdolager story, how George Griswold invented in 1845 what is generally recognised to be the first US spring-loaded hook. – My Magic Trip to Mongolia. John Bailey recalls his first trip: a ground-breaking expedition to a wild river in outer Mongolia in search of the fabled taimen.

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    Issue 44


    • THIS COULD BE FIRST WOODEN MINNOW — A historic lure coming up for auction at Lang’s is almost certainly the earliest known example of a US wooden minnow.
    • WALKER’S WEDDING GIFT — A pair of Mark IV rods that were made by Peter Stone from cane given to him by Richard Walker as a wedding present are among special items on offer at Mullock Madeley’s next auction.
    • STRANGE TAIL OF A RECORD PIKE — Carved pike are rarely seen, but there was something extra-special about the 37lb specimen that went for £4100 at this auction…
    • Plus: Ebay slot. Book reviews. Classified ads. Newcomers’ guide. Auction dates.

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    Issue 45


    • First wooden minnow sells for $38,000.
    • The Major’s marvellous salmon fly collection.
    • One of the rarest (and most impractical) of salmon reels sells at £5000

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    Issue 46


    • Lures making a comeback. Unlike the US, decent lures have been scarce at UK auctions for a couple of years. But Mullock Auctions’ next sale will feature several quality examples.
    • Hardy founder’s reels up for sale. Two brass Perfects owned by William Hardy, founder of the famous tackle company, are among items at Angling Auctions’ next sale.
    • King of guides. John Bailey pays tribute to the finest guide he has ever worked with, the diminutive Indian Subhan, who has helped anglers land dozens of huge mahseer from the river Cauvery in Karnataka.

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    Issue 47


    • News — Unique Winston rod goes up for auction. The most sought-after of all Allcock reels, the Rollerback, is the highlight of Mullock Auctions’ next sale — and the version on offer is in mint condition. Shimano notches 3000 records. A Wadham Dreadnaught tournament-style casting reel provided some of the liveliest bidding of the day at Mullock Actions’ latest sale.
    • Buyers’ Guide — Carving Genius. Neil Freeman looks at the marvellously lifelike carvings of the Japanese sculptor Yoshihiko Ando.
    • Auctions — Just the place to start a library. A recent Bloomsbury auction provided a good opportunity to fill holes in a collection or even to acquire an instant angling library.
    • Plus: All sorts of wonderful stuff you can only read about if you subscribe to the magazine!

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    Issue 48


    • Four copies of salmon fishing’s rarest book have come up for sale recently, and as befits a classic book of which just 105 copies were printed, they made high prices.
    • He was the greatest angler of his generation, perhaps of all time. Richard Walker caught huge fish of all species including a record carp. But he also made a massive contribution with his fishing inventions. In an extract from Barrie Richards’ new book about the great man, we look at how he played a pivotal role in developing carbon fibre as a material for rod-making.
    • Lang’s biannual sale goes from strength to strength. This was surely the best of the lot, with spectacular lures, reels and some very special Zane Grey items.
    • Plus: Ebay slot. Book reviews. Classified Ads. Auction dates, and all sorts of wonderful things you can only read about by subscribing to Classic Angling.

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    Issue 49


    • A SUBLIME FORM OF ORIENTAL ART Relax with a glass of sake, and read why Neil Freeman reckons Japanese woodblock prints, or Ekiyo-e, offer investment value and stunning images.
    • SLEEPING AMONG THE BOOKS The cataloguer may have known his decoys and paintings, but he clearly didn’t have much appreciation of fishing books, judging by the gems that went for low prices at Copley’s recent auction, writes Keith Elliott.
    • THE PLACE TO GO FOR A 300LB PERCH Dr Barrie Rickards has done a fair bit of angling travel but he’s addicted to Egypt’s Lake Nasser, where your next take could be from a 1lb Nile perch, or one of 300lb. He explains the magic of the 550km lake and how to get the best from a trip there.
    • Plus: A plea for help in looking after roach fry and a call for more on WR Pape are among this issue’s letters. Looking to find or sell tackle? Want a taxidermist or a rare book? Then turn to our classified page. Auctions, tackle shows and exhibitions — they are all in our diary of forthcoming events.

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    Issue 50


    • Steve Starrantino, who catalogued the Derrydale Press for Lang’s ground-breaking auction earlier this month, talks about the man who set up the world’s greatest sporting book publishers.
    • Neil Freeman looks at the craftsmanship and collectability of metal lures made by James Gregory.
    • While the best tackle made impressive prices here, lower-end stuff proved worryingly hard to shift, writes Keith Elliott. Quality, not quantity, seems to be the only game in town at present.
    • Plus: Auctions, tackle shows and exhibitions — they’re all in our diary of forthcoming events.

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