• £13,000 paid for dead birds

    by  • November 30, 2013 • 0 Comments

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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...

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    Fish-related shaving mugs for auction in Denver

    by  • November 29, 2013 • 0 Comments

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    An unusual collection of fish-related shaving mugs comes up for auction in Denver, Pennsylvania, on December 6. The one illustrated is by Joseph Spiler and carries a $200-$400 estimate. The sale, run by Morphy Auctions, includes several others with fish-related themes, with one ornate example of a horse-drawn fish and oyster wagon estimated at...

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    by  • November 28, 2013 • 0 Comments


    A very rare lure from the 1870s and a 4in double-ventilated Allcock Aerial are the highlights of a major tackle auction this weekend. The Mullock’s sale on Saturday at Ludlow racecourse, Shropshire, UK, features more than 760 fishing-related lots, but that 2.5in lure is likely to command the highest price. It was made by...

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    Hardy creates Botham reel to celebrate Ashes victory

    by  • November 27, 2013 • 0 Comments

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    A limited-edition salmon reel named after Sir Ian Botham, made to commemorate England’s Ashes victory over Australia this year, is about to be launched by Hardy’s. The 4in reel, called the Beefy Perfect, will cost a hefty £1200. Sounds a lot? Well, Hardy already has pre-orders for most of the 50 being made. If...

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    Cased fish carry £6000-£8000 estimate

    by  • November 26, 2013 • 0 Comments


    A very rare bow-fronted case of two lamprey mounted by the famed taxidermist John Cooper comes up for auction on Thursday (November 28). The fish were caught from the river Severn in 1924, though we use the word “caught” advisedly because the lawless, bloodsucking  fish do not take a bait. This is the only...

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    Win a chance to go mahseer fishing

    by  • November 25, 2013 • 0 Comments

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    Joining the Mahseer Trust could win you a near-£3000 trip to fish for them in India. Two outfitters have offered places on their exclusive stretches of the Ramganga in the Himalayas, and on the famed river Cauvery at Coorg. Most of the prime mahseer fishing in the country has been closed after the government...

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    Rarities in Lang’s next sale

    by  • May 4, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Some exceptional items, including a in Hardy 4.75in Alma, two sets of Stan Bogdan anniversary reels, an Otto Pleissner original watercolour and A Keelling Musky Minnow are on offer at Lang’s next online sale, which takes place on May 18 and 19. Those two boxed Bogdan salmon reel sets are among more than 30...

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    Seamartin reel sets online record

    by  • May 4, 2013 • 0 Comments

    An Australian Seamartin reel has set a record online price, selling this week for $A2300 ($2372) on eBay. The wooden fixed-spool reel, made by Cliff Martin of Victoria in the 1960s, was in fine condition with its red sideplate appearing unmarked, was a Model 3, the first “production” line of the surfcaster. Martin made...

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