• Strong prices for Theodore Gordon’s tackle

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    Tackle owned by Theodore Gordon, known as “the father of American dry-fly fishing”, went for high prices at  Crossroads Angling Auctions inaugural sale in New Jersey. The top price of $6250 (ex 15% commission) was paid for his fly-tying vice, while two framed sets of his flies went for $3500 and $3250. His personal fly rod made $3500, which might seem unspectacular but it was an unmarked 9ft Montague rod that would have struggled to command $200 otherwise. His wooden tackle box by William Mills sold for $1600 but its contents were sparse and unremarkable (unless you count his TB atomiser). Anything owned by Gordon is very rare because he suffered from tuberculosis, and when he died, all his possessions were burnt over fears that the disease could be spread. Top seller at the sale was a 1900 salmon reel by Ernest Holzman that went for $7000.


    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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