• Three fine carved fish at decoy auction

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    A c1910 carved salmon by Hardy Brothers is the standout item (unless you get excited about various breeds of duck) at Guyette, Schmidt & Deeter’s fall decoy auction on November 7. This fish is estimated at $5000-$7000. The sale, which takes place at Easton, Maryland, also includes a 28lb carved salmon from 1967, the work of Hellum Brothers of Norway. The fish was taken from the river Alta. (Wonder why he bothered to keep such a tiddler?). There is also a 35lb lake trout caught from Lake Superior in 1939. This fish is particularly interesting because it is a very rare double-sided carving. Sadly, the fins are later replacements though that’s not surprising, as it has served as a trade sign at Captain Hammer’s sport-fishing dock in Duluth, Minnesota. The auction also has some modern fish decoys, including a batch of 22 that are the work of carver Anthony Hillman of Seaville, New Jersey. This lot is estimated at $2000-$2500. The auction is dominated by bird carvings, but there is also a fine Milt Weiler watercolour of salmon fishing from a boat (lot 125).


    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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