• Two Brunner rods top €2000 at auction

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    Two mint-condition rods by the excellent cane rodmaker Walter Brunner both went over €2000 at Hildebrant’s latest auction in Germany. A 7ft 6in 4-5 weight Pielach soared to €2350, while an 8ft  Thymalli finished on €2300. Brunner, who died in 2007, was an Austrian who specialised in bamboo rods and his output has always been collectable, but these two have far exceed any previous prices at auction. Another very high price was achieved by an Ari ‘t Hart Stu Apte Bonefish saltwater fly reel model (pictured). Unfished and with its leather case, this climbed to  €2100.The sale also saw a very unusual original photograph of two naked girls taken in the former German Democratic Republic about 1960 make €230. Udo Hildebrant commented: “Nudity on every possible and sometimes impossible occasions was one the few little personal escapes tolerated by the Staatspartei of the DDR.” Sorry, but it’s a bit risqué for us to show. Some of our readers are quite elderly and it could be bad for their hearts. You’ll have to check the website here.


    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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