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  1. Default Re: Open question to our forum members who enjoy 'classic' coarse angling.

    Thanks so much for the comments so far - very useful and interesting too. Love the photos and especially that old wicker basket out on the bank - fantastic!

    Tigger - I will pass your want list along to John Stephenson so he can keep his eyes open for you.

    If anyone else wants to share please keep the comments coming about what you enjoy collecting, or would like to collect.

    For those on a budget (including me!), it's always worth a look in the clearance section and also the Accessories (and the Misc sub-section in there too) section as there are all manner of objects in those starting at all levels of pricing and fine for some nice shelf pieces to start you off.

    Thanks,

    Paul
    Kirsty Hewitt
    Fish and Fly Ltd

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    John Stephenson was extremely helpful and passed on excellent advice when I was "cataloguing" my late Uncles' fishing gear. It helped me add further identity and information particularly on several fly fishing reels and rods.

    I reckon I'm not a collector but do like my centrepins! I had a fair few before my uncles passed away last year and have inherited "a few more".

    I like to use all my gear as much as possible rather than display it. That will probably prove impossible in my lifetime but it will be fun trying.

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    I've donated some of my late Uncles' gear, particularly some of their salmon fly & spinning bits and pieces, to The Royalty Rod Museum. Tony Timms and the supporters have done a remarkable job there and the museum holds a range of stunning antique and historical items.

    Whilst I was searching through some of my inheritance I found this box in the garage. I truly thought this was one of Micks' famed float boxes (he was a Master Joiner). I wasn't too disappointed when I opened it. The selection of salmon and seatrout flies, many tied by Ron and Mick, was simply stunning. It now sits in a corner of the museum.

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  4. Default Re: Open question to our forum members who enjoy 'classic' coarse angling.

    Sorry to break the news Neil, but you're definitely a collector!

    Thanks for sharing the lovely photos. Those flies look really nice and what a fish that was!
    Kirsty Hewitt
    Fish and Fly Ltd

  5. Default Message from John Stephenson - The Venables connection!

    John Stephenson passed along this little anecdote which he thought you might all enjoy here on Fishing Magic.


    The Venables connection

    Hi! I was lucky enough to meet with Bernard Venables many years ago when he came to my house and we talked vintage tackle late into the night in my tackle, room accompanied by a wee dram.

    He was the most gentlemenly of all anglers, very knowledgeable and humble at the same time.

    We talked of the 1940’s-70s era, he recognised many of my reels and was passionate about the history of the older models, many going back and beyond to 1800.

    Who could resist wanting to go perch fishing the very next day with cane rod, wood framed landing net and centre pin reel, halcyon days!

    The picture here is from the back cover on one of my tackle books, Understanding Threadlines, when I was just a lad back in 1992.

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    If you are interested in vintage tackle, please do go to our Thomas Turner Fishing Antiques website and look for my regular short blog articles on rare and interesting reels and ephemera. Here is the link for you - https://www.thomasturner.com/vintage-tackle-blog/

    Thanks,

    John.
    Kirsty Hewitt
    Fish and Fly Ltd

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    Quote Originally Posted by Editor-in-Chief View Post
    Sorry to break the news Neil, but you're definitely a collector!
    You might be right! Not that I need another one but just acquired a JW Youngs Trudex, well worn exterior, but spins like a dream. Cost me 999p


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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil Maidment View Post
    You might be right! Not that I need another one but just acquired a JW Youngs Trudex, well worn exterior, but spins like a dream. Cost me 999p



    That's the problem with centrepin reels, they really are appealing to some and the urge to keep aquiring them can become obsessive!
    I have had a fair few myself and still have about 30 or more today .
    I think i've managed to control my addiction and although I would still buy more pins i'm a lot more selective and it will have to be particular ones to make me purchase them.

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    Default Re: Open question to our forum members who enjoy 'classic' coarse angling.

    I do have a few vintage items of tackle all of which apart from two I have used and some I still use.
    Rapidex and Trudex I still use for trotting or close in float fishing. A Royal Avon centerpin I used for many years before selling it to a collector in Australia.

    I must have had loads of what is now classed as classic tackle pass through my hands when updating for new tackle. Having at one time or another owned cane Ledgerstrikes, MKIV Carprods and Avons, Wallis Avons and various others. Allocks Aerial reels etc.

    Rod wise I have Allcocks Light Caster, an unnamed rod that I think is a converted fly rod to float rod.
    Two unused classic Splitcane fly rods, a Pezon et Michel, parabolic normale, CC De France in new condition and a Henry Aiken Superflex with the original sales label attached. This one as never been used. Did try to sell these but no one wanted cane fly rods only carbon.

    When does tackle become classic I have ABU multipliers 40 plus years old and lures of the same age? Is it age related or manufacturer? Can old carbon or fibreglass rods be classed as classic I have a few of those?

  9. Default Re: Open question to our forum members who enjoy 'classic' coarse angling.

    Hi Steve2,

    As you know antique usually means 100 years and older, vintage though is less defined. To us at Thomas Turner I guess it means anything more than around 20-30 years old that you couldn't really say was 'new' or 'modern' any more, even though it is probably still very functional. So yes the Abu multipliers would qualify as vintage or even the other term we use, which is 'modern classic' - i.e. a design that either has been around a while or even still is and can be desirable, or something truly modern that is likely to become collectible in the future due to its heritage, design and materials. Fibre glass rods have had a resurgence and we do sell quite a few of the older classics and yes even some of the original carbon fibre rods like Hardy's sell for us as well. I think usually it is for anglers who remember an old favourite and want another one to relive the memories and action of those older rods.

    We certainly would be interested in hearing from you about any of the tackle you mention that you might wish to sell. Please drop an email to my colleague John Stephenson at john@thomasturner.com in the first instance perhaps with a list of items, and then he can ask you for photos and details of the items he might be interested in checking out further with you.

    Thanks

    Paul
    Kirsty Hewitt
    Fish and Fly Ltd

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    Default Re: Open question to our forum members who enjoy 'classic' coarse angling.

    The market and the prices for vintage tackle has grown over the past decade or two, and for many the entry level prices are just too high and can be quite off-putting.

    There is a case then for maybe stocking a range of the cheaper “entry level centrepins such as Rapidex, Trudex and Avon Royal Supreme as a “taster”.

    In fact many of those models are perfectly useable today and my Trudex and Rapidex get an airing every now and then.

    Scholars have long known that fishing eventually turns men into philosophers.

    Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to buy decent tackle on a philosopher's salary. ~

    Patrick F. McManus






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