Wednesday 26 November 2014

Shop Clearance: Telegrams: "Flees"

Packing the cabinet for the stall tomorrow which will include a very large quantity of flies originally from William Robertson 'Fishing Rod; Reel; Fly and Tackle Maker' of 27 Wellington Street in Glasgow (next to the Alhambra Theatre) whose telegram address was "Flees".  I do not have a working telegraphic address but you can telephone me on Arcadia 274 383 to pass the time of day or preferably come to the stall tomorrow between the hours extended *for tomorrow only* (and by order of the market management) of *8am until 4.30pm* where you can drink hot sweet tea and give me ironed fivers in exchange for old goods.   Part of the market floor will be given over to a large 'pop-up' building again *for tomorrow only* but my stall will be in its usual position.  Thank-you.

Tuesday 25 November 2014


Dawn came like a thief at Kempton the first one of the winter where tea went cold in the cup before it could be finished.  There was some treasure to be had though including a Wicker Creel and its contents bought blind in the dark - to be opened with ceremony on Thursday.

Monday 24 November 2014

On the Cloth Come Thursday

Bought at the weekend a lost library formerly the property of the late Major Taylor (regiment unknown) containing a large quantity of Victorian; Edwardian and later books on angling including a Halford first; a Haddon copy of Grey as well as numerous rare titles and associated ephemera.  All of which will be on the cloth come eight O'clock on Thursday where they will be divvied up over hot teas.   You are cordially invited to iron your fivers and break out a bullseye or two. 


Sunday 23 November 2014

Detective James Spence's Notebook

Bought yesterday at auction amongst a large lot of antiquarian angling books 'Detective James Spence's Notebook' dating to the Edwardian era and before in which is written 'Detective James Spence's Notebook - A True Angler and thorough good fellow - Died on Feby. 1914 - the result ultimately of injuries received in effecting the arrest of a burglar some years previously'.  Contains comprehensive notes on best flies to use and fly tying materials as well as sporadic catch records dating back to the year 1905.

Friday 21 November 2014

Tuesday 18 November 2014

Wednesday 12 November 2014

Dawn of the Dealers

Dawn at Kempton yesterday the last stop on a five day round trip that took in the wilds of Ludlow and the riot that is Redditch.   The van is packed to the gunnels with what can only be described in all modesty as genuine Vintage Fishing Tackle for the Soul.   Unloading will commence on the cloth  tomorrow morning from 08:00hrs.  The kettle will be on.   I look forward to your good company.

Tuesday 11 November 2014

The National Vintage Fishing Tackle Fair

Across all Arcadia kettles are boiled dry and the last of the bottles of Victory Gin are emptied whilst trumpets continue to sound for our hosts at the Kingsley Sports Centre; Mr. Samuel Guyatt and his wondrous tea van and of course all those intrepid souls who stalled out and who visited Sunday's National Vintage Fishing Tackle Fair including those gentlemen who came as far as from Germany and Denmark.  The next National Vintage Fishing Tackle Fair will take place on Sunday 17th May 2015.  Until then handbills advertising the Fair printed in letterpress by the mighty Martin Clark of Tilley Printing will be distributed by urchins and others at auctions; fairs; markets and over cups of tea in distant b-road lay-bys.  Should you wish to have one to put up in your local tackle shop or on the notice board of a discerning public house or should you wish to enquire about the taking of a stall please don't hesitate to call me on the field telephone number 07980 274 383.  Thank-you.

Saturday 1 November 2014

The National Vintage Fishing Tackle Fair - Sunday 9th November 2014

There are only two stalls left to rent at next weekend's National Vintage Fishing Tackle Fair before the hall is officially full.  If you would like to take one please call me on the field telephone 07980 274 383.  First come first served.  If you are visiting as a punter doors open at 09:00hrs on Sunday morning.   Mr Samuel Guyatt and his wonderful Tea Van will be on the go from 07:30hrs.  Thank-you.