Friday, May 15, 2015

The Friday Funhouse (Lang's Edition)


In honor of our semi-annual Lang's Week, I humbly offer to you my 12 Things I Would Buy If Only I Could Afford Them, Lang's edition. Remember to register for Lang's which is holding auctions Saturday and Sunday!

This is about as historical a lure as you’re going to find: the Jeanette Hawley Heddon minnow.



Who wouldn’t like a Shapleigh minnow in the box!



A Howe’s Vacuum Bass Bait in the tin is superb.


I like Shakespeare Kazoo Bugs.



This Harrison hook sample kit is great.



Who wouldn’t love this Knowles Tuna reel?


An Arthur Walker prototype reel is incredible.



This Meek & Milam #2 is cool.



These cow horn reels are just flat out amazing.



Who wouldn’t love Bill Edwards personal fly rod.



Love these torpedo buckets.



The Artistic is a fantastic bait.



As always, have a great weekend — and be good to each other, and yourself.

— Dr. Todd

Friday, May 8, 2015

The Friday Funhouse


The Video of the Week

John Elder sent this video in of some huge bass being caught in San Diego … note how low the reservoir is!



12 Things I Would Buy If Only I Could Afford Them

This Nifty Minnow box is nice.


Can’t beat this nice Kosmic reel.


This Bates Serpentine is unreal.



A Case Rotary Marvel is a great find.


Who wouldn’t like a Bagley B1 in this color!


A Meek #2 Tournament is a blast.



I like this Jennings Torpedo a lot.



Conroy, Bissett & Malleson reels are super cool.



A Charmer Minnow is always a charming find.



This CCBC Tarpon Pikie in the box is a classic combo.



The A&F Passport is a really cool little rod.



These little Montague fly reels are really climbing in price.



As always, have a great weekend — and be nice to each other, and yourself.

— Dr. Todd

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Fishing Photographer with Doug Bucha




Just wanted to keep up with Bill Sonnett when it comes to fishing with antique fishing tackle. I caught these two trout north of Dowagiac today, using my old Alcedo Micron ultralight reel mounted on an old five foot ultralight buggy whip. The reel has given me a lot of trouble free service for over fifty years and it still works like a jewel. I've owned this reel since I was a kid.



Good fishing with old tackle,

Doug Bucha

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Ben Wright's Spinning Reel Report for April 2015

APRIL 2015

WHERE DID SPRING GO ????????????????

WHAT THE HECK WAS THAT ?????
   CHECK OUT SOME OF THESE PRICES PAID !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Abu Cardinal 33CDL RE-PRO NIB SOLD @740.00
ABU 333 FIRST VERSION E+WB SOLD @ 382.44
DAIWA GS-1 EWB SOLD @ 180.50
FLIP-IT NIB SOLD @ 71.01
JOHNSON PINK PRINCESS 100AP NIB SOLD @ 330.00
TWO-PENN 712'S BOTH NEW IN BOX ONE SOLD@182.50 ONE SOLD @242.00
PFLUEGER PELICAN 1020 NIB SOLD @ 113.73
WALTCO NY-O-LITE GREEN/WHITE NIB SOLD @ 160.16 HOLY COW !!!

Abu cardinals:
 two-33 re-pro' s both nib one @ 174.99 one @ 187.50
66 second version ewb @ 178.60
57 nib @ 202.50
rare garcia 855 (55 prototype?) made in Sweden slight wear @ 255.00

Airex:
FB spinster 417 mk V1 nib @ 37.00
mastereel cat 310 nib @ 81.00

Daiwa:
7350H-RL salesman sample plastic side plate exc @ 45.00

EARLY ENGLISH
    ILLINGWORTH------------
no 2 exc- with case @ 366.02
no 2 exc with case @ 371.13
no 2 some wear no case @ 497.80
no 3 exc with case @ 335.60
no 3 exc with case @ 380.66
note all above have exposed gears !
no 4 wear with box @ 261.77
no 5 mpu e-wb @ 480.79

French:
Crack 100 second version nib @ 125.00
Centaure Pacific exc w/plastic case @ 40.00
Bretton 400r nib @ 19.78

Italian:
Two Micron's curved leg both exc one @ 107.50  one @ 127.50
Mark V ewb @ 306.00
ZANGI--------------
Orvis 50A factory MPU exc @ only 95.00
Orvis 50A FB like new @ 182.50
Orvis 100A exc+ @ 122.50

Japan:
H/I classic 250 exc w/1/2 of box @ 31.14
Lews Speed Spin 1 ewb @ 61.00
Tina Mite some wear @ 76.11
Orvis 3 spin ewb @ 26.61

Mitchell:
rare second version exc+ @ only 163.10
Quartz gold 330 ltd ewb @ 232.00
book Collectors reference guide by Dennis Roberts #196 @ 195.00

Langley:
820GB ewb box marked 820G @ 30.99
870 nib @ 20.50

Ocean City:
350 yellow/white nib @ 52.51

Shakespeare:
1756 CF nib @ 53.70
two 1870's both have slight wear @ 103.50 for both

Zecco:
55 CF e+wb @ 31.99
860 nib @ 81.15

A few other reels:
Martin 103 nib @ 56.55
ranger Line Tamer exc @ 104.53
NY-O-LITE ( not Waltco) black/gold exc @ only 19.02
Last was a neat 1968 OLd Pal  Catalog fishing stuff exc @ 22.21
Ben

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Friday Funhouse


The Video of the Week

This is a cool 1970s video of the great Charlie Brewer bass fishing in Mexico in the 1970s.



12 Things I Would Buy If Only I Could Afford Them

Early Pflueger Wizards are cool baits.



This Chapman is ultra rare.



This is a pretty sweet Pflueger Worth in the box.



Well, for once this isn’t false advertising — this Vamp is A1 great.



These little Shakespeares are awesome.



This is a sweet Winchester underwater minnow.



Love this Tycoon rod!



This Jitterbug is sweet.



Old Pflueger Medalists are skyrocketing in price.



Water Wave (Everready) is one of the weirdest lure colors ever.



You won’t find a nicer JVH fly reel than this one!



As always, have a great weekend, be good to each other — and yourself!

— Dr. Todd

Monday, April 6, 2015

In the News ... Duane Peterson of Northland Tackle


Some new names are inducted into the Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame … including Duane Peterson. He is one of the more underrated figures in modern tackle history, having founded Northland Tackle Co. in 1975 in Minnesota. Northland is an interesting company that innovated a lot of cool tackle over the years, but I always think fondly about them because as a precocious little kid in 1979 I used to write him letters asking him questions about tackle. He always responded. Now, I wrote a hundred letters to every tackle company I could find an address for, usually asking for catalogs and sending along a few questions. It’s surprising how few took the time to write back. So the fact Duane took the time to write a snot-nosed little kid is cool in my book.



Anyway, congrats to Duane for this honor (he was inducted into the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in 2012). And thanks for writing back to a little kid!

— Dr. Todd

Friday, April 3, 2015

The Friday Funhouse


The Video of the Week

This is a cool video of surf fishing in the 1960s



12 Things I Would Buy If Only I Could Afford Them

This Bogdan #50 Light Salmon Fly Reel iS AWESOME.



A Hardy St. George Multiplier is oh so rare.



A 1910 Heddon Black Sucker is nice.



An ABU Cardinal 33 in the box is a nifty reel.



A B.F. Meek #2 tournament is pretty rare.



How often do you see a Radium Minnow?



This Kent Frog is super rare!



Heddon wood Punkinseeds are always popular.



Even beat up these Arbogast Pikes are cool.



A nice Tadpolly in the box is a fun find.



This Heddon Pukninseed is in a cool color.



A Shakespeare Revolution is always a nice find.



As always, have a great weekend — and be good to each other, and yourself.

— Dr. Todd