Thank God this never happens to me...
My favorite trade reel this week is this Folsom Arms Co. of NY reel made by Julius vom Hofe.
I think these Samson hinged reels are among my favorites.
As a collector of fluted spinners for the past 15 years I can say without reservation this Haas Bros. (Wabash Indiana) Nonpareil fluted spinner is rare.
Here is a great early 1897 issue of Outing, an often overlooked sporting magazine.
I have been working on an article on art deco fishing-themed magazine covers; they don't get much nicer than this 1923 Vogue cover from Brissaud.
Orvis boat rods don't often show up; this is a cool model marked with a 1906 patent date.
One of the greatest metal baits ever made: The Spalding Baseball Logo spinner. As an aside, not to be a jerk or anything, but how hard is it to spell Spalding correctly???
The first patented American bait specifically declaring wood as a possible material for construction: the 1876 H.C. Brush floating spinner. No paint is a bummer though.
Winchester collectors are certifiably insane...a few weeks ago two line spools at $150 each, this week a split shot tin...
Finding an F.E. Thomas fly rod is always cause for celebration...especially when someone opens the bidding at $1500.00.
A great H.J. Frost Otter top water casting bait box.
A super rare South Bend sign...one of only a handful known according to Joe Stag.
Bronson gets no respect as a reel company, but their early stuff like this Veteran in a box is terrific.
For those who own Bob Miller's History of the Pflueger Supreme Reel, 1916-1982 (and if you don't you're crazy), you will recognize how rare this model Pflueger Supreme is.
These Vom Hofe fly reels always seem to bring crazy prices.
Yet another example of why you need to buy fishing tackle books while they're still available: John Orrelle's Fly Reels of the Past.
This CCBC Wiggler in Yellow will break someone's bank.
This Bingo Hump dealer box has attracted a lot of interest.
Your Heddon of the Week is this River Runt Spook Midget in Goldfish in the box.
Have a great weekend and be nice to yourself and others!
-- Dr. Todd