USEFUL LINKS about tackle collecting… everyone may
First some really great Collectors' sites starting
with the links to our fellow collector's
(National Fishing Lure Collector's Club) was
founded in 1976 and has now over 4000 members;
they publish a quarterly "Gazette" plus 2
magazines a year.
Don't forget to pay a -free- visit to the
(Old Reel Collectors Association) site. This club
founded in 1990 with over 900 members publishes
the quarterly "Reel News" magazine. For the
collectors of fixed spool reels there are also the
OFSRSIGs (Open-Face Spinning Reel Special Interest
(Florida Antique Tackle Collectors) has a web site
dedicated to the preservation and information of
all fishing tackle and related items.
C.A.T.C. (Carolina Antique Tackle Collectors)
was formed in 1991 by a small group of seven
fishing tackle collectors from South Carolina. The
Club has since grown to over two hundred members
representing fifteen states.
T.C.A. (stands for Tackle Collectors of
Arkansas) was incorporated on February 15, 1999 by
David Stalnaker who serves as Chairman/President
and six other veteran tackle collectors who also
serve on its board.
Canada also has a collectors club: the
(Canadian Antique Fishing Tackle Association).
Danish Fishing Tackle Collector's Club or
"DGK" was established in 1986 and is probably the
oldest collector's club in Europe. They have now
300 members mostly form Scandinavia but also from
Germany, England and the U.S.A. Twice a year an
auction sale is organised with 500+ lots per event
and their bimonthly magazine "Loppefiskeren" is
sent to all their members. You can contact the
Chairman of this club by mailing to
Antipes (ASSOCIAZIONE COLLEZIONISTI ANTICHE
ATTREZZATURE DA PESCA) is the Italian Tackle
Collector's Club from Mignanego. They are
specialized in Italian brands. Visit their web
site by clicking the image below.
Some sites of general interest:
Looking for a load of links on collecting lures
and tackle? Try Joe Yates'
More about collecting old lures can be found at
AntiqueLures site. Early (pre-1960) antique
fishing lures and lure boxes made by: Heddon,
Shakespeare, Pflueger, South Bend, Creek Chub, as
well as dozens of smaller pre-1940 companies.
Michael Nichols made one of the best organised and
instructive sites I've seen!
Hardy: History and their reels is a wonderful
site by Grey Fox!
Or visit the official
Hardy web site...
Don't forget to have a glimpse at the German
collector's site of Wolfgang Kalweit:
Altes Angelgerät. It contains a lot of
information on the history of German and other
Old Reels - Welcome to the reel world, is the
other remarkable site of Phil White. It offers you
a view on some of the rarest Meisselbach reels,
tackle manufactured by Horton and for the
unhealthy between us there're also Smoking
Collectibles. I enjoyed a lot his prints of
Victorian type ladies in fishing scenes… but you
don't need to agree with me!
A really GREAT site on collecting Mitchell reels
Fond of ABU reels ? Fan of ABU or just an
ABU-fanatic ? Discover the huge web site of Wayne
www.realsreels.com ! Wayne lives "down under"
in Australia, but is just a mouse-click away...
Jean-Marie Van Den Eynde, member of our club,
shows his collection on his
Jan Haanstra, another member of our club started a
website on collecting lures. Visit
The first Italian site on tackle collecting is
run by Giorgio Cavatorti; entitled
Antique Fishing Tackle,
it's completely written in Italian. Giorgio is
also the author of the first book on tackle
collecting published in Italy…
Do you know other fine or interesting sites?
Please let us know. We'll be proud to list them
I just couldn't resist to add some "Successful
Hunting Sites" underneath:
Paul Morgan has a beautiful site on books related
to our hobby; the name of his virtual -and real-
Coch-y-Bonddu Books. You'll find a lot of
books in mint or fine condition. Contact him for
his offer on used books!
Laura Hiscock -always present at our Euroshow in
Eindhoven- has a complete catalogue of fine books
on Fishing, Big Game Hunting, Travel, Guns,
Shooting, BB, Countryside Pursuits, Archery and
Falconry online at
A.M. Rapach-Angling Books offers a choice of
Rare, Collectible, and Used Fishing Books.
Books about Collecting can also be found on
Joe Yates' site.
"Angling Books Old & New" can be found at
David Grayling is a specialist in fine and
rare sporting books with a great range of unusual
fishing volumes in stock.
Reel Thing is an English site especially
designed for the unconditional lovers of the House
of Hardy : got to "view the shop" and have a look
below at the "inside the shop". You'll feel at
home at once! Contact the owners at their e-mail
address for all your quests.
TackleCollecting.com is designed with the
antique fishing lure collector in mind. You will
find color charts and other useful information on
Arbogast, Creek Chub, Heddon, Paw Paw, Pflueger,
Shakespeare, and South Bend lures. There are
over 1,000 images and 40 web pages on this web
Have a look at
VintageFishingTackle.com the site of John and
Anne Ayers specialising in quality British tackle:
reels, rods but also catalogues and books.
Let's go to some nice auction sites:
Don't forget to visit the site of the
famous British auctionneer
Neil Freeman. Have a look at his online
catalogue! You can also trace the results of his
Mullock's for their auction catalogues and
auction calendar. New is the Online Fishing
But France also has something to offer : try
Olivier Coutau-Begarie from "DROUOT" to see
when their upcoming auction of fishing tackle and
related items will be held in Paris.
Germany has something to offer too: visit
Udo Hildebrandt's site!
is already well known by each and every beginning
or expert collector. Try following links :
Sporting Goods > Fishing or Collectibles >
Fishing and make your choice by clicking on the
items you're interested in. Don't forget you also
can sell your doubles : it's a perfect way to
finance your always expanding collection…
No more money to spend?
Perhaps it's time to read first a lot of valuable
information on collecting antique tackle...
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