Fishing friends and other useful links

Vintage Tackle Dealers: – John Andrews is a gentleman and icon of vintage tackle.

Traditional Cane Rod Builders – Luke Bannister is an artisan cane rod builder based in Cornwall. – Edward Barder is seen as one of the top rod builders in the country. Having worked for Hardy’s in Pall Mall following his passion for angling he now crafts and builds both fly and coarse rods from his Mill were the Lambourn and Kennet meet. – Chris Clemes makes a range of fly rods and reels. Having worked for Orvis he now heads up a group of artisan rod builders making some of the finest fly rods and reels. I will be testing his Harmony range over the next week or so. – Andrew Davis makes a range of coarse and fly rods for the traditional angler, he also restores to better than new condition. I hope to interview Andrew over the next few weeks.

Traditional Silk Fly Lines Makers: – Cadno Silk Fly Lines are made in the Usk Valley in the heart of Monmouthshire these handmade silk fly lines to order in various colours, weights and tapers. Having recently tested one of these lines when trying out a Chris Clemes fly rod I can personally recommend them. Supple and accurate to cast, you will not need to cast out more than 25 yards. I rather liked the coffee coloured line and yes it was coloured with coffee! A DT line will cost you £135 and a WF £140, comes coiled in a box with the addition of a tub of Mucilin fly line dressing. The ideal partner to your split cane rod and Lightweight Hardy Reel.

Taxidermy & Stuffed Fish or – A collector for over 20 years offering useful information on the works of John Cooper, WF Homer, F W Anstiss, Wm Gibson, W Barnes, W B Griggs, Carters, Farlows, Hardy’s and P D Malloch. If you are interested to buy or sell this is your man.

Lure Makers:  Paul Adams is a highly skilled lure maker, made to the exacting standards as one of Andrew Field or Paul Cook floats, simply there are no better hand-made lures than his.
Lure Fishing:

Traditional Float Makers: – Andrew Field builds floats that are a work of art.

Where To Find Vintage Tackle:

Vintage Fairs and Markets

London Tackle Shops

Cornwall Tackle Shops

Last Stop Tackle Shop, Haelarcher Farm Courtyard, The Lizard, Cornwall, TR12 7NN.

Lure Heaven, Unit 3 Westside, Newport industrial estate, Launceston, Cornwall, PL15 8EX

Jims Fishing Tackle, 59a Causewayhead, Penzance, Cornwall, TR18 2SS

Anglers Dean, Unit 8 Hayle Terrace, Hayle, Cornwall, TR27 4BS

Art Of Fishing, 1 Swanpool Street, Falmouth, TR11 3HU


6 thoughts on “Fishing friends and other useful links”

  1. Allan Drake said:

    Hi ….do you know of a split cane rod maker from Falmouth, Cornwall called G. Willey ? The label on his rods read – G.Willey 5 Beacon Drive. Rod Specialist. Tel Falmouth 1527. I have not been able to find info on him on internet yet but wish to have the rods valued. I live in cornwall. many thanks Allan Drake

  2. Allan Drake said:

    thanks very much. am interested to see what you can find out. am drawing blanks myself at the moment.

  3. Allan Drake said:

    hi there – have you had any joy with that rod maker?

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