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A collection of essays from Thomas Turner Fishing Antiques looking closely at some classic items of vintage fishing tackle.

Hardy Fortuna 9” ex wide with auxiliary brake

Our recent hard work and good fortune brought a huge collection of vintage modern and classic big game fishing tackle from Spain. At the top of the rarity pile is this Hardy Fortuna 9” ex wide reel with factory auxiliary brake. Launched in 1921, the first series of reels were called the Hardy Tuna models. […]


In an effort to pre-empt common questions here is a technical specification guide to the big 5 Farlow fly reels of the 1970’s. The Python, Gordon, Sapphire, Serpent and Cobra reels are as popular today as always. The current growing trend to fish vintage high quality reels with cane and or carbon rods offers excellent […]