The Allcock’s Duplex reel is probably one of the simplest of all ideas. On the surface it’s to convert a reel from left to right hand wind, or is it? Allcock’s in association with a Mr B J Wakeflied of Plymouth jointly sealed a Patent on May 10th 1932. The production
Being of a certain age I remember the 1960’s, 70s & 80’s as a time of tackle innovation and no personal funds! Nose pressed against the tackle shop window lusting after the iconic Hardy rods I would one day be able to afford… Back to the current day and there
One of the best tools any tackle collector can have is the now out of print reference book, To Catch A Fisherman by the late Jamie Maxtone-Graham, 2nd edition 1984. Allegedly all the fishing tackle patents compressed into one book, by name, Patent no. and application design. When I told
This is a rare early Kings Patent side-casting tournament reel, what a cracker! Patent 1905/12, that’s 1912 by Mr F King, it features a 4″ diameter mahogany wood backplate made in the Nottingham style. A very complex reel for its date and quite fragile too. It has a tapered shallow drum
Multum in Parvo is a Latin phrase that was used by Hardy’s to advertise their black japanned lure boxes. It translates as ‘Much into little’. No better phrase to describe this wood and brass side casting tournament-style reel then! Cleary designed on the Malloch principle, this reel has a spring
Many years ago, (approx. 25-30) I travelled around the Midlands tackle shops on the hunt for second-hand vintage tackle. Leaving leaflets in every fishing shop, occasionally I would get a call; some good, some not so. However, one day I visited a long established shop in central Birmingham. The father
When PD Malloch of Perth, Scotland, patented his side-caster in 1884, he changed the thinking in terms of casting, spinning and worming. Most of us will have seen many variations on these reels in some form; brass, alloy, brass & alloy, single wind, geared and a few odd ball variants to boot.
We have just been contacted by Lasse Merkesda, of the Nordisk Fishing Tackle Shop in Oslo, Norway where a customer had brought in an old wooden reel to investigate its history. This is a Nottingham pattern English wood and brass starback reel. Probably made by either Slater of Newark or Heatons