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    How well do you know your tackle?

    • 26th November 2012

    Would you be able to tell us what any of the following are?

    Brown Hackle Peacock

    Bloody Mary

    Green Midge

    Golden Pheasant

    Jenny Spinner

    Orange Otter

    Red Furnace

    Yellow Peril

    Colonel Dowman’s Fancy

    Cowdung

    Treacle Parkin

    Turkey Tip

    Welsh Partridge

    Imperial Fly

    Yellow Sally

    Infallible

    Bloody Doctor

    Sound familiar? They are actually all different types of fishing flies.

    Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service has recently acquired a small deposit of records originating from Fishing Tackle manufacturers, Martinez & Bird, Redditch. We have been able to secure these records for future preservation and use thanks to the kind support of the Friends of Worcestershire Archives.

    The deposit includes a couple of pattern books, which give detailed descriptions of the fishing fly design – for instance:

  • The Alexandra: tail red feather; body – silver, flat; hackle – black hen; wind – sword peacock with red swan on each side;
  • The Alder: body – peacock; hackle – black hen; wing – speckled hen
  • And the Broader Greenwell: body – yellow silk rib, gold wire; inner hackle – Greenwell; head hackle – Blue Dun.
  • The deposit also includes a signed first edition of a book entitled The Trout and we also have a number of original hooks and flies.  

    This collection has now been accessioned and is held in our secure strongrooms. As the documents are as yet uncatalogued users should give advanced notice if they wish to view the items. Please contact us if you are intending to visit.

    2 responses to “How well do you know your tackle?”

    1. Roger Leake says:

      It is good to see this appreciation of The Friends' support of the Archive Service.

      The Friends of Worcestershire Archives regularly support the Service, both by lobbying and in practical (including financial) ways. Any reader who is interested to learn more about the Friends may contact the Chairman, Roger Leake, by telephone on 01386 710382.

    2. Anonymous says:

      good post

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