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1994 cover scanned from my private collection


  • The fishing rod
  • The fishing reel
  • The line, the hook and the bait
  • Accessories
  • Further Reading and Places to Visit

Title: SHIRE ALBUM: Old Fishing Tackle, Book No. 315
Author/Designer: Nigel Dowden
Format/Publication Date: TPB:1995
Publisher: Shire Publications Ltd., Princes Risbourough, UK
Language: English
Page Count: 32
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 8 1/4" x 5 3/4"
ISBN: 0747802785

SUMMARY- All interior photographs are black-and-white. You get a brief history and an overview of this favorite passtime. I was very amused to learn there was an angler's stall (The Hardy Bros) at the 1894 Crystal Palace Exhibition. I know something of this exhibition because of my interest in Mdmlle Riego's Irish crochet and tatting work that was displayed there. This was a fun read - but I spent a lot of lovely hours fishing trout out of the Colorado River and later the pond we had. I watched my father's frustration with trying to tie his own flies for fly fishing when I was young. Overall it brought back a lot of memories as I read. It made me smile.

I love that they always give you a list of further reading and places you can visit to help satisfy your curiosity on the subject. If I were ever able to take a real vacation, I would do it with a handful of these books in hand!