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Welcome to our store!

Welcome to the home of quality vintage fishing tackle: tackle from the golden age of pleasure angling that still have much joy to give today! If sitting back under a willow, cane rod in hand and watching a beautiful handmade float sounds like the perfect afternoon to you then you are in the right place.

(If you were looking for a “guaranteed” carp bagging tactic for use on an overstocked stew-pond then you aren’t!)

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with any queries or if you would like more pictures of a particular product etc. See our “Terms and Conditions” page for information regarding returns and shipping cost etc.

A word on our philosophy: we aim at The VFC to give reasonable prices – if you think a price is unreasonable then get in touch – you never know: you might convince us! In general though I think you will find our items priced considerably below other tackle dealers. To keep prices down we do all that we can – re-use packing materials, find the cheapest postage/ courier and keep overhauls of items to a minimum. We always check items for working condition, and repair any minor faults we find. items with major faults simply won’t be offered for sale (generally they are met with a shrug of the shoulders and tossed into the parts box!). We NEVER repaint items or touch up paint work on reels, and don’t cover rods in thick layers of varnish to disguise any imperfections: we believe that the battle scars that tackle has acquired become a part of it. That being said we do often offer items in unused condition, and of course these can attract premium prices as they appeal to collectors and will have cost us more to acquire.

New Products:

Martin James “Elmer” 11′ rod

Martin James “Elmer” 11′ rod£ 100.00

This 3 piece river rod by the under-rated M James company has whole cane middle and butt joints with a split cane tip. Cork handle, gold whips and inters – the brilliant thing about this rod is that the tip section stores inside the butt (see photo) a most unusual feature. As a general purpose […]

Early Charles Farlow 6 piece Ash rod

Early Charles Farlow 6 piece Ash rod£ 150.00

With 3 greenheart tips this rod can be made up in variation sbetween c.11′ – 12′. Snkae guides, stained brass ferrules with all original wood/ brass stoppers, brass tube reel seat, engraved butt cap (see below) and fitted butt spear. This rod has been sympathetically and gently restored using matching thread and is now in […]

B James MK IV Avon

B James MK IV Avon£ 280.00

Designed by the great Richard “Dick” Walker to his exacting specifications by B James & Sons of London, this is the archetypal cane rod, much copied by other makers. 2 piece split cane, measuring just over 10′, with “doughnut” shaped finish to its long cork handle, classic burgundy whips with oodles of intermediate whippings, agatine […]