Friends of the VFC (Links)
Here you will find forums and useful addresses reccomended by The Vintage Fishing Company. If you are interesed in having a link to your web page added please contact The VFC via the Contact Us page.
A den of gentlemen anglers – you can almost smell the rough shag tobacco and faint whiff of reel oil.
An extremely useful site with sections on vintage rods and reels by various makers. Plenty of friendly advice and help in tracking down an elusive rod or reel make is available.
A wealth of fishing related stories and pieces from the golden age of Georgian angling, and named after the famous treatise published in 1726. Well worth a look – the kind of place which you pop to for 5 minutes and end up staying an hour!
Please do all you can to support this great charity that uses fishing as a way of rehabilitating soldiers who have suffered any kind of emotional stress as a result of active duty.
A fabulous charity, who’s patron is Fred Buller, dedicated to preserving the fabulous angling heritage of this country by collecting tackle and making recordings of the great fishermen who have graced the banks of English rivers and lakes.
A great little blog on all things vintage fishing and tackle related – and more besides! Gary clearly loves the thrill of “the find” so spends far more time than is healthy trawling through boxes at antique fairs etc.
He’s an annoyingly talented angler – but he does everything the right way! Tune in to enjoy Stuart’s journey from (very) successful modern carp angler to all-round traditionalist.
As unlikely as it may sound it is just possible that we may not have what you are looking for. Whilst we are always happy to take additions to your “wish list” and will hunt them out for you, you may also want to check out Aaron Day’s site (he’s a knowledgeable chap who always has a range of rare and unusual reels to whet the appetite!:
Also of interest may be the engineering magic of Steve Boncey – if he can’t get a reel or rod back on its feet then its probably dead!:
(Site dedicated to the great books of Bernard Venables, and the new films and book featuring John Bailey. A must visit site!)
(As it says on the tin! The very talented Paul Duffield has written a book on how to make many items of traditional tackle and this is his site.)