Had a great first day with many visitors taking an interest in the rods on display. The plan was to offer a glimpse of rod development from about 1850 to 1970 on both side of the Atlantic. A timeline of British-made reels also added to the interest.
There's another day tomorrow and lots more to see. Fly tying and casting demonstrations all day, some 20 or so stalls offering fly tying materials, bespoke rods and wonderful accessories, as well as Paul Morgan from Coch-y-Bonddu books. Tickets £10 at the door at The Stirling Court Hotel, Stirling University.
Just a week today and Whiteadder's Virtual Fly Fishing Museum will burst out into the real world at Fly Fest 2018, Scotland's very own Fly Fishing Show. The show is taking place at the Stirling Court Hotel in the grounds of Stirling University, near Bridge of Allan and will be open from !0:00 am to 4:30 pm on Saturday 10th and from 10:00 am to $:00 pm on Sunday 11th. Tickets may be purchased at the door, £10 per day or £18 for a weekend ticket.
As well as WVFFM there will be casting and fly tying demonstrations, and more than 40 trade exhibitors.
You can find out more at the Scottish Fly Fishing Show website HERE
We'll be showing about 20 rods and ten reels from the collection, with a few other interesting items. It would be great to see you there!!
Moscrop's "Manchester" Reel
If you have read the "Quest for Adjustable Drag" you will know I have a soft spot for The Manchester Reel as designed by John B Moscrop. These reels were so far ahead of their time and demonstrably the first "modern" fly reel to come to market. Find out more about this remarkable object here.
I also noticed an anomaly in the navigation route for British Reels, - a whole page charting a Timeline for the patterns of British made reels was being missed, so there's now a revised link to the pages. Hope you enjoy the changes.
A Date for Your Diary
For one weekend in March, Whiteadder's Virtual Fly Fishing Museum is going to go REAL!
Fly Fest, the Scottish Fly Fair is being held on the weekend of 10th-11th March 2018 at the Stirling Court Hotel, Bridge of Allan, and WVFFM will be there. We hope to be showing about 20 rods and ten reels from the collection, plus a few other interesting "Bits and Bobs". Details of the event can be found here.
And...this is what WVFFM got for Christmas, a nice 4" Young's Pattern 1 with an unusual spool catch, marked for William Robertson of Glasgow. Thank you Jim!!
So my desk has been a mess these last couple of weeks, so much so that I'm late with this monthly bulletin. However I hope it's worth the wait because one of this month's acquisitions is something I've been hoping to obtain for some time...
This fine-looking and massively built four inch reel is one of P D Malloch's patented "Sun and Planet" reels. A problem from which almost all reels suffer is what happens when a fish runs, rapidly pulling line from the reel? Usually the spool or winding plate revolves at a rate of knots creating all sorts of dangers;, tangles, broken line or bruised fingers. Malloch's ingenious solution was to "decouple" the winding plate from the spool and have the reel action driven by a system of gears.
Inside the winding plate we see two important differences from the conventional plate-wind reel. The handle shaft ends in a small cog (the "planet"), - it is this that engages the larger cog attached to the drum spindle, seen on the inside of the reel (the "sun"). As the winding plate is turned the cogs engage and the drum turns. If a fish takes line, then rather than the entire winding plate turning, just the handle spins on its axis. Malloch patented his reel in about 1880 but strangely the reel did not become as popular as it might have at the time. Having said that, the "Sun and Planet" mechanism is still a key part of many "non-reversing" fly reels.
The research into the three rods mentioned in "Just Like Buses..." is still ongoing, but one of the things I have come across is this:
From a most unlikely source comes an insight not only into a documented pre-1850 fishing rod (Turner died in 1851), but also into the way fishing tackle was used in a wider sense. Note the sliding band reel seat on the rod, but also that Turner was still using a clamp winch, and that the brass clamp has carefully been overwound with string to prevent damage to the rod...
You know what it's like...you wait for ages for a significant and interesting mid-nineteenth century rod to come along, and then three turn up together!
This month's new arrivals include a fascinating group of rods.
The first is by a London maker, Ebenezer Creed. Greenheart with tips in both lancewood and split cane.
The second rod is of a similar pattern, so likely another London maker, though unmarked. This rod has a hollow butt containing two tips, one of lancewood, the other split cane.
The third and final rod is perhaps the most interesting. It bears a number of similarities to rods made by James Ogden and may be the most significant of the three. all three rods will be included in the Early British Rods section as soon as they can properly be catalogued. Watch for more information about these three in the future.
Came across this while researching something. It is a fascinating visual record of a process which must have gone on in innumerable rod making shops for decades. It's a film showing the basic methods for making a Greenheart rod. Hope you enjoy it!
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A little late to the "Latest News" this month, but it has been a busy weekend and a busy month here at WVFFM. Though the influx of items has slowed, there has been a lot to do. British Rods now extends to the post-war period but with more to come, as well as plans for a "Named Rodmakers" page. Elsewhere I made a visit to the Ellem Fishing Club's presentation at Paxton House and was generously allowed to photograph some of the items there with a view to writing something for the Magazine section. I'll let you know when it's ready.
One item that did arrive this month caused some interest. WVFFM doesn't often acquire ephemera, but this was too good to miss, especially in the light of some other recent acquisitions.
It is an envelope from a letter posted in Dunkeld in Perthshire to an Edinburgh address in January of 1863. Delivered later the same day, it carries the embossed mark of Roderick Anderson, Fishing Rod and Tackle Maker. Anderson began trading in Dunkeld some years earlier but the name became much better known when the company moved to Edinburgh after Roderick Snr.'s death. Anderson's was subsequently the responsibility of Roderick Jnr. and his brother Robert and went on to become one of Edinburgh's premier tackle and outdoor sports shops with the brothers making significant contributions to both fishing and golf. In case you are wondering, Mr. Ogilvy was an Accountant, with an office at his home in Castle Street...
Just a couple of weeks ago I told you about the new additions to, and the re-organisaion of, the American Rods section of the site. That particular project is now complete until the next USA-made rod appears. Meantime, I have turned my attention to the British-made rods at WVFFM. It seems there are more than 50 of these, many of which I know will be of interest, so I have already begun re-working the British rods presentation which I know has been sadly neglected for some time. As with everything else at WVFFM it's a "work in progress" but I have already made a little (progress, that is), so please have a look and as ever, watch this space!
If you've had a look at the "About" page, you know what this is all for. Here you'll find progress reports on new items and other developments on the site.