Would you be able to tell us what any of the following are?
Brown Hackle Peacock
Colonel Dowman's Fancy
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.