DoctorFly started fishing on the River Thames near Hampton Court in the 1950s and was soon the proud owner of an Allcock’s “Lucky Strike” rod with a T. J. Harrington “Gemina” centre pin reel, made locally in Walton-on-Thames. He spent much of his childhood gazing into tackle shop windows, and, at the age of 12, dared to enter The House of Hardy’s imposing emporium in London’s Pall Mall, leaving with a free catalogue and embedded fly key fob (worth 7s. 7d.). Unfortunately the key fob was mislaid some time in the late 1960s, but he still has the catalogue.

Doc now lives close to Redditch where most English fishing tackle was made during the 20th century, and hopes to play his part in keeping the tradition alive.

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