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Old books

Discussion in 'Chewing the fat' started by diesel, Oct 12, 2017.

  1. diesel

    diesel Well-Known Member

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    Getting around the country, no matter what direction I am heading, I like to wander through flea markets. Apart from keeping a lookout for a bargain bit of fishing tackle, I look for old books, especially those that have something to do with fishing.

    My wife often says that I'm mad to be buying books that contain information that could hardly be relevant in modern times and even though some things that were written decades ago are totally outdated, every now and then I come across a publication that is an absolute treasure.

    One such book that I recently purchased for the princely sum of $1.50 is titled: "60 Ways to Fool a Trout" and it contains info that is never published in modern fishing magazines. It was written by a chap named Lance Wedlick, not sure when he first put it together as the copy I have is a revised edition from 1981 and going by some of the references to different tackle, I would say that he wrote it well over 50 years ago.

    A lot has changed in the world of fishing in the past 50 years, but only for us, the fishos - the fish that we seek have no concept of the passage of time as we know it and have no idea of the technological changes that have taken place, so the fishing practices of a bygone era will still catch a fish today.

    The articles in modern fishing magazines have become nothing more than advertorials in my view and the same goes for a lot of the shows on the idiot box - presenters plugging a particular brand of tackle and a very limited provision of relevant information. From what I am finding in old books, the info is not just relevant, but very detailed and honest.

    Anybody else on here collecting old books?

    Jeff :cool:
     
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    Ditch Active Member

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    Not collecting any old books but you are spot on about today's publications & TV shows, not only about fishing, 4wd & camping shows are just as bad. I very rarely watch either these days. There are a couple I don`t mind, the one with the two kiwis is ok, have a bit of a laugh & at least they don`t jam the products they use down your throat.

    I think that these days fishing is treated more as a sport & we are told we need this & that to be successful when really all we need is a line, hook, bait & a little patience.
     
  3. kev209

    kev209 Moderator

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    I'm not a collector of books as such, But I have a couple or copies of A Guide to the Inland Angling Waters of Victoria.
    One, the first Edition was May 1976, Second Edition, was February 1977, I have the Third Edition May 1981
    They were writtenh by B R Turnbridge and P L Rogan. The other is the same title, but written by BR Turnbridge, P L Rogan and Charles Barnham who gave me this book. I would think most elderly Victorian Anglers would have known of or had met Charles, he was one of natures Gentlemen. 1st Edition was May 1976, 2nd was feb. 1977, 3rd was 1981 and 4th was 1991. The 3rd book a Guide to Freshwater Fish Victoria by Charles Barnham printed 1978. He also gave me a copy of this book. Charles worked for Fisheries and Wildlife for many years and his knowledge of fishing was outstanding.
    These books were published by FISHERIES AND WILD LIFE VICTORIA, Minstry for conservation Fisheries and Wildlife Division Victoria How many times have they changed there name since then
     
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    reelaxation Well-Known Member

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    I still have a copy of a book I was given for my 10th birthday called "the young angler" by Roger Hungerford. A great book on very basic fishing techniques for the humble bread and butter species but I am far from a collector, maybe I might have to start a collection myself. I was searching ages ago for the old Fishing World binder series my uncle and grandfather had all of them and occasionally you find them on eBay amongst an assortment of other fishing paraphernalia from bygone days like old cork handlines, old cedar alvey reels and original butterworth and Snyder glas rods.
    ... I love to look but I know if I started collecting stuff I wouldn't stop hahahahaha
     
  5. Old fisho

    Old fisho Well-Known Member

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    While I've tried for years to explain that I have no desire to collect things, she who must be obeyed does not understand the difference between a collector and someone who likes to have a few nice things around. Does anyone have clues on how to change this naivete? It causes some angst now and then by includes fishing gear in her over simplified philosophy. Surely anyone is entitled to have 50-60 rods, most with reels etc of course; to say nothing of well over 1000 soft plastics, with their allied components and other ESSENTIAL items related to fishing. These include fly fishing, surf gear, game fishing stuff, and nearly every form of fishing known to man, something rarely understood by some of the fairer sex.

    Over the years, somehow 100 or so books on fishing have found a home in the bookcases. All are in excellent condition. There are far more related to fly fishing than any other topic, and they were usually bought (like Diesel, mostly from op shops) because of their locations or the stories therein. Several are reminders of numerous fly fishing trips to NZ. None were intended as text books, and I love them all. I keep telling her I am not interested in collecting stuff, but to no avail. What can I do?
     
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    creekboy Well-Known Member

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    I have just spotted 3 in the bookcase. Must drag them out and check then out. Cheers, creekboy.
     
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    I just spotted about 10 books on fishing, a dozen early fishing reels, 4 wooden vintage hand lines, 3 made up handlines similar to what I used as a kid and made up to show our Grandson, a heap of my late Fathers old lures mounted in a frame.
    Luckily the bookshelf is in the boys room as Lyn refers to it, she is always saying you don't need any more stuff. I have got to get her out of using that horrible word. IT'S NOT BLOODY STUFF
     
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    diesel Well-Known Member

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    I wish I had an answer for you Noel, but alas.............

    Early in my marriage, my wife did question my penchant for collecting anything related to fishing, but it was purely out of curiosity with no criticism of my mounting collection. My wife being German and growing up in a society where very few people share the passion for fishing that we in the land of Oz possess, meant that she had absolutely no understanding of recreational fishing and what it means to some of us. So, when it came to convincing her that I would 'need' to purchase certain items related to fishing on a regular basis if I was to be the perfect example of a caring husband by putting food on the table in the way of fresh fish, she swallowed my b/s hook, line and sinker, or at least I thought she did.

    My wife holds a degree in psychology and she enjoyed the challenge of keeping me and my accumulation of fishing paraphernalia under control, so, over the years it has always been a contest between us - me trying to come up with some sort of convincing reasoning as to why I 'need' a new rod or reel and her quite often providing a logical reason as to why I don't 'need' said items. I always come away from these interactions with the feeling that she manipulated me - oh well, better luck next time (I need some new excuses) :D

    Jeff :cool:
     
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    The best I can suggest Jeff is to tell her you have bought what ever it was. When she says 'How much did it cost?' suggest about double. 'Hell's bells, you're joking' or similar is a usual response. 'Where is it?' often comes next. "I pick it up tomorrow morning.' you say.
    Next morning, after they've mentally accepted the damage as being done, you go down and buy it for the real price, bring it home, show the good lady, and say they got you a special deal, and it only cost half what they quoted me. The lady might even be proud of you.

    BUT FIRST THEY HAVE TO BELIEVE YOU; THAT'S THE TRICKY BIT.
     
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  10. diesel

    diesel Well-Known Member

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    I like it Noel - baffle her with bullsh!t.

    Jeff :D
     
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    When I pass a remark when Lyn wears something new, shoes, top etc. the answer is always the same I got it on special a while ago its been at the back of the wardrobe. So that is the answer she has been getting from me. Funny thing she doesn't ask as much now
     
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    Old fisho Well-Known Member

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    Obviously some of us do learn something as we get older. Clever one Kev
     
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    Here I go. The Australian Fisherman by Harold Vaughan 1982. The Australian Fishing Book by Steve Starling 1986. Australian Fish And How To Catch Them Richard Allan Original Print 1932, but mine is 1990 edition. There are more hiding about the place by Lance Wedlick, Big Rexie etc.
     
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    Old fisho Well-Known Member

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    It seems Starling and Bushy are no longer involved with Squidgy. Their photos are not on new packs. Starling lives here at Tuross.
     
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