Friday, 10 December 2010

Let's TACKLE Cancer

What started as a simple post on a fly fishing forum by an old friend of mine, Steven (Mr Trout), has grown almost exponentially. The original post was an offer to sell a few of the beautiful Furled Leaders which he makes, to raise funds for Cancer Research - LINK HERE

The response to the initial idea, as you can read above (and that doesn't include the PM's and e mails!), has been overwhelming. So many kind and generous people have offered donations of both goods and events.
The whole of 2011 has been covered with monthly donations of Flies, Lines and assorted bits and pieces of Fishing tackle; fishing days with BBQ's etc. with all funds going to Cancer charities (more details later)
The timing seems to have tapped the zeitgeist, and the idea is expanding daily. 

We are currently discussing the idea of calling the project the "Trout Fly Foundation" (because Steven is too modest to have it in his own name!) and the campaign has already been titled "Let's Tackle Cancer".

More as it develops . . . . . . . and donations welcome.

Update 11th Dec - thanks to A we now have a Facebook page HERE

17th December - we now have days on the Derbyshire Wye and Dove, Cumbria's Eden, the Thames, Monnow and others, superb flies by some very capable fly tiers, Hardy reels, books . . . .just click the link and keep watching (we haven't even started listing items yet (planned for early January) **** Now starting in December
A big thanks to all who have contacted us so far

18th Dec - Dave has put up the 'Just Giving' links for donations -
Feel free to just donate! 

Update 18th Dec - Listings started today with River Test days, Grey's fly lines, books, leaders, bits  . . and growing 

21st Dec. - some more listings and F & F have now given us our own sub forum, so new LINK

31st December 2010. We end 2010 with some excellent auctions up and running. Check them out on the link above.
We also have a cupboard full of very generous offers which will be rolled out throughout 2011, with many more promised.
We'd like to thank all contributors, both donors and buyers, and wish everyone a fine and healthy 2011

15th January - good luck and tight lines to all the salmon chasers in Scotland.

A nudge for "Let's TACKLE Cancer"  - LINK  
Lots to suit all fisherfolk now listed. and only just over 2 weeks to go for the January auction. Please be generous for a very worthy cause. 

19th January - Great idea from Edd & Colin - LTC Badges - get your order in here LINK
Badges marked jointly with & Let's Tackle Cancer (still being finalised, but will be great!) I'll post a pic as soon as available

31st January - last day to get your bids in for the January, Let's Tackle Cancer auction - hit link  to view  all lots..................and thank you.

8th February - update - over 40 lots listed for February - something for everyone - hit the link above

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Hardy Neroda Fly Boxes, update

Back in February, 2010, I wrote a piece about Hardy's Neroda Boxes.  *   LINK  *  

Today I was looking at a couple of the smaller boxes. Whilst they clearly show the 2 different colours available - referred to as "Oxblood" & "Tortoiseshell"; it was noted that the clips were different, both in type and orientation. The Oxblood box has Hardy's 'Holdtite' clips and the other appears to be standard Wheatley type clips. OK, not nuclear fusion, but another detail for the collectors and curious Googlers. see pics:

On closer inspection the tortoiseshell box does not have the Hardy stamp on the face. I know unstamped boxes show up occasionally but assumed it was a glitch.
If anyone has seen these boxes retailed by any other dealer I'd be grateful if they'd let me know.