Auction Catalogue - Miscellaneous
Wee Brown Trout by Sam MacDonald. A relief panel depicting a small, aggressive loch brownie rising to a fly. It consists of a gold-leafed cast resin trout on a resin patinated aluminium background plate with copper patinated edges. This artwork perfectly captures the beauty of a wild trout. Sam’s work is increasingly collectable. 30cm x 50cm, ready to hang. New, original artwork, signed.
Your best trout, faithfully re-created in exquisite watercolour by Graham Stevenson, who has been painting life-size watercolours of fish for 25 years. Capture the memory of that special fish in a unique painting in either semi-scientific silhouette style or with a background, based on a photograph. One watercolour painting of a trout up to 70cm in length.
A hands-on day for one during which all stages of brewing beer from grain will be demonstrated: mashing, boiling, fermenting, bottling and drinking! Andrew Farr brewed his first batch of home-brew beer over 40 years ago. The world of work took him away from both brewing and fishing but since retirement he has returned to both. Location in East Sussex. 2019 date by agreement.
Feedback from the 2018 Lot winners:
'What a splendid day! Andrew took us through every aspect of brewing from start to finish, and his knowledgeable instruction was informative and entertaining. Tasting some of an earlier brew was a pleasure - really delicious weissbier! Andrew then kept us posted on the progress of "our" brew, over subsequent weeks, with pictures and a video. He's invited us to come and taste it when it's ready; we can't wait. Thank you, Andrew, for a wonderful day. We're so glad we won you in the WTT auction!'
One day for 2 or 3 people (can be a parent and child) to watch wildlife from a ‘high seat’ at Rectory Farm near Water Stratford in Buckinghamshire. Fixed up in a tree and accessed by a ladder, the high seat puts you in the perfect position to see badgers, muntjac deer, hare, owls and foxes especially at dusk. There are many seats to choose from (one double seat, the others are singles) scattered around the farm which is an exemplar of enlightened farm management, balancing commercial, conservation and education objectives. There is a Caravan Club CL site if you wish to stay on the farm. Summer 2019.
A limited edition print of a trout underwater by award-winning wildlife artist, Dave van den Bos. The print is called 'Haddocks Pool' and is no. 2 of an edition of 100. It comes with a certificate of authenticity.
'Mayfly Time, Brown Trout', a print by David Miller. A signed, limited edition giclée print, no. 13 of 100, 9in x14in plus mount. David Miller is a highly respected wildlife artist and his trout prints reflect his deep understanding of their underwater habits, gained by diving in rivers as well as by fishing.
A framed, coloured plan of the River Laerdal in Norway, showing the salmon pools. 54cm x 36cm, ready to hang.
Two letters from Eric Horsfall-Turner with sample flies attached and a drawing by Donald Overfield with a description of Cliff Hardy’s Fancy Fly. One letter, with three flies attached, describes the birth of Eric’s Beetle in June 1940 after a boozy lunch in the pub across the field from the River Derwent. The other letter has four flies attached and describes how the flies were used. Horsfall-Turner was a remarkable man, a lawyer and town clerk of Scarborough for most of his working life. He was an angler of some fame: British casting champion, a founder of the ACA and captor of huge bluefin tuna off the NE coast. These letters feature in Jon Beer’s article in the March 2019 edition of 'Trout & Salmon'.
'A Ring of Wessex Water' by John Ashley-Cooper published by H F & G Wetherby Ltd. 1986 first edition, very good condition with dust jacket. Green boards, spine titled in gilt. Colour and black & white plates by Paul Stewart and maps. The first hundred pages are about the Avon; upper, middle and lower; the remainder of the book is about the rivers Wylye, Nadder, Bourne, Ebble, Beaulieu, Stour, Allen, Piddle and Frome.
'The Fisherman’s Record Book', printed by Old Hill House Books. Conceived by John Humphries, a beautiful record book with colour illustrations by John Paley on every page and 100 quotations from anglers past and present. The layout of the book allows the angler to record not only the weight and type of fish they catch, but also other details such as which flies were used, the conditions on the river and wildlife seen. 28.5cm x 22.5cm approx.