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Fishing - General

Some say that fishing gear from the days of old has a sort of romance to it—perhaps a reminder of simpler times or a memory of a childhood excursion. With that emotion, and a bit of nostalgic thinking, a collector will find an entire world of fishing gear available.

The earliest evidence of fishing gear dates back China in 4th century B.C. During that time, anglers fished with bamboo rods, silk line, and needle hooks.

The first modern fishing gear appeared during the 1700s and 1800s when rods, reels, lures, baits, creels, bobbers, and tackle boxes became available commercially. It was from this time period to the '40s that fishing equipment experienced its golden age. Equipment made during this time period continues to increase in value.


Quick Facts

  • Early fishing creels were made of leather as well as wicker and willow. Bonham’s auctioned a rare 19th century example for nearly $13,000 in 2008, a record-setting amount
  • The Phantom Minnow is considered the earliest version of the false minnow. It was produced in the late 1800s and was one of the first baits to have both a barbed and treble hook together
  • A fishing decoy made in the '30s by Ray Albert Thompson of Park Falls, Minnesota sold for a record $15,000 at a 2008 Guyette and Schmidt, Inc. auction

Recommended Items at Auction

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Collection of Montana Fishing Flies
Mar 02, 9:00 AM MST
Collection of Montana Fishing Flies
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $50- $75
$303 Bids
(36 Pc) Vintage Collection Of Fishing Glass Floats
Mar 12, 12:00 PM EDT
(36 Pc) Vintage Collection Of Fishing Glass Floats
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $50- $500
$251 Bid
20C Indigenous Hawaiian Framed Fishing Fish Hooks
Mar 13, 12:00 PM EDT
20C Indigenous Hawaiian Framed Fishing Fish Hooks
by MiddleManBrokers
Est: $1- $1,000
$11 Bid
A Green Glass Fishing Float
Mar 03, 2:00 PM AEDT
A Green Glass Fishing Float
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD150- AUD200
AUD701 Bid
Weber Trout Fishing Flies On Original Card
Mar 01, 9:00 AM MST
Weber Trout Fishing Flies On Original Card
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $25- $50
$101 Bid
Six handblown green glass fishing floats.
Mar 07, 10:00 AM GMT
Six handblown green glass fishing floats.
by Martel Maides
Est: £40- £50
£301 Bid
Antique Montana Fly Fishing Creel
Mar 03, 9:00 AM MST
Antique Montana Fly Fishing Creel
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $75- $125
$101 Bid
Tackle Boxes, Lures, Trotline Hooks, Power Bait
Mar 03, 9:00 AM MST
Tackle Boxes, Lures, Trotline Hooks, Power Bait
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Antique Montana Fly Fishing Creel
Mar 03, 9:00 AM MST
Antique Montana Fly Fishing Creel
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $25- $50
$100 Bids
Inuit Model Wood & Bone Hunting Harpoon Spear
Mar 01, 8:00 AM MST
Inuit Model Wood & Bone Hunting Harpoon Spear
by Artemis Gallery
Est: $900- $1,350
$4500 Bids
Antique Hand Forged Iron Large Fishing Gig
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Antique Hand Forged Iron Large Fishing Gig
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$500 Bids
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Box of Crappie Fishing Jigs
Mar 02, 2:00 PM EST
Box of Crappie Fishing Jigs
by Heritage Antiques & Auction
Est: $30- $100
$150 Bids
Group of Vintage Fishing Line Covers
Mar 17, 10:00 AM CDT
Group of Vintage Fishing Line Covers
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $50- $150
$250 Bids
Buckwear Chime Redneck Fishing Tournament #2
Mar 01, 9:00 AM CST
Buckwear Chime Redneck Fishing Tournament #2
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$500 Bids
Buckwear Chime Redneck Bottom Fishing #3
Mar 01, 9:00 AM CST
Buckwear Chime Redneck Bottom Fishing #3
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$500 Bids
Buckwear Lamp Redneck Fishing Tournament #2
Mar 01, 9:00 AM CST
Buckwear Lamp Redneck Fishing Tournament #2
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$500 Bids
Buckwear Lamp Redneck Bottom Fishing #3
Mar 01, 9:00 AM CST
Buckwear Lamp Redneck Bottom Fishing #3
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$500 Bids
HEAVY BOY STATURE W/FISHING POLE
Mar 09, 11:00 AM CST
HEAVY BOY STATURE W/FISHING POLE
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $35- $65
$100 Bids
12 BOXED FLY FISHING LINE ORVIS SCIENTIFIC ANGLER
Mar 06, 9:00 AM EST
12 BOXED FLY FISHING LINE ORVIS SCIENTIFIC ANGLER
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $100- $200
$300 Bids
3 Tackle Boxes with Fishing Accessories
Mar 05, 9:00 AM EST
3 Tackle Boxes with Fishing Accessories
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$20 Bids
Box lot: Fishing line/Seashell/Candle
Mar 05, 9:00 AM EST
Box lot: Fishing line/Seashell/Candle
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$20 Bids
Two Glass Fishing Floats
Mar 03, 2:00 PM AEDT
Two Glass Fishing Floats
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD1000 Bids
Handblown glass fishing float (40cm)
Mar 07, 10:00 AM AEDT
Handblown glass fishing float (40cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD100- AUD150
AUD150 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Fishing - General


McCurley Auction Company

McCurley Auction Company

Davis Brothers Auction

Davis Brothers Auction

Wehrly's Auction Service

Wehrly's Auction Service

Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers

Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers