Six decades of Bob’s tackle and flies at auc­tion on Thurs­day

Angling Times (UK) - - FRONT PAGE - BEN MILES

IT’S your chance to bid for a slice of an­gling his­tory when tackle owned by fish­ing leg­end Bob Church goes up for auc­tion this week.

A huge ar­ray of tackle from the per­sonal col­lec­tion of one of the most dec­o­rated fly an­glers in his­tory – who was awarded an MBE for his ser­vices to the sport – will go un­der the ham­mer in J.P. Hum­bert Auc­tion­eers’ Sport­ing & Coun­try Pur­suits Sale tak­ing place this Thurs­day.

More than 200 lots are go­ing un­der the ham­mer at the sale­rooms in Whit­tle­bury, Northants. Among them are rare rods and reels, in­clud­ing an un­used, gold-plated Mitchell reel made spe­cially for Bob, and a three-tier fly box con­tain­ing around 1,000 flies tied and used by the mae­stro dur­ing 60 years of fish­ing all over the world.

Bob is known for an il­lus­tri­ous fly fish­ing ca­reer with a medal tally in­clud­ing team golds at the World Fly Fish­ing Cham­pi­onships in 1987 and 1988, and Euro­pean team gold in 1990.

Bob, the founder mem­ber of the Northamp­ton­shire Spec­i­men Group, is also a cel­e­brated coarse an­gler and there will be carp, bar­bel, tench and chub rods, along with signed copies of his books, up for auc­tion. “It was time to have a clear-out of my tackle room as I had very lit­tle room to move,” Bob told An­gling Times.

“I’ve had some in­cred­i­ble times dur­ing my fish­ing life and all the items in this auc­tion have played a big part in these. It gives me great plea­sure to know that the auc­tion will en­able other an­glers to get as much plea­sure from them as I have.”

Auc­tion­eer Jonathan Hum­bert is ex­tremely ex­cited about the up­com­ing auc­tion and be­lieves the ‘party piece’ to be a three-tier ‘Bob Church & Co’ fly box.

Mr Hum­bert said: “This is an un­re­peat­able item. We are ex­pect­ing wide­spread in­ter­est, given Bobs’ well-de­served fame and rep­u­ta­tion in the an­gling world and his six-decade his­tory in the sport.”

The fly box is es­ti­mated to be worth be­tween £1,000 and £1,500.

The auc­tion takes place at 11am on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 20 and on­line bid­ding for this sale will be avail­able at: www.the­sale­­bert

To see each lot in more de­tail visit: www.jphum­

“Time to have a clear-out of my tackle room as I had lit­tle room to move”

Bob pi­o­neered reser­voir trout fish­ing in the UK.

Bob’s fly box could make £1,500 or more.

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