Spend a for­tune

WAL­DRON LAW VICE, £1,500-PLUS

Trout & Salmon (UK) - - First Cast -

In se­ri­ous fly-ty­ing cir­cles there are those that tie with the Law and those bereft. The most sought-after vice in fly-dress­ing was de­signed by Bri­tish en­gi­neer Lawrence Wal­dron in the late 1980s. Min­i­mal parts, pre­ci­sion en­gi­neer­ing, supreme func­tion­al­ity and at­trac­tive­ness: it gained a dis­cern­ing fol­low­ing. There was and is a great plea­sure in own­ing a vice hand-made by a crafts­man you know – and Lawrence is well-known among elite fly-dressers. They were ex­pen­sive new, cost­ing a few hun­dred quid, but now the price is astro­nom­i­cal. There are ru­mours Lawrence still makes a few for friends, but re­al­is­ti­cally it is to the sec­ond­hand mar­ket you must turn. Yet few ac­tive ty­ers will part with such a prized pos­ses­sion. You’ll need to haunt fo­rums and auc­tion sites, be quick off the mark and dig deep should one be­come avail­able.

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