Vintage Tackle Contest: Camp’s “The Fine Art of Fishing”

We’ve been posting a bunch of lures lately in our ongoing vintage tackle contest, so I thought it was time … Continued

We’ve been posting a bunch of lures lately in our ongoing vintage tackle contest, so I thought it was time for a change-up. I dug through the entries and found this book, submitted by Jeff Kreager (a.k.a Buckhunter). I’m a bit of a book collector myself, though I had never seen this title. Jeff also gets brownie points for the mug and glasses…nice touch. Jeff wrote:

__I have been collecting old books about fishing for years. I picked up this little gem at an auction as part of a larger lot of old books several years ago. It is a 1923 edition of a Samuel G. Camp classic. By no means an expensive item but add a cup of coffee on a cold winters day and it will take you back 100 years_ _

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Lucky for Jeff, vintage tackle expert Dr. Todd Larson of The Whitefish Press and “Fishing For History” blog is also a man who enjoys a fine vintage read. The longer this contest goes on, the more I’m convinced that there is nothing old and related to fishing that will stump the Doc. Dr. Todd says:

“As you note, there is nothing better on a cold winter’s night than a classic outdoor book, and that is exactly what you have. Samuel Granger Camp was a prolific and popular outdoor writer for numerous magazines (including_ _Field & Stream) from the 1890s through the 1930s. When_ _Outing Magazine__, one of Camp’s publishers, commissioned a series of six fishing books beginning in 1910 to be given away as subscription premiums, they contracted with Camp to write three of the titles:_ _The Fine Art of Fishing__,_ _Fishing Kits and Equipment__, and_ _Fishing with Floating Flies__. The series proved so popular they were soon reprinted and sold directly as the Outing Fishing Library, and eventually included other titles._ _The Fine Art of Fishing_ _was first published in 1911; it was subsequently reprinted multiple times until at least 1941. Your 1923 reprint by MacMillan is one of the most popular. The 1923 edition sells from $10-$20, but is worth far more than that on a winter evening when the fish of spring seem so very far away. To view a 1916 ad for this series of books click here.”
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_Thanks for sending, Jeff. I might have to borrow this one from you down the road. Not for a while of course, seeing that those cold winter nights are not in the near future. Your new pliers are in the mail.

If you’ve already sent me photos of your vintage tackle, keep checking every Thursday to see if I chose it for an appraisal by Dr. Todd. If you haven’t and want to enter the contest, email photos of your old tackle to fstackle@gmail.com, along with your name, mailing address, and story of how you acquired the gear. If I use it in a Thursday post, you get a pair of Berkley Aluminum Pliers ($50).

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