Here’s a piece of gear I’ve yet to see entered into our ongoing vintage tackle contest: a folding landing net. I swear by these things and have been using one for years. This specimen belongs to Joe Binter, who wrote:

I received this net as a gift when my wife’s grandfather gave me his fishing tackle. He fished primarily in the 40s and 50s for freshwater fish. He is now in his late 80s. It would be exciting for him to see it in the contest if you pick it. He has always been a fan of your magazine.


Well, Joe, call your grandfather-in-law…his net made the cut! Let’s see if Dr. Todd Larson of the The Whitefish Press and “Fishing For History” blog says you can also tell him he gave you a piece of gear worth the big bucks.

“Folding or collapsible landing nets have been around for 150 years in America. It’s a neat idea and a handy way to transport what is ultimately a bulky and cumbersome angler’s tool. What you have is a classic example, first patented in 1900 by the great rodmaker John G. Landman of Brooklyn, New York. He was issued Patent #649,581, and the net was manufactured during the life of the patent with the patent date of May 15, 1900 imprinted on it. When the patent expired, the net was picked up by several manufacturers (such as the Pepper Co. of Rome, NY) and was offered until at least World War II and perhaps afterward. It’s a classy net, and worth $30-$40 in nice condition. To view the patent and an early model complete with original case, click here.”

Not bad, Joe. I wonder how many different species have ended up in that bag over the years? Thanks for sending in the photo and enjoy the Berkley Digital Tournament Scale that’s headed your way


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, 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 Berkley Digital Tournament Scale (left, $40).