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I was fortunate over the Easter weekend to be offered a pretty comprehensive collection of Westley Richards fishing tackle, this will make a fine addition to the firm's ephemera which is to be found scattered throughout our shop and factory for visitors to enjoy.

Westley Richards Rods & Tackle

Unfortunately the in-house knowledge on the history of the fishing tackle is quite limited so I have put out calls of 'help' to people who can enlighten me on some of the historical facts regarding the tackle we supplied. Hopefully this knowledge will be forthcoming and in the future I will be able to post a more informative article on the collection we have acquired.

In the meantime, as I depart to the East coast of USA to attend the Southern side by side competition and Bray's Island Exposition, I would ask that anyone with relevant information on the Westley Richards fishing department to please let me know.

WR Fly's-2

WR Spinners-3


WR Reels


  • paul j. antonino on April 23, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    real nice ,,i asked a friend ,fred kretchman who is a custom bamboo rod maker in maine USA to take a look at the pics ,,...paul

  • neil mcveigh on April 25, 2014 at 8:31 am


  • Brian Taylor on April 25, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Hi Simon,

    Beautiful collection.
    I've sent details of most of the reels to Trig, and asked for some more details of a couple.

    Keep up the good work

  • keith elliott on May 11, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    i'm editor of the magazine Classic Angling, and I'm happty to help. (Was told about this at a classic tackle exhibition today!) Email me or call on +44 (0)1480 494142. Keith

    • Simon Clode on May 11, 2014 at 3:22 pm

      Thank you for your offer to help with this, I will be in touch.


  • Peter Buckley. on September 23, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Hi Simon

    What a great addition to the Westley Richards in-house collection.
    From what I can see it appears quite a comprehensive selection of Westley fishing
    I don't know too much about most of your collection but parts of it I think I know a
    The Spinners shown along with the catalogue were patented by "Hardy's of
    Alnwick" in 1895, known as Crocodile bait mounts, these were used with dead bait
    to simulate live fish.
    The Aluminium and Mahogany lure boxes have a Patent No 113922/17, from my
    experiance 17 would be the year of patent acceptance, "1917", the largest of the
    boxes holding approx 40 Devon Minnows, these boxes were really well constructed
    I think by Wheatley's, who probably made the aluminium fly boxes.
    Other more experienced people will tell us if I am completely way off line with my
    But what a wonderful stimulating interesting Website this is!!

    Kind Regards Pete.

  • Jim White on April 14, 2015 at 10:42 am

    Excellent site! Keep me posted. Thank you.

  • David Evans on May 27, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    My family moved to the states when I was young but I still remember going to Upton upon Severn Midlands to visit my moms family and her brother was a well known fisherman in the area. My folks moved back to Upton in the mid 90's.

    My mom sent me a Westley Richards bamboo rod for a birthday a few years back. I've been trying to get some info (age, who may of made it, type of rod) on it as it seems to differ from some of the other rods I've seen on line. The rod is in a brown fabric case and is a two piece rod. The guides are more ovalized and what appears to be offset at more of an angle. The ferrules are what look to be Hardy Sprial Lock or spira lok design as they twist together with an external thread. Both rod and case have Westley Richards on them

  • Mrs Carol Tervit goatngit@hotmail goatngit@hotmail. Goat on January 5, 2016 at 9:55 am

    I have a Westly Richards 12 foot split cane salmon rod with spare piece tip section. This appears to have been made by your company for a Mr. L. G. Pitt I think it must have been about sixty years ago possibly more than that. I would be interested to hear your comments on this item if you have any record's and if it is of any value. I am sincerely Mrs C. A. Tervit.

  • Craig Matthews on October 30, 2022 at 10:37 am

    I have a lovely 3 piece 12' coarse rod [all split cane] by WR.

    My grandfathers, probably early 1950s.

    Never seen one like it on Ebay etc.

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