Vendor Spotlight: Fred Grafeld; Vintage Fly Tackle

Fred fishing the Beaverkill

Owing to a fascination with bamboo fly rods in the early 1970s, Fred Grafeld founded the original VINTAGE TACKLE in 1979. Primarily collecting and selling fly rods, his interest turned to vintage reels manufactured by Hardy Brothers, Alnwick, England, and he began traveling to the major English auction houses for tackle auctions, importing a large number of rare Hardy items to the US.

In 2001, Fred decided it was time to take a rest from VINTAGE TACKLE and resume fishing and traveling. Continuing as a consultant-type resource, Fred maintained his contacts with collectors and regularly could be found lending a hand at Grauer’s Fine Fly Tackle as well as joining the Crossroads Angling Auction staff as Auction Manager and later Rod Cataloger prior to the initial auction in October 2012.

The year 2020 will be the first time Vintage Tackle has exhibited since 2001.  Although not primarily featuring rods and reels, there will be an incredible selection of fly tying hooks, both salmon and trout, ranging from the 19th century through the mid 20th century.  Also featured will be vintage fly tying tools, flies, wallets and other accoutrements related to fly fishing. Keeping alive the history of our sport is Fred’s priority these days.

Stop by Fred’s booth for some really great collectible tackle!

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