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Vintage Wicker Fishing Creel with Leather Trim "Nicely Distressed"

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Gary stepped off the plane in Belfast, Northern Ireland. On one arm was his carry-on shoulder bag. Under the other arm was his fishing rod case. Inside his carry-on bag was his treasured cargo of fly fishing gear including his Dad's old wicker creel, spare reels and loads of hand-tied flies in every pattern imaginable. The young American was in England on business and he was able to arrange a couple of days off so he could fish for the famous Dollaghan brown trout found only in the biggest lake in Northern Ireland, known as Lough Neagh, as well as the rivers that feed into it.

During the flight over from London, he was consumed with thoughts of which fly pattern he would use first. Would it be the Back Pennell, the Gold Head Hares Ear or maybe the trusty Dunkeld. He was still in the "fishing zone", hardly even acknowledging the rental car clerk as he signed the paperwork and soon found himself stowing his gear in the back of a Mini Cooper. Gary drove through the countryside until he reached his destination, the Ballinderry River. He drove upriver until he found a spot to park on a gentle slope leading to the river's edge. Before you could say "Ballinderry" he was donning his waders on and minutes later smoothly casting his line trying to drop his fly into a large eddy. Seconds later he felt the jerk on his line followed by a goodly sized Dollaghan leaping out of the water, fly in mouth. Gary was so busy battling that fish that he didn't notice that behind him, his rental Mini Cooper was slowly rolling into the river. Apparently in his haste, he had forgotten to put the car in gear and set the emergency break. He laid his net down and scooped up the trophy fish oblivious to the Cooper slowly floating down river behind him. It wasn't until two hours later did Gary notice the car was missing - about the same time the car made landfall on the shores of Lough Neagh.


For sale is this wonderful old wicker and leather fishing creel complete with leather shoulder strap. This creel has just the right amount of distress to make it a wonderful decorator item for a lodge or cabin decor. It is 14" (36cm) wide at the base, 9" (23cm) high and 7" (18cm) from front to back. The creel is trimmed in brown leather with a ruler imprinted on the top leather hinge. The shoulder and waist straps are made of fade black leather. We are dating this one to the 1950's to 60's.

This creel has definitely seen some use over the years which gives is a nice distressed look. The piece maintains its overall integrity with tight wicker weaving but there's a few strands of broken wicker (mainly on the top lid). The leather trim has some holes and worn spots. The leather strap that secures the lid down has broken so if you want the lid to lay flat in position, you'll need to lace or wire it shut. The adjustable leather shoulder strap is a little dry and faded but there are no breaks and it can still be used to hang the creel for display. We blew out and vacuumed the interior but it still has some soiling from years of use.

This creel would look great displayed with these vintage waders; http://www.etsy.com/listing/91390597/vintage-usa-made-lacrosse-fishing-waders

Vintage Wicker Fishing Creel with Leather Trim "Nicely Distressed"