Tom Watsons of 5 Canal Street Nottingham

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Tom Watsons of 5 Canal Street Nottingham

Post by Isis » Mon Aug 27, 2012 2:55 pm

Absolutely loved this tackle dealer. My local shops were Youngs of Harrow and Chubbs of Edgware but I sent off for a Tom Watson's catalogue every year. There was such an array of tackle that my local shops never stocked. All my paper round wages went on a yearly order to Watsons. The catalogue had Welland double bodied floats, maggot net bags all sorts of wonderful gear. There was never a problem working out the postage because they only charged you their postage costs, the change was put in a little paper envelope and sent with your order. Has anyone still got one of their catalogues?

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Re: Tom Watsons of 5 Canal Street Nottingham

Post by Davyr » Mon Aug 27, 2012 3:35 pm

isis wrote: Has anyone still got one of their catalogues?
Sadly not. They do appear on eBay now and again - in fact there were two together very recently:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/vintage-Tom-W ... 500wt_1182

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Re: Tom Watsons of 5 Canal Street Nottingham

Post by Bob Brookes » Mon Aug 27, 2012 4:32 pm

Hi,
I have a range of them. They are great for dating fishing tackle, when something was introduced and when it was deleted. I use them for a reference & would recommend anyone to collect a few if they are interested in the 50's, 60's & 70's.
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Re: Tom Watsons of 5 Canal Street Nottingham

Post by TraditionalAngling » Mon Aug 27, 2012 7:26 pm

On to Tom Watson just had a one of his rods come in .Has shop transfer but is not named but looks like a Gnat.Down for a restore at some time.3pce Whole cane butt and middle with split can tip under 11feet long all sections of cane being equal.
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The rod is now sold to a fellow forum member
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Re: Tom Watsons of 5 Canal Street Nottingham

Post by Woolly Bear » Wed Jan 16, 2013 4:15 pm

Used to go in there a lot when I was a lad ,bought a folding Balcomb landing net from them ,regards , Woolly Bear . :Thumb: :Hat:

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Re: Tom Watsons of 5 Canal Street Nottingham

Post by Woolly Bear » Wed Jan 16, 2013 4:19 pm

Did they have two shops on the go in Nottingham at one time I remember ,regards .Woolly Bear , :Hat:

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Re: Tom Watsons of 5 Canal Street Nottingham

Post by AndyPop » Fri Nov 27, 2015 4:24 pm

I know this is an old thread, but having a sort through the garage today I came across a reel of these. Tom Watson shop price labels!
The strangest things you find!
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Re: Tom Watsons of 5 Canal Street Nottingham

Post by Fredline » Fri Nov 27, 2015 10:04 pm

I always found their catalogues from the 1950's/60's some of the best. Fredline.
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Re: Tom Watsons of 5 Canal Street Nottingham

Post by Nobby » Sun Nov 29, 2015 2:09 pm

They also put adverts in some of the monthlies, so I know they offered camouflaged fluted avons in 1966, the year these floats seem to have gone postal.
There's also a Tom Watson built Aero Wizard rod, which even looks as though Peter Aspindale sign-wrote it........maybe he made it for them??

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Re: Tom Watsons of 5 Canal Street Nottingham

Post by Beryl » Sun Nov 29, 2015 7:23 pm

Bob Brookes wrote:Hi,
I have a range of them. They are great for dating fishing tackle, when something was introduced and when it was deleted. I use them for a reference & would recommend anyone to collect a few if they are interested in the 50's, 60's & 70's.
Bob
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