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Saturday 21 February 2004

The Victorian Taxidermy Company Limited is offering a collection of fish cases for sale​—​including the famous Marston Pike:

Photo of the Marston Pike, from www.victorian-taxidermy.co.uk

The case contains the remarkable true story of Marston who whilst fishing with a dry fly hooked a small Trout (1½ lb) that was subsequently caught and half swallowed by a large pike, and the battle commenced. Marston successfully landed both fish and had them mounted in full action pose, including the original tight line and fly in the trout’s mouth. “Halfway through the fight” Marston wrote, “the Pike saw me and tried to spit the Trout out” Marston continued his deadly game, adding “I thought, if I can nurse you my friend, I might get you as well”.

Provenance: R B Marston the legendary and most esteemed angler and editor of the Fishing Gazette reported his tale in his own paper and requested that the article along with the papers header, his signature, and date be built into the case by Coopers.

Further notes together with an illustration of the case also appeared in the Fishing Gazette seven years later 9th August 1919. For further reference see Buller Fred: The Doomsday book of mammoth Pike, 1979. The case having been on loan for many years to Buller’s shop in Aylesbury.

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