Antique and Vintage Creels and Fishing Baskets
Until catch and release became a common practice, fishermen needed something to put their rainbow and cutthroat trout in. Thus the creel, usually woven like a porous basket out of willow, and sometimes reinforced with tooled, saddle leather. Oregon companies that are renowned for the craftsmanship of their willow creels include George Lawrence, Joseph Schnell, John Clark, and A.E. Nelson.