Antique and Vintage Creels and Fishing Baskets
Until catch and release became the standard fishing practice, fishermen needed something to put their rainbow and cutthroat trout in. Thus the creel, usually woven like a basket out of willow, often reinforced with tooled, saddle leather. Oregon is particularly renowned for the craftsmanship of its willow creels, especially those produced companies such as George Lawrence, Joseph Schnell, John Clark, and A.E. Nelson. By many accounts,...