One of the men behind the formation of tackle supplier Masterline (now Masterline Walker) – Terry Collingbourne (pictured centre) – has passed away at the age of 83.
Terry partnered with Philip Tallents (right) to set up what was then known as Anglers Masterline in 1970 to manufacture fly fishing lines.
Operating from a converted dairy in the Gloucestershire town of Tewkesbury the Masterline brand soon became world famous not only in fly fishing but in all branches of the sport as the range was extended into other areas.
In 2001 the company acquired J W Young Fishing Reels and the iconic J W Young centrepin reels are still built in the Tewkesbury factory, although the firm is now a joint enterprise between the UK management and Jarvis Walker of Australia.
Back in the day, Terry provided the technical expertise for the manufacture of fly lines with Philip using his commercial expertise to sell them.
Philip’s son, Dick (pictured left), who ran the company for many years prior to his retirement, told T&G: “Terry was our boffin and was a very capable chemist. When he was at Shakespeare he went over to the USA where he helped develop new production methods, which he then introduced in the UK.
“At Masterline he worked on a joint project with BICC to develop and patent the technology for extruded fly line manufacture. Terry will be fondly remembered by all his many friends and colleagues who worked with him during his career of over 30 years in the tackle trade.”
Terry, who is understood to have been unwell for some time, is survived by wife Valerie, son Jason and daughter Zara.