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14th October 2019

Record salmon at Bonhams

One of the rare reproductions of Miss Georgina Ballantine’s record 64lb Atlantic salmon is one of the highlights of Bonhams Sporting Sale on October 31. This […]
29th September 2019

Another dodgy ‘Hardy’ sign

We’ve been highlighting a rash of ‘Hardy’ signs that have nothing to do with the esteemed Alnwick company, and another has surfaced on eBay. Its seller […]
12th July 2015

Mahseer ‘could become extinct’

The giant mahseer of India’s river Cauvery could become extinct within a generation. Pollution, hydropower projects and blue-finned mahseer, which are not native to the river […]
10th July 2015

The man who was told to fish, not fight, in WW1

The extraordinary story of John Hirst, who spent much of the First World War fishing in the heart of some of the fiercest fighting, is told […]
17th July 2014

Unique collection of Aerial reels for sale

The finest collection of Allcock Aerial reels ever to be seen at auction will be the star turn at Mullock’s in Ludlow on Saturday (July 19). […]
26th March 2014

Rare fishing books at US auction

Some fine and rare fishing books are up for auction at PBA Galleries in California tomorrow (March 27). They include: * presentation copies of Zane Grey’s […]
17th December 2013

Catching fish in the sewers

A teenager claims to have invented a new sport: sewer fishing. Kyle Naegeli of Texas appears on a Youtube video catching catfish and bluegills from the […]
11th December 2013

Australia sets up sharks’ kill zone

Kill zones with baited lines targeting large sharks such as great whites are being set up in Western Australia. The state government is to hire professional […]
10th December 2013

How not to unhook a tiger shark

Unhooking a tiger shark is a job best left to those experienced at dealing with one of the sea’s most feared predators, but the fish’s formidable […]
9th December 2013

A Christmas pudding or Rudolph the reindeer float

A subscription to Classic Angling is obviously the finest Christmas present you can buy for a friend or loved one. (We’ll even send a special Christmas […]
7th December 2013

Steve Wozniak aiming to catch 2000 species of fish

Steve Wozniak (not the one who co-founded Apple Computer) is aiming to catch 2000 species of fish on rod and line, and he’s now up to […]
6th December 2013

1887 Allcock catalogue comes up for auction

A very rare 1887 Allcock catalogue is on offer at an online auction.  It has 38 plates, with eight of them in colour, showing rods, reels, […]
4th December 2013

Actress poses naked with a conger

Actress Gillian Anderson poses naked with a conger eel to publicise a campaign against destructive fishing practices. The campaign, run by the charity Fishlove, aims to […]
1st December 2013

New book on GEM Skues took six years to write

A biography on the “father of nymph fishing”, GEM Skues, has just been published. It has taken Dr Tony Hayter six years to write GEM Skues, […]
30th November 2013

£13,000 paid for dead birds

A batch of of fly-tying materials set a world record at Mullock’s auction today. The top price of £13,000 (excluding 17% commission) was paid for a […]