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It seems unthinkable: taking a Land-Rover from the UK overland to India through Pakistan and Afghanistan. But the young men who did this in 1977 ‘rediscovered’ mahseer fishing.

The grand old Australian firm of Alvey, famous for its sidecasters, is set to close its doors after nearly 100 years of trading. We look at its history.

A unique prototype closed-face JW Young’s reel has been stolen from the Mill Tackle Company, along with 25 unissued Itchen Trotter reels that had just been completed.

Tackle ace John Stephenson, angling consultant for Mullock’s for more than 15 years, has quit the auction house, citing the heavy mileage he has had to undertake every year.

Don’t expect to make a quick profit by buying limited-edition reels, whoever the maker, warns auctioneer Neil Freeman.

Keith Harwood finds a previously unrevealed way to tempt tench from an 1887 book about the Norfolk Broads.

Paul Curtis advises book lovers to explore all options when they are looking for a particular title or author.

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