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COVER STORY: The Second World War was disastrous for fishing tackle firms. We reveal how Hardy’s managed to survive those testing six years.
* There is considerable confusion about which taxidermist produced cased fish for Hardy Brothers, we reveal in an excerpt from a forthcoming book.
* TK Wilson was a blunt Yorkshireman whose wise words in books and magazines had a considerable influence on trout-fishing methods.
* Any item of tackle containing ivory could prove highly problematic under new rules designed to halt the trade in illegal imports of the material.
* The history of the London Flyfishers’ Club has won Classic Angling’s Book of the Year award, with Hardy’s Salmon Flies running it close, judges said.
* The river Tweed is to get its own museum, which will be dedicated to the famed river’s salmon-fishing history.
* Berkley Bedell, the man who created what is now the world’s largest fishing tackle company, has died aged 95.
* The Trump administration is seeking to undo a law that protects 17,000 miles of rivers and lakes in Alaska.
* Auction house Mullock’s is planning to run a total of five angling-related sales in the coming year.
* John Bailey starts to experience intimations of mortality and begins to wonder what growing old will mean.
* John Stephenson looks at the benefits of collecting classic block leather reel cases.
* Neil Freeman looks at how chalkstream attitudes towards pike and grayling have changed over the years.
* The fifth volume of Ernest Hemingway’s letters, covering his big-game fishing, will be published later this year.
* Jerry McGinnis, Co-owner of BASS and a man who pioneered the way in angling television programmes, has died aged 82.
* Top collector David Petty has written a book that pays homage to the finest coarse fishing rods made of split cane.
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