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Issue 138:

A look at some of the stories in the latest issue:

Alvey, the iconic Australian reel company, looks likely to close forever despite a flood of orders giving the 100-year-old firm a stay of execution
The late Queen Mother was a very keen angler. We look at her fishing exploits, along with those of other members of the British royal family.
There are serious fears that invasive pink salmon, also known as humpbacks, may be on the verge of colonising European rivers.
On the centenary of Georgina Ballantine’s capture of a 64lb salmon from the river Tay, we revisit the day she set a record that is never likely to be beaten.
More rare decoys and plaques by the great Michigan carver Oscar Peterson are on offer at Guyette & Deeter later this month.
The irrepressible Ray Scott, who has just died, was good friends with Presidents and changed US fishing in many ways. We look at his life and times.
Mullock’s next online auction will sell more than 1100 lots in a day. But the company’s boss says he is keen to return to live bidding.
A tiny subterranean eel that has just been found in a deep well in Kerala, India, is probably the world’s rarest fish, No other examples have been found despite extensive searches.
The ringleader of a poaching gang who caught hundreds of illegal salmon has escaped jail and paid just £1 for his crimes.
If you’re looking for a home with some fishing, how about one that has a prime stretch of the middle Test running through its garden?
Scandal has engulfed the Irish state fishery agency, which is facing claims of running uninsured vehicles and giving cash to a non-existent club.
Professional booksellers can misrepresent too, warns Chris Quinn after buying an eBay book that was not as the description claimed.
John Drewett gets an invitation to celebrations for Hardy’s 150th anniversary and the opening of its new museum.
Everything was going so right for Neil Freeman until a phone call told him that his fully booked charter boat had sunk in Lymington harbour.
Steve Woit look at the exclusive Fly Fishing Club of Brooklyn, which has fishing on the Little Beaverkill. Its 25 members were termed ‘lotus eaters’ by Sparse Grey Hackle
Keith Harwood found that trying to discover more about Feathero lures and their maker proved a lot harder than he had expected.
John Bailey predicts a day when we’ll all be walking or cycling to our fishing, and reveals he’s working on his first book for 20 years.
John Stephenson buys the entire fishing collection of Gary Brooker, frontman for the 1960s pop group Procol Harum.
Our books pages enjoy a tribute on the late Fred J Taylor and a work that proposes a practical solution for rewilding the seas.
Our auction pages look at two US sales, where pictures by Ogden Pleissner and decoys by Oscar Peterson were to the fore.
Reels made by the Coates Company were created by a war hero who had moved to Canada, where Major Cecil Coates set up aircraft and boat-building firms.
Colin Innes concludes the education of Elsie, in which Captain Singleton teaches his new wife everything she needs to know about salmon flies.
Clement B Booth wades into the heated debate about chalkstream stocking with some wise words on the controversial issues.
Our letters pages discuss who led the way on fixed-spool tournament reels, a fine floatmaker and the mysteries of Mystic.
Keith Arthur relives his early days competing for London’s most prized and tough-to-win team trophy, the LAA Shield.
And lots more!


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