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Alvey Reels, which seemed to be on the brink of extinction, has been rescued by another Australian company that has ambitious plan for the 100-year-old reelmaker.

Our All Our Yesterdays page uncovers the story of a king salmon caught in 1911 that weighed 154lb 8oz – way larger than the world record.

We investigate how a split-cane rod blessed by Richard Walker inherited the unusual name of
The Weasel – and it’s not what you think.

Johnny Morris, owner of Bass Pro Shops, is turning a historic fishing camp into a nature-based fishing resort in the Florida Keys.

The date for cleaning up England’s waterways has scandalously been pushed back from 2027 to 2063, even though none is in a good condition today.

Actor James Robertson Justice, an avid angler who once owned Fulling Mill on the Test, taught King Charles III about fishing and fought in the Spanish Civil War..

It was feared that the giant Mekong salmon carp was extinct, with none seen since 2004. But a fisherman has just caught a 13lb specimen in Cambodia.

Dave Whitlock one of the most important and influential figures of modern-day fly-fishing, has died aged 88. We look at his achievements

Going fishing can play a key role in helping people with mental health problems and anxiety disorders, a study claims.

Some wonderful holidays to exotic places such as Costa Rica, Brazil, Cape Verde and Brazil are on offer in the International Game Fish Association’s annual online auction.

A proposed speed limit of 10 knots off America’s east coast could be a serious threat to not just fishing charters but to towns and cities that depend on the angling trade.

A 35in plaque of a pike carved by Oscar Peterson was the highlight of a US auction, which also saw some classic creels sell for as much as $4000.

A new book on the Mitchell 300 and other egg-shaped reels by the company clears up many puzzles and misconceptions about the fixed-spool that sold over 20 million.

Scotland has backed down from imposing a compulsory catch-and-release rule on all the country’s rivers after strong protests from a wide range of interests.

A man has earned nearly $70,000 just for spending five months fishing for pikeminnow, which pose a serious threat to salmon and steelhead stocks.

Tackle firms in France and exporters to the country face paying for recycling under a new govermental end-of-life equipment ruling.

Keith Arthur recalls the moment that he hooked his very first tarpon, and the appalling sense of loss when it threw the hook.

An American travel group has been expelled from a remote Amazon tributary after a Brazilian court ruled that it was running a fishing camp without government approval.

Our book reviews look at works on Alfred Ronalds, how to catch grayling, the Mitchell 300 and the many regional names for fish.

Research has uncovered one of fishing’s great mysteries: the eel’s strange journey from lakes and rivers to the Sargasso Sea. But this is only the start, says eel expert Tom Fort .

Henry Hughes concludes his series on the illustrations used in Norman Maclean’s iconic book A River Flows Through It.

Keith Harwood uses his knowledge of the classics to discover more about the very first fishing book, written 2000 years ago by Oppian, and finds some very strange ideas.

Steve Woit tries to find out more about a golden rod and reel made by Hiram Leonard for Abbey and Imbrie in 1876. Were they actually SIX golden rods made?

Mystery surrounds the death of award-winning writer and broadcaster Nick Fisher, whose TV and radio fishing shows proved immensely popular.

Cover story: Matt Harris travels to Colombia to tangle with the payara, also known as the vampire fish because of its outlandish dentistry.

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