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In issue 142 of Classic Angling:

His split-cane rods are cherished and his work admired by luminaries like Richard Walker. But little was known (until now) about Bob Southwell, who was known as Captain Croydon.
The great Welsh rugby player Gareth Edwards had never cast a line for pike until he accepted an invitation to fish a Welsh reservoir – and ended up breaking the British pike record.
Mark Wormald’s The Catch, about the former Poet Laureate Ted Hughes, has won the top award in Classic Angling’s annual book of the year judging.
Casts of glass-fibre fish that were owned by the late John Entwistle, bass guitarist for The Who (nicknamed The Ox) have just been sold at auction.
A new book reveals that there have been far more captures of the rare shortfin mako shark around the British Isles than previously realised.
John Bailey believes it’s time to stand up for principles that were espoused by Bernard Venables in his classic Mr Crabtree Goes Fishing.
Chris Quinn wonders about an eBay seller offering a book bearing the signature of a contributor who died before the book was published.
A mass of weird deep-sea fish have come to light as a result of an expedition to a previously unexplored part of the ocean between Australia and Sri Lanka.
Researchers have warned that eating just one US freshwater fish a year is equal to a month of drinking contaminated water.
The Bonefish & Tarpon Trust has expressed serious concerns about plans for a series of televised tarpon tournaments.
A Supreme Court ruling that anglers can have access to rivers despite US landowners’ objections looks set to have far-reaching implications.
The London Flyfishers’ Club has acquired the first five editions of Izaak Walton’s classic The Compleat Angler for its library.
It looks as if the battle to protect the world’s most valuable sockeye fishery from mining at Bristol Bay in Alaska has finally been resolved – in the fish’s favour.
Items with links to the British royal family are among lots on offer at Angling Auctions’ spectacular forthcoming sale.
Neil Freeman is sceptical about whether a high-seas treaty that has been bubbling for a decade is really strong enough to protect the oceans.
Two lures attributed to the London maker Ustonson look set to be the highlight of Mullock’s next online auction.
John Stephenson discovers a wonderful selection of unfished Hardy rods and reels dating from the 1960s in Ireland.
Our books pages assess the long-awaited new John Gierach work as well as others on outsize fish and Kentucky reels.
Steve Woit is fascinated by the wares of a 19th century Edinburgh tackle emporium that was run by the formidable Mrs Hogg.
Our letters pages cover everything from Albert Smith’s Champion reel and the delights’ of Alvey reels to a very old hook, still with its swivel.
Keith Arthur waxes lyrical about the wealth of fish that he caught on trips to the Florida Keys, including a 33lb permit.
The river Darent, a chalkstream in the London suburbs, was once a superb trout river praised by the likes of William Senior, but abstraction has left it a shadow of its former self.
Casting champion John Holt Schooling was an early advocate of the Facile reel’s unique features. We look at how the much-praised reel came into being.
Jason Lewis looks at some of the items that he treasures most: boxed, carded and mint examples showing early gut-eyed, fully dressed salmon flies.
Keith Harwood explores the strange link between the sinking of the Titanic and a successful angling author, Sydney Buxton, who bore responsibility for shipping regulations.

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