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In the latest issue, no 143, of Classic Angling

Women who go fishing are happier and healthier, research by an Australian study has claimed.

Did the renowned author Zane Grey ever catch a bluefin tuna off England’s east coast? The question led Rod Steanson on a merry dance as he tried to fulfil a legacy.

Our letter pages uncover a female rodmaker, Phyllis Hancock, at the address of the renowned cane specialist Bob Southwell.

Chalkstream salmon have been declared a sub-species. But what is being done to protect dwindling stocks, asks Neil Freeman.

Ian Pett has witnessed the astonishing sight of big golden mahseer feeding off human flesh at Indian river funerals.

Two rare sandtooth tiger sharks have mysteriously washed up dead on British beaches.

Lake Mead, the largest US reservoir, is suffering is 179 feet below its capacity. It dropped 18 feet last year alone. Levels have fallen so much that launch ramps have had to close and competitions cancelled.

The world’s greatest collection of fishing priests, including one that was owned by Queen Victoria and carries her initials, has been put up for sale.

Attempts are being made to restore sturgeon to UK rivers after similar efforts in Germany and France have proved successful.

All Our Yesterdays section from 1926 looks at the time when a price of £70 for 500 yards of prime Spey fishing was considered exorbitant.

John Stephenson manages to solve an eight-year-old mystery when he undertakes a valuation day in a tackle shop.

A UK fishing club has been fined £66,000, with costs of £17,500, after a volunteer helper died after being hit by a falling tree branch.

Our From The Files section reveals that the famed Hollywood actress Bette Davis was an avid angler.

Keith Arthur recalls happy memories of fishing in tournaments off the Florida Keys for everything from permit to tarpon.

Australian anglers are trying to clear waterways of a hugely invasive fish, the Mozambique tilapia. They are holding “pest competitions” in an effort to curb their inexorable spread.

Our eBay spotlight shines on one of the very earliest Penn multiplying reels, the Sea Ford, which was launched in 1933.

A framed Carrie Stevens Morning Glory streamer fly has been sold for $2000 at Lang’s auction, while a Harry Driscole oil of a brook trout jumped to $6250.

A fishing presence has been revived at this year’s CLA Game Fair, a show that is the largest country gathering in Europe.

Scientists have filmed a fish swimming at 8336 metres (27,349ft), the deepest observation of fish ever made.

Our auction pages look at the action from sales at Mullock’s and Angling Auctions, where a Hardy Cascapedia sold for £17,000.

One of the oldest fishing clubs, Red Spinner AS, is set to publish a two-volume record of events in its 155-year history.

John Bailey is delighted to find a surge of interest in nature writing but wonders why works by anglers appear in so few bookshops.

Roberta Arostetgui, who has set 223 world records, is one of five people named for this year’s IGFA’s Hall of Fame.
Increasing numbers of bass are being caught in the US with black blotches. Scientists do not know yet whether the virus is harmful.

Keith Harwood looks at the life of a Lakeland angler who might have been far better known, were it not for Alfred Wainwright

Our books pages review an updated bibliography on The Compleat Angler and a work that makes you question why we need dams.

Steve Woit is intrigued by the rod and reel combination of New York’s John Dresier and does some research to find out more.

Some of the finest records of the English chalkstreams were recorded in photographs by Edwin Barton in the first part of the 20th century. We look at his life and times.

And much more too!

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