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  • How Alexander Wanless battled to get fly-fishing with a fixed-spool accepted, and the ideas that this pioneering writer tried to popularise.
  • The very earliest days of postcards, and how they were the equivalent of text messaging at the start of the 1900s.
  • A superb new book on Frederic Halford looks set to become the definitive work on the man described as the the high priest of dry fly fishing.
  • Plus: PLUS Fears on the closure of Izaak Walton’s cottage; a rod that sold for £20,000; fears that the US may have no national tackle auctions; doubts over flies sold as the work on Megan Boyd; a classic new Aerial bearing Fred J Taylor’s name; collecting catalogues; the New York drinking bar that had its own fishing club (for a very short while); plus much, much more
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