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  • Dennis Pye always claimed that his pike weighed 34lb. But photographic evidence that has just come to light proved that it was exactly the same fish caught two days earlier by Pye’s protoge Derrick Amiss – at a weight of 24lb.
  • To many, he was the greatest golfer of all. But not many know that Arnold Palmer also put his name to a range of fishing reels that were among the nastiest and most unreliable Japanese reels ever produced.
  • Bookseller Steve Starrantino is setting up a fishing auction in the US to meet what he sees as a latent demand for a return to live sales. Lang’s, the major player, quit live auctions three years ago.
  • This wonderful picture of Joan Wulff in a 1952 casting championship is from a new book on Florida fishing legends and pioneers.
  • This very early Hardy Perfect sold for a hefty £10,000 at Bonhams auction, while a Farlow’s Fly wallet made £7500 at the same sale.
  • Heavyweight collector John Fahey is offering art, books, cased fish and rods for sale.
  • George Kelson is revered as the author of The Salmon Fly. But he was also a terrible plagiarist, writes Geoffrey Bucknall.
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