• A framed fly with very vague Kelson connections

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    You have to admire the cheek of some eBay sellers. This framed fly is described as “tied on an antique blind eye hook as per G M Kelson”. The rest of the description reads: “Framed antique salmon flies, tied by Philip Jones. This particular fly is called Silver Doctor. This is one of 11 I currently have for sale. G M Kelson is world renowned and even today his style is used widely. Recently a second edition print of one of his books sold on eBay for $150 !!! even JR Hartley couldnt command that price (apologies to international bidders who don’t understand that joke but UK bidders should). These are stunning and they ARE what you get the fisherman in your life who has everything. Ideal Christmas present or just treat yourself. They are priced to sell and can only gain value.” Well, if you believe that, you’ll believe in fairies. A Classic Angling reader, Phil Higginbotham, emailed the seller and asked: “Apart from the style of hook, what connection does this fly have with GMK?” He hasn’t had a reply yet.


    Editor and publisher of Classic Angling magazine. Founder member of UK Angling Writers' Association and current chairman. Former winner of Writer of the Year. I wrote a weekly angling column for The Independent for 23 years, having previously written columns for The Guardian and Sunday Mirror. If it swims, I'll fish for it: marlin or mackerel, trout or tench, salmon or snook. I've written several books on fishing, from one for the Duke of Edinburgh's award to the notorious Catchmore Sharks (don't look at the pictures) and Bob Nudd's autobiography, How to be the World's Best Fisherman. I love exotic travel for fishing (been to Mongolia and Ecuador, the Great Barrier Reef and Arunachal Pradesh) and wish I could afford to do such trips more often. My favourite fish? Anything with fins, though I have a special love for mahseer, and I'm chairman of The Mahseer Trust.

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