• About Keith Elliott

    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.

    Dutch delay ban on lead in tackle

    by  • November 4, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    The Dutch Government has delayed imposing a ban on lead in fishing tackle because “there are not enough alternatives available, nor means to enforce a ban”. Dutch fishermen had been expecting an announcement of a ban, so it came as a surprise to hear that the move had been delayed. The government has been...

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    Top French store targeting Chinese market

    by  • November 3, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    The French tackle and sports goods chain Decathlon is planning to triple the number of stores it has in China. This would make China the group’s third-largest market, a story in the latest Angling International reveals. Bertrand Tison, vice-president of Decathlon China, said the group aimed to have 150 stores there by the end...

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    Hardy’s sets up offshoot in France

    by  • November 3, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Hardy & Grays is setting up a subsidiary in France, building on the success it has had with offshoots in the US and Germany. The company, the most famous in fishing, is being sold by its owners, Harris & Sheldon, but that is not preventing it from pushing ahead with expansion. Hardy’s has been...

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    Top anglers tell tales of Zyg’s paradise

    by  • November 3, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Many well-known anglers have fished at Angler’s Paradise, the Devon holiday resort run by the colourful Zyg Gregorek. He’s now publishing a book about him and his impressive fishery, which he built himself. The book includes contributions by Rod Hutchinson, Peter Mohan, Keith Arthur, Bob Roberts, Des Taylor, Jason Cann, Len Gurd and Rob Maylin,...

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    Choose your top 10

    by  • November 2, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Just finished a feature for The Field magazine, which celebrates its 160th anniverary next year, on the ten anglers who have  made a special contribution to fishing during that period. I’m not revealing my names quite yet, but I’d be interested to hear others’ views on who they should be. Remember: you have a...

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    Lee Wulff’s watch up for auction

    by  • November 2, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    A Leonard rod, flies by top tyers and Lee Wulff’s watch are among the items at an auction being run by the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum on November 10. Though the sale is live at the museum in Livingston, New York, you can leave absentee bids on the items, which carry only...

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    Canadian sea fishers may have to buy a licence

    by  • November 2, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Nova Scotia is looking at introducing licences to fish its tidal waters. Al McNeil, resource manager with Nova Scotia Fisheries and Aquaculture, said that the province is examining several licensing issues, including a move to regulate the province’s tidal or salt waters. “We would love to extend our jurisdiction for licensing for sea-trout into...

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    Coming up at auction…

    by  • November 1, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    This Edward Lawson poster of the River Spey was used to publicise the delights of travelling by British Railways. It comes at Bloomsbury Auctions on November 14 as part of a vintage posters sale. The 40in x 25in poster, backed on linen, dates around 1950 and is estimated at £600-£800. This collection of 19th...

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    Video of the week

    by  • October 31, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Who said anglers exaggerate? Here’s a television news programme talking about a goliath tigerfish caught on the Congo river by Jeremy Wade. I think Jeremy told me the fish was close to 80lb. That obviously wasn’t big enough for the fragrant TV announcer… Still, the fish itself is awesome. Watch it here. If the...

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