• 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.

    Early fishing book sells for £160,000

    by  • October 31, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    One of fishing’s earliest works, the 1518 second edition of The Boke of Hawkyinge and Huntynge and Fysshynge, published in London by Wynkyn de Worde, has sold for £160,000 (excluding 20% commission) at Christie’s. The Boke of Hawkyinge and Huntynge was first printed in 1486 at St Albans, Hertfordshire, without the Treatise on Fishing but...

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    Earliest fossil flying fish discovered

    by  • October 31, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Flying fish fossils that date back to the Middle Triassic period, 235-242 million years ago have been discovered by Chinese researchers. The fossils, which provide the earliest evidence of vertebrate over-water gliding strategy. represent new evidence that marine ecosystems re-established more quickly than previously thought after the Permian mass extinction, which wiped out 90-95%...

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    Exclusive on UK angling museum

    by  • October 24, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    The new issue of Classic Angling will have an exclusive story about plans for a UK angling museum, plus another story you won’t have read elsewhere about the forthcoming TV series based on Mr Crabtree Goes Fishing, the classic Bernard Venables book that sold over 2 million copies. It’s still the best-selling sports book...

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    Hardy’s up for sale

    by  • October 23, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Hardy & Greys is up for sale. The world’s most famous tackle company is seeking a new owner “following a strategic review of the business that has identified major investment in export markets as the key to its continuing success”, a statement issued last night said. Harris & Sheldon, of which Hardy is a...

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    Three fine carved fish at decoy auction

    by  • October 22, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    A c1910 carved salmon by Hardy Brothers is the standout item (unless you get excited about various breeds of duck) at Guyette, Schmidt & Deeter’s fall decoy auction on November 7. This fish is estimated at $5000-$7000. The sale, which takes place at Easton, Maryland, also includes a 28lb carved salmon from 1967, the...

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    Video of the week

    by  • October 22, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    A few days ago, we highlighted the extraordinary scene of a hooked marlin jumping into a boat in Cairns, Australia. My friend Andy Nicholson, who was running a boat in Malindi, Kenya, had a big kingfish jump into his boat (and it wasn’t even hooked). One of the Italian party was so scared, he...

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