• 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.

    Marlin leaps into boat

    by  • October 20, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Anglers fishing off a big-game boat in Cairns, northern Australia, came close to being skewered by a marlin when it leapt into the boat. The fish was being played in rough seas and as it got close to the boat, one of its leaps took it right onto the Little Audrey. One crewman was...

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    Brilliant new book on floats

    by  • October 17, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Anyone who’s put a float on their line will enjoy Hooked on Floats, a book being launched next month. Though it’s weighted towards the British market, where there has always been a healthy and creative trade in floats, it has excellent sections on European, US and Far Eastern floats. It will make you look...

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    Videos of the week

    by  • October 16, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    A treat for all: take a look at the entries for the 2012 annual flyfishing video awards, run by The Drake magazine. There’s some great photography here, and the contest limits entries to just five minutes so it grabs you straight away. This year’s winner was Predator by Gin Clear Media Production (though I...

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    Rare aluminium Edward vom Hofe reel at Lang’s auction

    by  • October 15, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    An Edward vom Hofe Restigouche in all-aluminium is the highlight of Lang’s next auction this Saturday and Sunday. It’s estimated at $15,000-$20,000. Other rare lots include a Philbrook & Paine marbelised salmon example (pictured), a 3/0 Hardy Restigouche, a red-handled Seamaster anti-reverse fly reel, a George Snyder brass Kentucky and a pair of Stan...

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    Get your books signed

    by  • October 13, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    A new book on eels containing photos of 20lb monsters is holding a signing on November 10. The book, The Eel Angler by Barry McConnell, comes in cloth and leather bindings, and it’s been put together by Harper Fine Angling Books. Mick Brown will also be signing copies of his latest book The Professional...

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    A 70lb salmon from the Torridge?

    by  • October 11, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

      A 70lb salmon? Can that be right? Nothing about such a fish in Fred Buller’s The Domesday Book of Giant Salmon, but at Kidson Triggs of Marlborough, Wiltshire, a cast of a fish of that weight comes up for sale. The details state: “Model of a 70lb salmon caught by HRH Philippe II...

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    The ideal fishing boat for disputed waters

    by  • October 11, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Looking for a fishing boat that will NEVER be troubled by pirates? Then pop along to Namibia on October 25, when the country’s Ministry of Works and Transport is selling a 55-metre warship. The decommissioned Lt-Gen Dino Hamaambo (I’m sure you can think of something more fishy: suggestions welcome) is a corvette-class warship, built...

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    Scandal hits world carp champs

    by  • October 10, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Anger has erupted after it was revealed that local teams at the World Carp Angling Championships enjoyed a huge advantage. The fish in Lac Corbu in Romania had been fed on a single bait for months before the event. Ian Huntington, Korda England Carp team manager, said: “This information was only available to a few...

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    Atlantic salmon numbers slump in Canada

    by  • October 10, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    The number of Atlantic salmon returning to Canadian rivers this year has slumped by as much as 60%. Returns have typically decreased from 2011 by 25-30%, with some rivers like Harry’s in Newfoundland down by as much as 50% and Sandhill River in Labrador plunging 60%. Overall, the larger salmon that return from the...

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