• 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.

    £13,000 paid for dead birds

    by  • November 30, 2013 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    A batch of of fly-tying materials set a world record at Mullock’s auction today. The top price of £13,000 (excluding 17% commission) was paid for a unique collection of later Victorian materials, while a vintage tying kit containing some rare birds climbed to £8000 and a smaller collection of bird capes sold for £1000...

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    Fish-related shaving mugs for auction in Denver

    by  • November 29, 2013 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    An unusual collection of fish-related shaving mugs comes up for auction in Denver, Pennsylvania, on December 6. The one illustrated is by Joseph Spiler and carries a $200-$400 estimate. The sale, run by Morphy Auctions, includes several others with fish-related themes, with one ornate example of a horse-drawn fish and oyster wagon estimated at...

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    by  • November 28, 2013 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    A very rare lure from the 1870s and a 4in double-ventilated Allcock Aerial are the highlights of a major tackle auction this weekend. The Mullock’s sale on Saturday at Ludlow racecourse, Shropshire, UK, features more than 760 fishing-related lots, but that 2.5in lure is likely to command the highest price. It was made by...

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    Cased fish carry £6000-£8000 estimate

    by  • November 26, 2013 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    A very rare bow-fronted case of two lamprey mounted by the famed taxidermist John Cooper comes up for auction on Thursday (November 28). The fish were caught from the river Severn in 1924, though we use the word “caught” advisedly because the lawless, bloodsucking  fish do not take a bait. This is the only...

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    Win a chance to go mahseer fishing

    by  • November 25, 2013 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Joining the Mahseer Trust could win you a near-£3000 trip to fish for them in India. Two outfitters have offered places on their exclusive stretches of the Ramganga in the Himalayas, and on the famed river Cauvery at Coorg. Most of the prime mahseer fishing in the country has been closed after the government...

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    Rarities in Lang’s next sale

    by  • May 4, 2013 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Some exceptional items, including a in Hardy 4.75in Alma, two sets of Stan Bogdan anniversary reels, an Otto Pleissner original watercolour and A Keelling Musky Minnow are on offer at Lang’s next online sale, which takes place on May 18 and 19. Those two boxed Bogdan salmon reel sets are among more than 30...

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    Seamartin reel sets online record

    by  • May 4, 2013 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    An Australian Seamartin reel has set a record online price, selling this week for $A2300 ($2372) on eBay. The wooden fixed-spool reel, made by Cliff Martin of Victoria in the 1960s, was in fine condition with its red sideplate appearing unmarked, was a Model 3, the first “production” line of the surfcaster. Martin made...

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