• Hardy creates Botham reel to celebrate Ashes victory

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    A limited-edition salmon reel named after Sir Ian Botham, made to commemorate England’s Ashes victory over Australia this year, is about to be launched by Hardy’s. The 4in reel, called the Beefy Perfect, will cost a hefty £1200. Sounds a lot? Well, Hardy already has pre-orders for most of the 50 being made. If you want one, you need to get in quickly because previous Hardy limited editions have held their value well, and this one has the lowest run for a hand-made Hardy reel that it is sure to increase in value. It’s also likely to prove very popular with anglers who are cricket fans – especially British fishermen, because the reel is engraved: “2013 Ashes victory Sir Ian Botham.” Given how England are performing in Australia in the current Ashes series, it may prove even more of a collectors’ item. Sir Ian is a keen salmon fisherman who uses Hardy tackle by choice. The full story appears in the new edition of Classic Angling.


    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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