• Gilbey’s take on the world’s best places to fish

    by  • October 31, 2012 • 0 Comments

    The ebullient Henry Gilbey has published his view of the 100 best places to fish around the world. Fishing Adventures, published by Wiley Nautical, ranges from the Andaman Islands and Mozambique to Murchison Falls in Uganda and the Fraser River in Canada. Some great pictures in ther book, but the bad news is that...

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    Strong prices for Theodore Gordon’s tackle

    by  • October 31, 2012 • 0 Comments

    Tackle owned by Theodore Gordon, known as “the father of American dry-fly fishing”, went for high prices at  Crossroads Angling Auctions inaugural sale in New Jersey. The top price of $6250 (ex 15% commission) was paid for his fly-tying vice, while two framed sets of his flies went for $3500 and $3250. His personal...

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    Early fishing book sells for £160,000

    by  • October 31, 2012 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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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    Hardy Cascapedia hits $22,000 at Lang’s auction

    by  • October 22, 2012 • 0 Comments

    A 3/0 Hardy Cascapedia, one of only 39 made in this size, was the star lot at Lang’s latest online auction this weekend. Its $22,000 closing bid was a Lang’s record for an item of Hardy tackle. But the sale achieved high prices in most sectors. Other star reels included an aluminium 6/0 Restigouche...

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    Video of the week

    by  • October 22, 2012 • 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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