• Largest Wye fly-caught salmon up for auction

    by  • January 10, 2013 • 0 Comments

    A 52lb 8oz carved wooden salmon, caught in 1928 from the river Wye, will surely be the highlight for angling collectors at Copley’s winter auction. The fish is believed to be the largest ever taken on a fly from the river, though Fred Buller’s Domesday Book of Giant Salmon points out that John Ashley Cooper,...

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    Seal swims 50 miles upriver into lake

    by  • January 2, 2013 • 0 Comments

    A seal has swum more than 50 miles (80km) along a river, crossing flooded fields to end up in a land-locked lake. Anglers who fish at Fen Drayton, near Swavesey, Cambridgeshire, wil lno doubt be worrying aobut the fate fo the lake’s big carp, which are known to grow to more than 50lb, after...

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    Nile perch adventure wins Guardian writing prize

    by  • December 15, 2012 • 0 Comments

    A story about a trip to Uganda’s Murchison Falls has won Gary Almond first prize in The Guardian’s annual travel-writing awards. Gary took the prize, a trip to Finland for two, in the thrilling activity category for his tale of catching a 40lb Nile perch in the turbulent waters. The judge, Emma Kennedy, a Guardian...

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    Video of the week: 83lb mahseer from Cauvery

    by  • December 14, 2012 • 0 Comments

    Well, looks like anglers won’t get the chance to catch fish like this any more, thanks to the stupid Indian ruling that there should be no fishing in game parks. This camp at Gallbore was the last one to survive, largely because there was government interest in it. The game parks are one of...

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    Wild Scottish salmon get protected status

    by  • December 14, 2012 • 0 Comments

    The term “wild Scottish salmon” is to get European protection. Doesn’t do a great deal for the fish itself, but it means that salmon caught in other countries cannot now be sold, packaged or advertised as Scottish wild salmon. It now carries a protected geographical indication (PGI) , meaning that it has a particular...

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    The best auction for exotic fishing trips

    by  • December 11, 2012 • 0 Comments

    Three days chasing tarpon and snook at a top lodge in Costa Rica, five days’ big-game fishing in Madeira with accommodation and a week’s peacock bass fishing on the Amazon are just some of the lots in the International Game Fishing Association’s annual auction. Other items include books, tackle, art and clothing, as well...

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    The diary of BB, aged 17

    by  • December 9, 2012 • 0 Comments

    A reproduction of the diary of Denys Watkins-Pitchford (BB) has just been published. BB Diary and Sketchbook 1922 is taken from a diary that the naturalist, author and illustrator wrote when he was just 17. Not sure I’d want my teenage diary published for the world, but BB can’t do much about it, as...

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    Tackle, pictures and fishing trips in AMFF auction

    by  • December 8, 2012 • 0 Comments

    A wealth of tackle, pictures, books, fishing days and clothing are on offer at the American Museum of Fly Fishing’s online auction. The sale, which ends on December 20, has some very special items, including a watercolour by John Swan (pictured); prints by Russell Chatham and Ogden Pleissner; a vintage leather fly wallet; a...

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    Video of the week: 300lb marlin from a kayak

    by  • December 8, 2012 • 0 Comments

    Kayak anglers, looking for ever greater challenges, are now catching marlin from their boats. The clip here shows a group of kayak anglers with two marlin hooked. The larger takes almost five hours to land and takes him 11 miles from where it is hooked. Though the fish are returned, I’m a little uneasy...

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