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The website for the world's largest full-colour magazine on collecting and using classic tackle, and the history of fishing. Where top authors write on lures, rods, reels, art, books, fish, people and places. Here you can subscribe to the magazine, purchase back issues and read editor Keith Elliott's blog on angling.

Keith Elliott

Editor and Publisher


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 Founder and former Chairman of the Masher Trust.



Keith Elliott's Angling Blog

7th November 2012

Rare books in London auction

Some very rare and early angling books, including an 1842  variant second issue of William Blacker’s Art of Fly Making, come up a sale of sporting […]
7th November 2012

Two Brunner rods top €2000 at auction

Two mint-condition rods by the excellent cane rodmaker Walter Brunner both went over €2000 at Hildebrant’s latest auction in Germany. A 7ft 6in 4-5 weight Pielach […]
5th November 2012

Yours for £1000, a £14.99 book

It would seem unwise to do your book shopping at Fishing Tackle Direct, if its prices for two carp books are anything to go by. The […]
5th November 2012

Bass Pro shops founder wins his own award

Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris has won a conservation award named after him. The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies presented its inaugural Johnny Morris […]
5th November 2012

Video of the week

Just when you think you’ve landed a big fish… a nice shot of a shark nabbing one angler’s big king mackerel as he’s about to bring […]
4th November 2012

World-leading fly tyers at US symposium

Some of the world’s top fly tyers will be showing their skills at a two-day gathering in New Jersey on November 17 and 18. The event […]
4th November 2012

Dutch delay ban on lead in tackle

The Dutch Government has delayed imposing a ban on lead in fishing tackle because “there are not enough alternatives available, nor means to enforce a ban”. […]
4th November 2012

Study to survey sea fishing in Northern Ireland

A survey is underway in Northern Ireland to evaluate sea angling around the coastline. It wants information from anglers, even those who only fish infrequently, to […]
3rd November 2012

Top French store targeting Chinese market

The French tackle and sports goods chain Decathlon is planning to triple the number of stores it has in China. This would make China the group’s […]

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