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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

31st October 2012

Early fishing book sells for £160,000

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 […]
31st October 2012

Earliest fossil flying fish discovered

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 […]
24th October 2012

Exclusive on UK angling museum

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 […]
23rd October 2012

Hardy’s up for sale

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 […]
22nd October 2012

Three fine carved fish at decoy auction

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 […]
22nd October 2012

Hardy Cascapedia hits $22,000 at Lang’s auction

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 […]
22nd October 2012

Video of the week

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 […]
20th October 2012

Don’t leave a springer spaniel in a car with strawberry-flavoured groundbait nearby

This is my dog Dougal, looking extremely guilty after tucking into a bag of strawberry-flavoured groundbait in the back of my car this weekend. He managed […]
20th October 2012

Marlin leaps into boat

Anglers fishing off a big-game boat in Cairns, northern Australia, came close to being skewered by a marlin when it leapt into the boat. The fish […]

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