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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

2nd October 2012

Ari ‘t Hart reels and Brunner rods in German auction

Some rare reels by the innovative Dutchman Ari ‘t Hart and a couple of split-cane rods by the the superb German maker Walter Brunner are among […]
1st October 2012

1891 Hardy Perfect sells for £10,500

An 1891 4.5in brass Hardy Perfect was the highlight of Angling Auctions‘ sale at Chiswick, London, on Saturday, selling for a hefty £10,500 (excluding 15% buyers’ […]
1st October 2012

Man who brought Rapala lures to US dies

The man who played a key role in introducing Rapala lures to the US has died. Ron Weber, who was 84, was still running four businesses […]
1st October 2012

Pike is highlight of Classic Angling weekend

An 18lb 8oz pike caught by Classic Angling columnist Colin Higgins was the largest fish, by some distance, caught during Classic Angling’s weekend for readers. It […]
28th September 2012

Nobody catches a thing at world champs

Forty teams of two anglers failed to catch a fish after two days in the Ranger Boats World Championship, the final event on the professional musky […]
27th September 2012

Wealth of rare items at Angling Auctions

Rare Hardy Perfects like the 1891 example pictured, a batch of Kentucky reels, a Coxon Aerial, oils by JB Russell, a Skinner Archmidean reel and a […]
27th September 2012

Flick Ford arctic char watercolour for sale

This fine watercolour of an arctic char by Flick Ford is up for auction at Heritage Auctions’ Illustration Art Signature sale on October 13. The 2008 […]
27th September 2012

400ft abseil down cliffs – just to go fishing

A group of extreme anglers are regularly making a terrifying climb down a 400ft cliff face to go fishing The men, all members of Whitby Sea […]
27th September 2012

Man faces jail for selling invasive fish

A man who sold live Asian carp in a state where the fish are threatening a $7 billion industry is facing a jail sentence. Proving once […]

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