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 was held at Caer Beris Manor, Builth Wells, and it offered fishing on the hotel’s private stretch of the river Irfon, as well as more than 20 miles of the river Wye under the Wye and Usk Passport scheme. There were plenty of brown trout caught, with the best fish at just over 2lb, as well as grayling and dace. The prize for the angler using the oldest tackle went to Peter Webster, who used a B James Mark IV Avon and a 1930s Aerial. He came equipped with several goose quill floats on a late 1800s tackle winder. The success of the weekend has prompted editor Keith Elliott to arrange a similar day next year.