Videos of the week

Angling book from 1518 at Christie’s auction
16th October 2012
Brilliant new book on floats
17th October 2012

Videos of the week

A treat for all: take a look at the entries for the 2012 annual flyfishing video awards, run by The Drake magazine. There’s some great photography here, and the contest limits entries to just five minutes so it grabs you straight away. This year’s winner was Predator by Gin Clear Media Production (though I preferred Gangster of the Flats, on catching giant trevally). Doesn’t matter if you’ve never held a fly rod: most of this stuff is awesome. The previous years’ entries are terrific too, especially  especially 2009’s Once in a Blue Moon (just watch those guys cast!), Red Gold (2007) and my favourite, Running Down the Man (2006), on fishing a Mexican beach for roosterfish, which was made into a full-length film by Felt Soul Media. I love how they describe their target. “Roosters are the Elizabeth Hurley of fish. They are so hot – but at the same time very distinguished, and commanding respect.” I shall look at Elizabeth Hurley in a completely different way from now on.

Keith Elliott
Keith Elliott
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.

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