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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 chairman of The Mahseer Trust.


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Keith Elliott's Angling Blog

12th July 2015

Mahseer ‘could become extinct’

The giant mahseer of India’s river Cauvery could become extinct within a generation. Pollution, hydropower projects and blue-finned mahseer, which are not native to the river […]
10th July 2015

The man who was told to fish, not fight, in WW1

The extraordinary story of John Hirst, who spent much of the First World War fishing in the heart of some of the fiercest fighting, is told […]
17th July 2014

Unique collection of Aerial reels for sale

The finest collection of Allcock Aerial reels ever to be seen at auction will be the star turn at Mullock’s in Ludlow on Saturday (July 19). […]
26th March 2014

Rare fishing books at US auction

Some fine and rare fishing books are up for auction at PBA Galleries in California tomorrow (March 27). They include: * presentation copies of Zane Grey’s […]
17th December 2013

Catching fish in the sewers

A teenager claims to have invented a new sport: sewer fishing. Kyle Naegeli of Texas appears on a Youtube video catching catfish and bluegills from the […]
11th December 2013

Australia sets up sharks’ kill zone

Kill zones with baited lines targeting large sharks such as great whites are being set up in Western Australia. The state government is to hire professional […]
10th December 2013

How not to unhook a tiger shark

Unhooking a tiger shark is a job best left to those experienced at dealing with one of the sea’s most feared predators, but the fish’s formidable […]
9th December 2013

A Christmas pudding or Rudolph the reindeer float

A subscription to Classic Angling is obviously the finest Christmas present you can buy for a friend or loved one. (We’ll even send a special Christmas […]
7th December 2013

Steve Wozniak aiming to catch 2000 species of fish

Steve Wozniak (not the one who co-founded Apple Computer) is aiming to catch 2000 species of fish on rod and line, and he’s now up to […]

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