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Can the Exe see a 64lb Salmon once more?

Netsmen who fish Devon's River Exe have agreed to a conservation deal aimed at restoring the stocks of what was one of England’s best salmon rivers. The river has long been a favourite for anglers but its most famous salmon was caught in the estuary by a netsman called Richard Voysey in 1924. It weighed 64 lb.

ICAST Sportfishing Industry Awards 2011 “Best of Show” Honors

Pure Fishing, Inc. were named overall “Best of Show” winner at the ICAST 2011 New Product Showcase thanks to their new Berkley Nanofil fishing line with newcomer Driftpac along with Temple Fork Outfitters and G Loomis taking top spots in the Fly Fishing categories.

Atlantic Salmon Reserve – Secured for Future Generations

An important event took place on the evening of Thursday 16th June 2011. All guests and staff resident at the Atlantic Salmon Reserve in Russia received an unexpected invitation from Peter Power to join him for a party at Kharlovka House. Guests were told that he had something to tell them about "…the future of the ASR". Was this to be "the end" or "the beginning of a new dawn"?

Hatchery salmon disadvantaged by fin clipping

A new study suggests that the common practice of clipping the adipose fin of hatchery salmon may be damaging their swimming ability and survival rate. The adipose fin, found on a fish’s back behind its dorsal fin, was until now considered vestigial rather than functional and is typically cut off from millions of hatchery fish for identification purposes when they are caught.

Fly Tying Materials – Semperfli Predator Fibres

If you have ever tried to cast a large baitfish pattern or a Salmon Templedog made from all natural materials then you will appreciate that its hard work due to the amount of water retained by the fly.

A Dream Come True – Fly Fishing for Bonefish in Cozumel

A few years ago when I saw the first video of fly fishing in saltwater for bonefish, permit and tarpon, I knew that before I die I had to fish for them. Hooking a bonefish on a never-ending flat and hearing the shrill sound of the reel screaming non-stop, frantic, energetic and sharp since then became an obsession.

Book Review: Keeper by Martin Donovan

Subtitled - "A Life Amongst Fishes and Those Who Catch Them", this book from Test river-keeper Martin "Donny" Donovan", is a collection of amusing and delightful anecdotes from a lifetime spent living around and working on the river, sprinkled with encounters of the various characters met along the way.

Kidnapping The Reverend Mother – Fly Fishing Drama

A double-team effort from Roger Beck (words) and Stephen Cheetham (fly-tying) this month which recounts the tale of how a Reverend Mother was whisked away from South Uist to be put to work at Bolton Abbey.

Wild Fishing Wales launches new ezine

Wild Fishing Wales have launched a new electronic magazine about fishing in Wales. It's got hints and tips on where to go and catch more when you are there, plus offers on tackle to use.