Fishing Lines: Horny old devil with a genius for trout and affairs of the current

Marrying a fisherman is unwise. Marrying a carp angler is plain stupid. But wedding someone who's addicted to catching sea trout... that's a recipe for disaster.

An enterprise that's the reel deal

An organic trout farmer explains how he built his business up from scratch. By Midge Todhunter

By hook or by crook

A trout fishery in the Yorkshire Dales could be the catch of the day for a business person, says Christopher Browne

Fishing lines: What has the Tweed got against me?

In the past, if you didn't own Hardy tackle, you were probably not the right sort of chap

Fishing Lines: Legend of giant pike could grow and grow

THE THREE largest pike recorded in Fred Buller's seminal work, The Domesday Book of Mammoth Pike, all weighed over 90lb and were all taken in Ireland. In fact, 15 of Buller's top 25 are Irish fish. From this, you might reasonably conclude that the Emerald Isle is a middling good bet if you want to catch a whopper. No more, alas.

Fishing: Cast-iron route to success

IT WAS just 24 hours after my marathon fishing day on the Tweed, that I wrote of in my last column. And only the promise of being able to fish the dry fly for perhaps the last time this year got me out of the house and by the water's edge again. My shoulders ached and my hands were clenched in a permanent rod-holding position.

Country & Garden: Country Matters: How now, brown trout?

In days gone by, the Wye was one of the world's most celebrated salmon rivers, famous for the exceptional size and depth of its fish. It was in the pool known as the Cow Pond, near Winforton in Herefordshire, that in 1923 young Doreen Davey, out with her father, landed the largest spring salmon ever caught in Britain, a 53lb monster. It was in the Wye that Robert Pashley, most fanatical of anglers, caught over 10,000 salmon.

Brian Viner's Column: In search of the golden trout

A new open championship offering pounds 30,000 prize money aims to turn fishing into the `new golf'
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