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Aqualite ring manufacturing photographs Sapphrite (Aqualite) ring manufacturing photographsRead more...

Is this the last burbot caught in the UK? Is this the last Burbot caught in the UK?Read more...

Peter Lapsley 1943 - 2013 Peter Lapsley 1943 - 2013Peter Lapsley aged just 70, died on the 3rd August and although Keith and I only spent a short time with him (he wrote the foreword to ‘Torridge Reflections’ and attended the launch as our guest when he regaled us with stories of his fascinating life) it did not take long to realise what an extraordinary man he wasRead more...

The Famous Hatton Devon Minnow The Famous Hatton Devon Minnow

If you read Gilbert’s book “Tales of a Wye Fisherman” a few things are stand out. Firstly, the huge number of salmon caught, especially by Robert Pashley, the Wye Wizard who caught over 10,000 salmon in his fishing career.  However, Gilbert also says much of the praise should also go to Herbert Hatton’s tackle shop and the Devon Minnow that he patented. Read on to learn all about it.





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The Angel - The earliest Devon Minnow The Angel - The earliest Devon MinnowIs this the original Devon Minnow?

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British Mako Shark Captures British Mako Shark CapturesDavid Turner has compiled a listing of what he thinks may be the complete list of mako shark captures in Britain which has recently been updated since we published it the first time, thanks to additional information being sent to David through the site.Read more...

Chris Yates Chris Yates "Nightwalk" helps AH againOnce again, our Trustee chris yates has helped Angling Heritage. With the launch of the deluxe leather version of Nightwalk illustrated by his son, Will, Chris and Sandy organised a more intimate signing in Salisbury to meet the purchasers of the special edition.
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Angling Heritage at Torrington Museum Angling Heritage at Torrington MuseumA new home has been found  for Torrington Museum right in the middle of Torrington, and contracts were signed at the end of last year. This will give Angling heritage a new home after being house in River Reads for the last couple of years.
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Obituary - John Goddard Obituary - John GoddardJohn Goddard died on Boxing Day. He was an angling giant and will be greatly missed.Read more...

Georgina Ballantine and Her Record 64lb Salmon Georgina Ballantine and Her Record 64lb SalmonWe have been donated a copy of a 4 page letter handwritten by Miss Georgine Ballantine, captor of the record British Salmon of 64lbRead more...

Geery Savage; The Cornish Years With Chris Bannister Gerry Savage; The Cornish Years With Chris BannisterA chance encounter at a carp lake lead to Chris Bannister and Gerry Savage forming a partnership which produced some of the best carp fishing results in Cornwall.
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Recollection V with Dave Steuart and Bob Church Recollections V with Dave Steuart and Bob ChurchThe fifth instalment of the Recollections' series features two angling greats; Bob Church and Dave Steuart. Both great all-rounders, Bob is best known as a world champion fly fisherman and Dave for countless magazine articles and writing one of the first carp books. The interviewer is Pete Reading, the famous barbel angler. A great gathering of angling intellectuals.Read more...

Pashley's correspondence about the Wye Pashley's correspondence about the WyeFollowing the purchase of letters at auction, River Reads has donated scans of the letters of R Pashley, often referred to as the Wye Wizard for his phenomenal catches of salmon. You won't believe the quantities so read on.
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Nightwalk Booksigning raises over £1k Nightwalk Booksigning raises over £1kChris Yates draws people from all over the country to his Nightwalk booklaunch which raises over £1K for Angling Heritage.
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River Wye Exhibition - Hereford Museum River Wye Exhibition - Hereford MuseumHereford Museum is running an exhibition on the River Wye following the return of Major Booth's 37lb pike. Angling Heritage is happy to be involved in supporting this fascinating project. Read on for more details.
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Blind Fishing Blind FishingWhilst most of us worry about which fly to use, Col. Sir Michael Ansell decided to take up fishing after losing his sight in WWII - and became an accomplished salmon angler.Read more...

Churchill ephemera arrives unexpectedly Churchill ephemera arrives unexpectedlyWinston Churchill's rods arrive unexpectedly at River Reads, as well as some interesting old glass photographic plates.

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River Monsters Book Signing River Monsters Book SigningWe were delighted that, on 3rd December 2011 Jeremy Wade, supported by River Reads bookshop, organised a book signing at the shop. £1 from every signature was donated to Angling Heritage together with proceeds from a screening of an episode of River Monsters at the Plough Arts Centre in Torrington.Read more...

Rods on Display Rods on DisplayAngling Heritage have been loaned or donated some highly historical rods. As the Torrington Museum is now in transit from the Town Hall (due to dry rot) to its new base, we decided to make a display of the rods available for all to see in River Reads bookshop in Torrington, Devon. No purchase is required, just go and have a look, and enjoy seeing the display together with a host of other ephemera.Read more...

The Making of a Catalogue The Making of a CatalogueWe have been fortunate to be contacted by Stephen Morris, a Graphic Designer who worked with the tackle trade for many years. He wondered if we would be interested in the range of catalogues that his agency had been heavily involved in producing, together with a selection of 'mock ups' for early catalogues.

River Reads purchased the items which proved to be a fascinating part of angling history, so we asked Steven if he would be kind enough to write a short article on his career for our Angling Heritage website.
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