Many angling names are familiar to us through literature – particularly those from previous generations. Wallis, however, was not a writer, though his legacy lives on through his record breaking captures and his extraordinary ability with a centre-pin reel. Wallis was a renowned river angler, cutting his teeth on the Trent before bewitching the barbel […]
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Having spent a decade working as a journalist in London and the Middle East, Chris Berry decided he needed a change of pace. He opted for teaching, as a means of inspiring young minds and finding more time to fish. He is handy with a rod in hand, and has caught pike to well over […]
(Thunnus thynnus) In the years either side of World War II, some of the finest fishermen in Britain discovered a new bluefin tuna Mecca. The North Sea. In 1929 noted angler R. F. Stapleton-Cotton hooked and lost two enormous tuna while fishing off Scarborough. The following year, and with more suitable tackle, the fishing got […]
(Albula vulpes) The vast majority of prize saltwater fish grow to substantial size. Fish such as marlin, tarpon and tuna have the potential to grow as big as a man – and some many times the size. Catching such powerful fish is a war of attrition, with the stamina and fitness of the captor as […]
More than 140 years have passed since the Hardy Brothers set up shop in Alnwick, a picturesque market town in eastern Northumberland. Initially gunsmiths, the Hardys made the sensible expansion into fishing and by the early 20th Century were developing a fine reputation for fly and coarse tackle production. The Conquest was designed with long […]
A nice crusty loaf, still warm with a fluffy middle and a nutty nice. Few things are finer. It’s surely the best thing since sliced bread. As a bait, bread is extraordinarily versatile, and only hard-nosed predators will turn down a chunk. As the days begin to warm, most anglers are looking to use the […]
Never drink sea water. This is the first rule of survival when shipwrecked or cast adrift. Unless, that is, you happen to be in the Baltic. Here, the salinity level here is so low that it can actually rehydrate. And though it might not taste too pleasant, it must be a reassurance to those living […]
Anyone watching BBC4’s recent Slow TV season may have spent two very pleasant hours floating along the Kennet and Avon Canal. With a fixed camera and shot in real time, All Aboard! The Canal Trip was engrossing, and yet also a little infuriating. We anglers wanted to stop here and there and have a quick […]
It (Fallon’s angler Issue 3) will provide a great antidote to all of this election nonsense. – wise words from the pages of Facebook.
Thank goodness for magazines like yours and a rallying cry against the onslaught of the “norm” – Master twittering from a master fly-angler.
The sun is high, the sky clear and every chub in the river is skulking under that far bank raft – thirty yards away. If you had brought a fixed spool reel then you’d have a five pounder on the bank within minutes, but you’re using a centrepin and you’ve yet to dance with the […]
Research on Winterwatch earlier this year, revealed an alarming presence in otter spraints. 40% of the poo dissected was found to contain little plastic beads. These beads are found in cosmetics – particularly facial scrubs – and find their way through our sewage systems and into our rivers. Here they are swallowed by fish and […]