Francis Francis

IMG_2664So good they named him twice. Or at least he named himself twice. Francis devoted his life to angling – he was angling editor of The Field; a passionate supporter and protector of the Thames; helped bring the brown trout to Australasia; landed a foul-hooked 6 pound barbel on a single (horse) hair; and was a writer of novels, sailing and the 1867 classic A Book on Angling.

Today, his legacy is ensured by an angling club who fish the Thames from punts in his name and have their headquarters in a pub named The Barmy Arms. Sounds rather civilised….where do I join?

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  1. My wife has a collection of original books (author’s copies) by Francis Francis, her great grandfathe)
    and a collection of books by her grandfather, also Francis Francis,
    inherited from her father, Francis Francis.
    Our son is not a fly fisherman but a photographer of fish in the ocean – sharks, whales, porpoises, et al.

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