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A Wye barbel

Before anyone leaps up and thumbs back through their leatherbound Bits and Pieces archives (that is what everyone does with these words each week – isn’t it?), Fishpool is well aware that the barbel (barbus barbus) featured in Issue 14. Sometimes though, rules are made to be broken – and besides, in the world of […]

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Simon Smith

Teacher, writer and, for nearly 25 years, a sea angler, Simon Smith is unsure exactly how to categorise himself. The author of a sea angling book, Running with the Tide, Simon lives with his wife and daughter on the south Wales coast, spending what little spare time he has writing, too much time working, far […]

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Mike Pope

Mike Pope started to fish aged 11. During his time in higher education, he wrote for the student magazine about his friends’ fishing trips in and around Oxford. By now, he was also fly fishing for grayling and trout. On graduating, he worked in insurance before re-training as a secondary school teacher. He now teaches […]

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Sir Gareth Edwards

Who could forget that try for the Barbarians against the mighty All Blacks in 1973 (or, in Fishpool’s case, seeing re-runs of it…ahem). And is there a Welsh rugby fan who wouldn’t name Gareth Edwards the greatest player the country has ever produced? Certainly the best number 9. It came as little surprise that Gareth […]

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