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I’ve fished for as long as I can remember. My Father introduced ‘the brothers’ to Sea Angling from about four years old, but it wasn’t until I was seven or eight that I first ventured out on a North Yorkshire Cobble. The North Sea was my first ‘real’ trip.

I loved being out there with my father and brothers but I think that the fishing ‘bug’ really took over during the long school holiday one summer in the late 1960s. A few of the gang decided to try our luck on the river one day and the rest, as they say, is history. It was the freedom to be ourselves in our own world that cemented those feelings of adventure and escape when fishing that remain with me today. Being by a river enchants me and has never lost any of its magic, it is always a struggle to leave.

This year I caught my first trout on the fly and I can see this method becoming a more regular call on my time if I’m not careful; coarse fishing being my first love. I like to fish for all species and use all methods but generally ‘quiver tipping’ results in my best catches and I’ll probably always fall back into this type of fishing by the end of a day.

One day I know I’ll buy myself an old bit of cane. This is a worry as I also know that it would rapidly result in a major drain on resources and pander to my excessive & compulsive nature. I am trying to resist.

Hanging on the wall above my fireplace is a painting. It is of an angler standing thigh deep in mid river, his line cast to a dark slow glide in the shadows of the far bank. When viewed in the brightness of the day or in deepening evening light, the mood of the painting changes, it is as though the very light within it changes with time, it draws me into that magical world of time spent on a riverbank. It doesn’t have much financial value that painting, but to me, it is priceless. It is a view that is the epitome of angling. I am drawn into it in the same way I’m drawn back to the riverbank season after season.


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