WHO WAS DICK WALKER?
RICHARD Walker was born at the aptly-named 32 Fishponds Road in Hitchin, Hertfordshire in 1918.
He later became known as the ‘godfather of angling’.
His inventions included the electronic bite alarm and the Arlesey bomb weight, developed to catch perch at range in the lake of the same name, and he was instrumental in the birth of the carbon fibre fishing rod.
Dick designed and developed his own brand of tackle, most of which now commands an incredibly high price, including two one-off centrepins labelled ‘priceless’ by angling collectors.
Dick also wrote numerous books on the sport and had a column in Angling Times.