WHO WAS DICK WALKER?

Angling Times (UK) - - 50 GREATEST CATCHES -

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.

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