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Trout Fisherman (UK) - - Retrospective -

“I fish un­til clos­ing day then it’s back to Gloucester for the win­ter…Ty­ing f lies for next sum­mer, a spot of bingo and ball­room danc­ing.” Rut­land junkie Stan Swan, who slept in his van by the reser­voir all sum­mer, de­scribes a typ­i­cal close-sea­son; De­cem­ber 1978 is­sue.

“I read with in­ter­est your ed­i­to­rial com­ments re­gard­ing my Dog Nob­bler Trade Mark. It would seem that no-one likes the idea, pos­si­bly be­cause they did not think of it first.” Imi­ta­tion the sin­cer­est form of flat­tery? Not if you’re hyper-pro­tec­tive fly de­signer Sid Knight. Let­ters, Au­gust 1985.

“Grow­ing a 60-pound trout will be a lot eas­ier than stay­ing mar­ried.” While savour­ing his next am­bi­tion, twice-di­vorced Nigel Jack­son re­flects on the chal­lenge of bal­anc­ing fishery man­age­ment with a per­sonal life. May 1999.

“A day’s trout fish­ing for qual­ity trout in qual­ity sur­round­ings should be at least £250…” Eas­ily the most eye-pop­ping quote when we in­vited Lech­lade owner Tim Small to tell an­glers a few home truths. Fe­bru­ary 2007.

“…the num­ber of con­ti­nen­tal an­glers, on hol­i­day in the West Coun­try, quite openly fished bait and spin­ner on a num­ber of f ly-only trout wa­ters…Their ig­no­rance of English... had to be ac­cepted by frus­trated bailiffs.” Not much Euro­pean union in ev­i­dence in our Jan­uary 1979 ed­i­to­rial.

“In an at­tempt to curry favour he bought his wife a car num­ber plate read­ing ‘T8OUT’! To Gra­ham’s sur­prise, but no­body else’s, his wife didn’t like it.” A mo­tor trader’s ro­man­tic ges­ture goes hor­ri­bly wrong. News, Septem­ber 2002

“Frank was never afraid to bend the rules a lit­tle... An an­gler of the old school, he never came to terms with putting fish back.” Ed­i­tor Chris Dawn gen­tly re­mem­bers match ace Frank Cut­ler. Fe­bru­ary 1999.

“Even­tu­ally, I lost him al­to­gether. I’m stand­ing there with a fish in the mid­dle of the Czech Repub­lic, scream­ing…” Eng­land in­ter­na­tional An­drew Scott laments an AWOL scor­ing of­fi­cial dur­ing the World Cham­pi­onship, but for whom, Scott’s in­di­vid­ual bronze medal might have been sil­ver. Jul-Aug 2014.

“The tech­nique is an out- and-out f loat­fish­ing method. To my knowl­edge, I was the first to write about this tac­tic…good, bad or in­dif­fer­ent, the bung - or in­di­ca­tor - is here to stay.” Glo­ri­ously de­fi­ant, Bev Perkins claims to be the man be­hind the bung. Let­ters, May 2005.

“At least TroutFish­er­man writ­ers are as baff led as we be­gin­ners on oc­ca­sion, which is nice to know.” A com­pli­ment of sorts. Let­ters, May 1978

“In the boat, fish come to you. On the bank, the an­gler be­comes the hunter search­ing for his quarry.” 25 years af­ter “con­ti­nen­tal an­glers” were de­cried by TF, they were star­ring in it. Italy’s Al­berto Salvini ro­man­ti­cises bank fish­ing at Raven­sthorpe. June 2005

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