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“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