Ken Bathers 1944-2018

Trout & Salmon (UK) - - Fishing Reports - Huw Evans Llan­gollen Maelor AC chair­man

I am sad­dened to re­port the death on Septem­ber 20, aged 74, of Ken Bathers, Pres­i­dent of Llan­gollen Maelor An­gling Club. Ken was born and bred in Cefn Mawr, Wrex­ham. He was ed­u­cated lo­cally and com­menced em­ploy­ment at the lo­cal brick­works be­fore join­ing the chem­i­cal com­pany Mon­santo as a plant op­er­a­tor. He lived in Cefn Mawr un­til his pass­ing and was a great cham­pion for the vil­lage. Fish­ing the River Dee was Ken’s great pas­sion although he also made trips to Alaska. He en­joyed be­ing a gillie for Lady Mal­abar and her guests on the Llan­dyn beat of the Dee dur­ing the 70s and early 8os. Due to ill health his fish­ing had been re­stricted over the last 10 years. He re­mained, how­ever, en­thu­si­as­tic about the Dee. He was a great tele­phone man free with ad­vice to all on river heights and the best beats to try. He was an ac­com­plished fly-tyer and gave away thou­sands of flies over the years. I can hear him now say­ing “Give this one a go Bud you’ll def­i­nitely catch on that”. He kept the catch re­turns for the club and was gen­uinely ex­cited when an an­gler rang to in­form him of a salmon caught. He was soon on the phone let­ting the whole Dee Val­ley know the de­tails. One of Ken’s proud­est achievements was rear­ing brown trout for over 30 years in the out­flow of the Mon­santo chem­i­cal works. All the trout raised were stocked into the Dee. He served on the com­mit­tees of the Lo­cal Fish­eries Ad­vi­sory Group, Welsh Salmon and Trout As­so­ci­a­tion, Dee Fish­eries As­so­ci­a­tion and Up­per Dee An­gling Fed­er­a­tion. He was also an hon­orary wa­ter bailiff for the Na­tional Rivers Au­thor­ity. Some 18 years ago he es­tab­lished the In­ter­na­tional Grayling com­pe­ti­tion on the Dee. This has gone from strength to strength and this De­cem­ber will see 36 teams from the UK, Ire­land and Eu­rope. com­pete for the Hanak Tro­phy. Over these years Ken raised over £60,000 for the Welsh Dee Trust to carry out river habi­tat im­prove­ments. He is sur­vived by his wife of 54 years Jean, daugh­ter Tina, son Philip and four grand­sons Aaron, To­mas, Glenn and Keenan., to whom we ex­press our deep­est sym­pa­thy.he will be greatly missed but fondly re­mem­bered by all who knew him.

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