EC­CEN­TRIC, RE­MARK­ABLE MICKY

Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

MICKY Thill, who passed away re­cently, was not only one of the finest an­glers of his gen­er­a­tion, but also one of its most re­mark­able char­ac­ters. Mick had roots in both West Lon­don and Chicago and was part of Es­sex County and The Team.

Mick used his dual-na­tion­al­ity to fish for the USA in the World Champs – he was largely re­spon­si­ble for US par­tic­i­pa­tion – and re­turned to the States to set up a float-mak­ing busi­ness – a com­pany that still ex­ists.

Mick was es­pe­cially good at long range float fish­ing on rivers and had a supremely con­fi­dent ap­proach.

Mick never drove so was al­ways blag­ging lifts. Mick rarely car­ried much money, but such was his con­fi­dence in his abil­ity that, when the team stopped for some grub at the ser­vices, he asked if some­one could pay for his meal. When that was chal­lenged he replied that he was sure he was go­ing to win at least his sec­tion so didn’t bother tak­ing money, apart from his pools!

The late, great, Micky Thill.

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