Angling histories

This is as much a story of two Johns - John Ellis and John Essex - as it is a collection of history and heritage blogs and stories from across our angling world.

Izaak Walton may well be considered the 'father' figure of English angling being as he is the author of the 'Compleat Angler' in 1653. But the two Johns (John Ellis as Fisheries manager for the Canal & River Trust and John Essex, national champion and author of 'History of the National') hold encyclopedic amounts of information on fish, fishing and anglers.

So, together with stories from other contributors, here is our collection of great anglers, heroic champions and facinating fishy facts.

Last date edited: 29 March 2018