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Desmond Family Canoe Trail
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In this exciting new series we're profiling major historical figures in the angling world. We'll tell you about the real life heroes who have devoted time, energy and sometimes their entire lives to fisheries conservation and the development of angling.
From promoting and protecting threatened species of fish to enabling anglers to travel to new waters, forming alliances and even working with the War Committee, these all time angling greats helped create the fishing landscape that we take for granted today.
Voting has now closed for angling heroes. We will be announcing the result soon. Watch this space!
Ivan always claimed just to be an ordinary bloke who could fish a bit. The angling world knows he was far, far more than that.
Alf Waterhouse should be recognised for his ground-breaking conservation policies, leadership skills and extreme determination.
On 7 October 1922, the legendary Miss Georgina Ballantine landed the biggest ever rod-caught British salmon from the Glendelvine beat on the River Tay.
Ken Ball, president of the NFA was an all-round great bloke, a tireless worker for angling and a great ambassador for our sport.
Fred Buller is almost certainly the greatest angling historian the sport has ever produced.
Dick Walker was arguably the most influential angler, not just of the past 100 years, but of all time.
Robert Bright Marston
To attempt to understand the importance of Robert Bright Marston we must step back to the late Victorian era.
Bernard recalled walking past the Daily Mirror building in the mid-1950s and seeing a huge billboard proclaiming: ‘Mr Crabtree Goes Fishing: sales now over 2 million’.
Dick Clegg will go down in angling history as the brilliantly successful England team manager who brought us world championship success on a massive scale.
Maurice Kausman worked tirelessly to further the sport of angling in the 20th Century.
What Geen achieved during his lifetime has to be taken in the context that he did not have access to methods of communication that we take for granted today.
Brilliant match angler, specimen hunter, writer and angling administrator, Jim Bazley did much to raise the profile of our rapidly evolving sport.
Barrie Rickards, aka the ‘Pike Doctor,’ changed the landscape of pike fishing for thousands of anglers
As well as doing much to further the sport of angling, terry Mansbridge had some memorable encounters with the Kray twins.
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Read more about the history and heritage of our wonderful waterways
Last date edited: 19 May 2016