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7 October 2016
The following often-used quote is attributed to the 18th Century scholar, Samuel Johnson, an admirer of Izaak Walton's 'Compleat Angler'. Johnson wrote: "Fly fishing may be a very pleasant amusement, but angling or float fishing I can only compare to a stick and a string, with a worm at one end and a fool at the other."
Posted by: Angling history
25 August 2016
One of angling's greatest ever characters was Cambridge’s Percy Anderson. His story is brought to you courtesy of John Essex.
20 July 2016
Quite a number of anglers nominated southern superstar Ray Mumford in the voting for their angling heroes. So we have brought you a short biopic of this most enigmatic of characters who will be remembered as one of the greatest all round anglers of the 20th century.
19 May 2016
Some readers will never of heard of 'Jack' Martin let alone his pseudonym of the 'Trent Otter', perhaps a rather dubious nametag given the current controversy surrounding otter predation on some game and coarse fisheries.
25 April 2016
In his latest blog John Essex explores the history of the slider float.
17 March 2016
A favourite with anglers is the River Trent, famous for the old 2,000 peg Trent Angling Championships, trotting the stream for roach on the Burton Joyce Golden Mile, and now the haunt of anglers in pursuit of big carp and barbel.
25 February 2016
Thanks must go to that stalwart of the London Anglers Association, Jack Wittey, who some years ago gave me a bound set of the “Club Anglers Journal”, essentially a magazine outlet for the London Anglers Association.
29 January 2016
John Ellis and I were talking recently about angling club names linked with Izaak Walton. John suggested it would make an interesting topic for a blog and so here it is. As many of you are already aware, Izaak Walton is the 'father' figure of English angling and author of the 'Compleat Angler' in 1653.
John Essex was a key member of the legendary Leicester Likely Lads match team of the 1970’s. He picked up five first division one national championship team medals and was third overall in the 1975 match on the Nene, landing two carp, which was a remarkable angling feat at that time. John coached the Leicester juniors to five NFA junior titles and chaired Leicestershire Angling Federation for nearly 30 years
Still fishing weekly at club level, John is an avid collector of books and old tackle with an extensive library of nearly 1000 books. He will be releasing his first book, 'History of the National' shortly. John blogs for us about angling history and heritage.