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Angling histories

Discover more about the heritage and history of angling, including the stories of the greatest anglers through the ages.

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 our two Johns hold encyclopedic amounts of knowledge on fish, fishing and anglers. John Ellis is our national fisheries and angling manager and John Essex is a National champion and author of 'History of the National'.

With help from other contributors, the two Johns have put together this collection of articles on heroic champions, facinating fishy facts, the evolution of tackle, the best fishing spots, and much more.

Last Edited: 11 January 2021

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