Saturday, 27 April 2013

River Angling A Dyeing Art

Last Thursday I attended an AGM of one of my local clubs,the club in it's heyday had around 400 hundred members.We are now down to 260 and the club in questions finances are beginning to suffer.Their seems to be no new blood coming along to swell the ranks.

We have only 20 junior members,the large majority are OAP's.With very few that are classed as normal adult members.If things carry on the way they are I predicted the club would fold within the next five years.

I suggested to the assembled throng(a grand total of 30 had bothered to attend) that a no show for a work party should incur a ten pound fee on top of the regular joining fee.This was greeted with howls of derision."We are OAPs we can't afford and additional ten pound,on top of the annual thirty pound we pay".As my mate said to me,"sterling work Monts,that is a record even for you,to alienate a room full of people within five minutes".

We have five miles of stunning river to fish,but it seems our members are insistent on trying to get more lakes to fish as the river is "devoid of fish" or "it's not worth fishing any more".The upshot of the night is that no increase on club permits were to be introduced.They have agreed an affiliation with a larger club for the fourth coming season.

It got me thinking a little.Why are we so low in adult members?How do we attract new blood into the club?Are anglers now so wired in that they have to catch every time they go out,hence the need for small ponds,stuffed full of stunted fish?

Is river angling to become a dyeing art?The youngsters of today seem to want to go straight into Carp fishing.Multi rod set ups and the like,they do not seem to have the joy of starting out from the bottom as many of us did.Other clubs I belong to,are also suffering a fall in members.Some citing the current economic climate as a reason.I think the real reason is that our rivers are becoming harder,be it through Otters or Cormorants,low recruitment levels maybe or just a natural cycle.The last two winters  have been a chore.Perhaps if anglers can't get out on the river owing to floods,arctic conditions for a couple of months they may well think......Stuff it I only fish once a month I will not join,so I may as well fish a commercial,catch a few fish and go home happy.

I was 43 last Saturday,is my age group the last in a line of anglers who prefer what our rivers have to offer,as opposed to commercials.Enjoy the hard times with a sanguine shrug and embrace the odd golden day.I'm not sure what the answer is,but it seems unless you fish solely for Barbel our rivers may not have anglers to grace the banks in the coming years.I do hope I am wrong,as this club holds a special place in my heart.

It was huge.

Breaking News................Luis Suarez is to take a sabbatical from football and will appear at the Liverpool Palladium for the next ten weeks.

Thankfully one of my clubs lakes open again for business next week,so I will be able to cast a line.Though I'm bending my mates ear to forgo this option and head to Marsh Farm,either way the next time I update I'll have some proper fishing to drone on about.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Be lucky.

Monty D

Thursday, 11 April 2013


Well it looks like we are to be treated to a new book,from that master teller of angling angling tales Chris Yates.

Have a look here.

It seems like the sage has found an old angling diary and it will be published for us all to read.Now I do not know about you,but Yates to me is head and shoulders above any other angling writer.I'm not one of these who see Yates as some kind of angling deity,sure I do have a preference for cane rods to be used if I can.But I do not own a Kelly Kettle,or wear tweed breeks.But by Christ can the man conjurer up a misty dawn better than most.So pledge away at will......

And looking at the video,that study seems to have more books than the anyone I know,bar my mate Mr.Double Decker.

Here's hoping it's available soon.

Be Lucky

Monty D

Friday, 5 April 2013

Doppelgangers of the Angling World Part XXII

Well already the close season is only three weeks old and the usual threads are every where in internet land.Mostly to do with the close season and would you fish the rivers if you could.The same protagonist square up in the ring again,as they did last year and more than likely since the dawn of time.Still it is funny to have a read while at work.As for me,well I have not visited a lake yet or indeed a canal,though in our area we are not overly blessed with a canal system.My club lakes open around the first of May,though with the weather set to warm up next week I may venture down to Marsh Farm?

How was your Easter,cold was it not.It even snowed in central London yesterday,looking out of the office window shaking my head,moaning about the weather seems to be my life's aim at present.We did very little over Easter,a little lunch out,a few drinks and I cleaned all my tackle.So not a complete waste of time.Anyway I have not had a Doppelganger since January,so I thought it was time to get my arse in gear.

Below we have that stalwart of the Blair years,Martin Salter now an ex MP for the Labour Party,ex Dustman also,so a man who done a little graft prior to going into politics.And most I know,who have met the gent say he is a straight up guy,for a politician.

And here we have an angler who goes by the name Steve Ward,I do not know Steve,doubt I ever will.But I nicked this photo from a FB page,that advertises a fledgling bait company.I'll not name the company,as the owner of the said company,has a set of teeth that could eat an apple through a tennis racket.Eh Hartly ;-0

Do what?In the press this week the London Borough of Croydon,is laying claim to being the real Lake District.The tourism chiefs say that Croydon has at least two lakes,while the Lake District has only one,that being Basenthwaite.Ian Bone of the South Norwood Tourist Board(I'm not making this up) said"All the rest there are are styled as meres,tarns and waters"Now have you ever been to either of these two areas?I have been to both and I will tell you,one is lovely the other put the P into PISSHOLE.I'll let you make up your own mind as to which is which.

Croooyyydeeerrrn,how the Yoots say it.

Wordsworth Country

S***s are in crisis after last nights injury to Gareth Bale,a club photo event took place today,to cover up this royal balls up,from earlier in the season when they forgot they were only a one player squad.

Lastly its the Grand National tomorrow. I've backed Cappa Bleu each way at 14/1,it ran a good race at Chepstow recently to get it fit.And also Always Waining at 40/1,this horse has good form around Aintree,having won the Topsham for the last three years.But it is a huge increase in distance,so it may not stay? Just a few quid mind for some fun.

Enjoy the weekend.

Be Lucky.

Monty D