Web-sites are supposed to have a 'links page'. Apparently.
There is a fine line between reciprocal links inserted purely to convince the crawler 'bots of the world that one's website is a 'good resource of its type' and those just providing links to stuff one likes in the broad interests of the casual reader.
You would be surprised how many rum emails I get promising me instant business and suggesting it would be nice if we linked to each other. That many of these are selling products that I would never endorse, and in many instances have heaped vitriol on, suggests that the senders are either 'machines' or 'wildly optimistic' or, with the worrying march of technology, 'both'. As for those missives insisting that with the right arcane tweaks, provided for a small fee, my site would reach so many more customers... In addition, others may care to note, I am well served in respect of a wife and have no need of pharmaceutical encouragement.
I keep firmly to the right side of this line; if it amuses me or I like it, it will be on this page somewhere. If it does not, then it never will.
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These are displayed in the reverse date order of their addition to the site - so newest at the top...
The Avon DiaryThe Fabulous Avon Diary This quite wonderful record of a stretch of the Avon at Somerley is well worth dipping into on a regular basis. It's nicely recorded and focuses on the subjects themselves: fishing, the environment, the water meadows and their other denizens. Give it a go.
Look Ye Also"The Wonder of the World, The Beauty and the Power, The Shapes of Things, Their Colours Lights and Shades, These I Saw, Look Ye Also While Life Lasts." - Denys Watkins-Pitchford: The author writes: "This Blog is a record of my love of the countryside, all things in it, especially old tractors, growing good food, drinking good tea and taking time out to enjoy life!"
This is a lovely, gentle and honest 'blog. Do take a look.
The Idler's QuestJolly hard for me to resist the blog of one who writes, in respect of roach fishing, that ''...so we have stick float fishing on rivers at the top and bolt rigged swim-feeder fishing on gravel pits at the very bottom of the admissible method list and in their respective positions because the one takes a great deal of skill, practice and hard work to perfect and the other, none whatsoever.'': Jolly hard for me to resist the blog of one who writes, in respect of roach fishing, that "...so we have stick float fishing on rivers at the top and bolt rigged swim-feeder fishing on gravel pits at the very bottom of the admissible method list and in their respective positions because the one takes a great deal of skill, practice and hard work to perfect and the other, none whatsoever." When you add in the home made floats and stuff about the advantages of grey as a colour, well, it's just good to know there are more of us.
Just got a bit of a cold, that's all... Well worth a read is CarpspottingThe New Confessions of a Carp Fisher - I was put onto this gem by The Scottish Correspondent, one similarly Soulhooked and after a read through, find that I can at last admit the truth. I'm a recovering carp addict, I can give it up any time I want, I can handle it, I'm just a bit tired that's all. Obviously, 'recovering' is a subjective term. Nice work Greg.
Hugh Miles - Wildlife AdventuresHugh Miles - Wildlife Adventures: Hugh Miles is a British filmmaker who specialises in wildlife films. An award-winning cinematographer, Hugh likes to be involved in as many aspects of the filmmaking process as possible, even appearing in front of the camera to help the audience get closer to the experience of actually being out on location.
His blog is always beautifully shot and is well worth a visit at any time.
Retiarius - Angling Ancient & (quite) ModernRetiarius - Angling Ancient & (quite) Modern. Creative use of the word "modern".
Salt and FreshThe life and times of a hopeless fishing addict. The life and times of a hopeless fishing addict. What? You're hopeless and coincidentally a fishing addict? A very bad fishing addict? Very addicted to fishing? What? Ah well. Well you said it Putnamsmif...
Worth a visit for the most wonderfully evocative photography.
Monty Dalrymple and the View From Yat RockMonty Dalrymple and the View From Yat Rock. Possibly a rant. Possibly a blog. Hard to tell really. One must bring one's own soapbox...
The Tuesday SwimA dog dangling kinda day to go fishing... is a place, a moment, a thought, that sometimes exists but on occasions may just emerge from the imagination. The Tuesday Swim uses fundamental tackle that gives pleasure in its simplicity in the pursuit of touching nature, encapsulating everything that is important and dismisses all that is trivial. The Tuesday Swim is a constant state of discovery.
The Path by the WaterThe forum has reopened forum was founded in July 2011 to provide a temporary home to the dispossessed of 'Pure Piscator' among others and still potters along. The site is run by 'JAA', webmaster, watchman and adjuster of technical things. "TPBTW" is a cyber-space shed with kettle, for like-minded anglers who place as much emphasis (well almost) on the type of biscuit or cake as they do the rod, reel or bait. It's much less about tackle and rigs and much more about ethos.
There is a smattering of 'traditional' tackle here, but we are not a "traditionalist re-enactment group". For the most part, it doesn't matter what your fishing rod is made of or what reel you use. We do care about your fishing exploits, your fettling and anything vaguely fishing related. Or even things that are not fishing related, 'beyond the rabbit-proof fence' as it were.
We like meandering threads. "A good web discussion should be like a good pub chat - beginning with a notion, weaving back and forth into the proposition at regular intervals but going off like a specimen fish played on light tackle, with a thumb on the reel and the expectation it will be netted in the end (mixing metaphors along the way of course)." - 'Gluey'
The name is borrowed from the A. R. B. Haldane's account of his early days of trout fishing as a boy in the Ochil hills and then onto trout waters in Argyll and the water meadows of Hampshire. It's an evocative and wonderful account, all fishermen should read this and dream.
The Forum Moved Home in early 2020, leaving its original URL behind. This was to consolidate server space and reduce the running costs; otherwise the place is unchanged, as is the commitment to keeping it 'live' as long as anyone is posting.
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The Avon Roach ProjectThe latest entry covers this years spawning, the changing future plans and their hopes for barbel.. Trevor Harrop's and Budgie Price's indefatigable project to restore the Avon roach stocks. It's well worth keeping up to date on this and my spies tell me roach are again being caught on the Avon.
The Crucian Website. The website of Peter Rolfe (A.K.A. "The Crucian Crusader") who thought it was high time that the crucian had a website of its own. The idea is to provide a database of information and to gather together ideas and experiences to try to build up a really reliable resource for anglers, naturalists, conservationists, scientists, land-owners, fish farmers and dealers - in fact anyone who's interested in the species.
JAA is privileged to be Peter Rolfe's webmaster.
Fish Legal (formerly the ACA) is a unique, non-profit making organisation set up to use the law to fight pollution and other damage to the water environment - both freshwater and marine - and to protect the rights of anglers and angling.
They act for fishing clubs, fishery owners, syndicates, commercial fisheries across the whole of the UK. In England only, they are the legal arm of the Angling Trust. They act independently in the rest of the UK.
Water pollution, over-abstraction, commercial fisheries, fish-farming and other activities can all cause huge impacts on aquatic ecosystems, wild fisheries and angling. Fish Legal aims to stop this damage happening and fights for compensation for their members when it does.
The Angling Trust. The Angling Trust is the new, single organisation to represent all game, coarse and sea anglers and angling in England. The formation of Angling Trust brings with it a positive new future for angling. For the first time ever, there is a single body to take cohesive action to solve all the problems that affect our sport.
I have a dream in which all the anglers of the country join the Angling Trust, making it the most powerful and well funded lobby group in the country. It turns out that 'herding cats' is easier than getting most fishermen to make any sacrifice for the greater good. Ah well.
The Environment Agency. Where you get your Rod Licence. And you can get it online now...so do get one. It really is a bargain. If only the EA would get off their botties and prosecute polluters instead of leaving Fish Legal to clean up in their wake.
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The Fine Art of Fishing is a collection of Limited Edition Fine Art prints of illustrations & photography by Robert Olsen. Simply stunning stuff, you must go and look.
Mike Ladle's amazing Fishing site'Operation Sea Angler' is all here.. More information here about catching fish than you can shake a stick at, especially sea fishing. The best collection of actually useful information and tips I've ever read anywhere.
Eel FishingWhether you're a beginner or a more experienced angler, 'Eelfishing.co.uk' has something for you.. Their aim is to provide the best eel angling information website on the internet and hope to provide a user friendly easy to navigate angling website with plenty of information for eel anglers of all experiences. Read this, find out about eels and how amazing they are and stop killing them, even the little ones.
Playing Battleships. Fly fishing for Pike on Rutland Water by Ian Wakeford. I was sent this link by the bother, it's a fabulous read and a good example of leaving the beaten track.
L'etang de La Morinais"This must be the most peaceful & unspoilt fishery on earth to go fishing."...is an ideal carp fishery if your preferred approach is float fishing the margins, free-lining, casting to bubblers, fishing floaters or snooping about looking & waiting for that opportunity. Or alternatively, not bothering to cast at all; finding a comfortable trunk to rest your back against, dipping your hat over your eyes & having a little snooze.
L'etang de La Morinais does not claim to have several tons of pellet reliant carp crammed into a surface area of water, where fish health issues remain a real risk. There are around 160 carp from double figures through to forty pounds. The first thirty was landed in 2006, the first forty in 2007, with forties now being caught regularly.
JAA personally endorses its fine fish, atmosphere, location and hospitality, and has been five times...so far.
The Grayling Society...was formed in 1977 by a small group of enthusiastic game fishermen who wished to conserve and establish the grayling as a true, wild, game fish. It's hard to put it any better than that.
Yes, really. There seems to be less than there was, more River Thames free fishingA much longer list... stretches are listed here.
Paul's Fishing Kites. This excellent site from New Zealand, shows one way to get that bait 500 yards off-shore. Saves all that spodding...
"No other publisher in the UK offers angling books of such consistent literary class or aesthetic excellence." - Barbel Fisher.
Medlar's fishing books include some of the great classics of angling literature but also many books from contemporary authors - works of historical or biological research, and literary works deserving of a wide audience. There is a good search facility on their site so whatever you wish to find, whether it be an author, title or simply a fish species, you should be directed quickly to the books that fit your criteria.
The Waterlog Magazine. The World's Finest Angling magazine:
"About as much use to a match angler as a chocolate teapot" Nobby Budd
"The best angling magazine since I was a lad" Izaak Walton
Talisker Whisky. I like most whisky, but I have a soft spot for Talisker, possible due to the newly wed Anotheranglers' visit, heads heavy with cold, being started with a large one popped into your hand as you pass through the door. Now that's marketing. It's not a bad cold cure either.
The Ten Year old is peaty, smoky with a hint of the sea and a sip takes me straight back to the shores of Loch Harport in 1994. It's probably sacrilege but a tot in a flask of Ceylon, brightens those colourless winter days by the waterside. And a large one with a spot of hot water is perfect for the head-cold of Mrs AA. Despite herself professing no love of whisky, my bottle always seems to evaporate through the cork if I am away from home...
A wonderful smokey warming malt. Buy some, drink it, appreciate it, buy some more. It is not tricky.
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Various YouTube videos I am fond of and some YouTube Channels I quite like. These are displayed in the reverse date order of their addition to the site - so newest at the top.
Restoration at Barton Court Estate trout fishery. Lovely little video about the start of the Kennet restoration project at Barton Court Estate. Work is under way to create a habitat that promotes a healthy head of wild trout, as well as creating a diverse and varied fishery for anglers.
I have fished here a few times and alway enjoyed the place and it is good to hear that the habitat is being restored 'first'. This is the approach taken at the ...an idyllic and very fine fishery that was the product of many years of careful managementSaxon Ponds: water and environment first, fish second, anglers third.
Catching Small Bass in a Tiny Spillway. Fishing 618 is well worth a watch. Although possibly at odds with UK techniques, the enthusiasm is infectious, the editing is nicely done, the soundtracks are well chosen and played at a 'background' volume. Plus, there is a fascinating array of fish and where else do you see folk catching turtles by mistake and having to avoid snakes?
In his own words: Fishing the ponds, lakes, rivers, and creeks from the midwest and beyond! You will find videos featuring gear from the lightest of ultra light to the heaviest of heavy. This channel is dedicated to fishing purely for the fun and excitement of fishing! Enjoy!"
Carp Fly Fishing from Korea. I could watch this guy cast for hours. Wonderful.
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A secret. Most of these pages do not really exist (as such). The site has been morphed into a large number of single entries, which are called by a 'page' using various 'engines'. In short I created a bespoke 'php' database. "Why?" I hear you ask. As someone I once worked with said; "For funsies". To be fair, the same person non-trivially injured themselves 'tombstoning' off Portland Bill, for the same reason.
Still; what this means in practise, is that I can create pages that list every entry on the basis of it containing one or more attributes. E.g. "Luckfield Lake". Or "Luckfield Lake" AND "Chapman 550". So a particular year, venue, type of venue, species of fish caught, what rod or reel and so on. I could create a page solely for those times I used cockles as bait and caught two tench (exactly) using my Old Carp Rod. I could, I have just no idea why I might want to. I can see myself creating a page which lists fishing rods, the number of times they have been used and the last recorded use. That might help me with the "Not used for two years? Then out it goes..." policy.
Still; below, in no special order, is a list of the site's pages:
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AboutJAA and why this stuff is here... JAA, why 'JAA', and why this site exists at all.
Biography...such as I am prepared to share here...: JAA's incept to 1974 (ish).
1970-1979Some back-filled half-recalled stuff. Probably true.: All sorts of odd bits and bobs here. Dates may be speculative, details not so speculative.
AngleseyGogs, loathe 'em or ignore 'em you can't like 'em: Less of a posting and more of a banishment (1974-75).
The Rye DykeNot that sort of dyke Will: A summary of things involving the Rye Dyke (1977-80).
1980s MemoryMemory-based stuff; might be right; might not.: Memory-based stuff; might be right; might not.
1990s MemoryMemory-based stuff; might be right; might not.: Memory-based stuff; might be right; might not.
2000-2004 MemoryThis is memory-based stuff, it might be right it might not...: This is memory-based stuff, it might be right it might not...
2005 DiaryThe first year: The first year of the site and the first year of a diary.
2006 DiaryThe second year: The second year's diary.
2007 DiaryThe third year: 'Woo', as I believe a 'young' might say.
2008 DiaryThe forth year: Four fourths of everything equals all.
2009 DiaryThe fifth year: Five gold things.
2010 DiaryThe sixth year: Cannot stop now.
2011 DiaryThe seventh year: Year seven, the second worst number.
2012 DiaryThe eighth year: There are only so many ways to say the same thing.
2013 DiaryThe ninth year: Non anno.
2014 DiaryThe tenth year. A decade.: The tenth year, a decade.
2015 DiaryYear Eleven: Year eleven, the worst number.
2016 DiaryA dozen years of bankside dozing: Frankly, I am amazed to be still writing this stuff after 12 years.
2017 DiaryThirteen, showing signs of pre-occupation, or something.: It turns out, there are only so many ways to describe a fishing trip.
2018 DiaryFourteen years of tedious fishing expositions. : Less fishing this year. No obvious reason.
2019 DiaryFifteen years of tedious fishing expositions. : Occasionally Hard Graft. Bad Back.
'BlogJAA's 'Blog (2020): The 'blog, whatever year it is when you're reading this. It is 2020 if you are unsure.
Tacklesome stuff about tackle: Fishing tackle stuff.
Built-Cane RodsCane rods I have owned and used, I have owned and used.
Glass-Fibre RodsGlass-Fibre Rods I have owned and used, I have owned and used.
Carbon-Fibre RodsCarbon-Fibre Rods I have owned and used, I have owned and used.
Hexagraph RodsHexagraph Rods I have owned and used, I have owned, built and used.
Fixed-Spool ReelsFixed-Spool Reels I have had a go with, owned, fettled and used.
Centre-Pin ReelsCentre-Pin Reels I have given a whirl, owned, bodged and used.
Knots...still under construction, told you I was funny about knots: Because it is one of the really easy things to do well.
LinksThis page. There are hyper-links higher up the page for other sites. This note is right in the middle of what some might call a 'site-map'.: This page. The nearest thing 'anotherangler' has to a 'site-map'.
Pete's PondsPete's Ponds...: One of the finest places I have ever wasted my time.
The WetlandThe Wetland...: Another of the finest places I have ever wasted my time.
Milton AbbeyMilton Abbey: A fine spot in which to waste one's time...
Arfleet MillsArfleet Mills: The late and much lamented.
Luckfield LakeLuckfield, home to some monstrous eels: Once very fine, now run-of-the-mill.
The Lucky Dip PageThis page produces 25 randomly selected diary entries. No Reason.: Twenty-five randomly selected diary entries, because it seemed like a fun thing to do.
Quote, UnquoteJust a page of all the quotes used on the site. Really just a debugging aid.: A page with all the quotes used on the site. In truth, just a debugging aid.
June the 16th'sThe glorious 16th, or 16th's. Quite a few of them were.: Various. Thought it would be fun to put them all on the same page.
PikeI was once slightly pike-obessesed, now only occasionally so.: Pike fishing matters and listed instances of pike-fishing, all in one place. Contains teeth.
FettlingI do not have to fettle anything. I can stop any time I like.: The never ending quest for a more perfect rod/reel/float etc.
FloatsI am not obsessed, I am just very very interested. And my mother had me tested.: The six basic floats we actually need to fish. Plus the other two hundred.
BooksIt is possible to learn something from books.: Some of the books I have read, and in some cases, both reviewed and thought well of.
Stuffbu88ered if I know where else to put this: Odds and ends.
How toLike I can teach you anything...: 'How to fish' or more realistically, 'How I fish'.
ZenIf you are a hippy go away...: Some things that are not necessarily anything to do with Zen.
Old Bob...kind of...: Tales of Old Bob.
The SeaDown dropt the breeze, the sails dropt down,
'Twas sad as sad could be;
And we did speak only to break
The silence of the sea! : Oh I do like to be beside the seaside...
The Second Last Castyou have reached the end of the internet, go outside and play...there is always more than one 'last cast'...
The Third Last Castyou have reached the end of the internet, go outside and play...and often more than two.
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At the last count, in 2020, 'anotherangler.net' had 52 pages.
Strictly speaking that is 48 different filters applied to the same data set, currently at around 1,403 entries. But still.
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