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Environment agency – New Licences
The new images on our fishing
licences, created by renowned artist
David Miller, were revealed on 1st
March, and as usual David has produced some stunning images, which
really capture the beauty of the fish
we love to catch.
Here’s the story behind the new
The picture of the carp on the threerod coarse and trout licence is not just
any carp. On 13th September 1952 an
angler called Richard “Dick” Walker
landed a carp of 44lb, which beat the
previous record by nearly 13lb. The
fish, caught from Redmire Pool, was
taken to London Zoo aquarium where
she was named Clarissa (although
Dick himself called her Ravioli!).
Incredibly, the record stood until 1980
when it was beaten by a fish of 51½ lb
from the same water. To celebrate the
centenary of the birth of Dick Walker,
we are proud to portray his most
famous fish on our three-rod coarse
and trout licence.
Did you know?
Dick was born in 1918 in Hertfordshire and went on to become one of
the most influential anglers in this
country since Izaak Walton wrote
“The Compleat Angler” in 1653. He
was both skilled and passionate
about his angling and pioneered
many inventions that led to improvements in angling. Possibly the simplest but arguably most important
was the development of the ‘Arlesey
bomb’, a large rounded weight, which
he developed to fish the deeper water
in Arlesey Lake. He also developed
the first electronic bite alarms so
beloved of carp anglers today, and he
was heavily involved in the development of carbon fibre fishing rods.
Until he caught his record carp,
such big fish were considered by
many anglers as uncatchable. He
paved the way for future carp anglers
and passed his knowledge on through
the numerous books and other works
he published. He quite rightly is
known by many as the ‘father of mod-
ern angling’. Unfortunately, Dick
passed away in 1985 from cancer, but
his influence over the sport lives on in
his books and inventions that are still
used to this day.
Iconic gudgeon
The two-rod coarse and trout licence
now carries an image of “the schoolboy’s favourite” fish, the gudgeon.
Traditionally this small fish was the
first that many anglers, me included,
caught. That’s less true now than it
used to be with the rise of commercial
fisheries, but it seems appropriate as
we celebrate the history of angling
and Dick Walker that this iconic little
fish features on the two-rod coarse
and trout licence.
Celebrating salmon
The final new image we are unveiling
is the traditional, but spectacular,
view that springs to the mind of most
people when you mention the word
“salmon”, a beautiful sliver fish leaping up a waterfall. David Miller has
managed to capture this incredible
scene in amazing detail bringing the
true majesty of a fresh run salmon to
Good to know
Annual fishing licences now last for
12 months from your chosen start
date. If you get your licence from 1st
March 2018 onwards, it will feature
these new images.
Steve Chambers, Senior Partnerships Advisor, Environment Agency.
Mitchell Closes Down
Sadly, it’s become news that the name Mitchell is no more. Owners of the brand,
Pure Fishing, have closed the doors in Marignier, France for the last time. This is the
last 31 employees ever to work for Mitchell. Many anglers of my generation who
read BC would have used the Mitchell 300 or 410 for their carping during the 1960s
and 70s. They were the favoured reels over several decades and were perfect for
churners (letting the reel handle spin on the take). n


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