Days and Ways....

SPLENDID DAY AT THE LAND'S END PUB

I must confess, we members of the Traditional Fisherman's Forum might come across as a little eccentric to the general public, and if so, then Sunday's gathering at the Land's End pub in Twyford was a celebration of eccentricity en masse.

The Forum  is a loose association of like-minded individuals where members are better known to each other by their "avatar" names. So, I am - for a long-winded reason best kept to myself - usually known as Farlies Birthday, and then there is Ashby Cut and Fennel, and Snape, and Loop Erinder..

Then there is also the excellent Sweetcorn Kid and Blue Label.... you get the general idea?   

It is not that we are not serious fisherman; it is just that time has left us behind somewhat, and we are content to wave it on, while surrounded by cane rods and centrepin reels and Mitchells, and while the talk resounds of stuffed fish, wild carp and crafy old pike or barbel.

I wish we could meet up every week like this. Victorian clubs had their favourite "locals" and let us be honest, you could not wish for a finer, more suitable angling pub than the Land's End, a true riverside delight.

Where else can you gaze on stuffed leviathans from bygone days, include 50lb carp, a 40lb pike, a 22lb bream and a 14lb tench?

Some of these mighty fish were found floating dead, and so the pub is a suitably venerable and respectful afterlife for them!

The beer flowed, especially for me - I had a little too much - but the chat and the company was excellent. I would not have missed it for the world! I can't wait for next year!

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01.02 | 09:19

No Chris, it's the Dudmaston Estate, and the Kinver Freeliners who have the fishing have a long waiting list...but it's worth getting your name down...

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31.01 | 16:08

Is this a day ticket venue

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25.01 | 18:49

He had a very long common at Redmire - and yes, that had to be a Leney. It could have been nothing else.

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25.01 | 18:46

Different times and different values. Yes, they asked permission from McClean to remove fish.

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