If there is one pastime over others that has had millions upon millions of words written about its many facets, it has to be angling. Angling books tend to be split into two camps, the ‘how to’ and the ‘why do I do it and what a lovely place to do it in’ categories. But when it comes to angling magazines nearly all of them lie in the ‘how to’ editorial style. However, this type of content does have one grave repercussion, it encourages tackle firms to infiltrate the article with product placement, written by anglers who are tied into contracts. The outcome is sterile, advertorial pieces that suit the tackle industry and not the reader.
Fallon’s Anglers is a magazine that goes against the grain which has been put together by an interesting gentleman called Garret Fallon who has bravely decided “what the hell, I’m going to do this myself.” Garret has managed to get a group of distinguished writers and some lesser known writers like myself to put together a collection of words and images. The content covers all disciplines and is varied, often personal, but always interesting and occasionally funny but certainly not portrayed as being pompous and self-righteous. Issue one has over 28,000 words accompanied with images by writers such as Jon Day, Tom Fort, Kevin Parr and Chris Yates.
To order a copy please go to http://fallonsangler.net/ and try something new.
Thank God for Fallon and your good self, I look forward to acquiring a copy.
Am I right in thinking that one of your articles was included in ‘Fallons Angler’ ?
The tuesday swim said:
Yes indeed, my two-penny worth is in there. ‘Fishing from home and afar’ is the piece
I thought so, Nick. As I read the piece, some of the details clicked in my mind, and it occurred to me that I had been reading about the Lea, written in much the same style, for some time.
Could I ask a favour? I want to try and get to grips with the Lea, both river and navigation. Can you point me at any up to date information about access, clubs, etc. etc.??
The tuesday swim said:
In short it access to the Lower Lea is a grey area, the Navigation around Victoria Park, Limehouse and up towards Tottenham is on the Canals and River Trust Wanders ticket (£20 per year) But E20 angling also claim fishing rights from Old Ford Lock to Limehouse (also £20 per year) there is some ‘legals’ going on at present.
The Lower river Lea used to be the LAA but that has disbanded so I have been told you can fish without any permit just a rod license but this was from the Lea Valley Park bailiff.
Beyond Tottenham I have noticed a new sign up promoting the Lea Angler Club (LAC) again £20 per year I believe.
Basically it is a bit of a unclear stretch of water when it comes to permits.
Hope this helps!