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This year has seen my involvement in the making of two films, the first Mr Green’s Rod was shot in Sussex with one of Britains most recognised and enigmatic anglers – Chris Yates, the second a much lesser known angler, in fact he pretty much lives as a recluse tucked away on the shores of Lough Derg in Ireland – his name Del Harding. In hindsight I see many parallels between the two men, both are writers, anglers, men of the old ways, both lifestyles are closely connected to the land and the rhythms of nature. The way they approach angling is also on an equal footing, it’s simple, they respond to the conditions, the light, wind direction, air pressure and temperature, if the conditions are favourable they pick up a rod. Time is a restrictive measure that appears to elude these two, it’s a quality that I really admire, to loose time is to gain freedom.
I have been criticised for promoting this way of life in the film about Del, ‘living off grid is irresponsible and we should not promote it!’ I suggest it is the freedom that Del represents that makes these rather small minded individuals feel uncomfortable, Del’s world is the only world he knows, he doesn’t do it to prove a point, it is purely the only way of life he is familiar with, it is an alternative way to live and for that reason I feel it is important to celebrate it. As we work harder on these films I feel the narrative grows stronger even if they are not to everyones taste, we don’t just want to do fishing films. Spending time with Del was a journey that took many years to conclude (I have written about the journey to Lough Derg in Issue 17 of Fallon’s Angler) and when I finally met Del the experience was purifying and reassuring, Del lived up to my expectations as a man who made a path outside the mainstream and he has stuck to it.
Moving forward we come closer to home and look at a film that focuses on the iconic roach, a film that will be more about fishing but still exploring the anglers relationship and how they read the landscape and their quarry. We hope to get this out before Christmas 2019. Further down the line we look at some new characters, ones that I feel duty bound to record. Fallon’s Angler and the films are growing as is our audience, keep tuning in as we delve deeper. You can subscribe for free to the Fallon’s Angler YouTube channel here.
David Walllbank said:
Hi Nick, interesting stuff. I fished in Ireland with a few mates in the 70’s staying a the Garnafailagh? Shooting lodge on the banks of Loch Coosan which was linked to Lock Kilinure and then onto Lough Ree, the Lodge was owned & run by Fred Carter and his wife Clare. On one visit Fred told us about a young fair haired angler who fish there, when his money ran out he reluctantly left but some months later he was found on (I think) swan island at the entrance to Loch Ree living on boiled Pike & Gulls eggs. I doubt if it was Del Harding but his story brought it to light and wondered if there was a connection. Cheers, David
The tuesday swim said:
You never know David it could have been Del although there was quite an exodus of ‘hippies’ looking for green space in Ireland around that time. Even now the area still has quite a population of alternative people left over form the 60’s and 70’s, thanks for commenting. Nick