About The Tuesday Swim


The Tuesday Swim is photographer and film maker Nick Fallowfield-Cooper, who records the subtle side of  angling. To see more photographic work please take a look at http://www.nickfc.com.

13 thoughts on “About The Tuesday Swim”

  1. Mike Andrews said:

    Hello Mr Tadpole!
    Excellent site – found through TPBTW.
    Do you know who the old boys are in your picture up top?
    The fish in the top glass case: is it one of the North American fresh water Bass?
    Look fwd to hearing,
    All the best, Mike


    • Hi Barbelbonce, welcome!

      The pub in the background is the Trumpet, but that’s as far as I know of their origins?
      The fish does look very bass-like but I think it must be a perch?


  2. Hi – just a huge thank you for your write-up about Fennel’s Journal. It means a lot to me because, you’re right, it is a labour of love – both the writing process, the production (and costs), but most importantly the message it delivers.

    When I started writing the Journals back in 2006 (and many of the letters I sent to my friends prior to this) I felt like I was following a crusade to keep alive the values and traditions of angling. At times it felt like I was alone in doing so – the fever from A Passion for Angling had subsided, Waterlog was no longer edited by Chris Yates and there was a noticeable reduction in cane-users on the banks of my favourite rivers and lakes. The carbon cloud had mushroomed over angling once again and the trend in angling magazines had returned them to being boring, size-obsessed, tackle catalogues where the thought that it would be acceptable to enjoy fishing without catching fish put their corporate sponsors – and editors – into meltdown. There are two key chapters in the journal’s that deliver the ‘antidote’ message: first is in 2006’s ‘Meaning of Life’ edition in a chapter called ‘To Catch a Fish’ – where I decide that I can enjoy my day just as well by sitting in my fishing shed and thinking about fishing; the second is in the just-published 2009 ‘Upstream Dry’ edition where I wrote a chapter called ‘Looking Backwards, Going Forward’ which talks about the real reasons why tackle shops are full or carbon rods, and the choices anglers should make to ensure their fishing is true to their values and beliefs.

    Thankfully, there’s a resurgence of interest in traditional angling once again, through internet blogs like The Tuesday Swim. I raise a glass to you for doing this and proudly see you as a Friend of the Priory. I’m so very pleased to know and feel that I’m no longer alone in championing the message. Keep doing what you’re doing and together we might just turn a few heads.

    Kind regards



    • Hi Fennel,
      Thanks for your interesting reply. One thing I would say though the Tuesday Swim is not a crusade in favour of using cane rods or being ‘traditional’ in my approach to angling. If I said I owned a Shimano Aerlex 8000 you maybe surprised? (although you probably think what the hell am I talking about!)
      To be honest at times I find the cane and centre pin thing a little tiresome. I use such reels for the added enjoyment but certainly have no issues with the usage of carbon rod… horses for courses. My main problem I have with modern angling, like yourself, is attitude and the size and quantity obsessed angler and the pedigree of the fish that seem get caught these days on commercials.
      Keep the good work up
      The Tuesday Swim.


  3. Hi, thanks for leaving a comment about my carpspotting blog and for your kind words, I’ve just had a glance through your blog and I must say it certainly looks like the kind of thing I will thoroughly enjoy and find much of interest in. it appears we share quite a few of the same influences too. When I get a little more time I’ll have a proper read of it. Great pics by the way – those wildies are superb!
    All the best, Greg.


  4. Nice blog you have here. Been reading this for a while and enjoyed what I have seen & read. Keep up the good work anyway. It’s not like we have too many fishing blogs that are readable and not every blog mentioning at least 3 products and two baits. Anyhow, off with my ramblings. Wanted actually to email you, but couldn’t find your address anywhere. Maybe I am technologically challenged already at the age of 32. 🙂

    Best regards-
    Henrik (Finland)


  5. I really enjoyed having a good read of your site, TTS, which I stumbled upon using google. Your exploits of canal carp are brilliant, I too have tried and failed to pursue the monsters of the Basingstoke Canal, Hampshire. Some of the wildies you have caught on your adventures are beautiful also. Your entries have a very refreshing feel to them, they made me reconsider my own style of angling – so a big thank you to you for writing them.

    All the best, Callum.


    • Dear Callum,

      Thanks for the kind words, keeping it simple and mobile has been my take on things for the last few years. My tackle bag gets lighter as each season passes.




  6. Sir Jolly Blankalot said:

    Hey there

    I just stumbled on this web site by accident and I must say, I’m really impressed. First I wasn’t sure if the site was actually from another century or not – I love your style. An enjoyable and very inspiring read.



  7. Hi Nick

    Not sure if others got the Moon and the Sledgehammer reference, but as a fellow angler and fan of more esoteric film, one that is much appreciated! I can well imagine the Page family haunting one of the woods a young Petley traverses through in the early chapters of his book.

    All the best


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