Welcome to The Retro Angler’s monthly vintage fishing blog, including some hopefully interesting information and useful links. Tight lines!

May 31, 2020

After an unwelcome hiatus we can now all enjoy our fishing again. The joy! With a few days of May left and some places closed due Carp spawning I went to Allestree Lake with my twelve foot, 3 section float rod, Ambidex 2 reel, a pint of red maggots and float fished. No...

April 30, 2020

And so the lockdown continues. I love fishing but it's when you can't do something you love that you realise just how much you enjoy it and what you get out of it.

If idle time can't be spent idly on the bank then at least I can spend it in my shed. As with last month,...

March 31, 2020

Well, as the world is currently in 'Lockdown' I, like all other anglers in the UK sadly aren't able to go fishing. I have, however, been busy in my shed making things from wood to pass the time and keep busy.

I enjoyed woodwork at school and since buying a shed about 3...

February 29, 2020

I didn't manage to get fishing this month, however, I did find this gem. An edition of Old Country with Jack Hargreaves which I vividly remember watching at lunchtime when I was young. In this episode Jack talks about a poachers rod he owned during the war and a film o...

January 31, 2020

For the first blog of 2020 I've entered a new age! I recently bought a new action camera and microphone and after much procrastinating I've finally made another video and this video features me talking!

December 31, 2019

This final month of the year was busy with work, Christmas and of course, family, so fishing took a backseat to the festivities. I did spend some time in my shed preparing tackle for the new year though and took a picture of my vintage rod pod which I'll be using in th...

November 30, 2019

I didn't get chance to go fishing this month due to the weather and being busy doing other things. One of those 'things' was refurbishing a Garcia Mitchell 300 reel I bought for £3 at a antique fair over the summer.

The reel had a lot of paint loss and once I'd taken it...

October 31, 2019

A 9 foot Daiwa Matchman ledger rod sold this month.

It's been at least 18 months since I fished the canal, so it was good to get back to one of my favourite stretches of the cut. I went to Willington on the Trent & Mersey Canal and found my usual spot, where the towpath...

September 30, 2019

This months blog starts at Kilburn Lake with my friend Dan, who lives nearby. He wanted to see if fishing was something he'd like to get into and was a helpful gillie and keen spectator. I started float fishing red maggots in the margins and landed a good few Roach, be...

August 31, 2019

This month I did something I'd not done for many years. Spending the night under canvas. I loaded up the car and went to Springwood Fisheries where I've fished many times before.

I arrived on a sunny Saturday morning, set up my tent, then headed to the top lake. After r...

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