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

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...

July 31, 2019

As I didn't get out fishing this month I thought I'd share a few vintage items I sold this month for a few quid online. A job lot of old Silstar reels sold for spares/repairs. The FT 33 (left) was missing its handle, the FX 40 (middle) the handle didn’t tighten and the...

June 30, 2019

Although it was the start of the season this month, unfortunately I didn't get the chance to wet a line. Even though my partner and I enjoyed a ten day holiday driving round Scotland and passing all that water! Maybe next time we go to Scotland I'll sneak a rod and som...

May 31, 2019

As I've said before, fishing sessions are like buses, and this month I managed three very enjoyable and productive sessions.

For my first session I went to Robin Wood Fishery. I float fished my Redmayne & Todd rod and Mitchell Match reel, with red maggots on a size 14 h...

April 30, 2019

After three months of 2019 without fishing, I finally managed to wet a line, my New Year's resolution royally broken! During the Easter weekend I headed to local Birch House Fishery. The day was bright, warm and sunny, one of the first of the year. Temperatures reachin...

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