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

December 9, 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...

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...

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...

February 28, 2019

I go through phases of reading books. If a book interests me in the first few chapters I'll usually finish it. I read one of Dick Walker's books over Christmas which I really enjoyed and definitely recommend. As I didn't get to the waters edge this month, I went back t...

January 31, 2019

If you're going to break your new year's resolution, January is as good a month as any to do it! I told myself I would go fishing every month in 2019. Unfortunately, not being well and bad weather, blah blah blah meant it didn't happen.

On the bright side, another resol...

December 31, 2018

Another year has passed fellow Piscators, and although I didn't get the opportunity to wet a line as much as I'd have liked, I did make my first video. Also, I bought some interesting vintage tackle, fished on the Norfolk Broads and once again, I took part in a Charity...

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