Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Market Finds No 23

"to remind you of the sport we both love so well" - what fine words indeed by the Skipper, fine roach man of the Hampshire Avon, Captain LA Parker. I know the coarse fishing season is now over and we bimble towards the opening of the trout season down here in Wessex (this weekend), but a recent market find needed recording.

I was lucky, some years ago, to purchase a signed copy of his fine book "This Fishing or Angling Arts and Artifices" which details his time angling for roach around Downton, Breamore and Fordingbridge from his base at The Bull Hotel in Downton (now a shadow of its former self I might add). This went very nicely with my old Bull Hotel fishing tie that does get an occasional airing by the river on special roach days!

More recently I managed to purchase a later edition of the book which has a lovely picture of The Skipper on the cover - what a fine and happy fellow he looks. A fine market find indeed.  


The Two Terriers said...

Sue and I used to visit the Bull regularly when we were in Ringwood in the early 70's, it was a great pub then. It needs new life breathing into it although we haven't been for a long time now.

The book would be a good read.


Dickie Straker said...

It was a lovely pub once TT, gone a bit plastic now, could be a great Avon fishermans pub again, just like the Bat & Ball once was. The book is superb, a great find. TTFN Dickie