Re: A Living Legend.....Bob Buteux
Posted: Mon Feb 29, 2016 10:07 am
Great memories, Bob is one of anglings true gentlemen. I always enjoy bumping into him at the shows and having the chat but feel real guilty I never caught up with him at Brentwood this last time. It wasn't until I was driving home that I realised I'd not escaped our stand and been over for a catch up.Thames Mudlarker wrote:I used to be a member of the chub study group and it was Bob who is the Vice President of the group that got me a pass into the group, nice fella is Bob, a few years back I was fishing at my club water at kings weir on the river lea, I've fished there now on and off for about 28 years for the huge chubThe Sweetcorn Kid wrote:I have had the good fortune of meeting Bob on a few occasions, a regular at the carp shows Bob can be found selling old books from his stand and is always willing to share a few stories. Be sure to visit him and have a natter next time your there, you’ll be glad you did.
This is where I first met Bob as at the time he had a very good chub on and could see that he was in difficulty
The fish had snagged him, so I got bobs net and used it to carefully prod about in the snag in front of where the fish had entered and with a bit of luck the fish came out,
Bob was specifically targeting the chub doing what he does best and that is touch ledgering, he had to be careful as he was on 4lb line, eventually Bob guided the fish towards his net where I netted it for him, after careful weighing the fish registered at 7lb 4oz on his brass salter scales
Bob was over whelmed to say the least, the gear Bob used was a custom built glass fly blank that he deliberately had made up with a full cork handle for his chub fishing and that I believe he had made up in the 50's in a shop I also believe to be around Edmonton north London, which could have possibly been dons of Edmonton.
He also used a small Mitchell possibly a 204,5 or 6 .
A couple of weeks had now gone buy and I phoned Bob for a general chat and to enquirer about his book called: full circle, it's a very good read about bobs full life history of fishing on the lea valley.
With this conversation Bob invited me up to his house for the day where I had dinner and spent the day in his study amongst probably in excess of about several hundred quality fishing books or more , I purchased a copy of bobs book and also gave me some photos of some of his big chub catchies from the lea ,
This is where I properly learnt how to touch ledger and seeming that Bob is probably one of the best touch ledger anglers in the country I certainly felt impressed and confident in what I was being taught.
All in all I've had a couple of decent days with who is regarded as one of Britains best chub ledgends