The one that landed Clarissa

The B. James & Sons Rods forum.
Post Reply
User avatar
Woodytia
Grayling
Posts: 684
Joined: Sun Feb 12, 2012 4:34 pm

The one that landed Clarissa

Post by Woodytia » Tue Feb 16, 2016 4:41 pm

I'm not sure how many members listen to the Sunday morning angling programme on Talksport, but I was interested to hear that the Richard Walker's rod that landed Clarissa has a new owner, needless to say it is value precludes actual use, but I for one would love to see it just to compare it with the production rods that were made as a result of its creators success.

User avatar
Santiago
Salmon
Posts: 8389
Joined: Thu Mar 08, 2012 2:30 pm
Location: Berks

Re: The one That Landed Clarissa

Post by Santiago » Tue Feb 16, 2016 5:10 pm

The rod in question actually landed a carp that Richard Walker named Ravioli. The carp in question was taken to London Zoo where it was, for reasons unknown to me, re-named Clarissa, and was kept there until it died, but I don't think whilst it was called Clarissa and in the care of the zoo that anyone caught it with rod and line. Apologies for being pedantic!!
"....he felt the gentle touch on the line and he was happy"

Hemingway

User avatar
Snape
Bailiff
Posts: 9031
Joined: Sun Sep 04, 2011 11:52 am
Location: North Oxfordshire
Contact:

Re: The one That Landed Clarissa

Post by Snape » Tue Feb 16, 2016 5:13 pm

This is a surprise if true.
I would be interested to hear what Chris Ball has to say.... :Confused:
Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing it is not fish they are after.
~Henry David Thoreau

User avatar
Shaun Harrison
Rainbow Trout
Posts: 3354
Joined: Wed Aug 08, 2012 4:34 pm
Location: Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire Border
Contact:

Re: The one That Landed Clarissa

Post by Shaun Harrison » Tue Feb 16, 2016 5:18 pm

I was listening to Pete Thomas's account yesterday of him landing that fish for Dick as everyone called him. Unfortunately the rod never stopped Ravioli reaching the sanctuary of underwater brambles. In another interview I listened to afterwards by Richard 'Dick' Walker he went on to say how badly cut up Pete was after landing that fish. Cuts all over his chest and arms. Quick thinking by Thomas was what landed Walker's record. Now whilst we are questioning names. The Carp Catchers Club referred to each other by their surname only.

User avatar
Shaun Harrison
Rainbow Trout
Posts: 3354
Joined: Wed Aug 08, 2012 4:34 pm
Location: Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire Border
Contact:

Re: The one That Landed Clarissa

Post by Shaun Harrison » Tue Feb 16, 2016 5:40 pm

Snape wrote:This is a surprise if true.
I would be interested to hear what Chris Ball has to say.... :Confused:
Chris Sandford has purchased it. Good it has gone to a proper genuine collector and angler who actually uses and appreciates traditional gear too. It can now sit at the side of its brother that was owned by B.B.

Interesting that Chris has commissioned 2 copies to be made for him to fish with which would indicate the commercially available Mk IV's were different to Walker's own MkIV.

User avatar
Mushy
Arctic Char
Posts: 1639
Joined: Sat Mar 02, 2013 8:56 pm
Location: Surrey

Re: The one That Landed Clarissa

Post by Mushy » Tue Feb 16, 2016 6:25 pm

Would be interested to know the rodmaker Shaun, I suspect he may be at the start of a very lucrative commercial venture !!
Best Fishes
Mushy

User avatar
Snape
Bailiff
Posts: 9031
Joined: Sun Sep 04, 2011 11:52 am
Location: North Oxfordshire
Contact:

Re: The one That Landed Clarissa

Post by Snape » Tue Feb 16, 2016 6:29 pm

Mushy wrote:Would be interested to know the rodmaker Shaun, I suspect he may be at the start of a very lucrative commercial venture !!
Our very own Andrew Davis does already make exact replicas of the 'Clarissa' rod and J.T has the first one that was made and he has caught a Redmire carp with it. :)
Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing it is not fish they are after.
~Henry David Thoreau

User avatar
Harry H
Arctic Char
Posts: 1903
Joined: Sat Sep 01, 2012 10:04 pm
Location: Rayne, Essex

Re: The one That Landed Clarissa

Post by Harry H » Tue Feb 16, 2016 6:56 pm

Santiago wrote:The rod in question actually landed a carp that Richard Walker named Ravioli. The carp in question was taken to London Zoo where it was, for reasons unknown to me, re-named Clarissa, and was kept there until it died, but I don't think whilst it was called Clarissa and in the care of the zoo that anyone caught it with rod and line. Apologies for being pedantic!!
Ravioli/Clarissa at London Zoo


Image
There are three things that improve with age: wine, friendship and water sense, and there's no short cut.
Anthony Shepherdson

User avatar
AshbyCut
Honorary Vice President
Posts: 9330
Joined: Sun May 06, 2012 1:27 am
Location: North Warwickshire
Contact:

Re: The one That Landed Clarissa

Post by AshbyCut » Tue Feb 16, 2016 7:04 pm

Delighted that, if true, the rod is now with Mr. Sandford. A Gentleman, as evidenced by his act of kindness in holding the door open for, and offering help to, a certain TFF member (ok, t'was I) at a Redditch Fair when others let it close on him. :Hat:
"Beside the water I discovered (or maybe rediscovered) the quiet. The sort of quiet that allows one to be woven into the tapestry of nature instead of merely standing next to it." Estaban.

http://www.AshbyCut.com

User avatar
Shaun Harrison
Rainbow Trout
Posts: 3354
Joined: Wed Aug 08, 2012 4:34 pm
Location: Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire Border
Contact:

Re: The one That Landed Clarissa

Post by Shaun Harrison » Tue Feb 16, 2016 7:48 pm

Mushy wrote:Would be interested to know the rodmaker Shaun, I suspect he may be at the start of a very lucrative commercial venture !!
Retired from it and doesn't want anyone knowing he is making more. :Hat:

Post Reply

Return to “B. James & Sons Cane Rods”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests