"BB's birthday"

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"BB's birthday"

Post by Jardine » Tue Jul 25, 2017 6:19 am

"BB" was born on this day in 1905, he was was one of the most influential British fishing authors of the 20 th century.
"Confessions of a Carp Fisher" is still one of my favorite fishing books. I don't think that any other book has come close to capturing the magic of the early days of carp fishing.
I still have my copy from 1973 that my sister got me as a Christmas present. I used to see it in the bookcase at Ashpoles of Islington and I longed to have a copy. My sister knew this and got it for me, I read it over the Christmas holidays and was totally hooked.
A big thank you "BB".

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Post by Mark » Tue Jul 25, 2017 7:11 am

Yes it is a lovely book, I think its about time I read it again.

A toast is called for tonight. :cheers:
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Post by RBTraditional » Tue Jul 25, 2017 7:36 am

BB, country gentleman and fine author :cheers:
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Post by Dave Burr » Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:56 am

Amen to that.

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Post by Fredline » Tue Jul 25, 2017 1:43 pm

As my wife often says "Who are you toasting now?"
BB today, hopefully another anniversary tomorrow.
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Post by Capebreton » Tue Jul 25, 2017 1:57 pm

will toast tonight, as a child got fishermans bedside book as a gift,read it again and again

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Post by Snape » Tue Jul 25, 2017 3:40 pm

He's pretty much at the top of my list of angling greats I would have liked to have met. Happy Birthday BB :Hat:

I was fortunate enough to buy a copy of the 1st Ed of Confessions of a Carp Fisher, 30 years ago from a book seller who didn't know what it was and as it wasn't yet priced said you can have it for £3 and then gave be an extra 10% discount! :Happy:
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Post by Rutland Rod » Tue Jul 25, 2017 6:39 pm

Thanks Jardine for reminding us, I will raise my glass to B.B
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Post by Paul D » Tue Jul 25, 2017 7:16 pm

Gone but never forgotten, :cheers:
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Post by AshbyCut » Tue Jul 25, 2017 7:25 pm

You'd never guess it ... :Wink: ...but I simply love the lines in his excellent book 'Confessions of a Carp Fisher' ... "I believe there are some who fish for nothing but gudgeon. (Gudgeon scratching used to be a popular pastime on the Thames when anglers wore blazers and straw hats.) All are river men and rather nice, fond of summer evenings and camp sheathings, willows and weedy scented weirs, and a tall glass of ale at the day's end. They (the gudgeon snatchers) are, I think, a partly vanished race."

Fortunately, only partly ... there are a few of us left, if you know where to find us ... and I, for one, will be raising a glass tonight !!! :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.


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