Crikey, it was busy in 1915!

Watched a good traditional fishing DVD lately, why not talk about it in here.
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Crikey, it was busy in 1915!

Post by Shaun Harrison » Sat Dec 12, 2015 12:30 pm ... 20-1-1915/

A fishing match at Richmond, filmed in 1915.

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Post by Stathamender » Sat Dec 12, 2015 12:45 pm

"Note the heavy, unwieldy, poles compared with today’s light-weight fishing equipment."
Plus ca change......

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Post by Bob Brookes » Sat Dec 12, 2015 12:48 pm

Was that Dave Burr in the cap?
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Post by Gord » Sat Dec 12, 2015 12:50 pm

the speed at which they took off must mean it was a rover and I wouldn't of liked to have liked to have been at the back
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Post by Wallys-Cast » Sat Dec 12, 2015 1:05 pm

Brilliant Shaun, thanks for sharing. I did notice the lack of gear they were all not carting around, funny how we are always saying the lightweight approach is the best way to go.

Another great lesson from the past. :Thumb:


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Post by Danny Boy » Sat Dec 12, 2015 1:15 pm

are you sure that's from 1915 and not one of our tff day trips its hard to tell :whistle: ,and another question I wonder how much of that tackle is still around today? ,great bit of vintage footage shaun how things have changed not a bivvy nor a barrow in sight but still the odd sniff of the stong stuff on a cold morning :cold: .
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Post by Olly » Sat Dec 12, 2015 1:35 pm

It shows in a couple of frames anglers fishing from a punt - top right hand corner.
I wonder if they were members of the Francis Francis club who still venture out from Twickenham Embankment?

And could the rush be for what became "Hempseed Corner"?

Brilliant film - more please?

I have assumed that this was Richmond - upon-Thames!
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Post by Vole » Sat Dec 12, 2015 1:39 pm

The chap in the bowler in the final clip didn't seem too keen on being filmed - was he using a secret rig?
Also an interesting off-the-reel cast earlier on. Great find; thanks, Shaun.
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Post by AshbyCut » Sat Dec 12, 2015 1:57 pm

Lovely to see what a different bottle Dandelion and Burdock was sold in all those years ago. I'm sure that must have been what he was swigging ! ;-)

This reminded me of Capt. L. A. Parker, who won the 1919 A. B. Competition at Richmond when he was 19, and recounted in his book "This Angling, or Angling Arts and Artifices" (pub. Bennett Bros., Salisbury, 1948) :-

"There were nearly 500 of us and I am sure most used the pole. The A. B. Competition is not a 'pegged down' one so when the signal was given you should have seen the mad rush along the banks to the noted swims. The old boys stood little chance against the fleetfooted youngsters and seldom got the best swims, they had to rely on knowledge and experience to pull them through."
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Post by PeteD » Mon Dec 21, 2015 10:59 am

Wonderful. There is some really fascinating stuff in those BFI archives. With the magic of the internet it is all so much more accessible than ever before. Years ago I used to have to visit their film storage site in Warwickshire where they stored all the old highly unstable and flammable nitrate film in old underground bomb storage bunkers. Now that was an interesting place to look around.

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