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Fennel’s JournalTraditional Angling

Traditional Angling celebrates the Waltonian values of angling: about fishing in a seasonal and uncompetitive way, for the pure pleasure of being beside water. It wears its heart on its sleeve and a wildflower in its lapel. It’s passionate, provocative and eccentric. Written by traditional angler and lifestyle author Fennel Hudson, it's for those who appreciate the aesthetics of angling and uphold its sporting traditions. As such, it appeals to both fly and bait fishers, and to non-anglers as well. So, with great enthusiasm, raise your bamboo rods aloft for an adventure that proves there’s more to fishing than catching fish.

  • Contents

    Chapters

    1. Introduction – The differences between traditional and modern angling.
    2. Traditional Sense – What makes a traditional angler?
    3. Faith in the Future – Fennel remembers some kind words. Read sample chapter.
    4. Return to Woodwater Pool – Fennel rediscovers BB's famous lake.
    5. A Wheeze before Teatime – How the Golden Scale Club ended their fishing season.
    6. Season's End – A time to be happy or sad?
    7. To Catch a Fish – Fennel explains the appeal and eccentricity of angling.
    8. The Custodians of Traditional Angling – Fennel's plans for a traditional angling syndicate
    9. An Absolute Blank? – Fennel discusses traditional angling with his angling hero.
    10. Real Ale and the Meaning of Life – What really happens on the Golden Scale Club opening night.
    11. The Adventures of Smelly Brown – A bait for traditional anglers.
    12. Classic Tench – Fennel fishes an estate lake in Shropshire. Read sample chapter.
    13. A Gather at the Dorset Stour – A late night invitation sees Fennel fish with friends.
    14. The Silent Hunt – Fennel 'fishes' for mushrooms.
    15. Six Sides to Every Story – Split cane rods appear different after too much port.
    16. Angler's Dispatch – A revolution in angling?
    17. Pike! – Fennel searches for a feisty female.
    18. Frozen – Fennel pioneers the art of snow fishing for carp.
    19. A Reel for Christmas – Fennel is presented with a Richard Carter centrepin.
    20. The Edward Barder Interview – Fennel interviews a master rod builder. Read abridged chapter.
    21. The Last Cast – The pleasure of angling? It's not about catching fish.

    Publication details

    Published by Fennel’s Priory Limited. Global book distribution by Ingram.

    • First shared as handwritten letters in 2010
    • Limited edition collectors' magazine published in 2012
    • Abridged eBook published in 2013
    • Extended version in hardback and paperback published in 2017
    • Audiobook published in 2018

    Book specification

    • Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 16 mm (8 x 5.5 x 0.5 in)
    • Page count: 224 pages
    • Language: English

    Copyright © Fennel Hudson 2010, 2017

    • Hardback ISBN 978-1-909947-22-1
    • Paperback ISBN 978-1-909947-23-8
    • eBook ISBN 978-1-909947-21-4
    • Kindle ISBN 978-1-909947-20-7
    • Audiobook download ISBN 978-1-909947-88-7
    • Audiobook CD ISBN 978-1-909947-89-4

    A CIP catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library.


     

  • Commentary

    Fennel's Commentary

    Traditional Angling was written in 2010 to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of BB's Confessions of a Carp Fisher, the book that set me on the path to fishing in a traditional manner. 2010 also marked the 10th Anniversary of the passing of Peter Stone, an angling friend of mine. This anniversary, combined with that of Confessions, made me think about traditional angling – what it is, why it exists and how it plays a central role in the life of an old-fashioned countryman like me.

    It includes a mixture of angling history, discussions about mind-set, tackle, adventure, and even includes an interview with master split cane rod maker Edward Barder. The journal reflects our need for a slower existence and conveys the message that catching fish is coincidental to the enjoyment of spending time by water. It's passionate, provocative and eccentric. It's designed to make you think: about your angling, and what it means to you and the people around you.

    Traditional Angling was the most eagerly-anticipated edition of Fennel's Journal. It is unashamedly biased towards Waltonian values and the sporting ethics taught to me by my friends and mentors Bernard Venables and Chris Yates. While the specimen angling world follows Richard Walker's example (targeting big fish and looking to be ever-more efficient in the process of fishing) traditional anglers adopt a softer approach to their sport.

    Since it was written, Traditional Angling has developed something of a cult following, with my friends calling it 'The Bible' of traditional angling. Maybe this is because I didn't refrain from tackling some important issues, and that my passion for sporting ethics shone through. Although I'm proud of the work, I'm too modest to refer to it as a bible. I prefer to call it my 'Ladder to the Moon'. (You'll need to read the book to understand what this means.)


     

  • Quotes

    Favourite Quote

    "Physics teaches us that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction: a natural balance of energy that sustains the equilibrium of life. In modern angling, these forces are skewed so far in favour of technology that the balance between science and art has been lost. But there is a movement, an undercurrent that defies the flow of progress. There are those who choose not to follow the crowd. They seek not to fish in a predictable, scientific manner. They yearn for the opposite, to buck the trend, to be different. They are the Traditional Anglers."

    • Fennel Hudson, Traditional Angling, Fennel's Journal No. 6

    Traditional Angling quotes

    Angling is a mindset, so have you set your mind? Fennel Hudson author quote

    Angling is a recreation. It's supposed to be fun. Fennel Hudson author quote

    Catching fish. Fennel Hudson author quote

    A traditionalist's values are gleaned from all that is good in the past. Fennel Hudson author quote.

    Could an angler go fishing. Fennel Hudson author quote

    Those with traditional sense will follow what their heart tells them is right. Fennel Hudson author quote.

    A million and one ways to enjoy a day's angling. Catching fish. Fennel Hudson author quote

    The act of fishing. Fennel Hudson author quote

    Traditional angling. Fennel Hudson author quote

    Angling sport. Fennel Hudson author quote

    Opportunity to fish. Fishing, angling. Fennel Hudson author quote


    Nature quotes

    Nature quote, Enjoy the contented silence. Fennel Hudson author quote

    Time alone, to fish for things others can't see. Fennel Hudson author quote.

    Reveal the timeless beauty of Nature's special places. Fennel Hudson author quote

    Seeks and see beauty in the watery world. Fennel Hudson author quote


    Individuality & identity quotes

    be traditional and proud. Fennel Hudson author quote.

    Break free from the flock to avoid the predictable midsummer haircut. Fennel Hudson author quote.

    Don't lose yourself in the fog of normality. Fennel Hudson author quote.

    Listen to your heart, not your head. Fennel Hudson author quote.

    Playing safe will rarely get you noticed. Fennel Hudson author quote.

    Buck the trend. Be different. Fennel Hudson author quote.

    There's no right or wrong, beautiful and what is not. Fennel Hudson author quote.

    Stand up for your beliefs, and be different. Fennel Hudson author quote.

    Be different. Fennel Hudson author quote.

    Lifestyle quotes

    Be seasonal, ethical and gentle. Fennel Hudson author quote.

    Being gentle doesn't stop us fighting for our dreams. Fennel Hudson author quote.

    You need energy and purpose to become the person you're destined to be. Be seasonal, ethical and gentle. Fennel Hudson author quote.

    Have a dream in your head and a fire in your heart. Be seasonal, ethical and gentle. Fennel Hudson author quote.

    I wish for a simple life. Fennel Hudson author quote.

    Dusk writing quote. Fennel Hudson author quote.

    Nurture a desire to be free from the clock. Fennel Hudson author quote.

    Preserve the spirit of a 'lost' age, when time moved slower. Fennel Hudson author quote.

    Savour a slow-paced contented life. Fennel Hudson author quote.

    Believe in something important. Pursue it wholeheartedly. Fennel Hudson author quote.

    Soar to heights where you may see the world from a new perspective. Fennel Hudson author quote.

    There should be no urgency. Fennel Hudson author quote.

    You gotta look backwards to go forward. Fennel Hudson author quote.

    Your actions and values define you. Fennel Hudson author quote.


    Fennel's most popular quotes can be seen at his Pinterest board.

     

  • Testimonials

    Reader Testimonials

    “A beautifully written, very engaging and hugely enjoyable read. In fact, it’s the best thing on fishing I’ve read in a long time.”

    “What a Journal! Fennel is clearly the spiritual successor to his mentor – the great Bernard Venables. There’s so much wisdom and craftsmanship in his writing. Bernard clearly taught him very well.”

    “Wonderful, atmospheric, writing. I had to ration myself so not to let the moments go too quickly.”

    “I loved reading Traditional Angling. I knew it would be good, and was not disappointed. I couldn’t put it down until I finished.”


     

Chapters

  1. Introduction – The differences between traditional and modern angling.
  2. Traditional Sense – What makes a traditional angler?
  3. Faith in the Future – Fennel remembers some kind words. Read sample chapter.
  4. Return to Woodwater Pool – Fennel rediscovers BB's famous lake.
  5. A Wheeze before Teatime – How the Golden Scale Club ended their fishing season.
  6. Season's End – A time to be happy or sad?
  7. To Catch a Fish – Fennel explains the appeal and eccentricity of angling.
  8. The Custodians of Traditional Angling – Fennel's plans for a traditional angling syndicate
  9. An Absolute Blank? – Fennel discusses traditional angling with his angling hero.
  10. Real Ale and the Meaning of Life – What really happens on the Golden Scale Club opening night.
  11. The Adventures of Smelly Brown – A bait for traditional anglers.
  12. Classic Tench – Fennel fishes an estate lake in Shropshire. Read sample chapter.
  13. A Gather at the Dorset Stour – A late night invitation sees Fennel fish with friends.
  14. The Silent Hunt – Fennel 'fishes' for mushrooms.
  15. Six Sides to Every Story – Split cane rods appear different after too much port.
  16. Angler's Dispatch – A revolution in angling?
  17. Pike! – Fennel searches for a feisty female.
  18. Frozen – Fennel pioneers the art of snow fishing for carp.
  19. A Reel for Christmas – Fennel is presented with a Richard Carter centrepin.
  20. The Edward Barder Interview – Fennel interviews a master rod builder. Read abridged chapter.
  21. The Last Cast – The pleasure of angling? It's not about catching fish.

Publication details

Published by Fennel’s Priory Limited. Global book distribution by Ingram.

  • First shared as handwritten letters in 2010
  • Limited edition collectors' magazine published in 2012
  • Abridged eBook published in 2013
  • Extended version in hardback and paperback published in 2017
  • Audiobook published in 2018

Book specification

  • Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 16 mm (8 x 5.5 x 0.5 in)
  • Page count: 224 pages
  • Language: English

Copyright © Fennel Hudson 2010, 2017

  • Hardback ISBN 978-1-909947-22-1
  • Paperback ISBN 978-1-909947-23-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-909947-21-4
  • Kindle ISBN 978-1-909947-20-7
  • Audiobook download ISBN 978-1-909947-88-7
  • Audiobook CD ISBN 978-1-909947-89-4

A CIP catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library.


 

Fennel's Commentary

Traditional Angling was written in 2010 to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of BB's Confessions of a Carp Fisher, the book that set me on the path to fishing in a traditional manner. 2010 also marked the 10th Anniversary of the passing of Peter Stone, an angling friend of mine. This anniversary, combined with that of Confessions, made me think about traditional angling – what it is, why it exists and how it plays a central role in the life of an old-fashioned countryman like me.

It includes a mixture of angling history, discussions about mind-set, tackle, adventure, and even includes an interview with master split cane rod maker Edward Barder. The journal reflects our need for a slower existence and conveys the message that catching fish is coincidental to the enjoyment of spending time by water. It's passionate, provocative and eccentric. It's designed to make you think: about your angling, and what it means to you and the people around you.

Traditional Angling was the most eagerly-anticipated edition of Fennel's Journal. It is unashamedly biased towards Waltonian values and the sporting ethics taught to me by my friends and mentors Bernard Venables and Chris Yates. While the specimen angling world follows Richard Walker's example (targeting big fish and looking to be ever-more efficient in the process of fishing) traditional anglers adopt a softer approach to their sport.

Since it was written, Traditional Angling has developed something of a cult following, with my friends calling it 'The Bible' of traditional angling. Maybe this is because I didn't refrain from tackling some important issues, and that my passion for sporting ethics shone through. Although I'm proud of the work, I'm too modest to refer to it as a bible. I prefer to call it my 'Ladder to the Moon'. (You'll need to read the book to understand what this means.)


 

Favourite Quote

"Physics teaches us that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction: a natural balance of energy that sustains the equilibrium of life. In modern angling, these forces are skewed so far in favour of technology that the balance between science and art has been lost. But there is a movement, an undercurrent that defies the flow of progress. There are those who choose not to follow the crowd. They seek not to fish in a predictable, scientific manner. They yearn for the opposite, to buck the trend, to be different. They are the Traditional Anglers."

  • Fennel Hudson, Traditional Angling, Fennel's Journal No. 6

Traditional Angling quotes

Angling is a mindset, so have you set your mind? Fennel Hudson author quote

Angling is a recreation. It's supposed to be fun. Fennel Hudson author quote

Catching fish. Fennel Hudson author quote

A traditionalist's values are gleaned from all that is good in the past. Fennel Hudson author quote.

Could an angler go fishing. Fennel Hudson author quote

Those with traditional sense will follow what their heart tells them is right. Fennel Hudson author quote.

A million and one ways to enjoy a day's angling. Catching fish. Fennel Hudson author quote

The act of fishing. Fennel Hudson author quote

Traditional angling. Fennel Hudson author quote

Angling sport. Fennel Hudson author quote

Opportunity to fish. Fishing, angling. Fennel Hudson author quote


Nature quotes

Nature quote, Enjoy the contented silence. Fennel Hudson author quote

Time alone, to fish for things others can't see. Fennel Hudson author quote.

Reveal the timeless beauty of Nature's special places. Fennel Hudson author quote

Seeks and see beauty in the watery world. Fennel Hudson author quote


Individuality & identity quotes

be traditional and proud. Fennel Hudson author quote.

Break free from the flock to avoid the predictable midsummer haircut. Fennel Hudson author quote.

Don't lose yourself in the fog of normality. Fennel Hudson author quote.

Listen to your heart, not your head. Fennel Hudson author quote.

Playing safe will rarely get you noticed. Fennel Hudson author quote.

Buck the trend. Be different. Fennel Hudson author quote.

There's no right or wrong, beautiful and what is not. Fennel Hudson author quote.

Stand up for your beliefs, and be different. Fennel Hudson author quote.

Be different. Fennel Hudson author quote.

Lifestyle quotes

Be seasonal, ethical and gentle. Fennel Hudson author quote.

Being gentle doesn't stop us fighting for our dreams. Fennel Hudson author quote.

You need energy and purpose to become the person you're destined to be. Be seasonal, ethical and gentle. Fennel Hudson author quote.

Have a dream in your head and a fire in your heart. Be seasonal, ethical and gentle. Fennel Hudson author quote.

I wish for a simple life. Fennel Hudson author quote.

Dusk writing quote. Fennel Hudson author quote.

Nurture a desire to be free from the clock. Fennel Hudson author quote.

Preserve the spirit of a 'lost' age, when time moved slower. Fennel Hudson author quote.

Savour a slow-paced contented life. Fennel Hudson author quote.

Believe in something important. Pursue it wholeheartedly. Fennel Hudson author quote.

Soar to heights where you may see the world from a new perspective. Fennel Hudson author quote.

There should be no urgency. Fennel Hudson author quote.

You gotta look backwards to go forward. Fennel Hudson author quote.

Your actions and values define you. Fennel Hudson author quote.


Fennel's most popular quotes can be seen at his Pinterest board.

 

Reader Testimonials

“A beautifully written, very engaging and hugely enjoyable read. In fact, it’s the best thing on fishing I’ve read in a long time.”

“What a Journal! Fennel is clearly the spiritual successor to his mentor – the great Bernard Venables. There’s so much wisdom and craftsmanship in his writing. Bernard clearly taught him very well.”

“Wonderful, atmospheric, writing. I had to ration myself so not to let the moments go too quickly.”

“I loved reading Traditional Angling. I knew it would be good, and was not disappointed. I couldn’t put it down until I finished.”


 

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