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I began my angling journey, inspired and enthused by the articles I read in angling magazines. They weren’t as simplistic, over-hyped and advert laden as they are these days, and they certainly weren’t as colourful.

While there was a wealth of information contained within those hallowed pages, there was a lot of atmosphere too. Much more than there is now, and it was that which drove me on to try harder and enjoy more.

I will remember until the day I die a short article about the joys of autumn fishing that was illustrated with a single colour photograph of a gloriously red-topped, porcupine quill float nudging its way through the richly coloured leaves floating down a river. That was from my childhood some fifty or more years ago it was a remarkable feat by that author, whose name is long-forgotten, to produce something so memorable.

For a while I edited a magazine and during that time, I took from a fundamentally black and white publication to a colour one. I know that for one, my old mate Pete bemoaned the promotion of colour because he felt, quite rightly in my opinion, that very often the new doesn’t always add to the old but degrades many of its greatest qualities.

It is easy to fill pages with gloriously technicolour images and lose the atmosphere that was, indeed had to be generated by good writing. Rather in the way that comprehensive instruction manuals are now replaced by a few inadequate cartoons designed for the meanest understanding, many angling publications carry ‘buy this then do that’ articles. Self-promotion and equipment sales are the name of the game.   

The point of all this drivel is here. George Burton and I have been messing about with video in an effort to produce something that is informative and hopefully atmospheric enough to satisfy others of like mind. People who like to be there and are inclined to use methods and tackle that they find more pleasurable to use than necessarily state of the art.

I wouldn’t say we are there yet by any means, because it has turned out to be harder and far more time consuming than we probably thought it would be. We hope to make some more, after all we have a raft of ideas and because practice makes perfect, we hope they will become even better.

The hardest part is sacrificing an enormous amount of fishing and family time to do it and with that in mind, I have begun playing about with another approach for this website and the results of that first effort are here. If all goes well, over the course of this year, we could hopefully produce something a bit more current yet still inspires and informs, just like those old magazines of yore. Exciting times.  

I hope that you find my journal interesting and entertaining. If, having read this, you think that I am talking rubbish then at least you have stopped and thought about it long enough to come to that conclusion which is something of a result in my book. If you would like to comment on this article or anything else relating to my website, please feel free to contact me  at;
editor@ericweight.co.uk
 Feedback is always greatly appreciated and very helpful when it comes to improving both my site and my angling. Thank you for looking.
Please be aware that none of the contact forms on this site work any longer as the software company have withdrawn support for them. I am sorry for any inconvenience but removing them would involve far too much time and work and I would rather be fishing.
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