Lee Morris, the guy from whom my family purchased this iconic rod, has been immensely helpful. Without any hesitation, or prompting from me, he has researched the reel that Dick Walker used to capture Clarissa and has sent his findings, via my comment facility, and allowed me to discover more about the present that my family have given me. He has also been very supportive in his attitude to the rod and how I should enjoy my tenure - it is there to be used, so go fishing!
I don't know the previous owners, Lee is a collector and dealer, I can't possibly know the stories that this fishing rod could tell - but I do know that whilst it remains in my custody, every fish, every reel that is fitted, what line, what rig, what hook size - you get the picture - will be recorded and be available to Benno when, in due course, he becomes the custodian of this wondrous piece of UK angling history. Statistical process control and those mathematical tools I was given during my Unilever years will now be used to provide my own history to an icon which has already got over half a century of events in the bag!
|A Chub like this will do very nicely for a start.|
I foresee quite a few shots of yours truly, grinning like a Cheshire cat, fish in hand with a
split cane rod and vintage reel combo propped on one shoulder!