reading this article reminded me that i shouldnt feel like an outcast for not feeling the urge to take my fishing up a level and just enjoying it for what it is.dont get me wrong i always feel there is room for improvement which is sometimes provided by magazines but there is always the tendancy to over complicate things and to neglect what i get from fishing which is a relaxing day away from the office stresses and strains.
I am sure that a few of you will remember Angling Times in the 50s and 60s as well as the early green pages of Anglers Mail, and Anglers World and even Angling Telegraph.
In those days, apart from the regular columns of **** Walker and Bernard Venables, the weekly nationals were written mainly by unsolicited freelance authors. Names that come to mind are Peter Stone, Arthur Oglesby, Tag Barnes, Jim Wheat, Eric J Taylor and many others. I myself also did regular features and centre spreads.
These were the halcyon days of angling journalism. The articles then contained truly vibrant writing, so different from today's cold clinical "how to do it" approach that seems to plug brands of tackle and promote the same old names week in week out.
It was explained to me some time ago that the young anglers of today are not taught creative English and writing at school any more. Therefore they would not be able to understand well written and descriptive prose.
The language of the nasty tabloids and the football terraces is all people understand today.
I guess that's why AT and AM are now produced that way.
I am new to FM, so pleased i found it, enjoying the letters immensely. Glad Jason mentioned the Magazine Creel, That tugged a few heart strings i can tell you . It was the first Mag i got into (thanks to my late father)regarding the beautiful art of fishing. I am sure that hidden in a closet down my mothers are all the editions of the said Mag. (she's a hoarder). On my way to find out , will keep you posted.