The Piscatorial Raconteurs & Friends – a season begins, the glorious 16th!

Issue No.VI June 16th 2022

1st Birthday Edition

The beguiling River

A note from the bothy

Not only is this the start of a coarse fishers season, it just so happens to be the Piscatorial Raconteurs & Friends 1st Birthday. If anyone had said last June we would be here publishing our 6th edition I am sure there would have been a few rye smiles with perhaps an alluding hint towards an ‘I wonder’……….

In this age of data convergence regarding web based statistics and demographics I can pleasingly inform you we are in fact doing splendidly. To think all this has materialised from the grain of an idea that has gathered such momentum and enthusiasm does still render me slightly miffed.

Whilst writing this brief note the kettle reminds me it has a whistle.

Relieving us both from the high pitched steam forcibly leaving the spout, I pour the water into the teapot and as it starts to brew. . . . .

. . . I cannot keep the following from crossing my mind….

‘Really how on earth has this happened?’

Well, there seems not a straight to the crux answer, but perhaps there are a few more than expected folk who enjoy the ’other’ things a visit to the waters edge can bring if one allows it to.

I‘m pleased to say that this issue continues the theme of variety and its virtual pages are full with content to satisfy most. Lastly we would like to thank you our readership for returning and by the looks of it spreading favourable mentions of this peaceful backwater to others.

Pallenpool, North Norfolk – June 2022


The Piscatorial Raconteurs & Friends – ‘being the quiet observations of Gentlemen Anglers

Within these pages you will find peace and warm reflection in what we believe is a quiet backwater. Here one can while away time sitting comfortably in a familiar armchair accompanied by a favoured tipple’… continue reading

A pin, cane & a dog named Yates

To celebrate our first year of publication, Pallenpool asked Micky if he would create some of his magic & produce a fitting 1st birthday treat for the order of Raconteurs.

He did & here’s the result . . . . .

Words are not enough, absolute perfection each one of them

A thought for the day

Crack willows in their first pale eclosion of emerald. The long pool is simmering with oily lights. Deep labour embodied under filmy spanglings. Oxygen boils its throat, and the new limbs flex and loosen.

Ted Hughes, River (edit) – 1983


The Raconteurs crafted wares are now available to purchase. From net heads, poles, & rests to cane restoration & more….

To view some of the superb items of tackle all handmade & crafted by chaps in the Raconteurs – click here


This issues contemplations

The Ways of Water, The Raconteurs June Miscellany – Sneezewort, OMR & Paul Adams. Guest Contributions features Ruth Craine & Tim Waters – Plus this issues Raconteurs articles from Martin James MBE, R.B.Traditional, Pallenpool, Jeremy Croxall, Paul Adams, Carl Hier, Dipper & OMR


The Ways of Water

Our latest gallery ‘The Ways of Water,’ finds us regarding a river, stream, pool or lake and the countryside that surrounds. The photographs represent snapshots in time throughout its watery year. This issues ’WoW’ is provided by Pallenpool & features the upper Bure, one of Norfolks wonderful chalk streams. . . . . continue here

‘The Piscatorial Raconteurs Albums of Photographs’ can be found in the menu. With content being updated regularly – continue here


June’s Miscellany

Sneezewort’s – Cornish adventure.
OMR – spins a tale in the first of our first take on anglings funny side.
Paul Adams – Spring in Tarryall Creek, Colorado.

SneezewortThe asphalt lane turns to white sand now as I reach the first dune, Marram grass doing what Marram does scratching at my bare legs. The wind has increased on shore and the heavy swell is a sight to behold on a bright day – deep greens and blues punctuated by electric white horses rolling over the reef and across the wide sandy bay. . . continue reading

OMRWe began to walk down the lane flashing our torches hither and thither, which did no good as the mist reflected the beams right back in our faces. We started to shiver with cold. I asked Trevor how far the river was? . . continue reading

Paul Adams We always get a snow storm or two in May, but that doesn’t lessen the shock. The forecast signals it days ahead, but doubts remain; the system may track differently or weaken; a potential snow storm may be just a cold snap.’ . . continue reading


This issues features & articles


June’s Guest – Ruth Craine.

Ruth Craine’s latest travelogue takes us through the beautiful Cornish landscape found around Port Quinn continue reading

A splendid Port Quinn sunset

Tim Waters – Three fabulous pictures taken in Sussex, with good fortune the film will appear in our next edition. . . continue reading

A Heron’s eye view

Issue No. VI – The Piscatorial Raconteurs articles.

Darjeeling, RBTraditional, Pallenpool, Tengisgol, Jeremy Croxall, Dipper, OMR, Martin James MBE & Carl Hier.


RBT – Spitfires, Steam Trains & Tench Yates, my spaniel and I had left our cottage at an ungodly hour, well before any decent law abiding citizens would be up and about. We had ghosted quietly onto the marsh just before dawn, a fine mist shrouded the landscape, and all was quiet except for the first faint chords of the dawn choruscontinue reading

A cracking marsh tinca

Pallenpool – A Norfolk Season – MayNature has set in the mould of springs miracle – reed, meadowsweet, agrimony, purple loosestrife, iris, nettles, mares tail, liverwort, cow parsley, field campion, oxide daisies, ragged robin, hawthorn, alder, beech, willow and the mighty oak all embrace the promise wrapped in spring tidings. . . continue reading

The ever lovely meadow cowslip

Jeremy Croxall Takes a trip to Oxford During the planning stages of our Oxford odyssey I recalled that a rather nice river, the Cherwell, ran through the city and being an opportunist I began to scheme and plot. Notwithstanding the fact that this was definitely not a fishing trip, had the opportunity arisen, I’d have kicked myself for not having any tackle with me.’ continue reading

The calming waters of the Cherwell

OLd Man River – What does June bring?I am now suffering from the proverbial itchy feet, whilst myself and Thora have been kept busy with walks, and myself the occasional visit to the sea to appease my need to cast a line I am still feeling the need to get back on running water.continue reading

Natures wonders

Martin James MBE – Why the Bahamas are such a wonderful destination & not only for the angler – ‘You’re now on mañana time. Don’t get tensed up if your flight is an hour late, the taxi hasn’t arrived or the waiter hasn’t taken your order right away, have another beer. Relax and unwind.’ continue reading

Sky & sea set in blue

Carl Hier – has a moment of waterside contemplation ‘Put things in perspective, take stock, stand still On waterside days we learn, grow and thrivecontinue reading


Martin James MBE – June 16th is always a special day I will sit at the water’s edge behind some reeds, or push myself through brambles and head high nettles getting stung in the process to reach a spot where I might catch a chub. I will hear the hum of insects, see dragon and damsel flies of which there are many species, many bites have been missed through watching the flying and hunting displays of the emperor known as hawkers, whereas the smaller dragon flies are known as darterscontinue reading

A stunning creation from L.D

Dipper- Fishing without a rodNow with Mother Nature turned up to eleven the darker days of winter are but a distant memory, it is warm, the countryside green and alive with birdsong, the grass is long and willow seeds carpet the windward sides of my favourite pools, as I said, it’s not long now… . . . continue reading

A truly glorious sight

Tengisgol – A patch of blue sky I can feel that heat on my back now, and it’s making my insides shiver! Three canoes went past just then, but the fish were completely untroubled. A primeval instinct tempts me to fish. I have a seven-weight in the car, and I must admit it is calling me, a nymph or a stonefly might work? I once saw barbel taking mayfly as they emerged, so it isn’t impossible. continue reading

A Wye valley view

Old Man River & the long lost and very much secret poolThis is a story of her valley of discoveries. On first finding the valley and speaking with the owner, Emma found out that some 40 plus years previously there had been a footpath through the valley, which had been fenced and used as a nature trail, this was now long forgotten and had been overgrown, the years of neglect had resulted in nature claiming back the land. There was a stream and also a “leet” which carried water from somewhere upstream, along a channel which finally emptied back into the stream further down the valley. The place was a mystery awaiting to be unravelled.’ continue reading

A very secret pool