The Piscatorial Raconteurs & Friends Welcome the New Year with a Winters Tale or two

Issue No.V February 16th 2022

Photography Jeremy Croxall

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


Photography – RBTraditional

A thought for the day

We are never far from the lilt and swirl of living water. Whether to fish or swim or paddle, of only to stand and gaze, to glance as we cross a bridge, all of us are drawn to rivers, all of us happily submit to their spell. We need their familiar mystery. We need their fluent lives interflowing with our own.

John Daniel (2009). “The Far Corner: Northwestern Views on Land, Life, and Literature.


Tis’ the season for roach

When winter affirms its a season of the long goodbye and the chilled, dark days become to frequent to uphold spirit, many an angler will cast a thought forwards, toward spring and its promise of lengthening days and the warming even sultry air that signals the changing season.

There is respite from this cold malaise and I veritably look forward to the cold days and other world frippery of the sun. Roach fishing is at its best in these S.A.D. times and provides a ‘pick-me-up’ tonic to the syndrome, roach seem ever perfect and show off their resplendent pearly washes of winter colour. This along with the sight and sounds of nature running through the senses are reasons enough to get out there and discover the riches to be found in winter.

A gallery for the most splendid of fish – the roach continue here

This issues contemplations

The Raconteurs February Miscellany – Martin James MBE, OMR & Carl Hier. Guest Contributions feature Ruth Craine & Tim Walters. Plus this issues Raconteurs articles from Martin James MBE, Tengisgol, R.B.Traditional, Pallenpool, Sneezewort, Jeremy Croxall & Dipper.


The Len, close to its source

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 R.B.Traditional and features the little known Kentish river the Len – continue here

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


The February Miscellany

Carl Hier’s An Ode to Cygnus Olor continue reading . . .

Martin James MBE chases Indian Gold – continue reading . . .

OMR has a very cold day blanking – continue reading . . .

This issues features & articles

February’s Guest – Ruth Craine, & Tim Walters.

Ruth CraineContinues her travelogue, this time we visit Neolithic Orkney . . . continue reading

One of Orkneys many standing stones

Tim Walters – ‘More wonderful footage in an extended film highlighting some of Sussex’s magnificent buzzards’. . . continue reading

A magnificent Sussex buzzard

Issue No. V – The Piscatorial Raconteurs articles.

Tengisgol, RBTraditional, Pallenpool, Dipper, Sneezewort, Jeremy Croxall, Paul Adams & Martin James MBE.


Tengisgol writes in homage to Richard Stuart Walker, one of our greatest anglers and writers,Never used a centrepin? Don’t worry, the old Rapidex will look after you. We’ll start with a pinch of bread; there you go and just let it run off from there.‘. . . continue reading

The splendid roach

Pallenpool – The personification of angling on a winters dayRounding a bend I can see the river divides itself twofold – the flood relief channels – I take to following the farthest away of the two, its course will take me through the meadows wending its way to greet the river in about a 1/4 of a mile or so, this I hope will ensure an easier navigation underfoot – well that’s the thought. . . continue reading

A winters river valley

Jeremy Croxall The river – The river makes its mark in the land and finds its way to its ultimate destination without needing intervention nor influence, it is alive and mighty. What power it can yield when angry, wild destructive and menacing, yet in its benign moods it can be calm and soothing and therapeutic.. . . continue reading

A river provides for many a distraction

Paul Adams – The grand slam The setting alone rewards any fishing trip, but the main attraction of Brush Creek is that this short stretch can be relied upon to yield three species of trout – browns, brooks, and cutthroats. Browns are the most common, or at least succumb most readily, with brook and cutthroats vying for second spot..’ . . . continue reading

Beautiful but really rather chilly

Dipper – Finds a sanctuary Luckily I’ve found a place where an angler suffering from the winter blues can shelter from all but the harshest of conditions, where he can quietly wander to his hearts content, soothed by rich tones of green, hearing nothing but bird song, the trickle of running water and the crunch of fallen leaves under foot. . . continue reading

A most welcome sight in February

R.B.Traditional – ‘Red Skies, Red Kites & Redfins’ –Just a mile or so now before we return home and I spot a small flock of birds in the hedgerow beyond, the mono-scope is still hanging around my neck and I raise it toward my eye, focus in and “ah, yes”, yellow hammer, what a super morning for being out and being an “early bird! . . . continue reading

Cane, Pin & Tam ‘O’ Shanter

Martin James MBE – Extols the virtues of Stret Pegging In Angling Ways E Marshall-Hardy (1934) writes on page 105, when stret-pegging in high wind there is no more suitable method of searching a swim. The tackle is cast two or three yards downstream, and the float is held. This has the effect of causing the bait to wave gently on and off the bottom in a most attractive manner. If there is no response from the fish, allow the gear to roll down a yard or two farther. . . continue reading

Worth a ‘Pegging?’

SneezewortAsks the question can you spare a rod or two or even three? The old man had a similar rod, but with a cork handle and a screw down fitting. He always said it was a nice light rod, ideal for leaving rigged up and chucking in the back of the car in the event of a downpour. The handle bears the holes of the many hooks nicked in to travel home with, often with half a worm on it if we were in a hurry.’ . . . continue reading

A fishing rod is always personal to the user, regardless of type, maker or price.