On the 350th Anniversary of the publication of the fishing bible, The Compleat Angler, by Izaak Walton, passionate fly fisherman, Geoffrey Palmer, casts his line into the River Dove and presents a fascinating, reflective and evocative series about the art and philosophy of fishing, and one of its most famous advocates, Sir Izaak Walton.
Since The Compleat Angler, the most famous fishing manual ever to have been written, was first published, this 'bible' of the angler has sold more copies than other book, after the bible and the Book of Common Prayer, and has been out of print only once.
In this five part series, each programme focuses on a different fish, namely trout, barbel, grayling, salmon and chub, and drawing on extracts from the book and interviews with fishermen, historians and naturalists, the series unfolds the aesthetic, ecological and spiritual ideas that come from an appreciation of fishing and the river habitat.'O Sir, doubt not but that Angling is an Art: is it not an Art to deceive a Trout with an artificial Flie? A Trout! That is more sharp sighted than any Hawk.
Doubt not therefore, Sir, but that Angling is an Art, and an art worth your learning: the Question is rather, whether you are capable of learning it?'.
Angler and writer John Bailey became hooked on fishing when he was just three years old, and for many years The Compleat Angler has been a favourite book, and the barbel a favourite fish, but it's a cunning creature that presents the angler with a terrific challenge.
When Izaak Walton fished on the River Dove, it was famous for its salmon stocks, but over the years the population has declined to extinction.
This year marks the 6th annual re-stocking of the river with salmon parr in the hope of returning the river to its former status.