Nation diary: rewilding a river I fished with Arthur Ransome

Ribblesdale, North Yorkshire Wild trout are as soon as once more thriving within the beck my grandfather tended for the Manchester Anglers’ Affiliation

After I was a child I recall fishing for minnows with a jam jar by the Ribble and being sketched by a person in wire-framed specs. It was the author Arthur Ransome, who was there with my grandfather, Nat Hunt, then river keeper for the Manchester Anglers’ Affiliation. I now not have that sketch, however I do nonetheless personal a card Ransome despatched Grandad praising his hand-crafted trout flies (“north nation spiders”).

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