Perhaps the only list in this blog longer than the selection of canals is the sheer number of people to whom I owe a huge debt of gratitude. The more I think about it, the more it seems that the story of canal fishing embraces a huge community which spans everyone from the small boy I lent some maggots on the Monmouth and Brecon, to 81-year-old Alan Smallman on the Newport Canal. I have countless helpful tackle shops and fishing clubs to thank – and can only hope this blog supports you in some small way, as you support this great sport of ours.
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As for key individuals, I would first like to mention Russ Hilton for his dedication, enthusiasm and company. Merlin, Karen and Jo at Merlin Unwin blogs for their unerring support. My parents, for a thousand lifts down to the canal while I was growing up. Steve Stones, for your encouragement and support. All at the Angling Times, for help with canal records and unusual archive material. John Harding, from the Waterway Wanderers scheme. Tom Balaam for his ace photography skills. Tony Keeling, for your brilliant facts and enthusiasm on canals. Dan Sales, Des Taylor and John Cheyne for adding their wisdom and catches to these pages.
Steve Partner, for film work as well as backing me through the hard times. Jeff Hatt for his invaluable work on tracking down canal record fish. Barry Fisher, Dave Giddy, Steve Lockett, Paul Hamilton and all at The Anglers Arms for your help and humour. Steve Sutton and David Stevens, for your brilliant canal anecdotes and pictures. And a big shout out to many other anglers for their assistance and friendship (I’m bound to have missed someone, but I appreciate every one of you!): Norbert Darby, Dave Sellick, Ian Nadin, Will Barnard, Chris Lambert, Pete Gregory, Steve Moore, Seb Nowosiad, Will Smith, Roly Palmer, Zac Newton, Peter Higgins, Tyrone Norah, Adam Moxey, Bob James, Pete Wilkins, Ray Minty, David Overland, Alan Smallman, Peter Wardle, Andy Mytton.
I wish to specially thank: Tom Balaam 16, 23, 24, 54, 123, 128, 199, 200, 203, 204; Will Barnard 167; James Callison 100; John Garnett 106; Pete Gregory 99, 109, 122. 155, 173; Russ Hilton 7, 21, 42, 58, 64, 65, 90, 132, 140, 142, 210; Darren Ketteringham 82, 131; Steve Lockett 47; Frazer McBain 52, 67; Ian Nadin 147; Dan Sales 68, 80, 87, 166, 168, 218; Steve Sutton 202, 203; Des Taylor 4, 64, 91. Alex Garnett for his diagram artwork.
Additional thanks to:
London Canal Museum for archive pictures, 10, 11, 171; Wrexham County Borough Council for images of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct 13, 191; Scottishcanals.co.uk for images of the Forth and Clyde Canal and Falkirk Wheel.
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