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photoblog image The River Colne joins the canal
The River Colne joins the canal|

The River Colne joins the canal

I used to fish from this bridge as a lad, boiled hempseed was the favourite bait here, I used to purchase that from an old fashioned hardware and seed merchants near the station at Rickmansworth, long gone now. My mother put up with me boiling it in one of her pans in the kitchen. I still have a copy of 'Mr Crabtree goes fishing' wonderfully written and illustrated by Bernard Venables that first appeared in the 'Daily Mirror' as a strip in the fifties, before being published as a book. An office block and Tesco supermarket have replaced the timber yards that were once serviced by the canal and opposite the bridge.

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A very scenic place to fish... And have great memories.
What a wonderful memory and a beautiful spot to fish and enjoy!
I like the way that you framed this through the trees John... if i were you i'd still be fishing off of this bridge....petersmile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 1 Mar 2012, 06:00
It looks to be a fine spot John: love your nostalgic reminiscences
John Prior: Visiting childhood haunts and remembering how much freedom we had. I'm sure it was better to be a child then.
well done
I'm not sure how you would use a seed as bait. What do you do with it? Love the shot with the ducks having a time.
John Prior: Quite a large seed that was boiled to soften and split it, I remember it looked black with a white centre, quite easy to put on a small hook, and mainly used for roach.
Great past time fishing John just the spot for it.
  • Martin
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 1 Mar 2012, 12:24
Good to see John! I do know this place, I was there earlier this year - I haven't fished it, yet. Good to hear of your memories. I used maggots, as a kid and putting them in the fridge was out of the question, for some reason? grin
John Prior: I got away with keeping them in the fridge in a small plastic bait box, but for some reason the bridge at the time was known as hemp bridge and hemp was the bait of choice, I'm not sure if you are still allowed to use it. I remember getting a new Allcock's split cane rod one Christmas and fishing there in the rain on Boxing daysmile
  • Martin
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 1 Mar 2012, 15:55
Fond memories! Hemp is still used, I use it on occasion for ground baiting the barbel smile
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 1 Mar 2012, 18:06
Childhood memories are wonderful John and I enjoyed reading this. You should begin your memoirs.
You've got some fantastic work on this blog. Very much up my street. Cheers, Dave.
A fine shot John, we spent the first night of our honeymoon at a hotel near Rickmansworth station, I think it was called the Victoria or something, I do know it has gone now. Our son fishes regularly and still boils up Hempseed in our old pressure cooker, it stinks my garage out.
You would just know that TESCO would take over! Actually it doesn't look a bad building

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