It is with sadness that we learn of the passing of our friend and EFF club Life Member, John Keene, after six months of poor health. A passionate trout and salmon fisherman, he would often be seen travelling from his home at Cock Green to his beloved Leez Lakes to enjoy some summer evening sport. A cheerful, humorous soul, John was ever-willing to assist newcomers discover the joys, or to discuss any aspects, of the gentle art of fly-fishing.
Anglers who knew John are cordially invited by his family to attend a Thanksgiving Service held at 14:00 on Monday April 10 at Felsted Parish Church, followed by refreshments afterwards at the adjacent Smylie Hall. Donations to John’s chosen charity, the RNLI, may be made through the following link.
We received this lovely anecdote from Terry Surtees, one of our founder members, who attended the official opening of our fishing lakes in 1966… (excepts of which follow)
I recall, quite vividly, the opening day on Lavender lake. A name you may recall from the dim and distant past, Terry Thomas (early TV fishing presenter – ed.) , made the opening cast from the platform half way down the lake with a team of three flies.
To the amazement of the then Chairman, Dusty Miller, the Secretary, Don Birrell and the rest of the members, two trout attached themselves to his cast.
What an opening! Oh yes, he landed both.
… find these at Colin’s Corner (select More option, then Colin’s Corner)
Donald Birrell, a passionately keen angler who became the first long-term Hon Secretary of the newly-established Essex Fly Fishers’ Club in 1966, recently donated all his fishing tackle to be sold for the benefit of the club.
Now in his 90s, Donald said that after half a century of club membership, he has no plans to fish again, and would like his cherished EFFC to profit from his rods, reels and tackle. These are listed below..
- Hardy “Gold Medal Rod” Palakona split cane rod (1943 vintage)
- early Hardy split cane rod – (rare 1914 vintage)
- Hardy “The St. George” 3 inch reel + extra spool (rare early-1950s)
- Trout reel + spool (no manufacturer’s mark)
- folding landing net
- fishing bag
- fishing flies , c.300, in flyboxes
- miscellaneous items, spools of nylon, tools etc
These items were on all on view in our recent Open Day – giving members and guests alike the opportunity to closely inspect them prior to their being offered for sale to others.
These attracted much interest – both the smaller items and those which will in most probability be snapped up by serious collectors of vintage fishing tackle.
(If you are interested in finding out more about the Hardy rods, reels and assorted tackle, please contact email@example.com for more details, or to make an offer.)
Our first informal social get-together will be at the Compasses, Littley Green (side room) on Tuesday 8th March from 7:30p.m. onwards.
This is a perfect opportunity for members to get to know one another and perhaps exchange tales of the ones that got away ! Committee members will be there and very pleased to discuss any questions, suggestions or issues you’d like to air.
For those unfamiliar with the Compasses, this old country inn is not only the closest pub to our lakes, but also offers a range of fine real ales, and serves filled ‘huffers’ (a local bread speciality). Find all details on their site here.
If you are interested in attending, do let us know by emailing Peter Milner (pictured left), or by clicking the ‘leave a reply’ button on this post.
For a trial period, up to four tickets of each member’s 2016 ticket allowance may be used by an accompanying guest .