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  1. #1
    Ron Troversial Clay Guest


    One of the first Specimen Groups was The London Specimen Hunters Club formed in the 50s

    Members I remember were Peter Butler and Herbie Green. Who were the others?

    Then there was the Herts Chiltern Group.

    Frank Guttfield, Bernie Everitt, Pete Frost, Bill Keal, Jack Hilton, Tony Williams, Bill Quinlan, who remembers the rest?

    Coventry Group

    Merv Wilkinson (bless his heart), Tony Miles, Phil Smith, Trefor West, Don Wittich, and that brillaint fly fisher, who was he?

    Northants Group:

    Bob Church, Cyril Inwood and company who tore the reservoirs apart.

    Northern Specimen Group:

    My own group

    Tag Barnes, Ray Webb, Eric Hodson, Barrie Rickards, Steve Crawshaw, John Neville, John Weston, Dick Clegg amonst others.

    Hallamshire Group:

    Mick Lomas, Eric Hodson, Stewart Hurst, Dave Plummer,

    Cambridgeshire Pike Group:

    Barrie Rickards, Rian Tingay, Bill Chillingworth, Christine Rickards, and others.

    How many of you remember these names from the past and others? Many of them are still with us today. Were you a member of a Specimen Group?

  2. #2
    Warren 'Hatrick' (Wol) Gaunt Guest


    Northants group is still going.

    Did Merv start the Coventry group or was is Trev?

  3. #3
    Ron Troversial Clay Guest


    I am sure it was Tony. The story is in one of Tony's books.

    Dick Walker was also a member of The Barbel Catchers with Peter Mead - remember him?

    Other Groups were:

    Kent Specimen Group, Birmingham Specimen Group, North Leicester Specimen Group, Manchester Specimen Group, The Monk will remember most of those names.

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    Warren 'Hatrick' (Wol) Gaunt Guest

  5. #5
    Ron Troversial Clay Guest


    Dick Walker's fishing hut on the Upper Ouse at Little Hill Farm below Thornton Bridge.

    I'll never forget it.

    It burned down you know some years ago. It's a pity that little hut was not made into a National Monument.

    Many have been the happy times spent in that hut. And there are many tales that could be told.

  6. #6
    Ron Troversial Clay Guest


    The farmer's name was Marchant by the way.

    One of the best English farming characters I have ever met.

  7. #7
    Robert Woods 1 Guest


    I see Dick Clegg was in a group. Was this before he came a match angler.

  8. #8
    Ron Troversial Clay Guest


    Dick was a very keen specimen angler long before he turned to match fishing. I fished with him many times. His first love was touch legering on the Swale, Ure and Nidd for chub and barbel.

    He even tried a bit of pike fishing, although I don't think that was his cup of tea. His first love was rivers.

    In the early 70s Dick decided to try his hand at match fishing. Just as an experiment you understand.

    He was successful.

    What struck him was that the approach of many match anglers at the time was totally wrong. No way was the English match angler going to beat the continentals on their home territory.

    He changed English match angling to the point where the English team could take on all comers - and win.

    A big thinker is our Dick.

  9. #9
    Richard Huggett 1 Guest


    The National Crucian Carp Study Group..I was a member years ago. We never had a club badge, with a name like that it would have been two foot long!

  10. #10
    Ron Troversial Clay Guest


    One of the most important groups was of course the Ruffe Study Group. Started by our Monk of course, it folded at the inaugural meeting.

    Apparently some people thought it was to be a fishing club. Was it hell. The room was full of Ruffe Slappers are vying to be the first under his habit.

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