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Geoffrey and Rae fish historic stretches of the River Dove and explore the world of Charles Cotton, who also contributed to ‘The Compleat Angler’ book.

Episodes

Episode 1

Episode 1

Geoffrey Palmer and angler Rae Borras compare contemporary fishing with the 1653 book 'The Compleat Angler'. They catch chub and roach in Tottenham.

Episode 2

Derbyshire - Brown Trout

Anglers Geoffrey and Rae saddle up for more analysis of fishing developments, and learn how to make a traditional line out of horse hair.

Episode 3

Episode 3

Geoffrey and Rae fish historic stretches of the River Dove and explore the world of Charles Cotton, who also contributed to 'The Compleat Angler' book

Episode 4

Episode 4

To uncover what fish would have been on sale on Billingsgate Market in the 1600s, Geoffrey and Rae charter a boat to fish in the English Channel.

Episode 5

Episode 5

Geoffrey and Rae return to the Lee in search of gudgeon ruffe and bleak, small but fascinating fish, plus Geoffrey investigates an old gunpowder mill.

Episode 6

Episode 6

Salmon fishing is a shared passion of both Geoffrey and Rae. Together they fish the River Tweed at Dryburgh Abbey in Scotland.

Episode 7

Episode 7

Izaak Walton refers to bream as big as a hog. Geoffrey and Rae attempt to catch a pig-sized bream of their own on the River Stour in Dorset.

Episode 8

Episode 8

Whilst fishing for pike, Geoffrey and Rae discover what clothes 17th century fisherman wore, plus they pick the brains of angling author John Bailey.

Episode 9

Episode 9

Rae fishes for Walton's 'physician fish', the tench, on a private lake. Will Walton's brown bread and honey bait be effective? Plus, the perch are plentiful on a trout farm.

Episode 10

Episode 10

Geoffrey and Rae are joined by angling expert Viv Shears, at Blue Pool in Reading, to compare modern baits with Walton's classic recommendations. Who will land the largest carp?