Magazine article Geographical

The Old Man and the Sand Eel

Magazine article Geographical

The Old Man and the Sand Eel

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THE OLD MAN AND THE SAND EEL

by Will Millard

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* After a lifetime of fishing, Millard tired of the well-stocked carp lakes that have become the mainstay of British fishing and longed for the feelings he had as a young boy when he stood beside his grandfather pulling perch from the Fens. So he set off on a journey around Britain's less-explored waters, allowing the fish to guide him--perch, pike, salmon, eel. Going where Facebook groups and internet forums suggest they might be found.

He sees fishing as a foil to the modern world. 'A random, often chaotic, collection of environments, species, methods and possibilities... You can't always win, but that doesn't mean you necessarily lose.' His journey takes him from rural idyll to motorway lay-by and from a Scottish lodge to a service station hotel--'with a floor that's more stain than carpet' and the last guests appear to have had, 'a massive fight with a full cafetiere right before they left. …

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