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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Geoffrey Bucknall Pilgrimage

    I couldn't be bothered to read it tiddler.
    Grandad Noel

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    Default Re: Geoffrey Bucknall Pilgrimage

    It takes all sorts, and I'd rather they weren't simply subjected to abuse...

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    Default Re: Geoffrey Bucknall Pilgrimage

    I don't think any offence was intended from the OP. The internet, context and an emotionally charged peregrination for good can often be a volatile combination. Good luck finding Geoff

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    Dear Grandad Noel, pardon the late response to your kind suggestions. Yes, I had attempted to get in touch with Garry Nicholson (bbamboo), but I was blocked by the Forum automated filter that does not permit personal member-to-member communications until one has submitted fifteen posts. My current number is far off that quota, and thus, unable to follow your tip. However, prior to your noted recommendations, Noel, I did mention in a previous post that I now know where Mr Bucknall lives and, in my last post – the one you ‘couldn’t be bothered to read’ – I mention that Mark Bowler, editor of Fly Fishing had kindly written a very amiable letter expressing fond memories of Geoffrey's literary contributions and, upon forwarding his address, requested I give Geoffrey his regards.

    So you see, the primary purpose of my correspondence with Fly Fishing Forum, as stated in my initial post, had been accomplished quite early on, Noel. However, forgive me if I fail to sympathize with your regrettable allegiance with another respectable member, after all, these posts are not simply about me per se, they’re about the bright memory of our gentleman friend Geoffrey Bucknall. Baring that in mind, it would be an indiscretion to sully an otherwise genial pursuit with petty, if not obnoxious commentary perhaps more suited to the piddling insignificance of a dim-witted small fry better tossed back to the nescient backwater from which it crawled. After all, in matters of discretion, I'm told, it is a question of manners and integrity . . . and one’s intention, it goes without saying, is paramount.

    Returning then to a rather more positive theme, the number of views this Geoffrey Bucknall Pilgrimage post attracted somewhat surprised and encouraged me to follow through with a sense of inspired responsibility. So, you can be sure, fellow fishermen, l shall report back to you with hopefully positive news of Geoff’s good health and Good Will to you all . . . and ours in kind to him.

    With kind regards to you all,

    Graham Denney
    Last edited by Graham Denney; 01-11-2018 at 11:20 AM.

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    I have read this thread and since it seems extremely variable in tone and the last post promised a report back which hasn't happened more than six months later I thought anyone picking up the thread might like to know that I have just had a telephone conversation with the man himself. Geoff was, to use his own words, "as well as can be expected at ninety years of age, hard of hearing and eyesight not so good".

    Because I pass through Lartington quite regularly, to and from fishing, I plan to call by and shake his hand for the pleasure he has given me from three of his books.

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    Default Re: Geoffrey Bucknall Pilgrimage

    Thanks for waking up this thread. The best thing I've read on here for months.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shortearedowl View Post
    I have read this thread and since it seems extremely variable in tone and the last post promised a report back which hasn't happened more than six months later I thought anyone picking up the thread might like to know that I have just had a telephone conversation with the man himself. Geoff was, to use his own words, "as well as can be expected at ninety years of age, hard of hearing and eyesight not so good".

    Because I pass through Lartington quite regularly, to and from fishing, I plan to call by and shake his hand for the pleasure he has given me from three of his books.
    If you speak to him please thank him from me for introducing me to fly tying at his class in the sixties
    Barry


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    Rod and Line in Loampit Vale was where I was lured into the magic of fly fishing.
    Following a number of visits chatting to Geoffrey, I eventually saved enough money to go and get all my equipment to set myself up, Rod, Real, Bag, Net, Leader, Flies,and assorted boxes etc.
    At the time I was looking at Shakespeare’s and Diana rods when Geoffrey said hang on lad I’ve got something upstairs better than that which has been barely used.
    He came down and handed me this rod of which I had never heard of so I was initially a bit sceptical.
    My work colleague asked Geoffrey if he could put a line on it and take it over the road to try it.
    He came back beaming and said if you don’t have that rod I will have it, it is superb.
    Geoffrey had handed me a Loomis Rod which I doubt he had probably come by doing an artical or something, but that tells you a lot about the man and he charged me 50:00.
    The butt section got damaged in a car accident some years later and spares were not available.
    The Friendly Fisherman at Tonbridge Wells said the replacement value for my insurance would be 250:00
    So thanks Geoffrey for getting me into this sport and for being so kind when advising me as a complete beginner.
    It took some years of experience to understand just what a favour you did me !
    Last edited by tbs; 25-06-2019 at 01:51 PM.

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