Letters reporting fishing conditions in the River Dee


Letters reporting fishing conditions in the River Dee


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The Welsh Dee is internationally renowned for brown trout and grayling fishing, and has good runs of salmon and sea trout throughout the season. C.V. Hancock was angling correspondent for the Birmingham Post for 35 years and author of the books East and West of Severn (1956) and Rod in Hand (1958). He was also once Deputy and Literary Editor of that newspaper. His friend Jack Hughes-Parry had family fishing rights about the Fechan estates and it was that area that formed the setting for his 1949 publication, Fishing Fantasy: A Salmon Fisherman's Note-Book. Jack's letters describe fishing conditions in the Dee, no doubt for use in Hancock's newspaper column. Fun fact: the Bridge End Hotel, from where Hughes-Parry wrote on January 28, 1936, is still in business in Llangollen, North Wales. Also contains a self-published poetry collection, "Riverside Memories," signed to Hancock from Hughes-Parry and dated 1934.

Publication Info

  • Publisher: n/a
  • Edition: n/a
  • Date Published: 1934-42
  • Place Published: Ty-Ucha, Llangollen, Wales
  • ISBN: n/a


  • Condition: Good
  • Signed: No
  • Dust Jacket: No
  • Jacket Condition: n/a
  • Details:
    Approx. 120 letters from Thomas Jonathan "Jack" Hughes-Parry (d. 1956) of Llangollen-Fechan, Denbighshire, N. Wales to C. V. Hancock. In cardboard box with spring fastener. Box is worn and one side is loosening. Label on side of box handwritten "H. P. Letters." Too many letters in box to close it properly. Probably written at a desk at home but the somewhat legible scrawl and occasional stains suggest a lovely image of Jack writing these reports on the riverbank while waiting for a "bite."

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