Tuesday, 30 July 2013

A Walk Down Memory Lane (3): Fishing in Hyde Park in 1975

Fishing in the Serpentine in the summer 1975.

The Serpentine in the Hyde Park was created already in 1730, but fishing was not allowed until 1942, as the New York Times London correspondent David Anderson reported on the opening day, June 16 of the same year: 

"It has taken a long time, but today the people of London finally received permission to fish the the Serpentine, the lake in Hyde Park created under the guidance of Queen Caroline, consort of George II, in 1730."

"Active campaigning for the right to fish this water began sixty years ago. Some persons say there are no fish worth bothering about in the Serpentine. Others argue that fish are plentiful, but have been there so long that they are much smarter than any fishermen."

On this page you can watch an old British Pathé film from the opening ceremony in June 1942.

I have not been to the Serpentine for some years now, but at least according to the Angling Guru, fishing can still be quite good there:

At Hyde Park, there is fishing in the Serpentine Lake, nearly a mile long. Fishing is permitted only in certain sections, but yields can be good. It holds roach, bream, carp and perch and some eels.

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