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Richard "Dick" Walker, born 29th May 1918 in Hertfordshire, is widely considered the father of modern carp fishing. A prolific writer he had his first article published in 1936, in the Fishing Gazette, whilst studying engineering at Cambridge. He went on to create a number of important fishing literary works and other innovations.
In his capacity as an engineer he spent World War II working on the development of Radar technology.
Perhaps his most famous angling exploit was the capture of the 44lb common carp, Clarissa, from Redmire Pool in 1952, which held the British record for nearly 30 years.
He was not known as merely a great carp angler though with Trout of 18lb 4oz, 1lb 5oz Dace and a Perch of 4lb 13oz to his name.
Amoungst Walker's most well known works are:
- Still Water Angling - 1952
- Drop me a line - 1953
- Walkers Pitch - 1959
- Carp Fishing - 1960
- No need to lie - 1964
He also produced a number of other more formal instructional books including Rod building for Amateurs and the Shell book of Angling, as well as working as a columnist for the Angling Times for 30 years.
Walker is credited with the invention of a number of pieces of tackle which we take for granted nowadays, most notably the electronic bit alarm.
Richard Walker died of cancer in 1985 but remains one of the most important contributors to the sport of Carp Fishing.
Last Edited by: erikb on the 02 January 2009