The new images on our fishing licences have been unveiled today, 1 March, created by renowned artist David Miller. As usual David has produced some stunning images which really capture the beauty of the fish we love to catch across the three designs.
Three Rod Coarse & Trout Licence
The picture of the carp on the 3 rod coarse & trout licence is not just any carp. On 13 September 1952 an angler called Richard “Dick” Walker landed a carp of 44lb which beat the previous record by nearly 13lb. The fish, caught from Redmire Pool was taken to London Zoo aquarium where she was named Clarissa (although Dick himself called her Ravioli!) Incredibly, the record stood until 1980 when it was beaten by a fish of 51½ lb from the same water. To celebrate the centenary of the birth of Dick Walker the EA is proud to portray his most famous fish on the 3 rod coarse & trout licence.
Two Rod Coarse & Trout Licence
The 2 rod coarse & trout licence now carries an image of “the schoolboys’ favourite” fish, the gudgeon. Traditionally this small fish was the first that many anglers, caught. That’s less true now than it used to be with the rise of commercial fisheries but it seems appropriate when celebrating the history of angling and Dick Walker that this iconic little fish features on the 2 rod coarse & trout licence.
Salmon & Sea Trout Licence
The final new image to be unveiled is the traditional, but spectacular, view that springs to the mind of most people when you mention the word “salmon”, a beautiful fish leaping up a waterfall. David Miller has managed to capture this incredible scene in amazing detail bringing the true majesty of a fresh run salmon to life.
Annual fishing licences now last for 12 months from your chosen start date. If you get your licence from 1 March, 2018 onwards it will feature these new images.
Buy your fishing licence today – www.gov.uk/fishing-licences