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Easily the most famous book on fishing in the United Kingdom, Izaak Walton’s “The Compleat Angler” is the inspiration behind the name of this website. Amazingly, for the 16th and 17th century, Mr. Walton lived to the ripe old age of 88 years. He retired 40 years before his death. Proof, if any was needed, that Fishing Is Good For You!
If you’re a stay-at-home husband who doesn’t care for fishing and your wife keeps wanting to go fishing because that’s her favourite thing it’s important not to stand in her way. You love her and you want her to live long and happy, after all. Let her fish! And, for wives of fishing husbands, same rule applies. The Compleat Angler Store is a supporter of Equality Between The Sexes.
The Compleat Angler was first published in 1653, but Walton continued to add to it for a quarter of a century. He found it easy to do so because there was no Internet or TV to distract him. The Compleat Angler is a celebration of the art and spirit of fishing in prose and verse; 6 verses were quoted from John Dennys’s 1613 work “The Secrets of Angling”. It was dedicated to John Offley, his most honoured friend.
Izaak Walton (circa 1594 – 15 December 1683) was an English writer. Best known as the author of aforementioned “The Compleat Angler,” he also wrote a number of short biographies that have been collected under the title of “Walton’s Lives”. Walton was born at Stafford in the West Midlands and settled in London where he worked as a merchant in a small shop in the upper storey of Thomas Gresham’s Exchange in Cornhill. After retiring in 1644, the last forty years of his life were spent visiting eminent clergymen and others who enjoyed fishing, compiling the biographies of people he liked, and collecting information for the Compleat Angler. We like to think he also spent a great deal of his retirement fishing!