About 'TPBTW'

The "The Path by the Water" forum was founded in July 2011 to provide a temporary home to the dispossessed of 'Pure Piscator' among others, but has meandered on since then.

Perhaps 'temporary' is a relative term.

The site is run by 'JAA', webmaster, watchman and adjuster of technical things, with 'Nobby' and 'Redfin' as site administrators and the Watchmen on the Watchman.

Some other pages have been added, this is one such, which provides space for a bit of extra stuff.

You can use the email link in the footer for any suggestions, or PM one of the team...as long as you keep them clean.

"The Path..." is a cyber-space shed with kettle, for like-minded anglers who place as much emphasis (well almost) on the type of biscuit or cake as they do the rod, reel or bait.

It's much less about tackle and rigs and much more about ethos.

There is a smattering of 'traditional' tackle here, but we are not a "traditionalist' re-enactment group". For the most part, it doesn't matter what your fishing rod is made of or what reel you use. We do care about your fishing exploits, your fettling and anything vaguely fishing related. Or even things that are not fishing related, 'beyond the rabbit proof fence' as it were.

The site will be predominantly forum based, although there are links to things we like and in the fullness of time, pages with links and ting.

We like meandering threads.

"A good web discussion should be like a good pub chat - beginning with a notion, weaving back and forth into the proposition at regular intervals but going off like a specimen fish played on light tackle, with a thumb on the reel and the expectation it will be netted in the end (mixing metaphors along the way of course)." - 'Gluey'

This site is, and will remain, free of commercial interests and will never carry advertisements, either in or out of thread.

The name is borrowed from the A. R. B. Haldane's account of his early days of trout fishing as a boy in the Ochil hills and then onto trout waters in Argyll and the water meadows of Hampshire. It's an evocative and wonderful account, all fishermen should read this and dream.

Here is the inside cover map and a few of the wonderful illustrations by Helen Monroe and you should remember the copyright resides with the author's and illustrator's estates.