Angling legend Fred J Taylor passes away after long illness

ANGLING legend Fred J Taylor MBE passed away yesterday after suffering long illness.

He had been a much-loved angling writer for over half a century after he started writing as an Angling Times columnist in the ‘50s - he passed away at the age of 89.

Fred, brother Ken and cousin Joe were popularly known as The Taylor Brothers and their adventures together with the likes of Dick Walker, Peter Stone and Peter Drennan remain the stuff of angling legend.

He will remain best known for popularising the lift method of float fishing for tench and for pioneering the use of deadbaits for pike.

He was honoured with an MBE in the New Year for his services to angling.
“Fred was a lovely man who was hugely influential to a whole generation of us anglers. As a green kid I was lucky enough to serve my angling apprenticeship with Peter Stone, Dick Walker and the Taylor brothers, including the now late, great Fred J,” explained tackle innovator Peter Drennan.

“In that group of superstars, Fred J was the larger than life character, the wit and raconteur. As self-appointed chef on a fishing trip, he once gathered everyone’s weekend provisions together and created Cream of Mullaga-Scotch-Brothtail Soup. It was awful!! Great memories. God bless him,” said Peter.