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January 2013


 

 
It’s difficult to believe, but our series ‘A Passion for Angling’ was first shown on BBC 2 in 1993, so September this year is our 20th Anniversary.

  We actually started filming at Redmire on June 14th 1989 – no, we didn’t cast in until dawn on the 16th! – so it’s been a while. Some of Chris’s children hadn’t even been born and now they are all grown up … and as for us, we have grown old but certainly not wiser. Let’s face it, we haven’t even got the good sense to go fishing enough these days. The book of the series that takes us into another world might still be available on eBay.
Chris Yates on the dam at Redmire    

The important cause for celebration is that the series of six fifty minute films are unchanged with the passing of time, depicting a peaceful world when there were lots of fish in our rivers and seemingly more time to catch them.


 
Happy Days with Bob and Chris + 2lb roach of course    

  The DVD is still available – and always will be – and is still considered by many to be the best fishing series ever made. Sales remain strong year after year, with new generations of anglers discovering that there is a whole world of fishing out there that doesn’t have to revolve entirely around carp, bolt-rigs and boilies.

Ten 2lb roach - not a bad day!    

Sadly, production costs of the DVD and several postage increases mean the price for the complete set of six films is now £38.50 [incl. UK p&p and VAT]. This is the first increase EVER and we regret having to do so but Fisheries Minister Richard Benyon thinks it’s worth it!








Chris Yates film on carp fishing ‘Caught in Time’ is still £20 [incl. UK p&p and VAT]. We might add to this series one day, but book writing and film making mean we don’t have time at present.
 
   
Richard Benyon - a keen angler
  Both are available on our website – www.passionforangling.info


Close friends Martin and Jo Bowler have added the series to their on-line shop and they have PayPal set up too. [We don’t have enough turn- over to justify the expense].
www.martinbowler.co.uk

   
Anyway, Happy New Year to you all, even if the turn of the year seems a long way off already. May this year be better than the last for you … dryer and sunnier too hopefully.

Thank you to all our loyal customers. The appeal of ‘Passion’ never seems to wain and like fishing, is passed on from generation to generation. Folk still claim that it is the best fishing series ever made and though it’s not up to us to comment, it is gratifying that it still appeals to so many for so long.

Equally satisfying, it’s finding new audiences too and if it attracts anglers to a more varied and ‘naturalistic’ form of fishing on rivers and wild lakes then we’ll be pleased. There’s a whole world of wildlife out there to enjoy and our fish life is a vital part of our ecosystems too.

As mentioned above, 2013 is our 20th Anniversary and by any standards, that’s some kind of a record for a TV programme. We all hope it continues, for though it will never make us rich, it helps to eke out the meagre pensions of Bob, Chris and ourselves … ‘every little helps’.

Sue has done her best to make sure you all received your copies during the busy pre-Christmas period, though many more are throwing us a challenge by leaving ordering until the very last minute. You ‘must try harder’ this year! Almost inevitably it seems, a few orders went missing but for those unfortunates, we hope you got the replacements in time for Father Christmas. Sue sends out your orders more or less daily.

For better or worse, probably worse, we have decided to start writing blog  … “Hugh Miles –Wildlife Adventures”. We completed seven films last year for various wildlife charities, particularly our local Dorset Wildlife Trust along with the Angling Trust as part of our long running cormorant campaign. More of that on the blog but we’re hoping we might win a concession on their protected status that will help our precious fish life to survive.

http://hughmiles9.blogspot.co.uk/


The films we make are all gratis, (just in case you think we are trying to line our pockets at the expense of your subscriptions). It’s our way if you like of ‘putting something back’. Please join the Angling Trust and the Salmon and Trout Association. They are doing a great job and without them our rivers would be in greater danger then ever. We’ll put the films we’ve made up on the blog so that you can see what the threats are to our freshwater world. We hope you have time to view them.

In the meantime, have a great year and be lucky. Here’s Sue and I with flags
– well it was the Year of the Olympics and we did win ‘everything’!

   
   
With our best wishes,
Hugh & Sue
 

'Made for the Dorset Wildlife Trust, this little film about our local River Allen is a celebration of our treasured and unique chalk streams. 'Liquid Gold' is the title and appropriate it is too, for the Allen is one of the finest rivers in the country - a real jewel in our crown'.

 



January 2012


We all say it, but what happened to last year? It just flew by! It's been so busy that I don't know how I ever had time to spend my life making wildlife films. But thankfully, the year has been a lot of fun, not only because I got to make a few films - I love it - but also went fishing...not a lot...but being out there is always a treat, especially with close friends Trevor Harrop and Chris Yates.


 

Just like everyone else, we were frozen up last January but an escape to the Indian sun with friends in February was more enjoyable than ever, with several large mahseer to over 30lbs falling to my rod and several over 50lbs to a few lucky ones. Two absolute monsters were hooked but they turned out to have legs! After long and potentially dangerous fights, the lines were cut, but not before one of the rods was broken in half. Scaly crocodiles instead of shaggy dog stories to take home.


 

My favourite roach received some attention in March and a memorable trip to Oxfordshire working on a feature for the Anglers Mail with Gary Newman produced several three pounders and big twos. What a great two days they were.


 

March also saw the start of a project that will run for several years, an attempt to highlight the plight of our rivers. "Liquid Gold" is a little introduction to our local River Allen, a classic chalk stream with a rich diversity of wildlife, not only otters and water voles but a healthy population of the native white-clawed crayfish. Beautiful brown trout and even salmon and sea-trout spawn on the rivers' gravel riffles that have been created by anglers. The rich variety of fish life in the river provides an opportunity to inform wildlife enthusiasts and school children about the importance of nature that they can't easily see. ‘Out of sight, out of mind’ is something I am passionate about overcoming in the years to come so the film has been made for the Dorset Wildlife Trust and Salmon and Trout Association. The Angling Trust are showing it on their website too.

 
 
     
   

I'm working on a film for the Trust this winter, highlighting the excessive predation of our fish life by cormorants and the long term damage this may be doing to our bio-diversity. Without fish, our herons, grebes and kingfishers might decline, along with bitterns, and who knows, even those perennial favourites, our otters and ospreys might suffer too. We need a "Royal Society for the Protection of Fish" and the sooner our conservation organisations realise the urgent need to protect our rivers and lakes, the more likely we are to save our diversity of wetland wildlife.

 
  Non-native cormorants of the continental sinensis race have colonised the UK in alarming numbers in recent years. Scientists have calculated that the numbers over-wintering total about 23,000 and that they need a pound of fish a day to survive...so they eat 23,000 lbs of fish EVERY DAY. This equates to about 12,000 two pound trout and/or 1,200 tons of fish every winter, twice the yearly tonnage produced by the largest trout farm in the UK!

There are also inland breeding cormorants, 2,096 at the last count in 2005, so the pressure on our freshwater fish is relentless and surely unsustainable. This is damaging our bio-diversity, and some rivers have already been denuded of their fish life. Members of the Avon Roach Project created a petition to attempt to change the law and make it easier for us to protect our wildlife from excessive cormorant predation. We plan to deliver the 16,000+ signature petition to the Fisheries Minister in February.

 

The Avon Roach Project led by friends Trevor Harrop and Budgie Price released hundreds and hundreds of three year old roach into the Hampshire Avon in December in an attempt to re-establish self-sustaining populations of this iconic species. The river was once famous for its' roach fishing and this is the best chance we'll ever have to see those glorious days returning. It might take ten years work, but we're up for the challenge. More details of this inspiring project can be seen on:
www.avonroachproject.co.uk   -  and the little film I made on this website too.

 




Most experiences are more enjoyable when shared with close friends and a May visit to Skomer Island with Robin, who I've known since childhood was particularly memorable, with puffins and flowers covering the island. Sharing the roach fishing with Trevor at Sway was always enjoyable and on two summer days I managed to catch sixteen two pound roach up to 2lbs 12oz, though the angling press ignored this story in favour of yet more carp stories - a sad reflection on their judgement of 'priorities' in angling.


 
     
 
     
   

Late May saw an invasion to our garden when our Corfe Mullen BioBlitz visited, experts identifying well over two hundred species of wildlife in just a few hours and a total of over seven hundred in the whole village; inspiring stuff.



In June I fulfilled a long held ambition to return to the Fens where I grew up. A 2lb rudd was my ambition and I caught an absolute beauty of 2lbs 4oz. The weather was gorgeous too and the wildlife better than ever, with lots of Marsh Harriers and Bearded Tits to enjoy, along with hunting Barn Owls in the early morning mist and evening twilight. I'll be back to my favourite "Land of Skies", for I met some really friendly anglers as well as catching lots of fish.

 


Also managed a few days fishing with friends in the summer. Our computer guru Chris Wild landed a PB roach of 1lb 15oz. Mahseer Magic pal Steve Darby joined me in some mullet madness, Gary Newman too. Martin Bowler joined me for some Avon barbelling and we had the rare treat of a get-together with Bernard Cribbins for a "Catching the Impossible" 'fluff-fling' on the River Test with friend John Slader. We caught lots of brown trout too.


 
     
 


Daughter Katie came to enjoy the sunshine and wildlife, though we have fewer fish in the garden now as an otter set up home for six weeks and caused mayhem in the ponds. Sad to see twenty year old fish maimed or eaten but we weren't alone as whole villages had their ponds emptied. It certainly points to an alarming imbalance of predator/prey relations in our wetlands, where lack of fish and particularly the endangered eels is putting pressure on hungry otters. Sadly, 'ours' was killed on the road just outside the garden.


 

In October we enjoyed a little holiday with Michael and Penny Richards on Islay, where 37,000 Barnacle Geese, lots of Golden Eagles and a total of 92 species kept our walks inspiring. I first visited the island nearly 50 years ago and each time it seems better than ever.


 

Looking back, the year does seem to be full of enjoyment - and it was - but I did do some work (which I enjoy too), finishing the River Allen film, along with the Avon Roach Project film, helped the BBC with one or two projects and made a start on a barbel film with Pete Reading and a predation film too. I plan to add to the chalk stream project, edit an otter story and maybe even make a bass fishing film, so watch this space.


 

On the dark side, we still suffer from pirates who illegally copy our series and these thieves are stealing the money that allows us to make films that in turn try to help our freshwater wildlife and especially our fish. So please don't buy these counterfeit copies. They might be cheap but they are of inferior quality and threaten to stop us making any more films because we can't afford to make a loss.

 

Thank you all for your orders of "Passion..." (and "Catching the Impossible"). Sue worked hard to make sure you received them before Christmas but some orders didn't even arrive until Christmas Eve, so I guess we can blame the G.P.O for that.


   

Do have a happy and rewarding 2012 and a fish filled one too if that is what floats your boat.

 

With our best wishes,
Hugh & Sue

 







Message from Hugh & Sue Miles
January 2011

 

A Passion for Angling Newsletter


Sue and I do hope you had a really good Christmas break, and that 2011 proves to be a cracker. We certainly had some really Arctic weather didn't we. In fact, Sue had to go by foot to the post each day with your orders because we were snowed in.

 


We really tried to get the films to you in time but the GPO were obviously struggling because one of your orders was posted on the 1st December and we didn't receive it until the 18th! Despite the difficulties, we hope you received your DVDs on time.


Copies do sometimes go 'missing' in the post, either lost or stolen and we are still plagued by thieves that seem to think that counterfeit copies sold on eBay are fair game, even claiming they don't infringe copyright. These criminals are simply stealing money from us, so please note that we are the only suppliers of "A Passion for Angling". Their copies are of inferior quality too, so please don't encourage them by buying their rubbish.

 


Going fishing is fun, especially with friends, and a days' roaching on the River Test with my pal Martin Salter was a real treat. Sue and I were honoured to join him and other fishing friends and VIP’s for his birthday party at the House of Commons. The dinner also served to celebrate all that he had done for angling during his 13 years as an MP. He's now in Australia catching many wonderful fish but "he'll be back" - and helping to support the Angling Trust and others in the battles ahead.


We have been trying to raise the profile of our beleaguered rivers and freshwater fish too, not only by keeping 'Passion' alive, but by spending six years making our series "Catching the Impossible" ...  more of which on that website – www.catchingtheimpossible.info - We also created the Salmon and Trout Association film for their website to promote their invaluable work and just recently, made a little film on the River Wye to celebrate it being voted ‘Britain's Best River’. I made this for the Angling Trust, the World Wildlife Fund, the RSPB and the S&T.A. in the hope that it would help to 'build bridges' between conservationists, something I believe is vital if our freshwater fish are to be respected as essential parts of our dwindling wildlife. Without fish, there would be no herons or kingfishers, bitterns or great crested grebes and eventually, that great conservation success story, the return of otters to almost every county in the UK might be cut short by a lack of food. Maybe it is our stand against the forces of "progress" that was the reason I was honoured with the Arthur Oglesby Award at the Game Fair for services to angling.


 


Taking friends fishing is always more rewarding than going it alone, so sharing "mullet madness" with Brian from Norfolk was especially enjoyable. Summer days spent crucian fishing with close friend Chris Yates are always a treat and I helped Annabelle and young Joe catch their very first fish and all washed down with tea and Sue's delicious Victoria Sponge.

 
     
 
     


You often ask, and yes, Chris and I are discussing making further episodes of "Caught in Time", but with so many pirates out there, I'm losing heart at the prospect of getting yet more DVDs stolen. Profit margins are so small that this can tip it over the edge. Maybe we should just go fishing more often!
 


The very cold weather was hard for everyone out there, especially our wildlife, and I was very sad when this lovely buzzard that had adopted us in the garden finally succumbed to starvation. We had kept it alive for weeks with scraps of squirrel and rabbit but the weather cut off our supplies and with a foot of snow and ice covering the ground, there was nothing for it to eat. However, we still have twelve long-tailed tits though, thanks to the RSPB's fat-filled coconut treats .... they love 'em



 

 

Have a great year and thank you for your letters of encouragement and support.

Hugh & Sue





Message from Hugh & Sue Miles
July 2009

 

Dear All,

Thank you for your continuing enthusiasm for what has become a cultural icon, “A Passion for Angling”.

The series of six one hour films was first shown on BBC2 in September 1993, and it is amazing that it is still showing on Discovery Channel after all these years. Few programmes can match “Passion” for television longevity, and considering all the changes that have taken place in the world and in angling these past sixteen years…not all for the good!...it is heartening that our portrait of the joys of angling can still pull the right emotional strings.

Your orders still arrive almost every day, often accompanied by charming letters, for which we are most grateful…and we always try to reply to the letters when we have a moment.

We always have stocks of the DVD, plus those of Chris Yates’ portrait of a carp lake, “Caught in Time”, and Sue tries to turn around your orders within a week, and quicker if we are asked to do so.

Work on our new series “Catching the Impossible” has been relentless, and we are delighted that the next three films of the series will be on sale at the beginning of August, and for more details and a view of some clips, visit www.catchingtheimpossible.info.

The response to the first three films has been the equal of your comments on ‘Passion’ and your enthusiasm has been a great encouragement to us in what has become a relentless but none the less enjoyable work load. Not much time for fishing, but I sure have been lucky when I’ve managed to escape. So thank you for your orders and encouragement…here’s hoping you are all enjoying life.


Avon chub of 7lb 1oz  

2lb 10oz roach
 


June 16th joy with Chris Yates + Sue’s Cake!


With our best wishes …… Hugh and Sue.

 




Message from Hugh & Sue Miles
9th. September 2008
 
Dear All,

Judging by all your complimentary letters and numerous comments on website forums and blogs, it seems that “A Passion for Angling” is still the brand leader when it comes to fishing films.  This is most encouraging of course, but as Sue and I are well aware, there will be many who do not agree with this perception, so we’ve been working hard to provide alternative “cannon fodder” for the critics!

As some of you will be aware, Martin Bowler, Bernard Cribbins and I have been working hard for more than four years to create a series of eight films titled “Catching the Impossible”.  These TV Programmes are a celebration of angling and Britain’s rich and varied freshwater world. 

It’s been an exciting journey of discovery and revelation, particularly of the underwater life of our treasured fish and along with a galaxy of good friends, we’ve managed to film the catching of some amazingly big fish.  Many of the pictures on this website are of those wonderful creatures, but if you want to see more, and learn more about the series, then please visit: www.catchingtheimpossible.info where we will be selling DVD copies of programmes 1-3 this autumn, along with the accompanying ‘book of the series’. 

I love writing, which is fortunate, because this will be my fifth book…..and the biggest!  Martin and I have contrived to write over 100, 000 words between us (….you don’t have to read them all!)….and the 372 pages are adorned with over 400 pictures, including the film strips of the actual images from the programmes.  We also have over forty illustrations from that leading sporting artist Rodger McPhail, so the book certainly looks good, and as I said, it is BIG!  In fact, if you have a boat, it will make a good anchor!

There is more about the book on our website, and we hope you’ll feel the films are a step up from the fishing programmes the TV companies seem to serve up these days.  Amazingly, “A Passion for Angling” is still showing on TV, fifteen years after first broadcast on BBC2, so we must have got something right.  We are certainly still selling lots of copies of the DVD every week and apart from sharing out the small profit between Chris Yates, Bob James and Bernard Cribbins, our share is being ploughed back into this new series.

We are still exasperated by the scum who steal from us by selling illegal copies on eBay and You Tube, but thank you to those loyal clients who have tipped us off when they’ve purchased these inferior quality copies.  Please note that we are the only suppliers of copies of P.F.A. along with the film I made with Chris Yates, “Caught in Time”.  The law will soon be pursuing those who breach our copyright, so you’d better stop doing it right now!

We plan to set up a credit card system for P.F.A. & C.I.T.  payments very soon, and this will be clarified elsewhere on the website. 

With all this creative activity, I haven’t had much time to go fishing….in fact I’ve only been twice this season, but I did manage to catch that 3lb 12oz PB crucian that heads this newsletter….a couple of years ago.  It’s time I went out again!

So, if you do go fishing, catch one for me.

With best wishes

Hugh & Sue Miles

   

 

Message from Hugh & Sue Miles
15th. September 2007
 
Dear All,

Do hope you avoided the worst effects of our wonderful “summer” and kept your feet dry. The lack of sunshine certainly made filming difficult but that is of little concern compared with you poor folk who got flooded out.

Firstly, thank you again for all your orders but above all for your many letters of praise and encouragement and even phone calls explaining your enthusiasm for “A Passion for Angling” and “Caught in Time”. I always pass these letters on to Bob and Chris and I know they appreciate them too. We’ll have lots of copies available for Christmas presents so if you have friends or fishing pals who don’t know where we are, please pass on our website details.

One point of concern is the continuing illegal copying of ‘Passion’ for sale on Ebay etc. This is against the law and is stealing, so any thieves out there making copies should know that the police are coming after you. But I feel sorry for those who’ve been unfortunate to buy these counterfeit copies because they will be of seriously inferior quality. We are the ONLY suppliers of these titles so don’t encourage the thieves by buying rubbish... and thank you to those customers who have kindly informed us of these illegal copies.

As the pictures alongside this indicate, we’ve been out with the cameras whenever the sun has shone to continue filming our new series “Catching the Impossible”. This portrait of angling has been three years in the making, with the eight one hour films revealing the underwater world of freshwater as never before, along with catching some seriously big fish.

The Spring sunshine saw us on the River Dee with England’s Youth Fly Fishing captain Lisa Isles and I’m happy to report that Lisa recently returned from the World Championships in America with a Bronze medal, the team having beaten the hosts into fourth place - so congrats to you Lisa. We also filmed her fly fishing at Lechlade with Des Taylor, catching some beaut. brownies.

May saw us in Scotland on the beautiful River Spey with Salmon and Trout Association chairman James Carr. The salmon proved elusive but we got lovely film of ospreys and red squirrels while catching brownies among the dippers and grey wagtails.

We caught some gorgeous carp with Frank Warwick at Linear Fisheries near Oxford. Then Bernard and John Wilson had some fun trying to catch carp using a fly rod... quite tricky when the weather is cold but lots of laughter too - yes that laugh!

Then we’ve just finished a sequence of ‘mullet mayhem’ in Christchurch Harbour, where the mullet gave us a serious beating... they sure can pull!

So we’re still on schedule to complete the series by the winter of 2008. Still lots of editing to do so in the meantime, please go and catch a fish for me and enjoy.

With best wishes, Hugh and Sue.

 
 
     


First Cast First Cast Terry Lampard

 


Message from Hugh & Sue Miles
22nd February 2007

‘Dear All,

Thanks to all your orders, Sue had a busy time before Christmas trying to ensure you all received your DVD's for the festive season... we hope we achieved that. Inevitably it seems, there is always the odd one that goes missing when with the G.P.O., or that have technical faults, so if you are one of the unfortunate ones, please let us know. But whatever the cause, we will always replace problematic DVD's... and we still have lots of DVD's (and VHS's if you'd prefer) of both titles.

As the new pictures indicate, we've been very busy filming the new series 'Catching the Impossible', our eight one hour programmes on the underwater world and the catching of some of Britain's biggest fish. Recent highlights included the madness of floodwater barbel fishing, inspiring underwater images of big carp wintering under some trees, big roach on the Hampshire Avon, River Wye piking, Young Abe catching his first... and second pike - a thirteen pounder, film of a kingfisher on the rod and Bernard Cribbins catching a large pike but more of that another time.

We've also been out fishing with that famous big fish duo and close friends Terry Lampard and Tim Norman and you'll notice on our website details of Terry's book 'First Cast' and where you can purchase a copy. I can assure you that it is the best assembly of stories about big fish that I've ever had the joy to share. I used to fish with Terry and Tim for the same giant roach that lived on the River Stour in the heady days when we caught three pounders and that chapter is as good as anything ever written about fishing. And it was wonderful that last winter we filmed Terry catching a 3lb 5oz roach from the River Stour, his first three pound roach since 1990 and equal to his largest ever, as mentioned in his book. It really is a great read.

Editing of the series is continuing day and night and the programmes are looking promising; we hope to have them finished by the winter of 2008. No time for me to go fishing but I'll be out roaching before the end of the season.
Hope you're all enjoying life too.
With best wishes,

Hugh and Sue





Message from Hugh & Sue Miles
25th November 2006



‘Dear All,

“I don’t go fishing, I don’t even like fishing, but I’m hooked” So wrote a viewer on a postcard after the first showing of A Passion for Angling on BBC2 in 1993. This series of six one hour films, a fishing adventure around Britain that I produced with Chris Yates and Bob James has since been widely recognised as ‘the best fishing series ever made’ and we still receive numerous letters of enthusiasm and gratitude. Many bear repeating but here are just a few clips...............and they aren’t made up!

“Thank you for changing my son’s life. Before seeing ‘Passion for Angling’ his favourite hobby was stealing expensive cars!”

“........now my wife understands why I have to go fishing”

“To you I say the biggest thank you of all for finding the time to film my dreams”

“My wife was diagnosed with cancer and through our darkest hours ‘Passion for Angling’ became a great comfort to us both, and still does”

“I am not a fisherwoman but I love watching ‘A Passion for Angling’. It is my de-stress material and being a mother of five children I need it!”

“Even though I’ve watched it so many times and know it off by heart, I never tire of it”

“Passion for Angling’ had a huge impact upon my life and turned a minor interest with fishing into an obsession”

“It really is the best fishing film/documentary ever made, I remember first watching it when I was 13 on TV. I’m 26 now and it still is”

There are many similar letters and I think you’ll agree that to receive messages like this is both moving and an honour. I’ve never made a film that has touched the audience so deeply or for so long as ‘A Passion for Angling’ and that’s despite a lifetime making wildlife films around the world.

Our recent snow leopard film received the honour of an EMMY nomination, which considering the number of TV films in America each year is pretty amazing. I have won EMMYs in the past, no luck this time but awards are always a pleasant surprise. The Special Achievement Award for Snow Leopard from the Japan Film Festival certainly was and winning Best of Festival in France came with a bonus - Euros! which I’ve already spent on our new series ‘Catching the Impossible’. Filming has been going well, and here’s a few images from this years adventures.
 

Every waking hour is spent editing on the computer and we plan to have the film available by Winter 2008.. We’ve had so much success that the series has grown from six to eight one hours, so we’ve got our time cut out.

We get lots of enquiries about ‘Caught in Time’ Part II, but sadly, completing that will have to wait until this series with Martin Bowler and Bernard Cribbins is complete.

As Christmas is coming up fast, Sue and I thought we’d assure you that there are plenty of DVD copies available of both ‘A Passion for Angling’ and ‘Caught in Time’ and for those still in the dark ages, we also have video/VHS copies of them both too. Sue can let you have them in a few days but as they make the ideal Christmas present, please let us know in plenty of time so the GPO don’t let you down. Sue and I wish you all an enjoyable Christmas and a happy and prosperous year. It’s all rush these days, so don’t forget to smell the roses along the way.....and go fishing.....it’s a wonderful world out there.

Hugh & Sue



Message from Hugh & Sue Miles
9th July 2006

Dear All,

We do hope you are enjoying your fishing while we have been busy on our new project 'Catching the Impossible'. I have managed a few casts while filming, including the capture of three true crucians over 3lbs to a "PB" of 3lb 12ozs from a beautiful little lake in the Cranborne Chase. We filmed there with Chris Yates and Martin Bowler last week for programme one, and in another lovely lake nearby with Bernard Cribbins for programme six. The film looks gorgeous...early morning mist, sun kissed lilies and golden crucians and tench...in true 'Passion for Angling' style of course.

We still have lots of copies of 'A Passion for Angling' in both DVD and VHS, along with the portrait of Chris (Yates') favourite carp lake called 'Caught in Time'. so any orders will be with you speedily as Sue turns them round at least twice a week. We hear of several 'pirate' versions which is quite distressing as we need the small profit from each sale to help fund this new production. We are the ONLY suppliers of DVD's and VHS's so don't waste your money on inferior quality copies or on expensive 'ebay' purchases.

A lot has happened since our last message in November '05. Chris and I haven't had time to do any more filming for 'Caught in Time' Part II but Chris has now finished his new book
'How to Fish' and it will be available in all good book shops from the end of September. Chris has written an account of a days fishing on a river which becomes a story of his fishing philosophy. Perch and many other fish swim through the pages and it's a cracking read.

Our Snow Leopard film went out on ITV on Jan 2nd and we recieved dozens of messages from folk about how much they'd enjoyed it, so thankyou for those. It is most gratifying after more than four years of hard labour in the mountains to recieve such encouragement so we hope you'll enjoy our new series 'Catching the Impossible' as that will take four and a half years too!

We are nearly two years into the project and during the last six months we have filmed some remarkable events. As you'll see from our previous message our targets included a 30lb pike and a 3lb river roach...'not just impossible but crazy'. Well, on Nov. 30th we caught a 32lb 6oz pike and on Jan. 18th we fished with Terry Lampard and he caught a 3lb 5oz roach from the River Stour. On Dec 22nd Pete Reading caught a near 3lb grayling and on Jan. 26th Martin caught a 1lb 2oz Kennet Dace, followed by a 2lb 15oz roach from a lake near Oxford. As if that wasn't enough, Martin then caught a 5lb 4oz perch frm the Great Ouse - the biggest ever from a river according to the Angling Times - it's capture on a pole sure makes an impressive sequence. Then Des Taylor caught us a 39lb catfish and to cap it all Martin caught a 44lb 4oz common carp from a beautiful lake in Shropshire - on a float - and an Osprey came and fished in the background. So the series promises to be memorable. We have at least two years work to go but will keep you informed of progress.

Hope you enjoy the pictures in the gallery of some of our lovely fish.

With best wishes,
Hugh and Sue


P.S.
We have just received some great news from the U.S.A., our ‘Searching for the Snow Leopard’ film has been nominated for an EMMY, in the category for outstanding achievement in science and documentary... so fingers crossed!




Message from Hugh & Sue Miles
5th November 2005

 

Dear All,

As a result of your enthusiastic response to “A Passion for Angling” and “Caught in Time” Sue and I thought you might like an update on progress with our various projects.

Firstly, for those logging on for the first time , we still have lots of copies of both DVD’s and VHS’s of both programmes, so those looking for Christmas presents, there’s no problem. Sue turns round your orders in just a few days so speed of delivery depends on the G.P.O. Best if you allow a week to ten days.

As a full-time film-maker, I’ve produced more than fifty wildlife films but I still suffer from “follow that!” syndrome, especially when a film has been an award winner. This was certainly the case with “A Passion for Angling”. It’s been so well received by so many it’s been described as a “classic” - whatever that is?! So for years Chris Yates and I hesitated before making “Caught in Time” Part I. We feared comparison with ‘Passion’ but needn’t have worried as all of you seem to love it. The film is a story of Chris’ favourite carp lake (which is also the location of his best selling book “Secret Carp”).

Many of you have asked about Parts II and III and though we’ve filmed some sequences for these, Chris is so busy writing a new book that we’ve had to put them on hold.

As some of you may be aware from the angling press, we’ve embarked on a series of six one hour films with Martin Bowler and friends called “Catching the Impossible” - impossible because of the size of fish we’re trying to catch. Our ‘targets’ would make a specimen hunters eyes water, but after our first years filming, we’ve got several ‘in the can’. 15lb. barbel, 4lb. crucian, 10lb. tench and a 7lb. chub. Then there’s several near misses... 2lb. 11oz. rudd, 12lb. 10oz. bream, 36lb. carp and 27lb. 8oz. pike. We’re after a thirty pound pike next week, and a three pound river roach before Christmas... not just impossible but crazy!

We’ve had generous help from many landowners and friends, including John Wilson, Des Taylor, Terry Lampard, Tim Norman, Bob Church, Chris Yates, Nigel Williams, John Everard, Peter Orchard, Peter Drennan, Frank Warwick, Pete Reading, Jerry Hammond, Terry Theobold and Bernard Cribbins, who actually gets to fish this time, so the whole series should be entertaining.

But there’s more to a fishing series than catching big fish, so the beauty of the lakes and rivers and its’ wildlife throughout the seasons is a major component, as it was for “Passion”. In contrast to ‘Passion’, we’re striving to show folk the natural history of the under - water world and the extraordinary fish that live out their unseen lives all around us. We are shooting this in the wild in the actual places we are fishing and so far the results are a revelation - and beautiful too. So we hope that like “Passion”, this series will appeal to anglers and non anglers alike. We’re hoping it will also benefit angling as a whole and encourage a positive attitude to the sport we love.

We have two more years shooting and a years editing so we hope it might be out on TV in 2008. We’ll keep you up to date with progress. In the meantime, enjoy your fishing and catch a few for me.

P.S.
If only to prove I occasionally get a cast, here’s yours truly with a lovely Kennet roach brace, best 2lb. 5oz. and a brace of perch, best 3lb. 1oz... and Sue and I with a brace of Bucks Fiz on her birthday!
Hugh MilesHughHugh and Sue

 

   

DVD’s


Bernard Cribbins
Bernard Cribbins.
5lb. Tench, Estate Lake.

films
Terry Lampard.
7lb.4oz. Chub, Dorset Stour.


Terry’s
3lb.5oz. Roach, River Stour


Martin Bowler with
32lb.6oz. Pike

Angling
John Wilson.
27lb.8oz. Pike, Norfolk Broads.

Pike
Bob Church with
16lb Pike, Bedfordshire Lake.


Martin and Des Taylor with
27lb. 8oz. Catfish


Martin with
10lb. Tench


Martin with
5lb.4oz. Perch, Great Ouse


Martin’s
44lb.4oz. Common Carp


Martin with
2lb 15oz. Roach

fishing
15lb.7oz. Barbel, Great Ouse.

Passion
Peter Orchard.
24lb.12oz. Common Carp,
Hampshire Avon.

Pete Reading
Peter Reading with
12lb.10oz. Barbel, Hampshire Avon.