ANGLERS have been paying tribute to angling great Dave Swallow, after he sadly passed away.

Dave Swallow was a popular angling ace, tackle innovator and tackle shop owner. He died at the age of 81.

Dave was most famous for his amazing centrepin reels that he started manufacturing in his garden shed in the early 1980s.

But he also produced his AV1 electronic monkey climber bite alarm, Pegleg float links and leger stops.

Dave was raised in Luton and moved to Bournemouth, Dorset, in 1969.

It was down south that he opened his first shop Custom Tackle, in Bournemouth.

Dave then opened another shop in Ringwood called Swallows of Ringwood (now Ringwood Tackle), and then Avon Angling.

Dave Swallow loved river fishing but also scored on stillwaters.

Dave Swallow memories

Ringwood Tackle manager and close friend Richard Middleton said: “Dave was a great thinking angler, who always worked out how to change his tactics to catch the fish in front of him.

“He was something special, a true legend, and did a great deal for specimen fishing.

“He never had a bad bone in his body, a true gentleman.

“He loved his roach fishing and I think his PB was 3 lb 6 oz. And he was very well known on the Hampshire Avon around Ibsley and Fordingbridge.

“But he fished for most species and would fish for anything.

Avon Roach Project co-founder Trevor Harrop said: “So, so sad. A true legend and great bloke.

“He told some of the greatest stories I have ever heard, which we were going to make into a book, but he never got around to finishing.”

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