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Alan Blair, Oli Davies and Jelle Vandaele on a Belgium Blitzkrieg

Alan Blair, Oli Davies and Jelle vandaele on a belgium blitzkrieg 

For over half a year Alan Blair, Oli Davies, Jelle and myself had planned a weekend of fishing together, but when the end of October finally came I was seriously out with hand, foot and mouth disease. Something I had never heard of, a painful present from my boy Loki and his nursery... It left me over ten days with high fever and pain, unable to speak, eat, etc. I was totally gutted I couldn't make it, but so in pain I couldn't care less to be honest.

Anyway, the boys had a fabulous time. Fishing a river, a wild pit, a park lake and an inner city canal, all in just 48 hours with even an open day at Hengelsport Depoorter in between! They even caught a few too! 

We asked Oli for some of his mega pics for our blog and finally managed to upload them now. Enjoy!


Behind the Stocking scene(s)


At Monkey Climber we love emotion. We love the story behind things. Not the sheer facts. Someone might take the best pics ever, but they can have no emotion. This is something my GF taught me. Her pics always have that little extra, and we were glad to receive a Willem Barnas email in March with a series of gems too. Five pics telling the story behind a recent stocking of carp, with showing the stocking itself. More of that Mr Barnas, pretty please!

For old school fans only!

As a magazine with a lot of respect and references to the old days, we have a lot of interest in the closed Facebook group Oldskool Toys.

Some great memories on there, some mega pics like this Kevin Ellis one the man himself just posted… Unbelievable really!

If interested, try joining the page and keep it all old school and polite pls 🙂

This is not a page of ours, just wanted to give it some credit for its great work!


This Fall it’s been 7 years since we started out with Monkey Climber magazine and we’re still growing. The first couple of years we did only the mags and since four years or so we started out wit some merch too, upon your request. Thanks to social media and your support this magazine really gets bigger than we ever expected, so thank you all! There’s strong UK ties, Euro connections everywhere and even overseas support from the States, Australia and even Japan!

Last year we gained a lot of following in Cz/Sk, and recently we received another great series of pics by young and creative Tomáš Minařík. Enjoy!

Five more clicks by Paul Bacon

I find my photography to be a two sided affair. One side is home to very documentary almost journalist thought process to capture things as accurately as I can –  to give the viewer of the image an inside into what I saw at that moment or tell a story. This doesn’t always mean using the exact image the camera produces; for example I often find myself increasing the warmth of golden hour photographs because at the time i saw the shot in a much warmer light than what the camera captured. This I feel, is the thought process that happens most when I have a camera in hand.

The other side of this is simply using my camera to capture images that I can work with to create something that i see in my head. Often the images I take when thinking like this never see the light of day. They’re often shots of textures, shadows and patterns, they can be man made or natural. The images will then either be heavily altered in photoshop or printed manipulated that way. They are also very rarely of angling situations – mainly due to me being deeply invested in the other though process.

These 5 images are what I feel to be a mix of the two. They feature accurate photographs of angling equipment on backgrounds of either textures or scenes that I felt complemented the equipment. I shot the photos in pairs with an idea in my head of how  wanted each pair to come together for the final image.

For me these photographs don’t capture a moment or tell a story they reflect my fascination for mixing natural and un-natural textures and shapes. The straight edges of banksticks and harsh blacks of bite alarms offer a stark contract to the soft reflections of the pond, the rounded edges of the trees or the randomness if wood grain. But yet as different the two subjects are, they complement each other and make for something a little different.