Chris Yates (fisherman)

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Chris Yates is an angler, photographer, broadcaster, tea connoisseur and author. He is a former holder of the record for the heaviest-recorded British carp, a 51.5 lb specimen captured from Redmire pool in 1980.[1] Yates is a former co-editor (with Jon Ward-Allen) of Waterlog magazine,[2] and is a regular contributor to The Idler.

Yates prefers vintage tackle, particularly split-cane rods and centrepin reels, and regards cane as superior to any other rod-making material.[3] His books and films emphasise being close to nature as one of the principal pleasures of fishing.

Television series[edit]

Yates was one of two central characters in BBC2's 1993 TV series A Passion for Angling, made by Hugh Miles and also featuring Bob James, in which the pair go fishing for carp, salmon and other species across Britain. The series was shown in many countries including Mexico, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Italy, Norway and Japan.[4]


Between 1996 and 2006 Yates presented numerous BBC radio documentaries, all made by producer Dan Shepherd of Far Shoreline Productions. They included 'Fishing for Doubters', 'The Case of the Missing Burbot', 'Nocturne' and 'Fish Tales'.

Published works[edit]


  1. ^ Redmire Pool: History
  2. ^ Waterlog magazine
  3. ^ Yates, Chris (23 July 2009). "The golden age of rod making is alive and well in Newbury". The Telegraph. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  4. ^ Elliott, Keith. "Encore for screen play". The Independent. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 

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