I went down to Norfolk for a weekend on wensum. I just had a quick look bout and booked a pub bnb. When I got there I recognised it immediately and it is where Wilson fished in an old mill pool. Think he had few bream from memory. Soon as I mentioned it in the bar the atmosphere changed. All locals couldn't stand him. Said he was really arrogant and not a nice man at all. I was a bit gutted.
Still, the Wilson I knew I loved. That laugh, juggling with fish etc. Always remember the one where his rod snapped playing a catfish and it was a rod he made himself, still got it in. He was the inspiration behind wanting my own fishing pond in my garden because of his pond he had.
Not everyone is nice, the ratio of twats to saints is probably higher in TV. He brought fishing to the front room of millions and got/kept people like me interested. It's something that needs to come back to terrestrial tv IMO but it won't because kids and even parents nowadays are more bothered about xfactor, love island, strictly and all that crap.
Still have some of his dvds to show my little uns. Have passion for angling aswell for them to watch, another classic.