Charles Jardine is the recipient of this year’s Arthur Oglesby Award. The prestigious award is given to the individual who has made a lifetime contribution to the sport of fishing and who had made a particular impact in the last year. The award was present to Charles by CLA director general Helen Wooley at the recent CLA Game Fair, which was held at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire.
“This news has not really sunk in to be honest,” commented Charles. “To be recognised by my peers in this way is the highest accolade possible. I am absolutely thrilled to bits.”
“Throughout his life, Charles has been a figure of respect. He is a true angling guru, as well as being arguably the best fly caster I’ve ever seen,” added Chris Ogborne, CLA Game Fair Head of Fishing. “He cares deeply about the future of our sport and his current work with Fishing For Schools is exemplary. I am privileged to have known him for 40 years and even more proud to say that he has been a close friend for all that time."
The judging panel were unanimous in their decision, as to who should receive the highly coveted award. Past winners include household names such as Bernard Cribbins, Sandy Leventon and Andy Murray. The award was presented to Charles at the end of a typically absorbing casting demonstration on the lake at the Game Fair.