4 episodes

James Gilbraith reads his tales of angling the predictably unpredictable waters of Lancashire's River Ribble, trying to capture that most illusive of creatures, joy. Hooked On Hope is a sonic journey about fishing, chasing salmon, friendship, music, humour and balance.

Hooked on Hope The Podcas‪t‬ Hooked on Hope

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    • 4.9 • 21 Ratings

James Gilbraith reads his tales of angling the predictably unpredictable waters of Lancashire's River Ribble, trying to capture that most illusive of creatures, joy. Hooked On Hope is a sonic journey about fishing, chasing salmon, friendship, music, humour and balance.

    Episode 4 - Turning Pro-biotic - One Of Us Is Dead

    Episode 4 - Turning Pro-biotic - One Of Us Is Dead

    TC - Chapter 3 & 4

    Having had a taste of Aberdeenshire Dee – Lamont and I try to join the monied elite via the shortest route possible. We battle HR, dodge, and skive while also contemplating what makes a contest.

    Chapter 3 – Turning pro-biotic

    Chapter 4 – One Of Us Is Dead


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    • 34 min
    Episode 3, ABC Dee – Fire the Arrow to Kill the Beast

    Episode 3, ABC Dee – Fire the Arrow to Kill the Beast

    Sometimes you just need to get away and cast off to new beginnings and a brighter form of sunshine. Lamont & I leave our local river in search of some spring silver on the mighty river Dee.
    Paul is at the control tower and takes us on the journey in technicolour as we continue our voyage through the first book.  Sit back, relax, and remember that on a journey to anywhere you can draw your own map.

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    • 43 min
    Episode 2, Weights & Measures

    Episode 2, Weights & Measures

    The terminal chancer bunks off work to dash to the river to get his fishing fix, daydreams about an imagined suicide attempt, bumps into Ahab and re-enters the seasonal cycle of salmon dementia.


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    • 25 min
    Episode 1, Clint Best Vs The Cosmos

    Episode 1, Clint Best Vs The Cosmos

    This episode is taken from James Gilbraith's first book "Terminal Chancer" released in 2014. This is a story of competitive sports fishing at its most psychedelic. James takes on the 'National Association of Local Government Officers', the farmer's mad dog Ming,  his long standing rival and best friend Mick Crook, and an epic comedown on a baking hot summer's day in Blackburn circa 1990.  Who'll come out on top, Clint Best or the Cosmos? 

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    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Bob Kahn ,

DIY means “do it yourself!“

Each episode has genuinely made me laugh out loud. Be warned though, this may cause you to quit your job.

Tozzington ,

Brilliant!

Funny and beautifully produced blend of storytelling and sound. Excellent stuff.

Missingham_ ,

A psychedelic story about fishing

So, you don’t have to like fishing or have any fishing experience to enjoy these podcasts - but you will learn what a kelt is and so will be getter placed to take up fishing should the story inspire you to do so... You’ll also be well placed to enjoy it if you love The North and northerners in general thanks to Boo’s soulful story telling and properly brilliant voice or if you were listening to a lot of indie in the 90s. It’s a right lovely listen... as a story that takes you on a weird, wonderful and slightly psychedelic journey and a great piece of sound👂🎣🌈📣

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