Dave Chilton – Inducted January 2019

Dave Chilton, Godfather, Hall of fame

Dave Chilton burst onto the national scene in 1988, the same year that Carpworld hit the newsstands. Together with wife Chris he is the brains and moving force behind Kryston Advanced Angling, and in 1988 he initiated a revolution in hooklinks for carp fishing. We now take the variety of braided and coated hooklinks for granted, but prior to Dave appearing on the scene, hooklinks were mono or braid, with a few alternatives like wool and kite string thrown in. Dave’s starter was Multistrand, discovered in a skip at Kirkham in Lancashire. This got Dave thinking about purpose-made braids, and then coated hooklinks, followed. When Dave went global he launched the first-ever coated hooklink at Rudide Zutter’s show in Belgium, and the interest was intense. That first coated hooklink was Snake-Bite, and it was the forerunner of a series of innovations that not only found favour with the whole world of carp fishing, but attracted a whole host of imitators! When Dave moved on from hooklinks his range of innovations and products bore witness to his understanding of carp, and the edges needed in trying to ‘out-think’ them. Dave was brought up on the difficult Lancashire and Cheshire waters, and his record on both the Mangrove and Birch Grove is as good as anyone around in using his products to put carp on the bank.