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The three anglers on the river bank below a weir are 'trolling' or fishing with a running line. The centre figure has already hooked a jack, or young pike, while his companion on the right is poised with a gaff to help land the fish.
Pollard had a prolific output of sporting subjects. He was himself a keen angler and painted several small pictures on the theme. The locations for many of his fishing subjects were on the outskirts of London. This charming scene on the River Lee at Waltham Abbey, to the north-east of the city, forms a pair with 'Fly Fishing in the River Lee', also in the Tate collection.

April 1996