After many years trying to educate our dear colonial friend Phone to the nuances of angling in the UK, (and failing miserably), I found this old article showing that even some of his fellow countrymen had tried in the past.
The many different types of floats,(bobbers), that the guy mentions got me thinking about 'revolutionary' aids to more successful angling that I had seen, over the years. Things like the 'self striking' floats, and those that light up when you get a bite, both mentioned in the article. Then there was the self striking rod rest, the clockwork reel, the 'Mabby' swim baiting device, the spring loaded groundbait catapult, even a bicycle with a frame designed to allow a rod holdall to fit snuggly and safely within the frame itself.
Does anyone else remember these, or any other, ideas that were doomed to failure?