The van and trailer are loaded and today we're setting off to Northern Ireland for the game fair at Shane's Castle, Antrim, 28th and 29th of June. After the weekend we'll be making our way across to Scotland to set up for the Scottish Game Fair at Scone Palace on the 4th, 5th and 6th of July. We hope to see you there.
Despite rushing around packing the van Paul has found time to track down a few good new books and some great bargains. Keep an eye on the newest listings section for details.
Details of a few below:
Wet-Fly Tying and Fishing
by Roger Fogg
Roger Fogg presents a detailed exposition of the wet-fly, giving much of its history and the varying opinions and experiences of its proponents, as well as much material on patterns and tying. This is complemented by an equally detailed account of fishing techniques and methods.
Published price £25.00. Special Coch-y-Bonddu Books price now only £9.95!
Fly-Fishing in Ireland
by Thomas Hanna
Tommy Hanna of Moneymore was an innovative and imaginative fly-dresser. He corresponded with Skues, Harding and McClelland, and Courtney Williams devotes two pages to his patterns, comparing him favourably with Skues - "...but the Irishman has more imagination." A classic of Irish angling and fly-tying. Originally published in 1933, this new edition, published in 2003, was limited to 1,000 copies and has now sold out with the publisher. We can offer the last few copies at a bargain price.
Published price £30.00. Special Coch-y-Bonddu Books price £9.95!
Fishing in Grayling Paradise
by Karel Krivanec
Tales of flyfishing for grayling, and the occasional trout, on the Vltava River in the region of the Sumava mountains in the Czech Republic by noted Czech angling author, Karel Krivanec. The stories were all written between 2001 and 2010 and take place on the upper section of the river known as the Warm Vltava, from its confluence with the Grassy Vltava (Rasnice) in Lenora to the confluence with the Cold Vltava near Smolna Pec.
First published in Czech in 2010, this new English translation is limited to only 500 copies. We have a handful of copies now but the main stock should arrive with us very soon.
Mint new paperback limited to 500 copies only. Price £14.95
Life of a Chalkstream
by Simon Cooper
This delightful book records a year in the life of an essentially English waterscape, one that is home to a vast array of wildlife and natural habitat of the keen angler - the chalkstream. Simon Cooper grew up in Hampshire, where he first fell in love with fly fishing. Only after moving away did he realise how little people knew about the secret world of the chalkstreams. Chalkstreams are nearly exclusive to England, ranging from Dorset to Yorkshire and including the famous River Test in Hampshire. Every river is special in its own right. Life of a Chalkstream is a lyrical and revealing voyage through the yearly cycle of this unique waterway. From the remarkable spectacle of salmon, sea trout and brown trout spawning in winter, to the emergence of water voles in spring and the explosion of mayflies in the early days of summer, the author evocatively describes the natural wonders of the chalkstream. He introduces us to the fascinating diversity of life that inhabits its the wildlife. We learn how neglect threatens these inhabitants and why the fight to save the chalkstreams is so vital, not only for fishermen, but for anybody who values the beauty of rural England.
Mint in dust-wrapper. Price £16.99.
All Born with a Hunter's Instinct
by Paul Dooley
Following the success of Paul's first book, Stormy Nights and Frosty Mornings, he's back to recount more of his adventures in the field with his lurchers, terriers, ferrets and hawks. Launched at the Welsh Game Fair, all of our copies have been signed by the author
Mint new hardback. Signed by the author. Price £22.50.