Monthly Archives: August 2015

  • Lots of new books and bargains

    It's been a busy few weeks with lots of new books coming into stock as well as plenty of new bargains. Here are just a small selection of the latest arrivals.

    A year on the Water by Terry Theobald. Signed by the author. £20.00

    Extreme Pike by Stephen Harper. Signed and numbered limited edition. £35.00

    Mammoth Pike 2004 - 13 by Neville Fickling. Signed and numbered limited edition. £35.00

    The Life and Times of Bill Quinlan. New paperback edition just £10.95

    The Little Book of Fly Fishing for Trout. Was £11.99. Now only £2.95!

    Fly Tying for Beginners by Peter Gathercole. Was £16.99. Now only £7.95!

    A History of Yateley by Rob Maylin and Alan Cooper two volume set. Was £60.00. Now only £14.95!

    At the Water's Edge with Martin James. Was £25.00. Now only £4.95!

    Itchen Memories by G.E.M. Skues. Was £25.00. Now only £9.95!

    Tackling Carp with Chilly Chillcott. Was £19.95. Now only £4.95!

    Captive Raptor Management and Rehabilitation by Richard Naisbitt. Was £29.95. Now only £19.95!

    Pike Fishing in the UK and Ireland by Steve Rogowski. Was £19.95. Now only £4.95!

    Keep an eye on the Newest Listings section of the website for all the latest additions to our stock.

  • Tuesday 25th August 2015 - Season of plenty

    We've had visitors for the past month, starting with Ken from New Hampshire, then Bethan and Dewi from France, and Owen and Sara from Cambridge, so I've done little serious fishing. Instead we've been busy dealing with the produce of the garden (and the woods, the fields and the sea-shore), and feasting every day,
    I did have a spectacular couple of hours on the shore last week. Birds were working just off a rocky reef so I waded up to my chest to get onto the rocks, finding myself in the middle of a feeding horde. Of course, my first cast hooked a shearwater, and by the time I had landed and released it the flocks had moved away. Then, for an hour I caught school bass on surface plugs. Almost every cast produced a follow from fish which I could see clearly from my stance high on the rocks. I returned them all except one - a fish of about 3lb that was almost as deep as it was long. (I discovered the reason later - it had eaten eight six-inch herrings). I had to stop because of the rising tide, and this time I couldn't touch the bottom so had to swim the few feet from the rocks to the sandy shallows. I managed to keep my phone and van keys dry, but realised later that I had left my wallet in my pocket!
    I returned at dawn a few days later with my inflatable in the back of the van. It was pouring with rain and I had almost decided not to launch the boat. Then I looked over the sea-wall and saw a horde of gannets crashing into the sea only a few hundred yards away. Of course they kept drifting ahead of me as my two-horse motor pushed me out to sea. The rain became torrential, but did little to flatten the waves, and I found myself in a turmoil of water and birds, with gannets and shearwaters, gulls and terns diving all around me, porpoises within a few yards. I could hardly see because the rain was so heavy, and they were all catching fish except me! I really expected to catch a load of mackerel, but caught none, probably because they were taking herrings and the mackerel were not present. I chased the birds up and down the bay for a couple of hours, catching just a small bass and a very large weever before giving them best and returning to shore drenched to the skin. Such opportunities are rare unless you live on the shore, so despite its lack of success, it was an experience I am unlikely to repeat very often.
    The river is full of sea-trout but I have done little to molest them. I've had just a few casts once or twice, at a spot I can fish just a few minutes from my desk, and had a couple of three-pounders - they are colouring up now, as the season progresses. Almost every cast produces a take from little ten-inch sewin - let's hope they all come back next year!
    To Liverpool today, to take Bethan and Dewi to the plane, then to Ireland for the game fair at Birr Castle. I haven't been there before - I just hope the ground will not have suffered from the week of rain that is forecast. If it does rain all week, perhaps there will be some salmon in the river when we return.

    Feeding frenzy at Borth Feeding frenzy at Borth

  • Sunday 16th August 2015 - Eating aliens.

    Chicken and garlic - Coedcae style. Chicken and garlic - Coedcae style.

    Plucked silkies Plucked silkies

     

    Chicken and garlic 2 - Coedcae style. Chicken and garlic 2 - Coedcae style.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The last two silkie cockerels had to go. Despite their very strange appearance they made a delicious supper.
    Yesterday I thinned out the Christmas Dinners - the Hubbards that I bought as day-olds at the beginning of June. They have grown well - the biggest was 9.5lb - but I am not happy with them. They are lethargic, unintelligent and weak, genetically programmed to do little but eat. We will eat them, but I feel bad about it. They are the freaks, not the silkies. So, in future we just keep and eat old breeds and mongrels, even if they don't have huge breasts!

    Marion, Ken Callahan, Paul, Paul Hogan, Luke and Jane. Marion, Ken Callahan, Paul, Paul Hogan, Luke and Jane.

    Despite the efforts of the CLA to isolate Fisherman's Row, the Coch-y-Bonddu team had a great time at the Game Fair. The layout of the site was awful but we did have a food court nearby, so we didn't have to go far to stock up with olives and venison, cheese and cider. Although sales were not great - we hardly saw anyone from Gunmaker's Row - I did have one magnificent coup. Rifle-makers, Rigby & Co., had Jim Corbett's Rigby rifle on display. Hearing about this I took along my copy of Corbett's first book, Jungle Stories. Only 100 of these were produced by the Naini Tal village printer, for giving away to friends of the author. Probably only two or three copies survive, and I had a very high (five figure!) price on it. I sold it to a great Corbett fan, doubling our takings, and it is now on loan to the Rigby exhibition.

    Bethan and Dewi are spending August with us so I've spent little time on the river. I took a few low-water fish on nymphs before the Game Fair, but we are spending more time foraging than fishing. This afternoon there is a good prawning tide and an easterly breeze so we'll be off to the sea-side.

     

     

  • A History of Yateley by Alan Cooper and Rob Maylin

    A terrific bargain!

    Two volumes, each with an original price of £30.00, now available as a set for only £14.95!

    Click here for more information or to place an order.

    A History of Yateley by Alan Cooper and Rob Maylin Two volume set now available for just £14.95 - a saving of over £45.00!

    The Yateley Complex and its famous carp are known by every carp angler in the country and probably most of the world for that matter. Although they have never produced a record carp, Bazil, Heather, Jumbo and their mates have been pursued by the UK's top carp anglers for over fifty years. Think of any famous carp angler in the last half-century and you can bet your life he's trodden Yateley's sacred grounds.

    Some only fished the odd season; others have spent a good part of their lives in pursuit of these legendary carp. They would all tell you that Yateley is a very special place. It has that unique vibe that very few carp waters aspire to. Why? Well it's a combination of factors: beautiful surroundings, peace, awesome scaly beasts with a reputation for being difficult to put on the mat, a great camaraderie within the syndicate and a chance to become part of England's great carp heritage are just some of the reasons. Yateley meant different things to different people: to some it was a way of life, to others an obsession, but for certain no one that fished Yateley ever took catching its residents lightly.

    This book compiled by Alan Cooper and Rob Maylin represents just a fraction of Yateley's history; it would have taken ten volumes and not two to include every angler who had achieved a personal best or goal. What we have tried to do is encapsulate the essence of this special complex. We have experts on the stockings and the early years and chapters from the anglers who caught these legends at their best weights. Each lake has its own introduction written by Alan, and there are beautiful maps and drawings to accompany every lake on the complex.

    We have also tried to include every carp that ever lived at Yateley - not an easy task, but one we have taken pleasure in achieving. Not every famous angler who ever set foot on Yateley is mentioned here, but most are.

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