signed books

  • Back from the Game Fair with new signed books

    Back from the Game Fair, and just about recovered, we have a few signed copies left of the two new sporting books that were launched on our stand over the weekend.

    Stalking FallowStalking Fallow by John Thornley with illustrations by Ian MacGillivrary
    by John Thornley

    "Fallow deer are acknowledged as being one of the most difficult of our six species of deer in the UK to manage effectively. Stalking Fallow is an extensive guide to the management and techniques of stalking fallow deer from the perspective of not only the deer stalker but also the deer manager and the land owner. It provides a unique insight into stalking both woodland and open ground and the techniques in the use of high seats. Covering all aspects of fallow deer management and their natural history, it includes how to organise and manage collaborative team culls, recognise and prevent crop damage, and take into account any health and safety issues, and disease identification. Stalking fallow is beautifully illustrated throughout by renowned wildlife artist, Ian MacGillivrary and is an essential definitive guide for all associated with the management of fallow deer."

    At the Game Fair both the author, John Thornley, and the illustrator, Ian MacGillivrary, signed some copies for us. We have a few of these left for just £25.00 each.

    Mint new hardback in dust-wrapper. Signed by both author and illustrator.
    £25.00


    Between the CovertsBetween the Coverts: The shooter's bedside book by Charles Smith-Jones with illustrations by Will Garfit
    The Shooter's Bedside Book
    by Charles Smith-Jones

    "A delightful compendium that every shooting person will relish full of fascinating facts, tips and advice, A-Z of game species and a mixture of classic shooting stories, both true and fictional. A glance at the A to Z section of quarry species gives a very good idea of the scope of the book, which ranges from the commonplace to the unusual. Of course, there are entries for pheasant and partridge (both grey and redleg), but also for black grouse, ptarmigan and golden plover, plus the various species of goose and duck. The author describes them in detail - their appearance, their habitats and their habits. He does not ignore the four-legged quarry either, as hare, squirrel and rabbit, for example are all included too. So whatever your chosen quarry, you will find an accurate description, as well as an unusual fact, a tip for improving your equipment or your technique, or a useful titbit of information that will not only stand you in good stead for your shooting day but also increase your enjoyment.In other sections, the author's sound advice covers all sorts of topics, from choosing your gun and cartridges, how best to look after your equipment, basic etiquette if you are a guest, hints for safe shooting and an invaluable list of 'keeper's tips', plus ideas about storing game. Interspersed throughout the text are anecdotes, shooting quotations and snippets of fascinating information; and, of course, there is a welcome reappearance of the characters from the fictional Glen Garron estate. We are also introduced to a previously unknown regiment, the Glamorgan Fusiliers, whose exploits and eccentricities will strike a chord for any reader with a military background. The author's ability to provide a carefully researched historical perspective to the sport of game shooting - the development of firearms and shooting techniques over the centuries - can only add to the keen shot's understanding of his or her sport. Facts are explained and myths exploded against a background of great experience and deep knowledge, but always with huge enthusiasm and a liberal dose of wit and humour. You are bound to find something within this very readable book's pages that you didn't know before: and whether you are an experienced shot or a novice, you will find plenty to inform, entertain and amuse. Should you be looking for a present to take to the host of your shooting day, look no further!"

    Mint new hardback in dust-wrapper. Signed by the author.
    £20.00

  • Angling Monographs selling well

    Our new series of Angling Monographs are selling well. For anyone thinking about purchasing one of the quarter-leather editions of The Lost Salmon Flies of Balmoral by Colin Innes we would recommend doing so sooner rather than later - only two copies remain!

    UPDATE 26/02/2016 - The de luxe edition of The Lost Salmon Flies of Balmoral has now sold out. Paperback copies still available.

    Click here to see the full series.

  • 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.

  • On the road again

    Paul is currently on the road making his way to Denmark. The van is packed full of just about as many flyfishing and flytying books as it will take but he managed to find enough space to take along his sea trout tackle too!

    Meanwhile, back at the shop, new books are arriving with us every day. Flyfisher's Chronicle by Neil Patterson is selling fast. Our first few copies all have a signed and inscribed bookplate on the front end-paper. We don't have too many of these left now so if you are after a signed copy I would recommend placing your order sooner rather than later! Another excellent book that has just arrived in stock is the long-awaited new paperback edition of Understanding the Bird of Prey by Nick Fox. It is probably the most comprehensive gathering of data on birds of prey ever assembled. The book covers the biology of birds of prey, their captive management, breeding, training and rehabilitation. Essential reading if you are even slightly serious about birds of prey, for any purpose whatsoever.

    While Paul's away Luke and Matthew will continue adding new books to the website everyday. Keep an eye on the Newest Listings section of the website to keep yourself informed of the latest additions of new and second-hand books to our stock.

  • While My Float's Still Cocked - reviews

    While My Float's Still Cocked
    The ramblings of an artist-angler
    By Maurice J. Pledger

    High quality paperback with flaps. £19.95
    Cloth-bound hardback in dust-wrapper limited to 250 signed and numbered copies. £SOLD OUT
    De luxe leather-bound edition incorporating handmade porcupine quill float by Paul Cook. £395.00

    "Lovely book." (Amazon customer, 26th of November 2015)


    "Good book with lovely pictures." (Denise Hyslop, Amazon review, 8th of January 2015)


    "This book is a must read for all passionate anglers and will take you back to when you started fishing and remind you of the reasons that you are still fishing today. The author is also a dab hand with the brush - to put it mildly!!!" (Andy, Amazon review, 15th of November 2013)


    "I bought this book as a present for my husband who is a keen angler and collector of angling associated books. He thoroughly enjoyed it and the colour plates are amazing." ("maid of the mist", Amazon review, 14th of January 2013).


    "All I can say is if you must read one angling book before you die, read this. It's thought provoking and amusing, but most of all, it's amazingly entertaining. A thoroughly good read, get a copy today. It will not disappoint." (Jeff Woodhouse, FishingMagic.com)

    While My Float's Still Cocked - deluxe edition

  • The North Country Fly - reviews

    The North Country Fly: Yorkshire's soft hackle tradition by Robert L. Smith

    The North Country Fly
    Yorkshire's soft hackle tradition
    By Robert L. Smith

    Large hardback in dust-wrapper. £25.00
    Two volume de luxe leather-bound edition with plates of flies. Edition limited to 25 signed and numbered copies. £795.00

    "Excellent book, well researched and put together. Covers everything you will ever need to know about the flies, the tyings and the history. A must have book for the spider fan." (Grant McKinnon, Amazon review, 8th of March 2015).


    "What a great book , it is a fantastic history of the north country spiders and the people who tied them , and fished them , well done rob." (Peter Helliwell, Amazon review, 24th of February 2015).

    The North Country Fly - deluxe edition The North Country Fly - deluxe edition

  • The North Country Fly - De luxe edition

    The North Country Fly by Rob Smith - De luxe editionFresh from the binder this week is the beautiful de luxe edition of Robert L. Smith's The North Country Fly.

    The two volume de luxe edition, each finely bound in full dark blue Nigerian goatskin leather. Volume One is the text of The North Country Fly and is signed and numbered by the author. Volume Two contains two panels each containing ten specimens of North Country flies dressed for this edition by the author. This selection of traditional patterns is taken from a wide variety of North Country rivers and streams, and the flies have been tied from the original dressings and utilising authentic North Country hackles and vintage silks. In order to best remain faithful to the profile of the original patterns, the flies have been dressed on straight-eyed, light-wire Daiichi dry-fly hooks. The two leather-bound volumes are housed together in a handsome matching blue slipcase lined with wine-red felt.

    This de luxe edition is limited to only 25 signed and numbered two-volume sets for sale and we now have very few left. Click here or contact us for further details.

    "It is a very special book and, as long as fly-fishing continues to be a pastime in our North Country streams, it will be and remain to be a classic." (Malcolm Greenhalgh).

    "The North Country Fly is gorgeous and fascinating... What a treat." (Paul Schullery).

    The North Country Fly - De luxe edition

  • The North Country Fly launched at the BFFI

     

    Pat Stevens, Rob Smith and Peter Hayes British Fly Fair International 2015

    Pat Stevens talks to Peter Hayes and Rob Smith at the launch of Rob's book - The North Country Fly: Yorkshire's Soft Hackle Tradition at the BFFI last weekend.
    We had a very enjoyable and successful show - meeting lots of old (and new) friends, and we had a terrific response to the new soft-hackle book.
    We were also joined by Neil Patterson who was signing our copies of his classic book, Chalkstream Chronicle. It was great to meet him after having known of him for many years. Neil has a new book, Flyfisher's Chronicle, coming out next week. Although we didn't receive the books in time for the show, Neil is signing some book-plates so that we can send personalised copies out to our customers next week.

  • Book launch this weekend at the BFFI

    The North Country Fly
    Yorkshire's soft hackle tradition
    by Robert L. Smith

    Standard hardback edition. £25.00
    Two volume de luxe leather-bound edition with flies. Limited to 25 sets only. £795.00

    Due for publication this Saturday at the BFFI. Signed hardback copies will be available for mail order from the start of next week. We have very few of the two volume de luxe edition copies left so please contact us as soon as possible if you would like to reserve a copy.
    The North Country Fly by Robert L. Smith

  • The North Country Fly by Robert L. Smith

    THE NORTH COUNTRY FLY
    YORKSHIRE'S SOFT HACKLE TRADITION.
    By Robert L. Smith.

    Standard edition. High quality cloth-bound hardback in dust-wrapper. £25.00
    De luxe edition. Two volume leather-bound edition with plates of North Country Flies. £795.00

    The North Country Fly: Yorkshire's Soft Hackle Tradition by Robert L. SmithI am pleased to announce the publication of Robert L. Smith's long-anticipated history of the North Country fly. The author's research has brought to light many rare documents, providing evidence for a tradition of imitative fly dressing, particularly in Yorkshire's Wharfedale, going back over 300 years. He has had access to several rare and early fly lists and his book includes the full texts of several previously unpublished manuscripts - from William Lister's fishing diary 1712-1724 to a number of fly-lists of nineteenth century beck-watchers. Additionally he provides much new information on previously published sources such as Walbran, Pritt and Edmonds & Lee, as well as up-to-date information on tying and fishing soft-hackle flies.

    Beautifully illustrated with examples of actual flies and materials, and with images from the original manuscripts, this book tells the definitive story of the North Country fly.

    The book will be launched at the British Fly Fair International, Stafford County Showground, 7th and 8th of February 2015. It is a large and beautifully produced hardbound volume and is priced very modestly at only £25.00. The author will be with us signing copies so everyone pre-ordering now will receive a signed copy.


     

    The North Country Fly: Yorkshire's Soft Hackle Tradition by Robert L. SmithWe are also producing a very special de luxe edition. This will consist of two volumes, each finely bound in full dark blue Nigerian goatskin leather. Volume One is the text of The North Country Fly. Volume Two contains two panels each containing ten specimens of North Country flies dressed for this edition by the author. This selection of traditional patterns is taken from a wide variety of North Country rivers and streams, and the flies have been tied from the original dressings and utilising authentic North Country hackles and vintage silks. In order to best remain faithful to the profile of the original patterns, the flies have been dressed on straight-eyed, light-wire Daiichi dry-fly hooks. The two leather-bound volumes will be contained together in a handsome matching cloth slipcase.

    This de luxe edition is limited to only 25 signed and numbered two-volume sets for sale. It is priced at £795 per set, but those ordered before 30th January 2015 will be invoiced at the pre-publication price of £750. Specific numbers of more than half of the edition have already been requested so if you desire a particular number please let us know as soon as possible. Click here for further details.

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