2011 1st edition de luxe. Coch-y-Bonddu Books. Machynlleth, Powys.
Pp342 +1pp ad. Colour plates of flies. Full red-brown goatskin with mounted fly set into hand-marbled end-papers. Mint in slipcase. De luxe edition limited to only 30 copies.
Everything you could wish to know about the rivers of the Welsh Borderlands - Dee, Severn, Wye and Usk - and their many delightful brooks and streams: The ecology of the rivers; their history and the books that have been written about them; famous anglers of the Borderlands; their fly patterns and techniques. Walter Gallichan, the Reverend Powell, Canon Eagles; all tell their stories, as do some of the most successful of today's Borderlands anglers. Includes over 230 local trout and grayling fly patterns specially tied and photographed for this book, together with selected excerpts from the best writings about the area, a definitive bibliography, and an up to date comprehensive catalogue of where to fish today, together with contact names, telephone numbers and websites. Roger Smith has done a great service for all the many anglers who know and love the region, and especially for those who have yet to discover its secrets. "It is a masterpiece - informative, intriguing and entertaining - and I loved it." (Sandy Leventon, Trout & Salmon Magazine). De luxe edition includes an actual mounted 'Dogsbody' trout fly tied by Jean Williams of Sweet's Tackle Shop in Usk.