2000 1st edition. De luxe issue. 4to (220 x 278mm). Pp180. Colour photographs, marbled end-papers, silk marker ribbon. Fully bound in dark green leather binding, tipped on portrait photograph to upper board, upper board and spine titled in silver-gilt.
A collection of Fred's angling essays on a medley of angling-related subjects - unusual fish such as lampreys and sturgeon, research into the earliest illustrations of fishing reels and angling in English church paintings, and memoirs of Dick Walker, Hugh Falkus, Terry Thomas and Rev. Edward Alston. * The leather-bound edition was limited to only 50 copies. These sold out prior to publication. This is an un-numbered out-of-series copy of that edition. The author's signature has been tipped-on to the half-title page. Chapters include: Thirty-five years of Irish fishing; The Royal sturgeon; Explaining Llandegfedd's record pike; The earliest documented capture of big pike; Churchill pike fishing; Pike swallows dog; The earliest English illustration of an angler; A fourth-century European illustration of a salmon angler; Burning and sunning the water; Some notes on Chinese fishing; The St Keverne reel; The earliest fishing reel - a new perspective; Catching a lamprey; Lampreys and the kings of England; Too few lampreys; Spawning brook lampreys of the River Test; A rod in Russia; An old man, two boys and a 202lb catfish!; Thanksgiving address; Gillies, charr and the rector's reply; The red fellow; The Macedonian fly; The blow-line; Hugh Falkus; The Rev. Edward C. Alston - a gentle Englishman; A memoir by the Rev. Edward C. Alston; Terry Thomas; Salmon and women; At the water's edge.