Monthly Archives: March 2014

  • The Terriers and Terriermen of Ireland

    The Terriers & Terriermen of Ireland
    by Johnny Bluck

    Just arrived in the warehouse is the latest book from Johnny Bluck, The Terriers and Terriermen of Ireland.

    "Johnny has gone to great lengths to produce this his latest and possibly best book to date... a book like no other in terms of the richness of its contents and the look into the lives of the greatest terriermen in Ireland... This book has it all and then some more... you only have to look at the front of the book to get an insight into what riches lie beneath its cover... The history, the terriers the digging...The formation of the Irish Working Terrier Federation and its fight to save terrierwork for all terriermen in Ireland!. It is a limited edition book with only 1,200 copies being made available. Once they're gone, They're gone for good!!"


    Mint new hardback. Signed and numbered by the author. Only £25.00.

  • Tied in the Hand - reviews

    Tied in the Hand by Sven-Olov Hard

    Tied in the Hand:
    Odyssey of a salmon fly-tyer
    By Sven-Olov Hard

    Hardback in dust-wrapper. £35.00
    De luxe leather-bound edition limited to 35 copies with mounted fly tied by the author. £575.00

    "Here we have a book which showcases salmon flies that have been tied in the hand by a dresser with a long experience of doing things that way and who is confident enough to see past the modern trends and dress patterns the way their creators knew them. I am not saying that the last 30 years of classic salmon fly dressing development should be thrown out the window, but I do think that anglers should have a chance to see traditional flies as the Victorians knew them - and if you want that, then this is the book you need...

    ...from that point on I can only describe this as the most charming technical book I have read in a long while...

    ...I thoroughly enjoyed Tied in the Hand and if you don’t buy it for yourself, it would make the most fantastic gift." (Dr Andrew Herd,, click here to read the full review).

    De luxe edition of Tied in the Hand by Sven-Olov Hard

  • Flyfishing the Welsh Borderlands - reviews

    Flyfishing the Welsh Borderlands by Roger Smith

    Flyfishing the Welsh Borderlands:
    A review of flyfishing and flies for wild trout and grayling
    By Roger Smith

    High quality paperback with flaps. £25.00
    Cloth-bound edition limited to 250 signed and numbered copies. £50.00
    De luxe leather-bound edition limited to 30 copies with mounted fly. £195.00

    "Short of someone sitting down and writing a beat by beat resume of the region we are unlikely to see anything better on the subject published in our lifetimes." (Dr Andrew Herd,, click here to read the full review).

    "Superb book." (Ian, Amazon review, 1st of July 2014)


    "Roger Smith's book is in my opinion an essential read for anyone wishing to gain some local knowledge about the Welsh border streams. His passion for the area is clear and his writing combines the knowledge and wisdom of a biologist, a lover of the outdoors and keen angler.

    Roger's many years fishing these streams, talking to other locals and research have come together to form an easy reading, yet incredible informative book which should be on the shelf of any local fly-fisherman." (D.R. Boardman, Amazon review, 12th of January 2013).


    "Roger Smith's very well researched book has pulled together many previously explored 'threads' (not an intended fly tying pun). He has created a work which recognises the contribution made by the rivers and characters of Borderlands fly fishing and firmly positions them in their rightful place in the wider context of UK fly fishing history.

    This is a 'must have' book for anyone who has any interest in or appreciation of the border streams." (Mr P. Dunstan, Amazon review, 28th of May 2012).

  • Water Colours - reviews

    Water Colours:
    Further ramblings of an artist-angler
    By Maurice J. Pledger

    High quality paperback with flaps. £19.95
    Cloth-bound edition limited to 250 signed and numbered copies. £50.00
    De luxe leather-bound edition limited to only 35 signed and numbered copies. £250.00

    "Good writing and divine illustrations.

    It's that time of year again when I am on the lookout for birthday presents or stocking fillers for one or two of my angling colleagues.

    Fortunately, most are easy to please - a few home-tied variants of well-known patterns (any resemblance to the original purely coincidental) or little assortments of the latest gizmos and gadgets.

    For the more discerning, the task is that bit harder and that is why I am eternally grateful that Coch-y-Bonddu Books have, in their infinite, wisdom published Water Colours - the equally well written and excellently illustrated follow-up to Maurice J Pledger's While My Float's Still Cocked.

    The subtitle, Further ramblings of an artist-angler, could not be further from the truth. Pledger is both a remarkably gifted author and artist - I leave it to those who know him better to comment on his angling capabilities - whose prose is clear, concise and easy to read, and whose illustrations are simply divine.

    Like all good writers, Pledger evokes a roller-coaster of emotions, from laughing out loud with him at the tale of the boy with the hook in his finger and the tricks played on a fishing mate to the poignant final farewell to his father and his uncle.

    But, more than anything, Pledger rekindles a love for, and an interest in, those things we anglers should hold dear to our hearts - the countryside and all things in it, from fish and birds to flora.

    He does this not only through his brilliantly reconstructed anecdotes, but also through the mastery of colour, depth and perception of his wildlife artwork, which, in my view, rates among the best I have seen for some time.

    And the copy of the Water Colours I was going to give to my old school friend ... it is on my book shelf along with While My Float's Still Cocked.

    Perhaps one of these days I'll be lucky enough to add a third volume alongside them. One can but hope." (


    "I doubt any of us display less vanity than this author. Mole, as his friends call him, illustrates interactive children’s books and more than ten million copies have been sold worldwide. His ornithological studies have sold at Sotheby’s, yet when I cheekily asked if I might use some of his fish images on my latest DVD inlays and to break up different film sequences he not only talked his agent into letting me use them at no cost, he then wrote to me saying he was humbled to be given such an opportunity. Crikey, if anyone should be humbled it was me. Of course, I jumped at a chance to repay the favour when he asked me to write an introduction for Water Colours. It was an honour and I knew it would be a cracker if his previous book, While My Float’s Still Cocked was anything to go by.

    I wasn't to be disappointed. Water Colours is a whimsical book. A collection of tales and Boy’s Own adventures, the polar extreme of obsession. It’s a lovely book, one to escape into on a cold winter’s evening. Not surprisingly it’s liberally illustrated with Mole’s sketches and paintings throughout." (Bob Roberts, who contributed the foreword to the book).


    "The book covers many different emotions from sadness to laughter and everything else in between. He discusses his friendships, love of the countryside and many other subjects right the way through to his last goodbye to his father and uncle. Like it says in the subtitle of the book it is about the ramblings of an artist-angler and much more in my opinion. I don't think you will be disappointed with this book and can highly recommend it for your bookshelf and collection." (Mark Sarul,


    "As usual this book shop gives great service I can recommend the author to anyone who enjoys fishing and art." (Keith Holloway, Amazon review, 10th of January 2014).

  • Redfin Diaries - reviews

    Redfin Diaries
    A life in the year of a roach enthusiast
    By Dr. Mark Everard

    Hardback in dust-wrapper. £25.00
    Hardback in dust-wrapper limited to 250 signed and numbered copies. £SOLD OUT
    De luxe leather-bound edition limited to only 30 signed and numbered copies. £250.00

    "Loosely described as a life in the year of a roach enthusiast, this isn’t a diary of events that takes place over the course of one year. It’s a book split into the four seasons with tales drawn from several decades neatly filed under the headings of Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring. Emotionally it’s hard to describe how I felt after reading the diaries because it took me back three decades to when big roach could be found in rivers like the Idle and Torne. It brought into sharp focus what we've lost through disastrous river board drainage practises, chemical fertilisation and that blight of all blights, the influx of freshwater cormorants which threatens the very survival of river roach. Yet here’s a bloke who claims to have caught more than 900 specimen roach pretty much during that same era of decline. It’s an astonishing tally yet I see no reason why Everard should exaggerate and I therefore take him at his word. Unfortunately, here in South Yorkshire I've almost as much chance of spotting a unicorn as catching a 2lb roach, never mind one of the many three-pounders he catches. So yes, it’s a book that fills me with jealousy, with regrets and a yearning for the past in equal measures." (Bob Roberts).

    "I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and picked up some useful tips along the way.

    The author has caught over 900 2lb plus roach, some over 3lb, on a variety of waters mainly rivers in the south of England and he has picked out some of his most memorable days for this book. His enthusiasm for the species is contagious and he generously shares full details of his successful methods for locating and catching big roach which the reader can replicate. The book includes many good colour pictures of his roach bags - I was surprised that these sometimes appear before the account of their capture though, somewhat giving the game away but that is a minor detail.

    Mark's interest more widely in life and nature shines through and the book is also illustrated by his own first class drawings of waterside objects which is a nice touch. I would recommend this book particularly to river fishers who would like to catch big roach or just enjoy reading how it's done." ("Sandlubber", Amazon review, 4th of November 2013).


    "Bought this book for my husband and he loved it." (Susan Cartwright, Amazon review, 26th of November 2014).

  • Westcountry Game Fair 2014 - this weekend

    Don't forget to come and see us at the Westcountry Game Fair this weekend at The Royal Bath and West Showground, Somerset. We will have a good varied range of books on fishing and field sports but if you would like us to bring along any specific titles for you to look at (anything at all that you have seen on our website) then you will need to let us know by Thursday morning (tomorrow) at the very latest as we will be leaving early!

    See you there.

  • Poles Apart - reviews

    Poles Apart:
    The History of the London Roach Pole
    by Michael Nadell

    Hardback in dust-wrapper. £35.00
    Limited edition hardback in dust-wrapper, signed and numbered. £50.00
    De luxe leather-bound edition limited to only 35 signed & numbered copies. £295.00

    "Bought this for my husband's 65th Birthday. He finds the book very interesting & loves it, just reads the book over & over again." (Shirley James, Amazon review, 19th of May 2014).

    "Take a history book based on a single item of fishing tackle, limited in geographical distribution, enjoyed its heyday in the 19th Century, that is no longer in production, written by a pastry chef and you might easily have a recipe for Eton Mess. However don’t be fooled into thinking one man’s obsession will be a dull read because this incredibly well-researched book is nothing of the sort. Beautifully illustrated and neatly designed it’s a fascinating read from start to finish. From answering the obvious question ‘what is a London roach pole’, Nadell expands into the makers’ art, the craftsmen who made them, accessories, baits, tactics, even the social influencing. He moves on to the masters of pole fishing, the great matches, how anglers travelled and the golden years of the River Lea. Here’s a book that truly justifies the large format." (Bob Roberts).

    "Well researched, well written; this is a must for the keen roach angler's library. This is a book that I've read cover to cover yet you can dip in as the mood takes you. Whether is the story of the tackle, the men behind the famous firms, the methods or interesting stories, it's all here. I thoroughly recommend this book." ("Jack Sprat", Amazon review, 27th of February 2014).

    "This is a great book not only on the history of the poles and the pole makers but also on the history of the fisher of that time, the tackle and bait they used and how they fished. A wonderfully written and presented book that anyone who is interested in the history of angling will appreciate, a creditable book to be sitting in your collection." (Mark Sarul,

  • Muntjac - reviews

    Managing an Alien Species
    by Charles Smith-Jones

    Hardback. £19.95
    De luxe leather-bound edition limited to only 20 copies. £150.00

    "With thanks to other writers such as Richard Prior we have had access to some superb books for the management of deer, Roe in particular. Charles Smith-Jones refers to Priors good work in this book and I think the structure and style feels very similar.
    The great thing about this book is that most other deer books give a few pages to this little alien species, whereas Smith-Jones writes at length with real purpose and passion educating the reader on all aspects from natural history through the acquisition of sporting rights, understanding your deer, stalking techniques, cull management and processing of Muntjac.
    The book covers areas relevant to other deer species in the UK and the management of them, but for a reader with an interest in Muntjac, this will also offer species specific facts and advice which will provide for the novice as well as for the seasoned deer shooter." ("MORE", Amazon review, 2nd of July 2012).


    "This is a brilliant book if you want to know more about muntjac. Smith-Jones covers the whole topic of deer management. There are chapters on what the stalker needs to know and equipment etc which was helpful. Also chapters on legislation make the law around deer management easier to understand." (A. Cross, Amazon review, 21st of April 2012).


    "This really is the definitive book on Muntjac management, I can't highly recommend it enough. Covers everything there is to know about them, from history through to culling and even trophy preparation." (Mr N. Frewin, Amazon review, 20th October 2009).


    "This absorbing book covers every aspect of the muntjac from its history in the UK, through its habits and lifecycle, to stalking, shooting and larder work.
    Due to their success as an introduced species in this country, the muntjac must, for many, be the the most commonly encountered deer. Their increasing population is not without its problems, but this book focuses on management, i.e. living with this creature, rather than treating it as an outright pest.
    Smith-Jones must be our leading authority on the muntjac; his clear affection for the species, combined with his easy-going style, make this an engaging read for those who hunt deer, or indeed anyone with a realistic interest in this animal." ("edwardh300", Amazon review, 28th of October 2005).

  • The Essential Kelson - Reviews

    The Essential Kelson:
    A Fly-Tyer's Compendium
    Compiled and edited by Terry Griffiths

    Hardback in dust-wrapper. £35.00
    Limited signed and numbered FFCL edition in slipcase. £125.00
    De luxe leather-bound edition with fully dressed salmon fly tied by Marvin Nolte. £575.00

    "This wonderful book should be in the collection or in the list of future purchase for every serious & dedicated Atlantic Salmon Fly "Dresser". It compiles all the chapters for flies and dressing from Mr. Kelson's three books: "The Salmon Fly", "Tips", and "Land & Water". It doesn't contain whole books & chapters (again, flies and dressing techniques, etc) so if you look for entire books, you have to look for other publications.

    The most significant feature of this book is flies are perfectly and beautifully reproduced, following Mr. Kelson's instructions and intention, by the contemporary Master "fly-dresser" Marvin Nolte. As far as I know (books, magazine or online articles), no other publications contain Master Nolte's fly-dressings than this one. He also writes all the annotations regarding technical aspects in modern interpretations.

    Over all, this is a superb reference book in terms of history, fly patterns, techniques, and all." (S. Yamamoto, Amazon US review, 26th of May 2014).

    "The illustrations alone makes the book an absolute gem, but if you're a salmon fly tyer (or a fly tyer at all for that matter), you will slowly come to appreciate the text too. Once you have run through the images a couple of times, ooh'ing and aah'ing over the splendor of these flies and the quality of the pictures, you will start reading, and realize that the text is at least as valuable as the pictures.
    Terry Griffiths has done a very good job of compiling the best of Kelson's writings on fly tying, and brought it into a contemporary context with the help of editing and illustrations. Mind you, the original text is left as Kelson wrote it, but each section has been carefully selected from the different sources and annotated by Marvin Nolte with comments on tools, materials and methods as well as small remarks of why Kelson did as he did and why that in general was so brilliant.
    This book is of course aimed at classical salmon fly tyers first, who will feast on both text, images and original pattern descriptions. Most will very likely have Kelson's writings in some form already, but the added value of the illustrations and the editing makes this book a must anyway.
    The rest of us can just enjoy the overwhelming beauty of the flies of the Victorian era and the fantastic work done by Griffiths and Nolte. This is a book whose beauty will be appreciated by everybody, even non-fly-tyers." (Martin Joergensen, Global FlyFisher, click here to read the full review).

    "George Kelson was the most amazing character, a great horseman, shot, pigeon-racer and a well-known cricketer (he played with W.G. Grace in 1866, the year the Gentlemen beat the Players) and, almost as an afterthought, he wrote extensively on salmon fishing. Kelson’s brash style didn’t suit everyone, but his book The Salmon Fly, published in 1895, remains one of the most influential works on the subject, even a century after it rolled off the presses. Strangely, the book, despite its present fame, didn’t sell as well as you might imagine and Kelson was still sitting on an uncomfortably large pile of stock half a dozen years later, when he published a smaller volume, called Tips. Part of the reason why The Salmon Fly didn’t fly out of the door was that between 1886 and 1902, many of the patterns had appeared in a series of colourful cards slipped between the pages of Land & Water magazine. The market was saturated – but although Kelson probably didn’t make much money as he would have liked out of the venture, he needn’t have worried, because in the long run it didn’t stop The Salmon Fly becoming a classic.

    The problem for modern fly tiers is that the Land & Water cards have literally vanished off the face of the planet; The Salmon Fly is expensive, even as a reprint, largely because it is a great big shaggy dog of a book; and a first edition of the almost athletically slim Tips, which only has half a dozen “new” patterns in it, will set you back several hundred squids. Justin Knowles very farsightedly published Ron Coleby’s book The “Land and Water Salmon” Flies back in 1993, but this has become almost as much of a collector’s item as first editions of Kelson’s own books and it has never been reprinted.
    Which is where The Essential Kelson comes in. There are plenty of other lists of salmon flies – Dunne, Fitzgibbon, Francis, Hale, Hardy, Maxwell, Pryce-Tannatt – but Kelson illustrated more of the patterns than all of his rivals put together and has attracted a much-deserved fan club because of it. Here, for the first time, is Kelson without the boring bits, boiled down to the hard core of information that fly dressers need to tie the patterns he chose; illustrations of 78 flies tied by Marvin Nolte; and of a slew of period dressings, many of them from Peter Cresswell’s very fine collection; and that is not to mention scans of the many colour plates from The Salmon Fly and The “Land and Water Salmon” Flies. Counting the foreword by Paul Little, the index and the introduction by Terry Griffiths, the whole thing maxes out at just over 300 large format pages.

    If you are a salmon fly tier, then you want this (I didn’t say you need it, but you do want it). Just about the only criticism I could possibly make is that I wouldn’t personally have chosen pink to highlight Marvin Nolte’s very helpful comments on Kelson’s instructions.
    This really is going to be an extremely popular book and our thanks are due to the team that produced it. The 75 leather copies are unique as each one has a different salmon fly tied by Marvin Nolte bound in - if you want to tie Kelson, look no further." (Dr Andrew Herd,

    "This is an absolutely superb book. Belongs on the shelf of everyone who enjoys fly tying. I still love looking at my copy even after a couple of years ownership. The detail and workmanship in this book is fantastic. The illustrations are great." (Mr. Clive Edwards, Amazon review, 24th of November 2013).

  • Fly Fishing Outside the Box - reviews

    Fly Fishing Outside the Box:
    Emerging Heresies

    by Peter Hayes

    Hardback in dust-wrapper. £25.00
    Leather-bound edition in slipcase, signed and numbered by the author and limited to only 100 copies. £95.00

    "The good news about Fly Fishing Outside the Box: Emerging Heresies is that it will make your head spin. The bad news about this book is that it will make your head spin. There is no escaping its effect: this is a complex, heady book... When it comes to wading outside the box, Peter Hayes is the Malcolm Gladwell of the fishy set and deserves our attention... Fly Fishing Outside the Box is at turns witty, urbane, erudite, and occasionally esoteric. It is also well researched, so that even the foot-notes, attached to the end of each chapter, are delightful and informative and constitute their own sub-narrative on angling history and literature... Coch-y-Bonddu Books produces handsome and attractive angling books, and this one is no exception. Bountifully enhanced by colour photographs, sketches, illustrations, excerpted pages from historical texts, as well as purposeful lists, columns, graphs, and an appropriate bibliography. Fly Fishing Outside the Box is a visual treat and a worthy challenge for any angler serious enough to willingly desire retro-fitting. You will talk back to this intriguing book, but you can't help learn from it." (selected quotes from an extensive review by Bob DeMott in the Bulletin of the Angler's Club of New York, Spring 2014).


    "Going against the grain of much received wisdom and aimed at the experienced angler who likes to think laterally about trout and their behaviour, this refreshing study combines practical advice with modesty and humour. Can an artificial fly float too well? Would nymph patterns be better dressed backwards? Well versed in the sport's literature and with excellent colour illustrations, this impressive book is likely to prove quietly influential." (David Profumo, Country Life, February 2014).


    "Fly Fishing Outside the Box isn't a conventional title and neither is this book's content. This brave, exciting work by Peter Hayes challenges many fly-fishing beliefs. It's not a whimsical or throwaway commentary intended to provoke controversy; instead it provides information based on years of close observation and is carefully argued... what you will find is an outstanding publication crammed with useful information, set out in a way that will stimulate newcomers and seasoned rods alike. With its refreshing slant, Fly Fishing Outside the Box really does question convention and belongs on the shelf of every fly-fisher's library." (Paul Procter).


    "Hooray! At last a fly fishing book that challenges. Everything.

    Peter Hayes does not suffer fools gladly (I hope I am the exception) or underestimate trout. Therefore, this book is a breath of fresh air that will ruffle the odd tranquil surface and reveal a world on all river fly fishing levels and I promise you will change (for the better) because of it.

    What I love about '...Outside the Box' is its breathtaking originality and breathing life into a fairly tired, threadbare subject. It seeks not to dumb down; the book challenges you, convention, and myths and widely held dogmatic opinion. Basically, the book tosses a fly-fishing gauntlet into your casting path. Pick up the gauntlet: accept the challenge and be a far better river fisher as a result." (Charles Jardine).


    "Those who review game angling books receive a constant stream of new titles. Most are adequate, or better than 'adequate', 'how to do it' books or reminiscences; too many are far less good. Just a very few stop one in one's tracks, are truly difficult to put down, explain compellingly the truth behind things we thought we knew but didn't, and really make one think about one's sport.

    For me, Brian Clarke's The Pursuit of Stillwater Trout (A&C Black, 1975) is an obvious example of the latter. It changed completely the way in which I thought of and approached stillwater fly fishing. The same went for Vincent Marinaro's In the Ring of the Rise (Lyons & Burford, 1976). There are just a few others, including Peter Hayes' new book, Fly Fishing Outside the Box. It is aptly named." (Peter Lapsley).


    "Fly Fishing Outside The Box takes a hammer and chisel to many set-in-stone fly fishing and fly-tying perceptions and practices. The book will do for the 'want to do better' flyfisher what a spell at the Harvard Business School does for the aspiring business supremo - but speaking from personal experience, will be a lot more fun!

    This brilliant book challenges assumptions, shows why many time worn practices need to be rethought, and provides parameters for new action, all based on logic and a raft of common sense.

    I challenge any flyfisher - whatever their level of expertise - not to benefit from this, the most important book for trout and grayling anglers since John Goddard and Brian Clarke's classic, The Trout and the Fly." (Timothy Benn - Publisher, The Trout and the Fly).


    "During the past 125 years a few essential books have appeared that most significantly advanced our understanding of the feeding behavior of trout and how that behavior relates to the design of the flies we fish. The primary early texts included dry-fly father-figure Frederic Halford's second book,"Dry-Fly Fishing, Theory and Practice" (1889); George LaBranche's (the only American in this early group) "The Dry Fly and Fast Water" (1914); J.C. Mottram's amazingly prescient "Fly Fishing: Some New Arts and Mysteries" (1915); G.E.M. Skues' eloquent and penetrating "The Way of a Trout with a Fly" (1921), and Col. E.W. Harding's scientifically rigorous "The Flyfisher & the Trout's Point of View" (1931). It is disappointing that so few American fly fishers bother to find their way to these theoretical classics, because they form the foundation of much of what we modern fly fishers do. Later books that been well received and recognized as heirs of this tradition include Brian Clarke and John Goddard's "The Trout and the Fly" (1980), and more books by Americans: Vincent Marinaro's "A Modern Dry Fly Code" (1950) and "In the Ring of the Rise" (1976); Datus Proper's "What the Trout Said" (1982); and Paul Schullery's "The Rise" (2006, which is too recent to know if this one will last). Readers who have followed this subject will no doubt have other titles they would nominate for the list, but these titles are a good start.

    It is especially a good start because now we have Peter Hayes' beautifully produced "Fly Fishing Outside the Box," which picks up the energetic dialogues, debates, and outright disagreements offered by the authors listed above and moves the whole enterprise of fly-fishing theory along on many fronts. This wide-ranging, stimulating, and iconoclastic book, as entertaining as it is provocative, offers a respectful review of the best (and worst) thinking of Hayes' many predecessors. He takes on traditional (Both Halfordian and Catskill-style) dry-fly design, which at least since Marinaro's time a few people have taken to task for flaws of almost mythic proportions. He addresses some perplexing and almost universally ignored questions, such as "Which way do natural duns face as they float downstream?" and "Do our imitations face that way?" and "What do trout make of the leader that they can see clearly attached to every fly we cast to them?" He reconsiders tippets, leaders, nymphs, presentation issues, the tricky physics of the surface film, the surprisingly important heritage of Tenkara-type fishing, and many other matters of interest. Thinking fishermen, especially those with a fine eye for the longstanding theories behind modern fly design and trout natural history, will find much here to interest, surprise, and perhaps even annoy them; which is as it should be in a book about something as quirky and bewildering as fly-fishing.

    Most of Hayes' stories and examples take place on British streams, but you would be foolish to let that put you off or make you think these things don't apply to your fishing. Remember that when Pennsylvania limestone-stream fisherman Marinaro published his masterpiece "A Modern Dry-Fly Code" in 1950, his most meaningful sources of information and inspiration were those earlier British writers before him. Trout are trout and streams are streams, whether they flow through a Wyoming sagebrush flat or a Hampshire water meadow.

    REVIEWER'S DISCLAIMER: I've read all the books I've mentioned. I have not met Mr. Hayes, but at his request I did read the manuscript for him prior to its publication, which is how I came to hold such a high opinion of it." (Paul Schullery, Amazon US review, 28th of October 2013).


    "Been there, caught it and wondering what's next? Fishing beginning to lack the appeal it once had? Up for a challenge? Well, here it is in the form of the immensely experienced Peter Hayes' take on new perspectives in fly fishing – and what a vista it most surely provides… a great book and one that you will almost certainly return to again and again. I'll be interested to see what Peter writes next." (Dr Andrew Herd).


    "Peter Hayes is an original thinker and someone who challenges convention; combine this with the fact he is a very experienced and successful angler and you have a book that is essential reading for the trout (and grayling) fly angler." (Tim Jacklin in Salmo Trutta, the magazine of The Wild Trout Trust).


    "Peter Hayes has done fly-fishing a great service by taking a deep breath and blowing the dust off a century or more of an accepted or imposed theory and dogma. By doing so we are able to take a fresh look at fly-fishing... I doubt if any angler who reads Fly Fishing Outside the Box will ever again be able to turn up at a river and just go through the motions." (Mike Shanks, editor of Irish Angler Magazine).


    "One of the many joys of angling is that it generates a great diversity of literature, some of it valuable, some less so. Fly Fishing Outside the Box belongs firmly in the “valuable” category, and will be seen, I think, as being one of the best books of its kind. The breadth is great, the language is plain and direct; anyone, regardless of experience, can profit from reading it and perhaps become a better, even a happier, angler." (Bob Male, editor of Grayling, magazine of The Grayling Society).


    "...a book full of hints, tips, and experience from an angler who has put in the hours, caught the fish, and wants to share his extensive knowledge...may make you think things a little differently...within the 263 pages there are some real gems of information would I recommend the book? The answer is a resounding yes. I think it would be difficult for an angler of any ability to read it and not take away something from it." (Pete Tyjas, Eat Sleep Fish).


    "It’s difficult to find the right adjective to describe Peter Hayes’ new book, Fly Fishing Outside the Box - Emerging Heresies. Many come to mind – intriguing, enlightening, fascinating – but none really do this brilliant work full justice and the title delivers precisely what it promises... Hayes undertakes a major debunking of many long held rituals, beliefs and philosophies in fly fishing and fly tying and he does it convincingly – with surgical precision in some instances – and always with underlying modesty and an unassuming grace...I could go on, but I’d rather you discovered this book’s wisdoms and gems yourself. Looking around my study right now and doing a quick count, I have a little over 550 fly fishing books on my shelves. I’d guess 60% of those are ‘How to’ books, say around 330. This book is now firmly among the top 10 best of all those.

    Should you buy this book? Yes.

    Will it help you catch more fish? Yes

    Will it teach you a lot and make you think, no matter how good an angler you are? Yes

    How much does it cost? It doesn’t matter." (Tom Sutcliffe, The Spirit of Fly Fishing).


    "...Truly heretical...With a sense of humor Hayes wants to challenge the fly-fisher and eventually getting him to reconsider the official opinion of the church (after all fly-fishing is still a religion, isn`t it?). Finally you shall convert to his deviant teachings...A very exceptional book, which you will like to read, again and again; due to the many different subjects the book is rather hard to categorize, but one thing is certain: fly-fishing novices and also the more sophisticated fishers will have fun reading the 22 chapters. And there is a lot to debate." (Axel Wessolowski, Fliegenfischer Magazine).


    "Peter Hayes, one of the deepest thinkers about fly fishing around today, has just published his masterpiece “Fly Fishing Outside the Box, Emerging Heresies”, which, as the cover says, takes a hammer and chisel to many set-in-stone fly fishing and fly tying perceptions and practices." (Paul Knight, Director of The Salmon and Trout Association, in Gamefisher Magazine).


    "Those who do not know Peter will be taken aback at the extent of his fishing credentials, those who do will not. This is a book by a fisherman who has not only walked the walk, but fished all the waters en route and during the process catching some of its largest and most cunning denizens. From start to finish I didn't find anything that I’d previously read in any other fishing books, and quite a lot of fishing food for thought. Peter isn't one to rehash other peoples thoughts, rather the reverse. Every subject and chapter has been carefully thought through, his thoughts and suppositions validated through many years of standing on or in a river proving, endeavouring to prove or disprove, and analysing his findings for himself. Then, and only then he lucidly details his reasoning under each chapter heading. Quite unafraid to challenge generally held perceptions and fishing dogma, from the books title through to its intriguing chapter headings, this book will engage and inform, but more essentially, it will empower you to go fishing with a different mindset, a different authority. There are probably a dozen fishing books on your shelves that you should throw in a skip, the space is more than adequately taken up with this one volume." (Roger Fagan, for Riffles & Runs).


    great read ! challenges established ideas and makes a lot of sense, cant wait to apply some of this wisdom and see if it really does make a difference! ("SC", Amazon review, 26th April 2014).

    "It was a book well researched and very well written.

    I did not know the author previous to buying the book, but the title made it sound of interest.... It did not disappoint it was a beautifully printed book on fine stock and arrived with the signature of the author Peter Hayes.

    I have enjoyed reading the book and being a fly-fisherman for nearly 50 years it still made some interesting points from many angles of the sport." (David Henry Talmadge, Amazon review, 8th of March 2014).


    "Provocative contemporary book. Not all will agree with some of his theories but it is healthy to challenge traditional techniques and views." ("hatter1958", Amazon review, 24th of February 2014).


    "Very good book brings fishing and flytying to a different level a lot of new ideas easy to follow flytying and flies." (Mark Green, Amazon review, 30th of January 2014).


    "This book was billed as a major work on modern fly fishing. It certainly is a major work, all 272 pages of it, and well worth a read by anyone open to trying different things and prepared to think for themselves. The writer has a somewhat irritating style but do not let this detract from the messages that the book contains. In terms of the content there is very little that is new in this book, it merely takes many factors that have been known for many years and offers some salient thoughts as well as some very useful analysis. If you can take from this book things that improve your fishing then the book will have succeeded. Throw away the dust jacket and study the text, it will reward you if you are receptive. It must be said that this book is essentially about chalk streams, though most principles are common to all rivers. Perhaps the author should have ventured further out of his box, but this should not detract from a valuable and thought provoking work." (Barry Nicholson, Amazon review, 3rd of January 2014).


    "This is something special in flyfishing literature - it's truly different It has authority and imagination and genuinely pushes the boundaries of thinking. Above all, it's entertaining. On page after page I found myself saying 'why didn't I think of that?' Congratulations to Peter Hayes on a brilliant piece of work." (Chris Ogborne, Amazon review, 20th of November 2013).


    "A different approach to many of the situations that puzzle the average fly fisherman with lots of references to add weight to the various theories." (John Frazer, Amazon review, 10th of November 2013).


    "In my opinion the greatest thing about fly fishing is the thrill of learning and discovery. Peter Hayes in this beautifully written, deeply insightful, book shows that there is still plenty to learn and discover about trout and how to fish for them. I was intrigued by the author's numerous insights on things that matter to trout, such as nymph and adult orientation during the drift and tippet flotation (just to name a few), but that I had failed to realize in all my years as a trout bum and reading of the popular literature. The author's fly designs, with instructions, look really great - I can't wait to tie some up and try them myself. I highly recommend this book to anyone serious about their trout fishing." ("Bevillenz", Amazon US review, 6th of November 2013).


    "There are many, many books on fly-fishing. But this one is different. It challenges long held beliefs and traditions and gives you, the reader, much to ponder with plenty of new theories. A great read." (Stuart Crofts, Amazon review, 31st of October 2013).


    "Fly fishing, and especially chalk stream fly fishing, is steeped in history, but often bogged down by tradition. This book analyses and questions the traditions, and encourages readers to think for themselves.Anyone who fishes beyond the occasional mayfly day will find this book an inspiration." (Denise A. Ashton, Amazon review, 20th of October 2013).


    "A beautifully produced book with a refreshingly different approach. I tied the flies and caught fish with them.

    The flies aren't all it's about though. Roll on next season!" (Michael Hallam, Amazon review, 5th of October 2013).


    "Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book (recommended by mate Pete Tyjas of the Devon School of Fly Fishing fame) and will go back & read it again & again to pick up more pearls of wisdom. Fly fishing, especially the way it has developed in the UK (I'm an American but have lived & fished in New Zealand for the past 11 years) is a bit stuffy & full of rules & strict ways of doing it. This book busts it up a bit & gets more in the groove I am used to following when it comes to fly fishing.

    Get a copy & change your modus operandi of fly fishing!" ("Troutbum", Waterstones review, 17th of August 2013).

1-10 of 11

  1. 1
  2. 2