Monthly Archives: March 2015

  • Tuesday 31st March 2015

    I should have been dabbling the duck-fly on Lough Corrib with Dennis Moss this morning. However, storms have put paid to that so I'll forget about Ireland until mayfly time. I might try a few of Rob Smith's spiders on the hill streams over Easter, but more likely I'll be tucked up in the warm in the greenhouse, potting-on tomato plants.
    I have returned to fly-tying after a break of many years, so I will certainly be checking my stocks of shrimp and ragworm patterns ready to tackle the Danish sea-trout next week. I'll be staying on the Baltic coast for several days after the Kolding Fly Festival, so have every chance of catching up with the elusive sea-trout (Any tips on where to go gratefully received!) Then to Holland, where I don't suppose I'll be fishing - just having a beer or two with lots of old friends.
    I will be 
    taking a very nice selection of flyfishing books (& a few lure books) to both shows, but if you want me to bring any particular titles, let me know as soon as possible.


  • A few reviews of our books and service

    Below you will find a small selection of reviews for titles published by Coch-y-Bonddu Books and The Flyfisher's Classic Library. Please click the relevant link below to be taken directly to reviews for the book you are interested in.

    If you would like to read a few recent customer comments on our service please scroll to the bottom of this post.

    Book reviews:

    Fly Fishing Outside the Box. By Peter Hayes

    Flyfishing the Welsh Borderlands. By Roger Smith

    Lure Fishing. By Dave Pugh.

    Muntjac. By Charles Smith-Jones

    Poles Apart. By Michael Nadell

    Redfin Diaries. By Mark Everard

    Salmon Flies: Past and Present. By Henk van Bork

    Shore Fishing: A guide to Cardigan Bay. By John Mason

    The Essential Kelson. Compiled and edited by Terry Griffiths

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

    Tied in the Hand. By Sven-Olov Hard

    Water Colours. By Maurice Pledger.

    While My Float's Still Cocked. By Maurice Pledger.

    Recent customer comments on our service:

    "I have just received my book 'Angling with the Fly' ordered 11 May.

    It is an excellent book and a real bargain at £9.95.
    I am mainly contacting you for the packing of the book which is, without doubt, the best I have ever experienced! ( and I order a lot of books - mainly military history and angling ).

    Thanks again and my congratulations to your packer!
    I have no doubt that I will be ordering again before long!" (P.V. 14th of May 2015)

    "Fastest delivery of any item i have sent for from any online services." (J.D. 22nd of April 2015)

    "this is how book-selling should be done: amazingly efficient, high quality books, beautifully packaged. way beyond first class service. thanks once again!" (D.F. 1st of April 2015)

    "Recent direct order for a couple of books arrived this morn in smart time, wonderfully packed, and exactly as described, or better. Thanks for great service!" (R.E. 10th of March 2015)

    "My three volumes of 'The British Shotgun' arrived safely today - beautifully packaged and very rapidly sent. Thank you very much indeed." (J.W. 6th of January 2015)

    "Safely received and full marks for the packaging :) Triple wrapped for protection, nice touch! and so much better than another parcel I received today. Thank you :)" (C.N. 19th of December 2014)

    "I received my most recent order yesterday . As usual it was a joy to receive, not only the contents themselves but un-wrapping the parcel that has been meticulously prepared is always a moment of pleasure and says so much about how you care for the publications and you customers. Working on my Christmas list!" (I.R. 2nd of November 2014)

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    "I have always had the same personal and excellent service from coch-y-bonddu books and cannot recommend them highly enough and always make a beeline for their stand at the CLA and Fenland fairs." (C.S. 19th of June 2014)

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    I have just received 4 books from your store and wanted to take the time to send you an email to express my delight not only at the quality of the books, but also the unbelievably thorough manner in which they were wrapped, protected and dispatched..
    An utter delight .. Please rest assured I will be coming back to you for repeat orders and will also circulate to fellow enthusiasts.
    With best regards and thanks once again." (J.B. 28th of May 2014)


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    "An excellent birthday present for a serious carp fisherman. Delivery came before estimated date. Packaging was excellent and wrapped up nicely inside to. Excellent service thankyou 😊x" (H.R. 1st of March 2014)

    "Prompt delivery, extremely well packaged. Recommended as a long standing customer of coch-y-bonddu - still as good as ever. Thank you." (I.B. 21st of February 2014)

    "Excellent service once again and superb packaging. Thank you" (W.N. 17th of February 2014)

    "The book arrived in perfect condition, thanks to some excellent protective packaging. Prompt service and a really interesting read for all historically minded fly-tyers . Thank you very much. Keep up the good work!" (R.P. 4th of February 2014)

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    "A hardback book which arrived PROPERLY packed in a cardboard sleeve. I wish other sellers would learn that this is the only way to send a book to avoid damage." (M.C. 30th of December 2013)

  • 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,

    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

  • Tuesday 3rd March 2015

    It's the first day of the trout season! Still cold though, so I doubt whether I'll do much about it for a day or two. Though I have been invited to the chub lake on Friday. We'll see.
    Wildfowling fizzled out without real hard weather, and me busy with shows. The BFFI was excellent - lots of books sold and lots of interaction with friends and customers. The Shooting Show the following weekend was awful. It was a week's work for two of us, with four nights away from home, only to be met with indifference. We won't bother going there again!
    For several years I've been threatening to buy a new van as the old one, fourteen years old, was getting rather decrepit. However, on investigation I found that there is at least sixteen weeks to wait if you want to order a new Transit. So, on Friday I headed up to North Wales and swapped the old one for a newer second-hand one with 100,000 less miles on the clock.

    Rob Smith and Paul collect the de luxe copies of The North Country Fly from the bookbinders. Rob Smith and Paul collect the de luxe copies of The North Country Fly from the bookbinders.

    Tomato seedlings (and a few others) are poking through in the propagator, and we're promised milder weather later in the week so I can get cracking in the greenhouse.

    It is twenty-five years since I tied many flies, but I'm inclined to try a few again. I've bought a nice second-hand vice from Charlie Rust and I'm set to have a tying session on Thursday night. I'll probably be chasing chickens round the garden on Thursday morning, plucking hackles!

    Yesterday I met up with the author, Rob Smith, and bookbinder, Paul Kidson, and got the de luxe copies of The North Country Fly signed - so later today we'll be sending out the first of those. First, though, I've been summoned to the hills to look for a troublesome fox!

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