Monthly Archives: October 2015

  • The Life and Times of Bill Quinlan

    The Life and Times of Bill Quinlan
    by Bob Buteux

    Just arrived in the warehouse is the new hardback limited hardback edition of The Life and Times of Bill Quinlan by Bob Buteux. Only 200 copies printed. Price £27.95. I suspect these won't be around for long!

    Little Egret Press have also produced an unlimited paperback edition priced at just £10.95.

    We also occasionally have second-hand copies of the first edition available. Click here to search our stock.

  • Autumn flyfishing shows

    Today Paul is off to the first in a series of flyfishing shows over the next three weekends. First is Flyfest in Penrith this weekend, then the Grayling Society AGM in Lockerbie, then the Burton Flyfishing Show at Uttoxeter Racecourse. He'll have a lot of great bargains at each show, particularly for fly-tyers. Here are just a few:

    The Fly Tyier's Benchside Reference to Techniques and Dressing Styles
    by Ted Leeson and Jim Schollmeyer

    "There is no other work in the history of fly-tying or fly-tying literature that is as comprehensive." An encyclopaedic presentation of fly tying techniques, arranged according to a fly's body parts. Each section contains many different techniques for constructing the body part in question, with excellent step by step photographs in colour. The 444 large format pages have five to ten photographs per page, punctuating three columns of text. Selection of materials; hook preparation; thread handling; mounting and trimming materials; weighting hooks; underbodies, wiggle bodies, tandem hooks and weed guards; tails and trailing shucks; ribbing and gills; 150 pages on bodies; 100 pages on wings; 90 pages on hackles; heads, collars and eyes. The selection of materials covered is too long to list.

    "The Fly Tier's Benchside Reference is an incredibly detailed book that will no doubt be recognized for many decades as the definitive guide to tying anything on a hook to create any kind of trout fly. With in-depth discussions of over 400 tying techniques dealing with both natural and synthetic materials, and demonstrated with more than 3,000 color photos, there is hardly a question concerning tying trout flies that goes unanswered." A.K. Best.

    Published price £65.00
    Special Coch-y-Bonddu Books price just £45.00


    The Benchside Introduction to Fly Tying
    by Ted Leeson and Jim Schollmeyer

    An excellent beginner's guide, much in the manner of the authors' monumental Benchside Reference, which this work compliments. Detailed introduction to a variety of patterns and techniques with many excellent step-by-step photographs. 24 page intoductory section on the basics. 165 pages are cut horizontally into two, the top half showing fly patterns and the bottom half techniques. This allows a single pattern to be consulted uninterruptedly whilst referring to different techniques as required.

    Published price £29.95
    Special Coch-y-Bonddu Books price just £19.95


    Flyfishing Knots & Leader Systems
    by Dave Chermanski

    This is an extremely detailed compendium of practical information on knots, lines and the materials from which they are made. Dave Chermanski is a scientist and engineer who has made his career in the American space program. It seems unlikely that a more thorough treatment of the subject has yet been written. Well worth a read. Chapters include: Knots and connections; Tying the essential knots; Fly lines; Fly line backing; Rigging fly lines and backing; Leader system theory and general design; Nylon monofilament as a leader and tippet material; Advantages of fluorocarbon line; General freshwater and saltwater leader systems; Speciality leader system configurations; Tables and charts; Manufacturers and suppliers.

    Published price £19.95
    Special Coch-y-Bonddu Books price just £7.95


    Oliver Edwards' Flytyer's Masterclass
    by Oliver Edwards

    First published in 1994, Flytyer's Masterclass showcases the talents of British fly-tyer Oliver Edwards. Using his excellent knowledge of entomology and recognising specific characteristics of each species of fly he is creating, Edwards has developed his trademark of ultra realistic flies which are highly regarded for their near perfect imitation to the natural. Featuring patterns for the baetis nymph, ephemerella nymph, rhyacophila larva, and Klinkhamer special. For this new edition The Flyfisher's Library has commissioned new photographs by Terry Griffiths which depict each fly in stunning detail.

    "It is a really seminal book by probably the greatest fly-tyer of our generation." Magnus Angus.

    Published price £29.95
    Special Coch-y-Bonddu Books price just £9.95

  • Wednesday 30th September 2015 - harvest time / on the road again.

    Our sea-trout season has long ended - without fresh water, so I left them alone at the end of the season - I took my harvest in the Spring. The Autumn has been fruitful and most evenings are spent dealing with the produce of field and shore. Yesterday I made a late visit to the rocks for prawns, loaded down with creel, net and rod. Lucky for me that I did! A really low spring-tide revealed prawning crevasses that I had never seen before, and I soon half-filled my creel. Then feeding gulls attracted my attention and I spotted the shoals of whitebait moving along the shore. As the light started to fade mackerel herded the fry into a wide bay and soon the surface was continually broken by showers of leaping fish. At first I just scooped a few whitebait out in my prawning net, but once the mackerel drove them into my shore I was quickly able to fill my creel to the brim. Then, casting a lure, I started catching some good big mackerel. I stopped at ten fish as creel and rucksack were both laden. Supper was fresh whitebait and prawns, and breakfast today was fried fillets of mackerel with home-grown tomatoes. I feel spoiled!
    Tomorrow I am off to the first in a series of flyfishing shows over the next three weekends. First is Flyfest in Penrith this weekend, then the Grayling Society AGM in Lockerbie, then the Burton Flyfishing Show at Uttoxeter Racecourse. I've got a lot of great bargains, particularly for fly-tyers. It's time I packed my bags so I think I'll ask Luke to list a few of them here tomorrow.

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