The latest news from Coch-y-Bonddu Books.
  • Friday 4th November 2016 - books and sport - as usual

    The grayling weekend went well and our new book, Steve Skuce's Grayling Flies, was very well received. On Sunday I fished the Wilton Water on the Wylie, and caught some nice grayling, and on Monday I had a short session in tropical sunshine with our friend Jan Grimstone on the Test, catching some small grayling and having fun spotting some big trout and carp (!) in the clear water.
    By Tuesday the temperature had dropped ten degrees. I spent two hours up to my waist in Cardigan Bay - by the time I waded ashore I was numb with cold. Came home with two mackerel (my first, I think, in November) and a bagful of parasol mushrooms.
    Today we will be busy numbering and mailing the latest two volumes in our Angling Monographs series, Salmon and Science by Dr Derek Mills and Understanding Fish Vision by Prof Lawrence Threadgold.
    Tomorrow I will take my very fat labrador, Rico, out of hibernation when we go for our first day at the pheasants!

    Salmon and Science Salmon and Science

    Grayling Flies by Steve Skuce Grayling Flies by Steve Skuce

    Understanding Fish Vision Understanding Fish Vision

  • Back from the Game Fair with new signed books

    Back from the Game Fair, and just about recovered, we have a few signed copies left of the two new sporting books that were launched on our stand over the weekend.

    Stalking FallowStalking Fallow by John Thornley with illustrations by Ian MacGillivrary
    by John Thornley

    "Fallow deer are acknowledged as being one of the most difficult of our six species of deer in the UK to manage effectively. Stalking Fallow is an extensive guide to the management and techniques of stalking fallow deer from the perspective of not only the deer stalker but also the deer manager and the land owner. It provides a unique insight into stalking both woodland and open ground and the techniques in the use of high seats. Covering all aspects of fallow deer management and their natural history, it includes how to organise and manage collaborative team culls, recognise and prevent crop damage, and take into account any health and safety issues, and disease identification. Stalking fallow is beautifully illustrated throughout by renowned wildlife artist, Ian MacGillivrary and is an essential definitive guide for all associated with the management of fallow deer."

    At the Game Fair both the author, John Thornley, and the illustrator, Ian MacGillivrary, signed some copies for us. We have a few of these left for just £25.00 each.

    Mint new hardback in dust-wrapper. Signed by both author and illustrator.

    Between the CovertsBetween the Coverts: The shooter's bedside book by Charles Smith-Jones with illustrations by Will Garfit
    The Shooter's Bedside Book
    by Charles Smith-Jones

    "A delightful compendium that every shooting person will relish full of fascinating facts, tips and advice, A-Z of game species and a mixture of classic shooting stories, both true and fictional. A glance at the A to Z section of quarry species gives a very good idea of the scope of the book, which ranges from the commonplace to the unusual. Of course, there are entries for pheasant and partridge (both grey and redleg), but also for black grouse, ptarmigan and golden plover, plus the various species of goose and duck. The author describes them in detail - their appearance, their habitats and their habits. He does not ignore the four-legged quarry either, as hare, squirrel and rabbit, for example are all included too. So whatever your chosen quarry, you will find an accurate description, as well as an unusual fact, a tip for improving your equipment or your technique, or a useful titbit of information that will not only stand you in good stead for your shooting day but also increase your enjoyment.In other sections, the author's sound advice covers all sorts of topics, from choosing your gun and cartridges, how best to look after your equipment, basic etiquette if you are a guest, hints for safe shooting and an invaluable list of 'keeper's tips', plus ideas about storing game. Interspersed throughout the text are anecdotes, shooting quotations and snippets of fascinating information; and, of course, there is a welcome reappearance of the characters from the fictional Glen Garron estate. We are also introduced to a previously unknown regiment, the Glamorgan Fusiliers, whose exploits and eccentricities will strike a chord for any reader with a military background. The author's ability to provide a carefully researched historical perspective to the sport of game shooting - the development of firearms and shooting techniques over the centuries - can only add to the keen shot's understanding of his or her sport. Facts are explained and myths exploded against a background of great experience and deep knowledge, but always with huge enthusiasm and a liberal dose of wit and humour. You are bound to find something within this very readable book's pages that you didn't know before: and whether you are an experienced shot or a novice, you will find plenty to inform, entertain and amuse. Should you be looking for a present to take to the host of your shooting day, look no further!"

    Mint new hardback in dust-wrapper. Signed by the author.

  • Angling Monographs selling well

    Our new series of Angling Monographs are selling well. For anyone thinking about purchasing one of the quarter-leather editions of The Lost Salmon Flies of Balmoral by Colin Innes we would recommend doing so sooner rather than later - only two copies remain!

    UPDATE 26/02/2016 - The de luxe edition of The Lost Salmon Flies of Balmoral has now sold out. Paperback copies still available.

    Click here to see the full series.

  • Wednesday 17th February 2016 - Monographs - Made in Wales!

    We launched five books at the BFFI last weekend (four monographs and Philip White's Observation), and were joined by four of the authors. All went amazingly smoothly and we got all of the limited edition books signed and numbered. The monographs have turned out very well indeed - everyone was pleased with them, thank goodness! Saturday was pretty manic with all four authors signing books on the stand, but Sunday was steadier, and overall it was a great success.
    It occurs to me that I ought to make it known that all of these books were wholly produced in Wales - originated and published by ourselves in Machynlleth, designed by Pete Mackenzie in Gladestry (just about in Wales!), and printed in Welshpool and Llandysul!

    Colin Innes, Paul Morgan and Keith Harwood at the launch of the Angling Monographs Series, BFFI, Stafford, 2016. Colin Innes, Paul Morgan and Keith Harwood at the launch of the Angling Monographs Series, BFFI, Stafford, 2016.

    Authors Philip White and Peter Hayes on the Coch-y-Bonddu Books stand at the BFFI. Authors Philip White and Peter Hayes on the Coch-y-Bonddu Books stand at the BFFI.

    Chris Sandford takes a peek at the new Coch-y-Bonddu Monographs. Chris Sandford takes a peek at the new Coch-y-Bonddu Monographs.

  • BOOK LAUNCHES AT BFFI - Feb 13th 2016

    The BFFI will see the launch of OBSERVATION: A FLYFISHER'S GUIDE TO READING THE WATER by Philip White. Phil is well-known to BFFI regulars. He has been professionally involved in flyfishing for over forty years:  as a river keeper on the Derbyshire Wye and River Lathkill; as a fly-tying and casting instructor; as a fishing guide; and in fishing tackle retail.
    OBSERVATION is his guide to understanding the trout's environment, ecology and feeding habits. It includes step-by step guides to tying tried and tested flies that match the hatch.
    Phil will be signing books on the Coch-y-Bonddu Books stand at midday on both days of the BFFI.
    OBSERVATION is a high quality hardback and at only £14.95 you had better come early to ensure your copy!
    Morgan's Marvellous Monographs are at the binders right now and we should see finished copies in a few days. All are looking great - three of our authors will be joining us at the BFFI and signing copies of their books.

    OBSERVATION by Philip White OBSERVATION by Philip White

    Angling Monograph No. 3 - Angling Books: A Collector's Guide Angling Monograph No. 3 - Angling Books: A Collector's Guide

    Angling Monographs - de luxe binding limited to 26 lettered copies Angling Monographs - de luxe binding limited to 26 lettered copies

  • Wednesday 13th January 2016 - Game Fairs

    This is what I said on my website last Spring:
    "We will be at the CLA Game Fair this year, but it is very likely to be for the last time. Apparently organisations like the Salmon & Trout Association, the Wild Trout Trust and the National Gamekeepers Association will not be there because of the cost of taking a stand. The short-sighted CLA, by excluding these important countryside organisations, are excluding my friends and customers, will cause further decline in my business, and hasten their own inevitable demise."
    Well, I was right, and now the void left by the CLA Game Fair is being vied for by four different organisations who are all boasting huge support - which is rather odd considering the fact that three of them have not even contacted me, and the fourth phoned and quoted me a price that would work out at £4000 for me to take a stand.
    So, at the moment I'm planning a pleasant summer at home with plenty of time for fishing.

  • More on Morgan's Marvellous Monographs!

    Angling Monograph No. 2. Angling Monograph No. 2.

    We have a busy schedule at the BFFI on 13th February. 10am on Saturday morning sees the launch of the first four titles in our new series of Angling Monographs. These are very attractive limited edition books on specialist areas of flyfishing. They are each limited to 250 signed and numbered copies and we have lots of advance orders.
    Authors Peter Hayes, Keith Harwood and Colin Innes will be with us on Saturday, signing books – though Colin has to leave before midday on Saturday so if you want to meet him come early!
    The titles being launched are:
    1. Imitators of the Fly: A History. Peter Hayes.
    2. The Lost Salmon Flies of Balmoral. Colin Innes.
    3. Angling Books: A Collector’s Guide. Keith Harwood.
    4. American Angling Bibliographies: An Essay and a Guide to Resources. Ken Callahan.

    Later we will be joined by well-known angler and fly-tyer Philip White for the launch of his new book on matching the hatch, fly-tying and fly patterns for imitating naturals: Observation: A Flyfisher's Guide to Reading the Water. This will be launched at midday, and Phil will be signing books and meeting our customers.

    Angling Monograph No. 1 - Imitators of the Fly Angling Monograph No. 1 - Imitators of the Fly

    Angling Monograph No. 3 - Angling Books: A Collector's Guide Angling Monograph No. 3 - Angling Books: A Collector's Guide

    Angling Monograph No. 4 - American Angling Bibliographies Angling Monograph No. 4 - American Angling Bibliographies

    Angling Monographs - de luxe binding limited to 26 lettered copies Angling Monographs - de luxe binding limited to 26 lettered copies

  • Sunday 13th December 2015 - Must get out more!

    November was filled with a succession of relatively small flyfishing fairs. They took up a lot of my time and, as usual, I missed the first couple of days on the pheasant shoot. None of the fairs were especially successful so maybe I should rethink how I spend my time next year.
    Back at the office I was busy getting my annual catalogue printed and mailed, and making sure that we had good stocks of lots of unusual and interesting books for our customers. As well as that I have been working on my latest publishing project - a series of Angling Monographs, relatively small specialist books on tight subjects within angling, especially bibliography and the history of flies and fly-tying; it is great fun to work on subjects which I enjoy. The challenge I am facing is to produce a high quality and attractive series while not being able to make the savings enabled by printing large numbers. Some of these are going to have a very small (but select!) readership, and I am limiting the print-runs of all of them to 250 copies. The first four books in the series are well under way and will be launched at the BFFI in Stafford in February.
    Fairs out of the way, I dug Rico out of his state of suspended animation and got out to do some beating and picking-up. Of course that was the signal for the heavens to open - and it hasn't stopped since. (We haven't been flooded yet, though it was up to the door-step last night). We have had some soakings on shooting days but it generally hasn't stopped us enjoying some great sport in beautiful surroundings.
    This week, with a group of friends, I had a small driven day high up in the hills of mid-Wales. The rain stopped and we stood in sunshine as pheasants flew high above us. There were wild turkeys in the woods with the pheasants, and the keeper said that if anyone had a sporting opportunity to shoot one, that was OK, but the gun would have to pay a £30 fine to be given to the Air-Ambulance charity. I reckoned £30 was a bargain for a Christmas dinner so when the only turkey of the day to fly over the guns came over me it paid the penalty! A nice male - not huge - twelve and a half pounds - but I'm sure it will eat well.
    Then yesterday I was back to beating above the estuary in the pouring rain!

    Angling Monograph No. 2. Angling Monograph No. 2.

    Welsh bookseller goes Christmas shopping. Welsh bookseller goes Christmas shopping.

    Back to the rain! Back to the rain!

  • 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

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