The latest news from Coch-y-Bonddu Books.
  • 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

  • Lots of new books and bargains

    It's been a busy few weeks with lots of new books coming into stock as well as plenty of new bargains. Here are just a small selection of the latest arrivals.

    A year on the Water by Terry Theobald. Signed by the author. £20.00

    Extreme Pike by Stephen Harper. Signed and numbered limited edition. £35.00

    Mammoth Pike 2004 - 13 by Neville Fickling. Signed and numbered limited edition. £35.00

    The Life and Times of Bill Quinlan. New paperback edition just £10.95

    The Little Book of Fly Fishing for Trout. Was £11.99. Now only £2.95!

    Fly Tying for Beginners by Peter Gathercole. Was £16.99. Now only £7.95!

    A History of Yateley by Rob Maylin and Alan Cooper two volume set. Was £60.00. Now only £14.95!

    At the Water's Edge with Martin James. Was £25.00. Now only £4.95!

    Itchen Memories by G.E.M. Skues. Was £25.00. Now only £9.95!

    Tackling Carp with Chilly Chillcott. Was £19.95. Now only £4.95!

    Captive Raptor Management and Rehabilitation by Richard Naisbitt. Was £29.95. Now only £19.95!

    Pike Fishing in the UK and Ireland by Steve Rogowski. Was £19.95. Now only £4.95!

    Keep an eye on the Newest Listings section of the website for all the latest additions to our stock.

  • A History of Yateley by Alan Cooper and Rob Maylin

    A terrific bargain!

    Two volumes, each with an original price of £30.00, now available as a set for only £14.95!

    Click here for more information or to place an order.

    A History of Yateley by Alan Cooper and Rob Maylin Two volume set now available for just £14.95 - a saving of over £45.00!

    The Yateley Complex and its famous carp are known by every carp angler in the country and probably most of the world for that matter. Although they have never produced a record carp, Bazil, Heather, Jumbo and their mates have been pursued by the UK's top carp anglers for over fifty years. Think of any famous carp angler in the last half-century and you can bet your life he's trodden Yateley's sacred grounds.

    Some only fished the odd season; others have spent a good part of their lives in pursuit of these legendary carp. They would all tell you that Yateley is a very special place. It has that unique vibe that very few carp waters aspire to. Why? Well it's a combination of factors: beautiful surroundings, peace, awesome scaly beasts with a reputation for being difficult to put on the mat, a great camaraderie within the syndicate and a chance to become part of England's great carp heritage are just some of the reasons. Yateley meant different things to different people: to some it was a way of life, to others an obsession, but for certain no one that fished Yateley ever took catching its residents lightly.

    This book compiled by Alan Cooper and Rob Maylin represents just a fraction of Yateley's history; it would have taken ten volumes and not two to include every angler who had achieved a personal best or goal. What we have tried to do is encapsulate the essence of this special complex. We have experts on the stockings and the early years and chapters from the anglers who caught these legends at their best weights. Each lake has its own introduction written by Alan, and there are beautiful maps and drawings to accompany every lake on the complex.

    We have also tried to include every carp that ever lived at Yateley - not an easy task, but one we have taken pleasure in achieving. Not every famous angler who ever set foot on Yateley is mentioned here, but most are.

  • Saturday 25th July 2015 - preparing for the CLA

    Right now we are busy loading our convoy of vehicles for the CLA Game Fair next week. Our stand - number J1965 - is on the approach to Fisherman's Row and pretty close to the Food Court. We've got a busy and sociable weekend planned with lots of friends and authors coming along. Paul, Marion, Luke and Jane are being joined by Ken Callahan from New Hampshire, and Paul Hogan from Andalucia. Paul will be with us all weekend signing copies of his new book, Dry River: Flyfishing Tales, and Robert Smith, author of The North Country Fly: Yorkshire's Soft Hackle Tradition, will be with us at some time e very day. At 12 noon on Friday we will have Liam Bell signing copies of his new book, On Your Shoot, as well as Charles Smith-Jones, author of The Deer Stalker's Bedside Book and Muntjac: Managing an Alien Species. On 10 am on Sunday we will be joined by Tim Maddams for the launch ofGame, his new book on game cookery in the River Cottage series.

    Dry River
    Flyfishing Tales

    By Paul Hogan

    In Dry River, Paul Hogan describes fishing the waters of the places he has lived and worked: flyfishing for trout in the loughs and rivers of Southern Ireland; in the Otago district of New Zealand, and latterly, in southern Spain where he flyfishes for gypsy barbel and carp, and float-tubes for black bass, in the mountainous catchment of the Rio Guadalhorce with its large reservoirs and seasonally dry tributaries. Several of the author's watercolours of fish illustrate the book alongside three paintings in the same vein by the renowned American artist, James Prosek.

    A limited edition of only 500 signed and numbered copies. Hardback in dust-wrapper. Price £20.00


    The Mirror of Falcony
    by Pierre Harmont
    The Falconry of Francois de Saincte Aulaire

    Translated by John Loft

    An exemplary translation of two important, and very scarce, 17th century French falconry books, to which John Loft has contributed many pages of informed commentary. The two books are of interest for their own sake: Loft's own contribution should be read by anybody who has read, or intends to read, other works on falconry of the period. If you haven't, you should.

    We have a few copies, each signed by John Loft.

    Mint new signed hardback in dust-wrapper. Price £40.00

    We will, as usual, be bringing along a huge range of new, second-hand and antiquarian sporting books. Here are just a few examples of recent publications that can be found on our stand at the weekend. If you would like us to bring along a particular book (anything on our website) please contact us well in advance - we'll be setting out several days early!

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